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What exactly is homemaking? Answers to this question are numerous. Most people think of homemaking as the intricacies of managing a home and creating a nurturing atmosphere for a family. Early in the 20th century, the Cooperative Extension … more
If you know me at all, you knew eventually it was going to happen. Somehow I was going to tie my discussion about the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation and the writings, thought and influence of Martin Luther’s vigilante … more
Starting a business from nothing requires persistence, hard work and a lot of faith. But ask entrepreneurs and they will say it is definitely worth all the sweat and stress. Taking my business from an idea and building it into a reality has been one … more
Last week’s column urged us to hold on to the idea that we can and should give back to Earth our gifts in appreciation for abundant offerings of food, shelter, water and beauty. The buzzword these days is “reciprocity,” what … more
There are a litany of events in the 1950s that gave rise to the civil rights movement of the ‘60s. Most of these events could be summed up in the quest of African-Americans to be granted all the rights afforded citizens under the Bill of Rights … more
“Congress shall make no law…abridging freedom of speech…or the right of the people to peaceably assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” These are the words of … more
My wife and I went out a few weeks ago to see a movie. We went with a couple of friends on a sort of grownup double date. It was fun and we had a pretty good time. This column, however, is not about how the four of us had a good time at the … more
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
I don’t really have a specific topic for this week’s column. Sometimes, it’s hard to come up with something each week. As mentioned before, I don’t have a surplus of columns that I can reach into and pull out a gem when I … more
Boy, things have changed in the 500 years since Martin Luther’s actions and writings sparked the Protestant Reformation. Recently, so much of the news has been about governments and government politics, it is almost impossible to imagine that … more
RALEIGH — Decades from now, the most enduring and defining mark of this Republican legislature may well be charter schools. In 2011, Republicans came to power intent on lifting the 100-school cap that had existed since the mid-1990s. This … more
RALEIGH — Now that North Carolinians can put “First in Freedom” on their license plates, again, it’s worth taking a moment to remember key moments in American history when people from our state played an outsized role in the fight for … more
RALEIGH — I know many Democrats and progressives who continue to be frustrated by the conservative Republicans who have controlled the North Carolina General Assembly since 2010. The Left has spent years stating and restating its standard … more
Leo Tolstoy begins his famous novel, “Anna Karenina,” with this sentence: “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” I am not sure that all happy families are alike, nor am I sure that … more
RALEIGH — As a boy, I barely knew an adult who didn’t smoke. My mother and her best friend smoked cigarettes at the kitchen table every afternoon. My dad didn’t smoke, but all his buddies did. After he died of lung cancer at age … 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
Happy Thanksgiving! Traditionally, it is a national holiday celebrated in the United States with its roots beginning as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the current year’s harvest when … 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
RALEIGH — During the 2016-17 academic year, nearly one out of five North Carolina children were educated in settings other than district-run public schools. In Wake County and some other urban areas, the percentage was even higher. What … more
Is this the last time we can celebrate Columbus Day? A wave of cities have decided to remove the holiday from the calendar and replace it with “Indigenous Peoples’ … more
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