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I’ve been thinking a lot about antimacassars lately. “Why?” you might ask. Because I dreamed that someone mailed me a whole box of them. “Why?” you might ask again. I have no idea. I … more
Back in November, and actually through January, my husband and I tried to make reservations at Angus Barn in Raleigh. We had something special to celebrate and thought that would be a good place. We … more
Have you ever wondered what life would be like without sports? Now we know. And it isn’t fun. No NCAA basketball tournament. No traditional Major League Baseball Opening Days. No professional … more
RALEIGH — North Carolina’s economy is opening up after nearly two months of lockdown. I wish the reopening was faster, broader and more reflective of the varying conditions across the … more
What do you give an aging man on his birthday during this time of deadly pandemic? As an important birthday milestone approaches for me, my children and grandchildren may be wondering what in the … more
The coronavirus crisis continues to be “the” story of our day. Few events have hit our lives and our economy with such force. We anxiously watch the daily data on cases and deaths, hoping … more
When it comes to freedom of speech, Generation Z is like a chemistry student who aces the written test but flunks the lab experiment. Students support First Amendment rights in theory but often … more
No one will argue that we are not living in an extraordinary time because of the coronavirus pandemic. This is an unprecedented experience. Never has there been the disruption in our culture that has … more
As an ordained Baptist minister, and an ally to the LGBTQ community, I hope that this year brings freedom from discrimination to LGBTQ people in North Carolina and others who lack protections … more
My life before this stay-at-home business was not exactly filled with adventure and excitement, but it was quite pleasant. I had a lot of things on my calendar that I looked forward to and enjoyed, … more
My granddaughter, Ruthie, celebrated her 23rd birthday on Wednesday. She surprised me by asking me what flavor milkshake I like. Her workmate Mary Jo Hackney of Durham was offering to deliver … more
Weekly Devotional 1 Peter 1:3 (ESV) “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the … more
We finally have some sports to talk about after the completion of the 2020 NFL Draft. The event was done virtually with everyone announcing their picks via video chat. There were some big moments … more
When COVID-19 first reared its ugly head, I suspected that the library would close for a while, so I staggered out with an armload of books, feeling very prepared and secure. Ha! I was prepared for a … more
Publishing a newspaper is challenging. Each edition contains thousands of details, and those are the details you can actually see. So when The Wake Weekly’s publisher decided last year to move … more
The racist TikTok video that roiled a Georgia high school could have been a teachable moment. But administrators chose excommunication over education. Carrollton City Schools swiftly expelled two … more
James 1:2-4 (ESV) “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full … more
How often lately have you said things that started with “When this is all over ...” or “When things get back to normal ...”? I know I do a lot of hopeful speculating, but then I realize we … more
The Xtreme Football League announced April 10 that it had suspended operations and laid off all of its workers due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This spelled out the end of the spring football … more
COVID-19 started in China and has expanded, turning into a worldwide pandemic. With schools shut down to avoid the spread of the virus, many students have been presented with their own types of … more
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