Features: Columns

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.

Jun. 02, 2015 @ 10:34 AM

Explosive pizza

Focaccia is Italian hearth bread. It’s simple peasant bread that’s quick and easy to make. It’s the kind of thing that hard-working women have been baking for hundreds of years to feed their hungry families.

May. 29, 2015 @ 04:36 PM

Turning to God

Thunder rolled across our nation’s capital Memorial Day weekend, as riders moved through the city with engines roaring and flags flying. Riders from all over the country converge to advocate for those left behind as missing in action or prisoners of war. Their intent was that no one is left behind or forgotten.

May. 29, 2015 @ 04:34 PM

Stay with the faith

In the midst of praying in preparation for this article, several key things happened to inspire my writing of this message. First, there was an article last week about a poll taken that stated there are fewer people professing to be Christians. Then I heard a young man state that prayer can’t help us. I immediately began to talk about specific incidences that were impossible with man but were made possible by God.

May. 26, 2015 @ 04:50 PM

Veal meet again

My mom’s an Italian girl from Jersey, so growing up we spent quite a bit of time up there (yeah, yeah, I know; insert Jersey joke here). Say what you want about the Garden State, but those folks have tons of awesome diners turning out delicious eats.

May. 20, 2015 @ 10:22 AM

Watch for farm machinery

Now that spring has sprung, a lot of farm work is happening. Actually, it started back in late February when tobacco growers started seeding greenhouses to grow transplants. Now, when the soil is dry enough, farmers are getting fields ready for transplant, are applying fertilizer to wheat and pastures, and are planting corn, soybeans and other crops.

May. 19, 2015 @ 04:37 PM

Unabashed extravagance

Maybe somebody has blown you away with their kindness or generosity. It might be a birthday or anniversary. It’s possible you’ve screwed up big time. Or perchance you’re trying to coerce favors or manipulate behavior.

May. 13, 2015 @ 10:20 AM

Syfert lays out the facts about ‘Meck Dec’

Scott Syfert talks about “The First American Declaration of Independence” on North Carolina Bookwatch at noon Sunday, May 17, and at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 21.