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 ...?


Aug. 01, 2015 @ 03:58 PM

Jason Hawkins: From Orange clay to Ivy League

When we are given the audacity to dream and set goals at an early age, one must be prepared if those dreams and goals soar. For Garrett Cloer, a product of rural northern Orange County, his dream and goal at age 10 was to play college football — somewhere.


Aug. 01, 2015 @ 03:53 PM

People's Pharmacy: Neosporin can trigger a bad reaction

I am severely allergic to latex, nickel and Neosporin. Now I am off work for two weeks due to a huge ulcerated lesion on my left knuckle.


Aug. 01, 2015 @ 03:35 PM

Susie Wilde: ‘Road Trip Carolina: A Ride Across the Old North State’

I was thrilled when Missy Julian Fox and Elaine O’Neil involved me in their latest project and it wasn’t just because our meeting meant sipping Orangeade at Sutton’s Drug Store. I’d seen their excellence evolve in their first successful book, “Goodnight Carolina” (McDonald & Associates, ages 4-8 and their parents), a rhythmic lullaby of a book, which Fox calls “a love letter to my home town.”


Aug. 01, 2015 @ 03:19 PM

Vicki Wentz: Run for your lives, old canned goods

Yesterday, while trying to pull a bag of rice from the pantry shelf where it was wedged, causing an avalanche of rigatoni, quinoa, beans & rice mixes, spaghetti, pancake mixes, whey (why?), grits, couscous, tabbouleh mixes, noodles and panko, it hit me: the undeniable, indisputable, all-consuming, almost lustful fever to ... clean out and reorganize. Yes, the pantry, but not just that — everywhere!


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.