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Last month, the New York Times published an article suggesting that maybe the newest technology isn’t in the best interest of motorists. Self-driving cars have been involved in serious accidents … more
Sequels are tough territory to contemplate. Most usually, a sequel to a story is created not by warrant of the story itself, but only by the clamoring of fans and the drooling of accountants who see … more
When our oldest granddaughter decided to study for a college semester in Edinburgh, she asked my husband Fred and me to visit her and experience the life and culture of the city. After our return … more
RALEIGH — I believe the leadership ability and management practices of school principals have a large effect on how well teachers teach and students learn. But I admit to being biased on the … more
The great writer and folklore historian Zora Neale Hurston once said, “There are years that ask questions and years that answer.” This is proving to be a year of questions for me. It’s not … more
I find myself in full agreement with Barbara Brown Taylor when she writes, “Jesus was not killed by atheism and anarchy. He was brought down by law and order allied with religion, which is always a … more
The Toltec philosophy is a fascinating esoteric tradition, what we fondly call a warrior’s path to personal freedom. We’re not at war with anyone outside of ourselves, but instead with the … more
What was the political climate 2,000 years ago in Palestine? Short answer: pretty much just like it is today, except for the occupation of a foreign empire, namely the Romans. I find this … more
If you’re like me, you’re probably going to sit down each Sunday, popcorn and adult beverage in hand, to watch the final season of “Game of Thrones.” And if, like me, you’re one of the … more
The pinhead-size dot on my right wrist is hardly noticeable, but it bookmarks a miracle. That dot marks the spot where cardiologists inserted a catheter into the artery just below the skin, then … more
Most of us have encountered words, catchphrases, statements or tunes that became stuck in our minds, like that song that we were unable to forget. These have mostly come in the form of poems, … more
Staff at 14 area companies were honored Tuesday by N.C. Department of Labor Commissioner Cherie K. Berry. “We’re all in this together, so our goal should be to make our lives and the lives of … more
RALEIGH — Did you know that manufacturing employment in North Carolina has gone up more than 10 percent since 2010? I didn’t either, until I took a recent dive into economic statistics. In … more
I need to remind you I’m an economist. I say this so I don’t shock you with my next statement. One of the publications I eagerly look forward to each year is titled “Facts and Figures: How … more
On April 11, the ongoing saga of journalist and transparency activist Julian Assange took a dangerous turn. Ecuador’s president, Lenin Moreno, revoked his asylum in that country’s London … more
“You ain’t from around here, are you?” These words, loosely translated, were probably first uttered by Manteo and Wanchese when Walter Raleigh’s settlers first landed on our Outer Banks. … more
April is National Poetry Month in the United States, a time to raise awareness of poetry and to celebrate the ways it enriches our lives. The designation of April as National Poetry Month began in … more
My wife has informed today that I am an anachronism. It’s been a running joke for the entire time we have known each other that I was “older” than my chronological age. My interests always … more
This next week is Holy Week in the church year. It’s the week that leads up to Easter. And the church for the past two millennia has celebrated it as almost a real time day-for-day remembrance of … more
As a preacher’s kid, I grew up hearing my grandpa’s mantra about gambling. “If you win, you are a thief. If you lose, you are a fool.” The Christian ethic in those days was that you earned … more
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