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By Donnabeth Leffler
  • Teaching Beyond the Classroom

    July 25, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    This column will add to a main problem with what is frequently written online:  I’m about to write my opinion of something about which I have almost no firsthand knowledge.  Kind of makes you want to click something else, doesn’t it? I’m writing about the apparently pending transfer of Chapel Hill High School English teacher […]

  • Who Said Summer is Relaxing?

    July 20, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    I’m hardly in that blush of youth (first or otherwise) but, up until this summer, I think I still had some sort of romanticized view of summer.  Even if I wasn’t partaking, I’d picture lemonade by a lake or sailboats at sunset.  I’d imagine less schedule pressure and fewer demands, but it seems as though […]

  • Hot Story Time

    July 12, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    I suppose some of you clicked on the title hoping for a hot story?  Well, maybe you can find one where I’m about to send you: The Chapel Hill Public Library. While we swelter or cope with tropical and copious rain or smile at a surprisingly cool morning, reading stays hot at the library with […]

  • Re-Lighting the Night Sky

    July 6, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Almost exactly one year ago I wrote how I lauded the decision to cancel Chapel Hill’s annual fireworks display.  While the economy is only inching its way back and can not yet be called healthy and while town leaders are certainly still making tough choices, this year I write that it was wonderful to have […]

  • Lessons from an Unknown Dentist, the Political Spectrum, & Rodney King

    June 27, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Recently I chatted with an acquaintance I knew had been suffering from a painful tooth.  She replied to my query with a rueful overview of her experience and mentioned her dissatisfaction with her dentist.  She wasn’t happy with her care and she certainly wasn’t happy with her bill but the one aspect of the experience […]

  • Necessary Border Crossing

    June 20, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    This column was always supposed to be about how and where we spend our money.  Many times I’ve expanded my definition to talk about how public money is spent and the choices made by people paid with public money.  This edition of $avvy $pender, though, is back to the more personal kind of spending, in […]

  • Turning, Voting, & Smart Service

    June 12, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    In the aftermath of the recent election, I found myself struggling to find a new topic.  I’d written in support of the defeat of Amendment One and in the aftermath of its passage, all topics I considered seemed overwhelmingly mundane.   I’d been noodling on one in particular and often dismissing it when I heard […]

  • Let's Save Marriage

    May 6, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Many proponents of Amendment One on Tuesday’s ballot see it as a way to support traditional marriage.  I’m wondering why all their efforts are focusing on how to prevent certain marriages (same sex, which are already against the law, btw), how to invalidate other stable, long-term relationships (non-married heterosexual couples), and how to undermine the […]

  • Opening Day Collection

    April 23, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    By this time next year we’ll either already be enjoying our renovated, updated Chapel Hill Public Library or anxiously awaiting its imminent grand opening. The new version of our library will be 125% the size of the old and with a huge increase in WiFi space which will draw more users to the new areas […]

  • Changes in Store

    April 12, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    I’ve been known to do some seriously savvy spending in A Southern Season and until recently it’s been a bit of a treasure hunt.  A pleasant, well-rewarded treasure hunt surely, but the packed and looming racks demanded a rather intrepid shopper.  Well it’s a new day (and a clear one for you Broadway enthusiasts) because […]

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