Lifestyles Columnists

January 22, 2017

Most of us are reluctant to talk about our health, especially if it involves something related to sexual health. Men hate to go to the doctor anyway and certainly don’t want to admit there’s anything wrong with our sexual function. That’s why the silent diseases are so dangerous…

January 22, 2017

North Carolina once had gristmills in every county and they played a vital role as community centers but now only a handful of them still operate. Gristmills were constructed in the early 1600s to grind corn and wheat to make meal or flour for the early English settlers of the coastal areas.


January 21, 2017

What does an actor do when he has about used up his popular movie franchise and his co-star is dead? Well, if you’re Vin Diesel you return to an earlier series that you’d abandoned.

Back in 2002 Diesel had starred in “xXx,” an action-packed movie that wanted to be a cross…

January 20, 2017

Turmeric is an herb not likely to be found in most people’s spice racks, at least by itself. Curry powder is roughly 50 percent turmeric. Mustard owes much of its yellow color to turmeric. I like to use turmeric in most relishes and pickles because of its beautiful bright yellow hue.…

January 19, 2017

This week I offer, in no particular order and without apparent provocation, a list of country songs that I associate with specific moods – basically the songs that I turn to when nothing else is exactly what I want to hear.

If you don't like these you can play the home game and come up with…

January 18, 2017

The year's Annual Aging Conference hit on an important question.

How do we age successfully?

Recent deaths of movie stars like Carrie Fisher, who played Princess Leia in "Star Wars," have reminded me that life and death can be unpredictable. Closer to home, the major illnesses and deaths of friends…

January 15, 2017

The Museum of the Albemarle will open Tar Heels in the Trenches: The Great War and the Albemarle in conjunction with nation-wide effort to commemorate the centennial of America’s formal entrance into the “war to end all wars.” Throughout the year, you may participate in several…

January 14, 2017

From the hidden pages of history second-time director Theodore Melfi has bookmarked a true story about three African-American women who helped save the space program back in the ‘60s.

“Hidden Figures” is based on a same-named non-fiction book by Margot Lee Shetterly. As it happens,…

January 13, 2017

We must learn to live with hawks

I think red tailed hawks are among the most magnificent birds in North America. They’re large, fast and very adaptable to life near humans. They are also beautifully colored although individual color may vary. Their menacing screeching call is intimidating.…

January 12, 2017

I struggle with winter, with darkness, with January.

But I'm finding some helpful companions in the struggle and beginning to cast a more generous eye toward these short days and long nights.

The sleet and bitingly cold temperatures of this past weekend and earlier this week have put all this even…

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