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The coronavirus threat has caused a panic unlike anything most of us have experienced. But who could have imagined the impact it would have on one of life’s most undignified yet necessary … more
I’ve noticed lately that when TV sports channels describe what old game they will be broadcasting, they sometimes reveal the outcome. For example, the description might read something like, … more
The grocery store parking lot seemed a bit more crowded than usual when I arrived to pick up a few items we needed last Sunday, but the crowding didn’t seem so unusual until I got inside and found … more
Eye on Health One day you are just sitting on the porch, enjoying a glass of tea. You look up to admire the afternoon light beaming through the trees and there it is; something just dashed through … more
Feeding the family has suddenly become a challenge for most of us as store shelves have emptied of food items we can usually find so readily: chicken breasts, ground beef, pork chops. Over the … more
As part of our society’s efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus through social distancing, people in our community are facing the prospect of working from home, many of them likely for the first … more
The news on our televisions, the articles on our phones, and our conversations all revolve around the coronavirus. This constant flow of information about COVID-19 can be overwhelming. Sometimes we … more
The handshake is something many of us perform, some more often than others. It’s a common practice we haven’t thought much about until recently, when it took on new significance. Wikipedia … more
This Nov. 3 will mark the 17th presidential election I’ve lived through, the 15th (beginning in 1960) that I closely followed, perhaps the most unusual and volatile election ever and the most … more
Many times recently I have moved from one denomination to another on Sundays. I might be Methodist, Baptist, Pentecostal and even Catholic. Why the switches from my heritage? It’s because … more
Let’s review cataracts: What are they, and how can corrective surgery offer a significantly higher quality of life for the patient? If we compare the eye to a camera, a cataract … more
If you draw your information about current events only from politicians, news outlets, and social-media influencers that share your worldview, you will be poorly informed. If you act on that … more
If dollars really buy votes, the smoldering wreckage of Mike Bloomberg’s campaign shows that the exchange rate is plummeting. Bloomberg ended his presidential bid after a lackluster Super … more
RALEIGH — Lately I’ve been reflecting on North Carolina’s celebrated history as, well, the political equivalent of a cantankerous old coot. You know the fellow I mean. He won’t keep his … more
My sister likes to name her physical ailments. For instance, when she developed two fistulas in her abdomen, she appropriately named them Ebb and Flo. Ebb and Flo have now healed, but now she … more
Until last year, I had what is best described as a strained relationship with conflict. Conflict meant fighting. Fighting meant hurt feelings. Hurt feelings meant losing connections with people I … more
When I began my syndicated column in 1986, politics in North Carolina, and in America more generally, was strikingly different from today’s political scene in many ways. How voters get and process … more
The same president who signed an executive order to curb campus censorship is suing The New York Times for publishing an opinion piece that stoked his fury. News that President Donald Trump’s … more
The Joni Mitchell song “Both Sides, Now” includes the lyrics “I’ve looked at life from both sides now.” When looking at cancer, it has multiple sides and faces. Theresia Blackwell has … more
President Donald Trump isn’t a fan of National Public Radio. When conservative pundit Mark Levin asked, “Why does NPR still exist?” on Twitter last month, Trump retweeted the post, adding … more
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