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RALEIGH — James Otteson, a business school professor at Wake Forest University, came up with an intriguing idea. What if he brought together a group of faculty, students, and outside scholars to explore how societies can best promote human … more
Diane Rehm’s scheduled visit to Elon University on April 6 is reminding fans of her public radio program how much they miss her since her retirement at the beginning of this year. For 37 years, her morning talk show made her one of … more
As we remember Martin Luther this year for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, there is probably no more widely reaching topic than the one that stands as today’s title: the Priesthood of all believers. Up until Good Friday, there … more
Marbles used to be a big-time, serious game. Way back when spring had broken and the weather became cooperative, children played marbles at school during recess where there was dirt, not grass and pavement. The teacher never seemed to organize … more
RALEIGH — One of the joys of growing up in the 1970s was rotting your brain with Saturday morning cartoons while rotting your teeth with sugary cereal. But darned if they didn’t sneak in some mental nutrition amongst the G.I. Joe ads, … more
In my very first column, I had written about spring cleaning time and how my wife made me part with some things I just wasn’t ready to part with. I found things in my hall closet that I had forgotten I even owned. As you can tell by the … more
School used to come to a close around here in May and start up again after Labor Day, giving students three full months of summer vacation. Students could feel the school year winding down when May came around. The end-of-year activities were … more
Lisa Batts reminded me Sunday night of a trip I took to Cuba and suggested I might write a column about it because of Fidel Castro’s death. Actually, I have been to Cuba twice — once with journalists hosted by the Southern Newspaper … more
The time of year when my wife and I plan our vacation has come again. In nearly 20 years of marriage, we have never agreed on a vacation. To be honest, we don’t agree on much of anything, so why should vacation be any different? I … more
I think it’s safe to say winter is over and not coming back. The argument could be made that summer has already arrived. Here in eastern North Carolina, we seem to have two seasons. Those seasons are “hot” and “not … more
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