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When my wife and her sister cleaned out their old family home last year, my wife inherited hundreds of photographs dating back to long before the house was constructed in 1968. The photos included … more
OK so I’m running my theological playbook of philosophical, topical, cultural coincidence with Marvel movies this spring, and had every intention of giving the setup for the first movie tie-in … more
I was talking to my younger daughter on the telephone the other day and she was telling me how she was addressing envelopes for letters and thank-you cards. A lot of people have sent her things since … more
Many of us remember the old song in which the singer did not know much about history or algebra or a science book or the French he took, but he did know that he loved the girl of his dreams. For … more
The proposed DMV move brings to mind one of the old Three Stooges comedies, the one where one of the zany trio says, “I’ve cut this board three times and it’s still too short.” Our state … more
Back in the 1980s and 1990s, New York mob boss John Gotti earned the nickname the “Teflon Don.” Despite numerous attempts to nail him, criminal charges never managed to stick. Years of … more
RALEIGH — I was born in Charlotte. But I grew up in rural Mecklenburg County. There used to be such a place — and, indeed, quite a few such places still exist in our increasingly urbanized … more
Valentine’s Day was Thursday and love is still in the air. People waited impatiently to spend time with their significant other. But did you know love has a language?. Gary Chapman’s 1995 … more
Earlier this year, I wrote a column on New Year’s resolutions and making couponing one of your top resolutions. I realize some of you may have read the column and never thought another thing about … more
Every year, scientists, physicians and clinical researchers converge at conferences around the world to share and debate the most promising advances in cancer care. Experts present data from ongoing … more
“The race needs workers, not leaders. Such workers will solve the problems which race leaders talk about and raise money to enable them to talk more and more about. When you hear a man talking, … more
One of the biggest temptations, and traps, for historians and apparently politicians is for them to judge one time period as though it were now, not to understand but to condemn it. North Carolina … more
I don’t recall who said it, but last week during a local TV news segment, I heard a reporter use the term “good, brown fat” — an unusual combination of words for sure. I made note of it … more
RALEIGH — If the most important factor determining the welfare of workers is the growth rate of the economy, that has policy implications that free-market conservatives, among others, will … more
Would you like to know why U.S. sanctions against companies owned by Russian billionaire and businessman Oleg Deripaska are being lifted? You are the reason. Me too. And so is everybody else … more
Some women are blessed — they were born with that maternal instinct. They dreamt of their wedding, the perfect house, the white picket fence, the two children, a boy and a girl, and already had … more
The request was for me to talk to an audience about how to conduct civil, meaningful and honest discussions among people with different faiths, politics and philosophies. The inviter, an Episcopalian … more
On Aug. 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to deliver a speech for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The massive protest march gathered some … more
If someone were to ask you to name the economically freest country in the world, what would you say? Probably the United States. Even many non-Americans would likely give that answer. … more
Robert Caro wrote what is, to me, the best biography ever published. And he’s still writing it. His multi-volume history of Lyndon Johnson consumes four thick books and counting. The entire … more
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