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We all occasionally experience those little lucky breaks, like finding a $20 bill in the pocket of a coat we haven’t worn in more than a year, or, in my case, running across a 15-year-old news … more
Yes, Christmas is the most wonderful time of year, and New Year’s celebrations bring excitement the world around. However, those two holidays combined sometimes hold more emotional upheaval than … more
U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, makes no bones about his position on the likely upcoming impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. “I am trying to give a pretty clear … more
With another Christmas come and gone, let’s briefly evaluate how we did. In the category of best or favorite performance by an actor in a Christmas movie as shown on TV, my choice would have to … more
Those who know and study such things tell us English is among the hardest languages to learn and is especially difficult for non-natives trying to learn it from scratch. That might seem hard for … more
It was the spring of 1959, and the occasion was my high school senior class trip to New York and Washington, D.C. The Lincoln Memorial stood out as a larger-than-life President Lincoln looking out … more
What one sees depends on where one is standing. That is especially true in the ongoing conflict over Confederate memorials in public parks and the flying of the Confederate battle flag on state … more
Fasting, a weird thing to be talking about at Christmas, right? Well normally, I would say yes. This morning however, while looking up the definition of Advent and related biblical passages, I came … more
In college, I took a class in community journalism, or what you and I might call the weekly newspaper business. Jim Shumaker, who had been a highly regarded community newspaper editor, taught the … more
As the financial reports of Black Friday and Cyber Monday tell us of record sales at the onset of the Christmas orgy of purchasing more stuff so we can be happy and make those around us happy, … more
“Be it unto me, according to your word.” A teenage girl spoke those words of surrender more than 2,000 years ago. Mary uttered those words when the Angel Gabriel appeared to tell her that she was … more
For me, and likely for many of you, the most vivid Christmas memories come from the time when we were between 6 and 9 years old, coincidentally about the same age as Ralphie, the main character in … more
RALEIGH — During 2018, North Carolina lost some 338,000 private-sector jobs, or 9.1% of the total. Did you happen to notice this economic catastrophe? I doubt it, because North Carolina … more
Remember those ad jingles, show introductions and songs or tunes contained within certain 1950s and ‘60s TV shows that somehow found their way into our brains and got stuck there? Here are some … more
Neil Postman said it best: “Americans are the most entertained and least informed people in the world. Most know little or nothing about what matters most.” As I see it, education is the key, … more
“Look at these veins!” I seem to be hearing that a lot from my teenage son these days. I got the same comments from his brother years ago, as he began lifting weights and buffing up. Now, … more
If you’re old enough to remember watching “The Lone Ranger” on television during the 1950s, you probably also recall the show’s opening segment when The Lone Ranger rode his white horse named … more
The Dunning-Kruger Effect is named for two psychologists who could demonstrate that the less knowledgeable and competent a person is, the more that person believes in his or her own superior … more
Oh, boy, did I screw up my first attempt at covering a town council meeting. It was 1986, and I was spending the summer interning at a weekly newspaper in Nash County called the Spring Hope … more
The amount of Christmas decorations already up at area businesses signals to me it’s time to get off my rump and make my New Year’s resolutions for 2020, so here we go. • Start smoking … more
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