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.
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.
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.
In November, the voters will face an extremely important appellate court race. However, it will be a judicial quagmire: too many candidates!
“A Course in Miracles” is a book that has given spiritual guidance to people since 1976. It contains many lessons.
Once upon a time, not too long ago and not far away, in the State of Confusion, I was living in my home, minding my own business.
As a matter of fact, I was sleeping. Suddenly, in the late darkness of night, there is a tap-tap-tapping at the front door.
No building is more beloved by the people of Hillsborough than the Colonial Inn. It was built in 1838 and originally called the Orange Hotel. Folks recognized the special nature of the hotel right off the bat. Here is part of an ad that was published by the original owner, Isaac Spencer:
Pilot Mountain is one of the most recognized mountains in the state. It dominates the scenery for miles around it. A twisting 2.5-mile road leads to the top.
But a bill now before North Carolina legislators would let state officials rent out the park for private use.
In Victor Hugo's “Les Miserables,” Jean Valjean spends 19 years of his early life in prison. After his release from prison, he is befriended by a bishop, who invites him into his home. During the night, Jean Valjean wakes up, steals silver plates from the bishop, and flees. He is caught. The police bring him back to the bishop.
Denton, Texas, is considering a permanent ban on fracking within the city limits. While they are considering the matter, they have banned fracking.
This is the story of a woman named Cora. She was the only child in her family, and love and affection had been lavished on her by her parents. Her parents were not wealthy, yet they continued to support her, even after she graduated from college. She did not work for a living.
Atul Gawane wrote an article for the New Yorker about a man named Robert Felton who was imprisoned in solitary confinement for many years. Felton was considered to be impulsive, incorrigible, violent and dangerous.
On April 18, an avalanche on Mount Everest killed 16 Himalayan Sherpas.
As a result, the Sherpas have threatened a boycott of Mount Everest, and have left the mountain for the season.
Good for them!
To quote Will Rogers, “All I know is what I read in the newspapers.” According to the Daily Tar Heel, UNC Chapel Hill is hiring a New York attorney, Kenneth Wainstein, to investigate the football and basketball brouhaha. He is a prominent attorney with excellent credentials. The newspaper reports that he is being hired at $990 an hour and they have no agreement as to how long he takes.
On Feb. 23, the Syracuse basketball team came down to Durham to play Duke.
With less than 20 seconds left in the game, Duke was leading, 60 to 58. Syracuse had the ball. With only 10.5 seconds left, the Syracuse forward, C. J. Fair, drove in for the basket. He collided with Duke player Rodney Hood. A referee blew a whistle, and for a few brief seconds, many fans held their breath. Was it a charge against Syracuse or a block by Duke? A referee ruled it was a charge by Syracuse