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 ...?


Jul. 26, 2015 @ 03:47 PM

Neil Offen: The man behind the words

Neil Offen is the internationally best-selling author of the international bestsellers Gidget Goes Red Chinese, The How to Get Fat Diet and other international bestsellers, as well as the man behind critically acclaimed supermarket shopping lists.


Jul. 25, 2015 @ 11:25 PM

Feeling gratitude for those objects brought by toil of others

My father was, among other things, a pretty good magician.  At birthday parties he would don a top hat and flourish a wand, making cards disappear from plain sight and coins materialize from audience members’ ears.


Jul. 25, 2015 @ 03:33 PM

Vicki Wentz: Honey, a mountain is for looking at ...

At the end of the day, I had lasagna ready for dinner, followed by blueberry pie. Immediately, my friends protested — way too much food! couldn’t possibly! could we just have some plain blueberries?…. I so need new friends.


Jul. 25, 2015 @ 03:31 PM

People's Pharmacy: Why does Benadryl keep some awake?

Products such as Benadryl and Tylenol PM that many people use to help them sleep have the opposite effect on me, causing me to be wide awake. Why is this?


Jul. 18, 2015 @ 03:45 PM

People's Pharmacy: How to treat head lice without lindane

My 10-year-old just brought lice home from a friend’s house and gave it to her five brothers and sisters and myself. We have always used lindane, but the doctor said to use permethrin instead. That didn’t work. What else can we do? And what is wrong with lindane?


Jul. 18, 2015 @ 03:31 PM

Watching Our Wasteline: Electronics recycling

A possible new state law may eliminate some funding for Orange County’s electronics recycling program that now collects well over 400 tons a year of electronics from residents and small businesses for recycling and reprocessing.


Jul. 11, 2015 @ 03:52 PM

Vicki Wentz: Riding through the oranges on a banana pudding roll

There are big things going on at your neighborhood grocery store, people. The self-checkout lanes, the expansion of bakeries and delis, the anti-bacterial hand wipes at the door, and the automated shopping carts for those who cannot walk around the store for one reason or another.


Jul. 11, 2015 @ 03:34 PM

People's Pharmacy: Generic Celebrex leaves patients in pain

You are not the only one to complain about celecoxib. Dozens of people have written to us saying that the generic does not provide the same pain relief as brand-name Celebrex.


Jul. 07, 2015 @ 12:06 AM

Toppling life-script’s jailer like Saddam Hussein’s statue

Most of my best friends, ranging in age from mid-20s to early 70s, are facing significant life changes.  For different reasons we find ourselves at high-speed intersections asking, “What now?”


Jul. 04, 2015 @ 09:21 PM

Pope Francis, a light in the darkness

It is both interesting and refreshing to read about the actions and statements of Pope Francis.


Jul. 04, 2015 @ 03:48 PM

Vicki Wentz: It’s all about (anti-)social media, my ‘friend’

I needed a week to recuperate from my last column, people, but I will now attempt to tackle a few more aspects of so-called social media today. I say “so-called” because in my opinion (which, let’s be honest, is the only one that counts ... in this column) social media is about as ANTI-social as anything could possibly be!


Jul. 04, 2015 @ 03:30 PM

Susie Wilde: ‘Not My Father’s Son’

Alan Cumming, author and reader of his memoir “Not My Father’s Son” (Harper Audio, Blackstone Audio, 6.5 hours), recently won two 2015 Audie awards — one for Best Narration by the Author and the second for Best Memoir. Both were well-deserved.