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In college, I took a class in community journalism, or what you and I might call the weekly newspaper business. Jim Shumaker, who had been a highly regarded community newspaper editor, taught the … more
As the financial reports of Black Friday and Cyber Monday tell us of record sales at the onset of the Christmas orgy of purchasing more stuff so we can be happy and make those around us happy, … more
“Be it unto me, according to your word.” A teenage girl spoke those words of surrender more than 2,000 years ago. Mary uttered those words when the Angel Gabriel appeared to tell her that she was … more
For me, and likely for many of you, the most vivid Christmas memories come from the time when we were between 6 and 9 years old, coincidentally about the same age as Ralphie, the main character in … more
RALEIGH — During 2018, North Carolina lost some 338,000 private-sector jobs, or 9.1% of the total. Did you happen to notice this economic catastrophe? I doubt it, because North Carolina … more
Remember those ad jingles, show introductions and songs or tunes contained within certain 1950s and ‘60s TV shows that somehow found their way into our brains and got stuck there? Here are some … more
Neil Postman said it best: “Americans are the most entertained and least informed people in the world. Most know little or nothing about what matters most.” As I see it, education is the key, … more
“Look at these veins!” I seem to be hearing that a lot from my teenage son these days. I got the same comments from his brother years ago, as he began lifting weights and buffing up. Now, … more
If you’re old enough to remember watching “The Lone Ranger” on television during the 1950s, you probably also recall the show’s opening segment when The Lone Ranger rode his white horse named … more
The Dunning-Kruger Effect is named for two psychologists who could demonstrate that the less knowledgeable and competent a person is, the more that person believes in his or her own superior … more
Oh, boy, did I screw up my first attempt at covering a town council meeting. It was 1986, and I was spending the summer interning at a weekly newspaper in Nash County called the Spring Hope … more
The amount of Christmas decorations already up at area businesses signals to me it’s time to get off my rump and make my New Year’s resolutions for 2020, so here we go. • Start smoking … more
Our nation is seriously divided. “United we stand. Divided we fall!” And we are currently in free-fall as a nation regarding division. Our “tribalism” has moved from ethnic and religious … more
Fall’s arrival is a good thing for lots of us as it means apple season is here once again. Apples are not only delicious, but also one of the healthiest foods we can eat. Information … more
While researching the Trump presidency, I ran across the term, “the cult of Trump.” I immediately typed this term into my preferred computer search engine and to my amazement, I was swamped by … more
My son is a high school senior, and as he navigates all the activities and programs that come with senior year, I have noticed he has one of my best and worst traits. He is stubborn. My mother … more
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