If I hear the phrase “new normal” one more time … I’ll scream. It — and the situation defined — has become a one-size-fits-all moniker for changes wrought by the coronavirus.
Don’t get me wrong — live-streamed church services and virtual Passover Seders are a miracle for the sick, the infirm, the elderly. Dare I add convenient?
My daughter and two grandsons are in Montreal, where I lived for 26 years. I visit them four or five times a year. The most recent trip, March 14-17, was planned to coincide with her birthday. I planned a big dinner to celebrate that occasion. Also, my grandson, a recent law school graduate,…
I don’t want to write this column. I have been avoiding it for nearly a week, since I saw the 11-year-old Mexican girl sobbing, uncontrollably, “My daddy isn’t a criminal. I want my daddy.”
I’ve been a space junkie since leaping from “Mary Poppins” to “The Red Planet” with nary a nod to Nancy Drew. My interest, born of escapism, reawakened with NASA and the U.S.-Soviet space race.
Americans have a habit of reworking holiday celebrations to suit contemporary needs. Look at Thanksgiving — a pit stop at Grandma’s for fried Butterball, then over-the-river-and-through-the-woods to Walmart.
A pride of lions. A gaggle of geese. A coven of witches. A clutter of candidates. Enough already! Twenty-one months until the presidential election and campaign fatigue has set in along with campaign confusion, campaign misinformation — even campaign comedy. As of the last week in February, …
Great news, that the West Southern Pines Task Force is working to revitalize a primarily African-American neighborhood that once pulsed with businesses, which made it self-sustaining. However, plans outlined in a Jan. 6 Pilot editorial said nothing about a grocery store that sells well-price…
I don’t like name-dropping unless warranted. The name is John McCain, a noble American warrior and statesman who died on Aug. 25. A name that President Trump cannot desecrate by his comments on how he prefers heroes “who don’t get captured,” as though saving the lives of comrades, then being…
After 10 years, I know this to be a community high on nostalgia, or history, or whatever you call it. The amount of space in local publications indicates admiration, respect, perhaps a longing for the past. In mid-
We sensible Americans have spewed nothing but outrage, vitriol and sarcasm since the Trump administration moved into the still-undrained swamp that is Washington. And rightly so. Only the cherry blossoms remain intact.
Breathe easy, ye closet royalists. The wedding’s over — went off without a hitch, far as I could tell, except for a few moments distinctly American enough to give the queen indigestion, which may be why the usually smiling monarch looked so grumpy in her bile-green (officially “lemon-lime”) outfit.
Descriptions of the alleged neglect and abuse of the elderly at Tara Plantation in Carthage made me want to vomit — all the more so because, unlike child abuse, these crimes often go unreported, or hushed up.
Writing this column was difficult. Reading it may be even more difficult. I hadn’t planned to express an opinion on gun control re: the Parkland massacre. Others have, eloquently and sensibly. But to my knowledge, none speaks from experience.
Love. Today, honoring St. Valentine, we celebrate the commercialized romantic kind, forgetting that the poor priest was beheaded on Feb. 14 for marrying young couples in defiance of imperial orders.
Growth was The Pilot’s Newsmaker of the Year. The Dec. 31 overview presented facts and numbers confirming population and economic growth, along with benefits and downsides.
This week, columnists feel obliged to submit thankful lists. Sure to be included — family, friends, freedom, health, food, shelter, as captured by Norman Rockwell in his iconic Thanksgiving dinner painting. Others will go global.
Please know that I have no professional training in personality assessment. My last brush with case histories was Psych 101, sophomore year at Duke.
I have spent the past 24 hours readying my kitties for possible evacuation, should Irma veer east. At last report, looks like the Charlotte cats are more likely to be squeezed into carriers for a trip to a school gym or armory.
What a week. I’m no great intellect, but I do have enough experience to recognize a con when I hear one. “Build the wall! Build the wall!” was the battle cry trumpeted throughout the land, followed by “Mexico pays! Mexico pays!”
The event that hasn’t happened since 1979 and won’t repeat until 2024 happens tomorrow: a total solar eclipse (TSE) visible over a wide swath of the United States, with Moore County on the edge.
Before the United Airlines fiasco fades, I have a few bones to pick with the industry — small issues compared with being dragged, screaming and bloody, down the aisle — but red meat, nevertheless.
Buzzards line the branches. Headlines blare “retail apocalypse.” The grim reaper sharpens his scythe, which his great-granddaddy purchased at Sears, the same retail giant that, like the Titanic, is sinking fast.
Today, I will write about words — their beauty, their power, what they reveal about the speaker. My choice of subject is neither random nor indiscriminate. It rises from frustration bordering anger — almost hives — listening to a president who day after day earns a big fat F in eighth-grade …
My mother used to say it would take a big bite out of a big apple to shut me up. At about 3 a.m. on Nov. 9, I found that apple. Shocked, stupefied, mortified, enraged, betrayed … silenced.
Here it is Halloween Eve, and harried political operatives haven’t had time for costumes. When this happens, the solution is to fall back on natural attributes. Woefully missing in this campaign — harmless fun. Let’s have some.
You know the expression “glued to the TV”? Given the last few months, I’m adding “Crazy-Glued” — reflecting the fascination, the horror. I can’t wait until some documentary filmmaker prepares a montage of the low, lower and the lowest moments.
I have an awful convention hangover. Advil, Aleve, Motrin, Tylenol … useless. So I’ll try the proverbial “hair of the dog,” meaning scab-picking, opinion-mongering, question-posing and plain ol’ common sense.
Once in a while, the op-ed gods ask me to whip up an “evergreen” column for the stockpile, which dwindles during summer months. Hmm. I’m more of a hot-off-the-griddle, ripped-from-the-headlines gal.
I’m just so fed up with the campaign that I switch to “Seinfeld” reruns when the daily rehash airs. But I still have a wish list that has very little to do with the outcome:
Surely our children and grandchildren must wonder as they channel-surf why so many TV stations show the same program starring a big guy with a funny hairdo, whose finger is stuck in the upright position. Should the kids pause and listen, here’s what they’ll learn. And what they’ll say about it.
- Column: Political Correctness Leaves Us Tongue-Tied and Confounded
- Column: Flights of Fancy For Those Brave Enough to Risk It
- Column: Health, Anti-Sex Campaigns Inspired Our Modern Cereals
- Column: Dying to Know What Is a Near-Death Experience
- Column: Environmental Awareness Has Cyclical Nature to it All
- Column: Most Recent Virus Relief Bill Would Be Latest in Poor Spending
- Column: Coronavirus Relief Legislation Included Plenty of ‘Pork’ Money
- Column: There Is a Way for Us to Fix the Primary Mess
- Column: Pelosi Showed Her Hatred At State of the Union Speech
- Column: Impeachment Has Ramifications We Must All Consider
- Column: Coffee, A Sinker, Folded Newsprint Still A Great, Enjoyable Experience
- Column: 'Social Justice' Is a Matter Than Endangered Us as a Free People
- Column: Hearsay Evidence Can’t Be Used to Bring Down President Trump
- Column: Impeachment Best Understood When Considering Andrew Johnson
- Column: We’ve Grown Accustomed To the Welfare State’s Pampering
- Column: How Might We Fully Honor Those Killed by the Virus?
- Column: Saving Myself, If Not the World, One Cleaning Project at a Time
- Column: Kneeling for the Young or Those With Good Knees
- Column: Now Is the Time for All of Us to Be Our Best Selves Possible
- Column: There’s More to Elections Than Money and Message
- Column: Wartime Leader Wouldn’t Act Like Trump Behaved
- Column: How Can We Be More Useful During Our Social Isolation?
- Column: Obsession With Celebrities Makes Us Look Foolish
- Column: Famous Works Speak Out Across All the Centuries
- Column: What If the U.S. Senate Investigated Issue of Nepotism in Government?
- Column: A Black Man in Police Custody Dies and Riots Erupt — Again
- Column: The Time Has Come for All Of Us to Put On Our Masks
- Column: Electoral College Will Again Yield Controversy for the 2020 Election
- Column: A Clear-Eyed Examination of Impeachment Process Ahead
- Column: Immigration Reform Would Fix a Shortage Of U.S. Workers
- Column: Teacher Support Critical During Coronavirus Crisis
- Column: A Trade-Skill Career Offers a Strong Path
- Column: We All Need Special Leadership Now; President Trump Isn’t That Special
- Column: Whispering Pines Will Be Facing Critical Budget Problems Ahead
- Column: Opportunity for Old WSP School Can’t Be Missed
- Column: Tufts, Dedman Deserve Names On Village Ponds
- Column: A Closer Look at Pinehurst’s Complicated Library Situation
- Column: It’s a Good Time to Address Pinehurst’s Traffic Concerns
- Column: Palmer — But Not Ross — Will Get Honored on U.S. Stamp
- Column: The U.S.-Iran Debacle Is Going From Bad to Worse