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These days when being around crowds is not advisable, long rides through the countryside prove to be a simple and safe diversion on the weekend. Last weekend, my husband Fred and I headed east on … more
Entrepreneurship is still very alive as a vibrant part of the American dream in urban and rural communities throughout North Carolina and across the 50 states. Our nation’s businesses have … more
RALEIGH — For inveterate optimists, the past several months have been excruciating.  A pandemic has produced great suffering and death. A protest movement that began with righteous … more
North Carolina, like the nation, is facing three crises: COVID-19, racial strife and the economy. Everyone wants to return to the way things were before the virus, but that’s not going to … more
I hate wearing face masks! They are hot, uncomfortable and steam up my glasses. Nonetheless, I wear them anytime I am out in public and cannot socially distance and in my practice when I am seeing … more
If it ever crossed your mind to wonder what would happen if America was being run by a sociopathic narcissist and a corrupt crew of partisan accomplices, the past four years of Donald Trump’s … more
When I offered my sister a coffee plant, she turned me down. I was surprised, since she and her husband are big coffee drinkers. “Why don’t you want one?” I asked her. “Because I’d … more
RALEIGH — You may recall that back in early April, a panel of health analysts presented Gov. Roy Cooper with two forecasts: 250,000 COVID infections by June 1, if Cooper’s initial … more
If you’ve been around Democratic politics in North Carolina and the South for long, you’re asking today: “Is the backlash coming this time? Or is race-baiting politics finally … more
The old monuments have been taken down. The old battle flag has been lowered, folded and put away, even at NASCAR events.  Black Lives Matter is everywhere. Uncle Ben and Aunt Jemima have … more
Without accusing him of a crime, police took Robert Reeves’ car, his two cellphones and all the cash in his wallet. The Detroit father of five had just visited a work site to interview for a … more
My mother died 20 years ago. Although she didn’t have much formal education — she dropped out of high school after two years — she was still a wise person. When my father, a … more
“Groupthink is a phenomenon that occurs when a group of well-intentioned people make irrational or non-optimal decisions spurred by the urge to conform or the believe that dissent is … more
I asked someone how they were doing earlier today and I got one of those stock answers everyone gives when they didn’t have a particularly swell week, but don’t want to burden the person … more
As Northeast Ohio baseball fans anticipate the start of a truncated season of Cleveland Indians baseball, they are suddenly faced with the possible end of their beloved ballclub as they know … more
RALEIGH — The proposed natural gas pipeline through eastern North Carolina is dead. Long live natural gas! Admittedly, there won’t be a coronation ceremony like there would be if a … more
New UNC President Peter Hans starts his job in two weeks and will have his hands full. Not only will he face reopening our 16-campus university system, but larger problems loom on the … more
Celebrating July Fourth in Googling, which is what we do today, I found some little known facts about our national holiday. For instance: • July Fourth celebrates the adoption, not the signing, … more
One nice thing about the internet, especially during a pandemic when our personal contact with people is limited, is that it allows people with a sense of humor to share it with their friends and … more
I was 16 years old, living in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. I was in the car with my mother on a dark road, on our way to pick up my father from his second-shift job. Two police officers pulled us over for a … more
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