The Chapel Hill Herald: Columnists

Nov. 23, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

Thanksgiving holiday pick-up schedules

The Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule for the Orange County Solid Waste Department is as follows:


Nov. 23, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

Research not available on statins and anorgasmia

             Q. I am a healthy, 53-year-old man with high cholesterol. I take atorvastatin to keep it under control.


Nov. 22, 2014 @ 09:41 PM

Wentz: Give thanks, grab the bourbon, and take cover!!

I had planned a quiet Thanksgiving. Just me, all alone, with a Stouffer’s turkey dinner.  Sure, it’s pathetic, but I’m not the daughter who married a guy from Charlotte whose family might want to see them at Thanksgiving. And, I’m not the son who decided to go visit his cousins in New York ... cousins who, I might add, never went through 12 hours of labor to bring him into this world. So, I guess we all know whose fault it was that I’d be eating Stouffer’s turkey all alone on Thanksgiving ... but, you know me, I don’t complain.

 

Nov. 22, 2014 @ 01:10 PM

Lots of books, every year

1,000.

That’s the answer to this question: How many North Carolina related books are published each year.


Nov. 18, 2014 @ 10:41 PM

Twelve reasons we should be thankful

There are an infinite number of things we can be thankful for.  We can forget them when times are rough.  Here are some of the things we can be thankful for.


Nov. 15, 2014 @ 10:50 AM

Wentz: Give me a coffin filled with coconut oil

Mom, says my son, I’ve been reading a lot about the benefits of coconut oil. They say that it’s really great for your skin and even your hair. You should try it on your hands ... and your arms ... so you don’t let your skin get all thin and papery like Grandma’s, you know?


Nov. 12, 2014 @ 11:23 AM

Martin: Former East Chapel Hill ‘choir geek’ returns as star of PlayMakers production

Last week, the director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in the Research Triangle Park, Linda Birnbaum, and her husband, David, had a special reason to attend opening night of the PlayMakers production of William Shakespeare’s  “Midsummer’s Night’s Dream.”

 

Nov. 08, 2014 @ 01:16 PM

Brittany Maynard takes her own life

Brittany Maynard did exactly what she promised to do.  She caused a national debate about physician-assisted suicide.  A few months ago she told journalists that she planned to end her life November 1; and did exactly that.   She did so by swallowing lethal drugs allowed under an Oregon law allowing terminally ill people to choose when to die. She was 29 years old.


Nov. 04, 2014 @ 04:20 PM

Wentz: And four … and three … and two … and one …

In preparation for the humongous amount of food I will consume during Thanksgiving -- which includes my birthday a few days before and the leftovers for a few days afterward -- I’ve started exercising right after I get up in the morning. Well, right after I brush my teeth and make my bed. And, I don’t actually do the actual exercises, per se, I just sort of ... uh ... watch them on TV. But that is the first step, as any personal trainer will tell you. I mean, everyone knows that the path to recovery ... or thinness ... begins by admitting you have a problem, and I’m able to announce proudly now that I have always had a problem with exercise, so I’m trying to do something about it, GET OFF MY BACK!

 

Nov. 01, 2014 @ 09:45 PM

A story comes full circle at historic Murphey School

I was living in North Carolina when I first heard of Clyde Edgerton, but the news of his novel, “Raney,” came to me via my hometown in Arkansas.  A childhood friend had written me (pre-email days) about a book she had fallen in love with.  “I think the author lives near you,” my friend wrote.


Nov. 01, 2014 @ 01:17 PM

Oh, but it makes your life sooo easy, Vicki!

So, yesterday I broke down in tears, and I am totally not making this up. Didn’t plan it -- simply a spontaneous eruption. Granted, being mostly Italian, my tears are not shocking news, but still, this was not due to the typical causes: loved ones injured, lost shoes, brownies burned, wounded soldiers returning from overseas, puppy mills, wishing I could eat the burned brownies (shouldn’t the process of burning them burn out the calories? Just saying...).

 

Oct. 28, 2014 @ 01:59 PM

Wilde: Great books for learning disabled students

Recently I taught a professional development class for teachers that yielded fascinating discussions about books that best serve learning disabled students. 


Oct. 25, 2014 @ 06:57 PM

Contenders for Martin seat on Court of Appeals

A strange thing happened during the first week of August 2014.   The Martin seat on the NC Court of Appeals was vacated.  The election will be in the November general election. On the morning of Aug. 1, no candidate had filed for that seat.


Oct. 25, 2014 @ 12:13 PM

If only we’d known that we didn’t know what we thought we knew!

Just read another “news release” on the Ebola crisis in the United States ... boy, those are six words you never thought you’d say -- “Ebola crisis in the United States.” And, I’m no genius, but this didn’t have to happen, did it? I mean, here’s what essentially occurred:

 

Oct. 18, 2014 @ 09:59 PM

Following all the signs back to the classroom

Everyone’s back in school now, including me. No, not as in TAKING classes to BECOME, say, a doctor, but as in TEACHING classes so that I can afford to GO to the doctor. I’m very excited to return to the classroom, though, especially to teaching middle and high school students, because I am totally out of the loop on what’s cool nowadays ... for example, it’s probably not cool to say “nowadays”.