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How would you describe the year 2019? I’ve pondered the just-right descriptive adjective and finally settled on the seldom used but highly appropriate word: quarrelsome. We shouldn’t have been … more
As this year ends, I so badly want to be in the camp of people excited about the great things on the horizon and the clarity that supposedly will accompany the start of the next decade. I see … more
New Year’s Day is right around the corner. What is your resolution for next year? Maybe you want to eat healthier, lose weight, get out of debt or just build a savings account. Everyone has that … more
My fraternity brother at the University of Michigan was dying from diabetes, having already endured a series of minor amputations. But Art loved music and continued composing songs and singing them … more
RALEIGH — Because I spend much of my time these days encouraging constructive engagement across political differences, through such programs as Duke University’s North Carolina Leadership Forum, … more
As 1914 drew to a close, Europe had been at war for months. On the Western front, opposing armies faced each other across a stalemated front line running from the North Sea to the Swiss border. On … more
Did anyone else not watch the Democrat presidential debate on TV Thursday night? I thought so. After three months of watching Saint Nancy Pelosi and her House Democrats stage their solemn … more
I remember one Christmas more than all the others. Thinking of it now almost 60 years later, surrounded by new generations of healthy family members, I wonder if it might not also have been the … more
I’ve struggled this week, more than in most weeks, to find a topic for this column. I didn’t want to disappoint my editor, who might not like a particular topic or my opinion on a topic, but he … more
I’d like to take a small survey of the readers of this column. It’s a simple question. How many of you believe in Santa Claus? If I were a betting man, I would wager not many of you are, … more
Today is Dec. 21, the winter solstice. It is the day with the least amount of daylight and therefore tonight is the longest night, making the transition from today to tomorrow the time with the most … more
As North Carolina’s endless redistricting battles rage on, people ask why the governor can’t veto redistricting bills. Well, up until 20 years ago, North Carolina governors couldn’t veto … more
From the very beginning, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was a reluctant impeachment warrior. Her political instincts, honed over 31 years in the House and two stints as its presiding officer, warned … more
It’s no secret that North Carolina is one of the most politically competitive states in America. But recent decisions by the presidential campaign of late-entrant Michael Bloomberg demonstrate just … more
This is a story from the Toltec tradition. Three thousand years ago, there was a human just like you and me who lived near a city surrounded by mountains. The human was studying to become a … more
He uses shepherds throughout the ages to bring about His will in the earth. Abraham was the father of many nations. Moses led the Israelites out of the captivity of Egypt. And of course, there … more
Confession time: I don’t cook. I eat — usually too much! My wife, upon hearing me moving around in the kitchen, usually yells, “Get out of my kitchen.” Most recently, all I wanted to do … more
In the Christian faith, followers are observing the season of Advent, a time of waiting for the birth of the Messiah. On each of the four Sundays before Christmas, Advent candles are lit to focus on … more
Anyone with a serious interest in workforce development has invariably encountered the phrase “soft skills.” It’s a term found everywhere from academia to social service organizations to human … 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
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