Some Things Worse Than A Government Shutdown
How could it be worse? We ask ourselves this question as our government’s ability to lead our country disintegrates and we are mostly helpless t...
Very few of us will ever get to prove our strength of character on a public stage. We may make moral and brave choices but most of us will do so in a ...
The Art of Potential
I’m one of those people who is really good at getting inconsequential crap done especially when the important stuff is looming out there. Need t...
The Fashion Plate
Favorite Fall Fashion
It’s official – autumn has arrived! What trends are you hoping make a comeback this fall? And what are you hoping stays in the closet of no return...
Your Sister the Mushroom
I previously published a column called “Your Mother the Plant” in which I discussed the nearly identical structures of chlorophyll, which absorbs ...
Reverse The Curse (Of Low Voter Turnout)
From Kristen Smith Want to spend long hours on Monday evenings discussing and debating meaty issues? Or Tuesday evenings talking and testing theories?...
Dr. Tina Lepage
Parenting Page: Being ‘Cool’
Recently I have had a few conversations about how cool, or not, I am anymore, and how cool has evolved as I age – the evolution of cool in human dev...
A Kid's View
A Kid’s View: My First Campaign
It started with an announcement at lunchtime, where my Language Arts teacher from last year, Tamara, had a whiteboard and a bunch of those poster-size...
Obama and McCrory In The Same Box
President Barack Obama and Governor Pat McCrory are in the same box. Criticized by their opponents for being radical and divisive, they are, at the sa...
Bacteria and Obesity, A Surprising Link
As a chemical engineer, I am naturally drawn to write columns about energy and manufacturing. However, if you have been reading my columns for a whi...
Chansky: Three-Game Season
Coaches like to say “play ‘em one at a time.” But, truth is, if the Tar Heels don’t beat East Carolina Saturday, their season is going down th...
Too Many Books, Not Enough Politics?
“Aren’t you writing about politics anymore?” a newspaper editor asked me the other day. I stuttered because I have been writing more about books...
A World Without Fossil Fuels
Our world is dominated by fossil fuels. They make our electricity, heat our homes, power our cars, and are changing our climate. As a student of both ...
Art’s Angle: A Good Start. . .
Photo Courtesy of UNC Athletics The almost-ready-for-primetime Tar Heels were at the crossroads of the game and most likely their chances to win the...
Democracy, The Power Elite, And The State Senate Race
Was the recent State Senate appointment kerfuffle an exception to the rule in local democracy? Or was it closer to the rule than we'd like to think?
Art’s Angle: Writer Back On Beat
This is a story about a sportswriter and a football coach and the debatable definitions of each man’s job.
Allan Gurganus is Back… With a Bang
Say Gurganus’s name in a group of readers, and several may tell you that the Rocky Mount native's “Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All” is...
The Butterfly Effect
For a system to exhibit “chaos” as defined by physicists, four elements must be present.
The Fashion Plate
What to Wear When Working from Home?
So you think all those telecommuters are working from home in coffee-stained PJs and bunny slippers? Think again.
The Making of a Southern Liberal
What is the dilemma that haunts every Southerner who confesses he or she is a liberal?