Features: Columns

Jun. 30, 2015 @ 03:39 PM

Peachy keen

My cousins Gerry and Cookie affectionately called me Pinochi-nose.


Jun. 30, 2015 @ 09:46 AM

Controlling avian influenza

By now, most folks have heard that there is a new strain of avian influenza making its way across the country. This one doesn’t affect humans, but is being called Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI). To me, if a flu strain is given a name with capital letters in it, it must be serious. Since this one is also being called highly pathogenic, there is a very strong likelihood that if poultry is exposed to the virus, it will get sick.

Jun. 23, 2015 @ 11:37 AM

Shell game

Each week I reveal a little bit of myself in this column. But I use a nom de guerre for my friends and family. Because while it might be OK to know the odd personal fact about my bestie Bo, there’s no need to know the true identity of the teenage girl who made out with Mickey Sonbek under the shrubbery at Bush Gardens during a class trip.

Jun. 17, 2015 @ 09:56 AM

What’s wrong with my tree?

Occasionally I get a call from someone who wants to know what’s wrong with a tree. Or at least, that’s the question they ask. But what they really want to know is “What inexpensive magical substance can I spray on the bark that will instantly make my tree look beautiful and healthy again?”

Jun. 17, 2015 @ 09:55 AM

Mayes recounts growing up in the south

Frances Mayes talks about “Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir” on North Carolina Bookwatch at noon, Sunday, June 21, and 5 p.m. Thursday, June 25.

Jun. 16, 2015 @ 02:02 PM


I firmly believe my mother was a mature adult at birth. I’m still waiting for the notice in my mail informing me that I’m a grown-up. One thing about her though is adorably child-like. Mom is absolutely bonkers over those festively shaped, chocolate-covered marshmallows that show up in stores around the holidays.

Jun. 11, 2015 @ 11:43 AM

‘Pray without ceasing’

Most of us feel that we should pray more. Paul’s command to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17) usually makes us feel like we fall short in that department.

Jun. 09, 2015 @ 11:45 AM

Because, corn and pasta

I’m not terribly proud of this fact, but I respond just like Pavlov’s pooch. In magazines, online or TV, show me some type of carb with a creamy-looking dressing and I’m stopped dead in my tracks. I guess that’s what they mean by food porn, because that first glimpse has the power to pause me like a video game.

Jun. 05, 2015 @ 03:12 PM

Why we love our community

“Embarrassed of my hometown...” “Not what it used to be…” “Not surprised…” “Wish I could move…” These were some of the reactions to a recent crime report analysis circulating on Facebook. Actually, these were some of the nicer comments. Others were too crude to be mentioned here. Why are some people so quick to trash their community?

Jun. 03, 2015 @ 09:55 AM

Eamon explains changes in N.C. politics since ’48

Tom Eamon will talk about “The Making of a Southern Democracy: North Carolina Politics from Kerr Scott to Pat McCrory” on North Carolina Bookwatch at 5 p.m. Thursday, June 11. Note that Bookwatch’s Sunday airing will be preempted for special “Festival” programming. The program is available for on-line viewing anytime at video.unctv.org/program/nc-bookwatch/episodes.