The Chapel Hill Herald: Columnists

Feb. 12, 2015 @ 11:18 PM

Rituals can guide us through our most difficult days

“I think this is why they have rituals,” a friend said to me last week.  Her mother had died a just two days earlier, and already she was pushed to “take care of business” –the busyness that inevitably follows a death.  There are papers to file, drawers to empty, people to call.


Feb. 10, 2015 @ 06:45 PM

Alabama’s Judge Roy Moore – not again!

Judge Roy Moore is Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. His life is far more interesting than fictional stories.


Feb. 07, 2015 @ 04:04 PM

Vicki Wentz: Hey, community intimidators — survey this!

My fellow Americans, although I have decided not to become a presidential contender in 2016, I am nevertheless keeping my finger on the pulse of the country, and it has come to my attention that folks are receiving packets in the mail from the U.S. Census Bureau in the last few weeks. What? The census was taken in 2010, and according to the Constitution, we’re only supposed to be counted every ten years, so ...?


May. 23, 2015 @ 03:24 PM

Vicki Wentz: I mean, not that I ever hear voices ...

My son came over today — “Not To Visit, Mom!” he warned. “I just want to look through those boxes I stored in your attic for some notes I need.”


May. 23, 2015 @ 03:04 PM

Annual Got Grit 5K set for Saturday, May 30

There are words we all use for motivation. Words such as drive, overcome, persevere, and endure. The words and mechanisms for motivating an individual are endless and personal. Yet, for those who line up for the 6th Annual Got Grit 5K on Saturday, May 30 in Hillsborough, the starting moment will be all about G.R.I.T.


May. 23, 2015 @ 02:43 PM

Susie Wilde: Krakauer's 'Rape and the Justice System'

Scott Brick reads Jon Krakauer’s introductory author’s note for “Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town “ (Random House, approx.. 12 hours).


May. 19, 2015 @ 10:39 PM

Examining the tumult at Efland Cheeks School

Once upon a time, in the not too far-away village of Efland, there was a school named Efland Cheeks Elementary School.   In that school there was a young third-grade teacher named Omar Currie.   He was well-liked by his students and their parents


May. 16, 2015 @ 03:43 PM

Iconic Chapel Hill twins pass century mark

On April 20, Chapel Hill celebrated the 100th birthday of Barbara Stiles and Bernice Stiles Wade at their home on Gimghoul Road in Chapel Hill, where the tulips, azaleas, and other flowers were busting out in a cavalcade of colors — a scene that draws visitors to their garden and front yard every day during the spring—especially when that famous sign is up—the one that says “The Garden is Open.”


May. 16, 2015 @ 03:17 PM

Watching Our Wasteline: Recycling efforts on the upswing

Orange County’s urban curbside recycling program tonnage increased by 432 tons (11 percent) from July 2014 through March 2015 compared to the same time period in 2013-14.


May. 16, 2015 @ 03:14 PM

People's Pharmacy: Diabetes drug triggers billion-dollar settlement

Q. I am concerned about the Actos I take to control my blood sugar. I’ve seen lawyers’ ads on TV and in the newspapers advising that this drug could cause cancer. At first, I thought the ads were just a money-grubbing tactic.


May. 16, 2015 @ 02:23 PM

Vicki Wentz: Ah, the ‘joy’ of teaching

One year, I took my middle school 8th graders to see a play in a nearby town, although, on a school bus with a speed regulator on it and 40 screaming children, a teacher wouldn’t actually call it a “nearby” town. No, for a teacher it would fall under the heading “Might As Well Be Yemen.” But, as with childbirth, the heavens protect teachers from remembering the pain once it’s over, so that we’ll blindly trot right back into pregnancy and field trips as clueless as we were before.


May. 12, 2015 @ 11:03 PM

Don't want no short people 'round here

Randy Newman apparently wrote his song, “Short People,” about individuals who are short in a figurative sense -- meaning “short-tempered and small-minded.”  He was surprised at the strong reaction to the song, though he croons, “Short people got no reason to live.” 


May. 09, 2015 @ 03:25 PM

Jason Hawkins: For George and all the victims

Everyone has been touched by cancer. We all know someone or have lost someone or are losing someone and we all know fighters who refuse to be lost or lose.


May. 09, 2015 @ 03:18 PM

Vicki Wentz: Having a (Grand)-Mother’s Day

Several Mother’s Days ago, my daughter called and asked me to come take care of grandson Charlie for the weekend. Her husband, God bless him, wanted to take her away, just the two of them, before baby #2 was born. I was thinking about that weekend today. Why? Here’s what I wrote that day — that never got published:


May. 09, 2015 @ 03:12 PM

Susie Wilde: Kate Mulgrew’s rich writing a success

I don’t generally have great expectations when celebrities of any stripe cross genres to write a book. I hold out some hope for actors and actresses whose understanding of characterization and pacing has the potential to show up in their writing.