Remember when, on the way to the beach (where I happen to be while writing this), you could stop at a McDonald’s and actually sit down and eat your Big Mac inside?
It’s been nearly a year since the last one appeared, Dear Reader, so perhaps you will permit me to indulge in another random list of things I find myself wondering about.
Mary Lou Herre, who now lives in Pinehurst, grew up in a small town in a coal-mining area of western Pennsylvania. Her family’s milk came “right from the cow” at a nearby farm.
I’ve lived and newspapered in four North Carolina towns in the past 40-odd years. And this is the only one that’s not now caught up in controversy over a Confederate monument.
I guess I’m what you would call a cradle Episcopalian, since my mom used to regularly drag brother Jon and me to Grace Episcopal Church back in Carthage, Mo.
Permit me to offer one more column about the benefit of burying one’s nose in a good book as a way of finding at least a few hours’ respite from this COVID captivity.
If you thought I liked David McCullough’s writings, you should sample the several responses I got to my April 29 column, headlined, “Need Some Distraction? — Try a McCullough Book.”
Weary of your COVID captivity? Need something to transport you into another time and place for a few hours? Then I’d like to recommend a book by David McCullough.
A week ago today, as I tore the March page off my big desktop calendar at home and glanced over everything written on it a month earlier, I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry.
So. Are we in the midst of experiencing “the decline of our American civilization,” as I asked — or perhaps suggested — a couple of weeks ago in this space?
Spoiler alert: This is not going to be a happy column. It might even qualify as a bummer. If you need something to cheer you up, you might want to move on to another page.
A lot of cool things have happened to the Sunrise Theater since it was rescued from closing a couple of decades ago. (Can it really be that long?)
Time for my annual Thanksgiving column — or “colyum,” as some of my older newspaper colleagues used to pronounce it — about things I’m especially grateful for.
When a few of us guys from the bass section gathered at Emmanuel Episcopal last Thursday for a special rehearsal session with Choirmaster Homer Ferguson, my voice may have sounded even shakier than usual.
This column originally appeared May 2, 2007, in the wake of the Virginia Tech mass shooting, which was carried out by a disturbed man and resulted in 33 deaths. (The writer also touched on the subject in a different column on Aug. 28, 2016.)
Two weeks ago in this space, as loyal readers may recall, I unburdened myself of a dozen or so “things this old coot finds at least a little bit annoying in today’s world.”
At the risk of flaunting my age and general crankiness for all to see, here is a list of things this old coot finds at least a little bit annoying in today’s world:
Have you read any good books lately? If so, I’d welcome any recommendations as we head into the long and lazy days of summer. Would be happy to pass them along.
Every day brings more depressing news about current trends in America. But few have hit me harder than a rash of recent stories about the crisis overtaking family dairy farms.
Several high-powered figures were inducted last week into the N.C. Media and Journalism Hall of Fame. But none of them is more deserving of that signal honor than longtime Pilot Publisher David Woronoff.
We’ve had many emotionally moving experiences at our beloved Emmanuel Episcopal Church in the past couple of decades. But last Friday’s was in a class by itself — for several reasons.
In trying to sum up the disgraceful goings-on last week in our nation’s once-proud capital, I can hardly improve on New York Times columnist Mark Landler’s comment.
This column, a version of which first appeared on this page nearly 20 years ago, recounts a cherished holiday memory from my youth in late-1950s Missouri.
Though I can’t improve on the most recent edition of The Pilot’s much-awaited annual Best of the Pines section, please allow me to add an admittedly arbitrary list of some of my own favorite things.
This cranky old newspaper guy has always tended to be a little suspicious of “good-news” stories whose only purpose is to tug at readers’ heartstrings.
As I sat glued to the TV for all of last Thursday and half of Friday, a quote from Thomas Jefferson kept reverberating through my mind: “I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just.”
When you travel to the campus of UNC Chapel Hill a couple of times a week, it’s hard not to pay an occasional visit to the empty Silent Sam pedestal.
If you’re an old (expletive deleted) like me and you really want to get depressed, try asking a few representatives of today’s young adult generation
Among other things, this column is a thank-you note to the person, whoever it was, who left a copy of Dan Rather’s book “What Unites Us” on my desk at The Pilot.
The N.C. Department of Transportation, as of a week ago today, has lowered the speed limit on Moore County’s historic Midland Road from 45 mph to 35. That’s a big deal, right?
Since I lack the energy to take on a more serious topic on these lazy summer days, here is a random (in both senses of the word) list of a few things I have found myself wondering about:
- Column: Robin Sage, Dejoy, Viruses And the Statute of Limitations
- Column: Some Republicans Now Saying Their Party Abandoned Them
- Column: Indian Mascot Naming Issue Has Solutions
- Column: Is It Racism to Oppose Sales Of College Athletes’ Images?
- Column: UNC’s New President Faces Some Unprecedented Challenges Ahead
- Column: The South Is Not Alone In How It Struggles to Address Race
- Column: Our Love Affair With Cars Is As American As Apple Pie
- Column: Questions, Debate Over Paying Reparations Highlight The Difficulties In Finding Answers
- Column: Real Intelligence Isn’t Just A Domain Ruled by Humans
- Column: Tearing Down Statues Defies Rule Of Law and Logic
- 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: Freedom is Dependent On Health, Strength Of Us All
- Column: In the End, Our Glorious Dead May Not Be Who We Think
- Column: We Mustn’t Overlook Those Who Stand on Front Lines
- Column: Trump Getting Tough Sends Out The Wrong Message to America
- Column: How Might We Fully Honor Those Killed by the Virus?
- Column: Curious Voter? Consider This Survey Before Casting Your Ballot This Fall
- Column: ‘Deconstruction’ Has Put Us All on Edge of a Knife
- Column: How Senate Republicans Shattered A Citadel and Set Trump Loose
- Column: Mail-In Voting Objections About Fear, Not Fraud
- Column: Is an Antifa Threat Worse Than The Fascists Being Opposed?
- Column: False Expectations — A New Age Of Perceived Entitlement, Self-Imaging
- Column: Human Body’s Immune System Is Complicated
- Column: Mask-Wearing Means Freedom For Us All to Live Our Lives
- Column: Forces Pulling Us Apart Are Rooted in Our Core
- Column: Pinehurst Should Commit To A World-Class Library, Museum
- Column: Do Vice Presidents Make Good Presidents When It’s Their Turn?
- Column: Defund or Defend the Police? Profession Faces Dangerous Times
- Column: Her Creation Is Iconic, But Few Know Her Story
- Column: Carolina Philharmonic Faces Challenges of the Coronavirus
- Column: How Other Presidents Handled Other Crises