CN+R Columns & Opinions

A perspective on 9/11 and fear

I write this on the morning of Sept. 11. A mentor and friend came to my house for supper last night and shared his story of that infamous day 20 years ago. The Friday before the attack, he had …

My vaccine worked. So did my sister’s.

I was just about to head to the gym three Saturdays ago when I received an unwelcome — and unexpected — piece of news. “Your sister’s just tested positive for COVID,” my dad told me. …

To read or not to read not the only question; consider content also

Among the many weaknesses in my life are too much tea (notice I didn’t say “iced” or “sweet,” since any other form is not tea), a tendency to stay too long at the table, and a healthy dose …

What made today’s North Carolina economy?

During one of my recent early morning workouts at the local YMCA in Raleigh, I met an impressive young person. He is a senior at NCSU’s textile college. We talked about the textile industry and his …

A great teacher teaches on

When Julian Pleasants died on Sept. 7, North Carolina lost one of its most important academic and popular historians. Pleasants grew up in Southern Pines, graduated from Davidson College, and …