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We already know that men are from Mars and women are from Venus. But they aren’t the only tribes on different planets in the United States. Turn on CNN, MSNBC or other cable outlets and you … more
RALEIGH — Free societies are rife with planning. Indeed, there is no such thing as an unplanned society. No, I have not become a victim of the Invasion of the Body Snatchers (although that … more
Almost all children in K-12 have been reared in a society so much different from the ones we Baby Boomers came from. High school graduates of today were reared in a new normal balanced by the … more
Before COVID-19, substance abuse was the most significant public health emergency in America for over a decade. Our country poured massive amounts of funding into prevention and treatment programs, … more
The number of cries to reduce restrictions and restart our economy grow louder each hour, it seems.  Yes, we are tired of our movements being restricted and from being unable to earn our … more
The virus has taken away President Trump’s biggest reelection weapon. But he has a big weapon left, and he’s wielding it relentlessly. Gone is his economic message: “You’ve … more
The virus hit home the other day. Right in the tummy. During the last few weeks, I have been reviewing final page proofs for an update and expansion to my book, “North Carolina’s … more
A couple weeks ago, I wrote a column arguing that while a stay-at-home order might be justified as an initial response to an immediate and poorly understood public health threat, it wasn’t … more
U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos wants to fix campus kangaroo courts. But opponents are using COVID-19 as a convenient excuse to delay much-needed reform. Democratic senators, state attorneys … more
Did you know Wilson Community College is supporting our community as we work through the COVID-19 pandemic? We have all heard about, read about or even see firsthand all the wonderful acts of … more
I wore a mask over my nose and mouth this morning, the same mask I wore to the grocery store earlier in the week to protect me from the coronavirus. Today the mask protects my sinuses from the … more
I think one of the hardest things during this time of quarantine is planning meals that are not only delicious but also not redundant.  Let’s face it, with the ingredients we have on … more
In times of crisis, Americans don’t want to think about politics, they want to know how to protect their families. But with an election rapidly approaching amidst a global pandemic, we have to … more
Coronavirus protective measures toward religious services need to be addressed. I had not especially noticed a problem since our church, and so many more, are livestreaming services instead of … more
My favorite answer to give to just about everything involving the future these days is, “I don’t know.” For a planner like myself, who likes her steps to be ordered and … more
It was bound to occur. In truth, it was surprising that resistance to the restrictions put in place to combat COVID-19 didn’t surface sooner, but now they are organized, becoming louder and … more
RALEIGH — Need a break from reading about COVID-19? I don’t blame you. The virus and the reaction to it have robbed us of precious lives, thrown our economy into a tailspin and subjected … more
Needlework comes in many forms: knitting, tatting, embroidery, cross stitch, needlepoint, crocheting and many other styles.  Ancient needlework arts are part of the heritage of most cultures, … more
Our family’s lifelong friend, Tom Cahoon, who graduated from Fike back in ’63, is in a VA hospital recovering from COVID-19. This will be his third week and it looks better for him … more
Our everyday lives have been flooded with messages about “uncertain” times. But you can’t have uncertainty without certainty. Let’s flip uncertainty back over.  A first … more
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