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Thanksgiving has crept up on us once again, meaning for most of us a glorious time of celebrating, giving thanks, food, fellowship, friends and family over the next couple of days. Maybe so, but … more
While teaching English as a second language several years ago in the Czech Republic, I heard stories from my students of the days of the rule of the fallen communist Soviet Empire. It was a time … more
Do you ever talk to yourself? Most people say that’s not too concerning. They say the alarming part comes with the realization that you aren’t just talking to yourself. You’re answering. I … more
If you are like me, you love a patriotic parade and concert. I continue to get a lump in my throat and sometimes a tear in my eye when I hear the Star-Spangled Banner and see the Stars and Stripes … more
Although 2018 is not yet over, the time has come for our annual listing of celebrity deaths from the past calendar year. Several sources listing more than 1,000 so-called celebrities were used to … more
It’s interesting how easily we forget. The disruption of our thought processes can be derailed by something as simple as walking from one room to another. By the time we reach the doorframe, … more
Often I hear someone say, “The world is getting worse and worse.” And I have heard others say, “Things sure are better now than they used to be.” Is either of these statements true? Could it … more
Seems like it was about 10 years ago or maybe more when I first heard the words gluten or gluten-free being used. I didn’t know then what gluten was all about and despite doing some research on … more
Given the horrific events of the past weeks, pipe bombs sent to many of the outspoken opponents of the current Trump administration, including two former presidents, and the violent mass murder of … more
At the time of this writing, we are experiencing the beginning of the end of the rain from Hurricane Florence here in the east. It’s still gray and windy, and even the slightest glimmer of sunshine … more
Mayonnaise is a condiment that has been in existence and I have known about it for as far back as I can recall. Although it has served a valuable purpose for me by being used on thousands of … more
A new North Carolina-based industrial hemp processor is slated to invest $17.3 million in renovating a facility adjacent to Alliance One International to produce the new Korent line of THC-free … more
Like all North Carolinians, I am worrying about the flooding causing heart-rending damage throughout our state following Hurricane Florence. I have a special worry. It is about a puppy in … more
The North Carolina General Assembly has correctly focused on raising salaries for teachers during the past six years while compensation for principals and assistant principals left our state at or … more
RALEIGH — When natural disasters or other emergencies hit our state, North Carolinians respond in droves — and I’m not just referring to the crucial and praiseworthy work of our public … more
So much for gridlock. On Sept. 12, the U.S. House of Representatives proved that its members can in fact reach across the aisle to find common ground. On taxes? Spending? Foreign policy? Well, … more
A few years ago, a couple of economists made a big splash by predicting almost half of occupations in the country had a big chance of being replaced by automation and technology in coming decades. … more
Now that school is back in session, students everywhere have begun their study of literature in language arts and other classes. Literature is everywhere: in the simplest books that are read to … more
The subject and tone of this week’s column has taken an unexpected turn from what I had anticipated writing. Originally, the whole point was to talk about the crazy mash-up going on at my … more
On Sept. 5, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Rep. Ro Khanna of California announced a new bill intended to claw back $150 billion per year in public assistance costs as tax revenues. Because … more
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