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 ...?


Feb. 28, 2015 @ 09:07 PM

Our reaction to the triple murder

A newlywed couple, Deah Barakat and Yusor Abu-Salha, and Abu-Salha's sister, Razan Abu-Salha were murdered in Chapel Hill on Feb. 10.

Our first reaction to that was horror.  The second reaction was fear.  Many people asked the police, “Are we safe?”


Feb. 28, 2015 @ 03:58 PM

A LITTLE SMOKE: Lil’ Smokey protege fans own flames

For 11-year-old Hunter Burch, a fifth grader at Hillsborough’s Pathways Elementary School, the fire to grill meat and cook has been burning for a few years.


Feb. 28, 2015 @ 03:41 PM

Vicki Wentz ... From mother to daughter: a good-night story

When my little girl was two-and-a-half years old, she fell in love with angels. My son was only around a year at the time, so the bedtime stories I began to tell were mainly for my daughter. I found and read to her every classic book for her age, and she loved them all, but mostly begged for angel stories, and those were hard to find. So, I made one up.


Feb. 28, 2015 @ 01:11 PM

People's Pharmacy: Caffeine in night cream was waking her up

When shopping for cosmetics at a department store, I told the salesperson about my sleep dilemma, and how it almost seemed like my nighttime ritual could be the problem. She told me it most likely was!


Feb. 21, 2015 @ 04:44 PM

PPI drugs increase intestinal damage due to NSAIDs

Physicians have long recognized that popular pain relievers like aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen can harm the digestive tract. These nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are a mainstay of arthritis treatment.


Feb. 21, 2015 @ 03:09 PM

Vicki Wentz: Stay inside or face certain death!

At 7:30 Tuesday morning, my just-turned-5 granddaughter, Gracie, called. When I answered, she said, “Gaga, it’s vewy exciting news! It’s SNOWING IN NORSE CAWOLINA! AT MY HOUSE!” (I’m not sure where my grandkids think I go when I leave Charlotte after visiting them. Chapel Hill might as well be the moon, as far as they’re concerned.) And, she was right — it was snowing at MY HOUSE, TOO!


Feb. 21, 2015 @ 02:30 PM

Watching Our Wasteline: Compost, mulch & more

Orange County has reduced the cost of its yard waste mulch by 40 percent, from $25 per scoop (about three cubic yards) down to $15 per scoop through March 31. Mulch is available for sale at the landfill, 1514 Eubanks Road, and hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.


Feb. 21, 2015 @ 08:54 AM

Real ‘Pioneer Week’ not so charming, but instructive

When my children were young we planned to live out a “Pioneer Week,” turning off the electricity and running water here on the farm, and moving through our days as our county’s residents might have done during my grandmother’s childhood.  We discussed this idea in the early-to-mid 1990s, before home computers were so ubiquitous and when cell phones were still the size of bricks and nearly as heavy.


Feb. 14, 2015 @ 04:50 PM

Watching Our Wasteline: Compost, mulch & more

In the first semester of this UNC academic year a new food scrap collection program at six UNC dormitories including Ehringhaus, Manning East, Ram Village, Hinton James, Connor, and Cobb yielded over 1,200 pounds of compostable food waste.


Feb. 14, 2015 @ 03:55 PM

People's Pharmacy: Testosterone not linked to heart attacks

I am a 54-year-old male, and I have noticed a drop-off in sexual performance and energy. I have seen commercials for products that either boost or cause your body to produce testosterone. What can you tell me about products that improve testosterone levels? Is there a downside?


Feb. 14, 2015 @ 03:24 PM

Jason Hawkins: Sassy goodness from Two Chicks Farm

There is something sassy about spreading peppered-jelly on something you are about to eat. There is also something sassy about a farm named Two Chicks Farm. Just outside Hillsborough, Audrey Lin and Debbie Donald toil in the soil of their small farm to create truly homemade products under the label Two Chicks Farm.


Feb. 14, 2015 @ 03:22 PM

Susie Wilde: Quintero’s ‘Gabi’ is beautifully written

Isabel Quintero’s “Gabi, a girl in pieces” won the William C. Morris award for best young adult debut novel (book from Cinco Puntos Press; audio from Listening Library, approximately 8 hours; ages 14 and up).