The Chapel Hill Herald: Columnists

Jun. 09, 2015 @ 11:21 PM

Nature is up to something, perhaps quite troublesome

Aristotle said, “Nature abhors a vacuum (horror vacui).” That statement has perhaps been disproven, but you won’t convince a Southerner who’s responsible for weed control that nature’s not up to something significant and possibly malevolent.

Jun. 06, 2015 @ 06:52 PM

Behold! The goddesses of Nepal!

The June issue of the National Geographic magazine has an article by Isabella Tree which begins with the story of Unica, a 6-year-old child who is going through the preliminary stages in her quest to become a kumari.  Unica lives in Patan, a city in the foothills of the Himalayas in Nepal.

Jun. 06, 2015 @ 03:51 PM

Jason Hawkins: You’re stronger than you think

Accomplishing personal fitness goals takes more than endurance, strength and willpower. There are moments that occur when the body and the mind are out of synch and in order to succeed, one must push through thoughts of quitting and weakness and overcome. For Maria Finnegan, being physically fit and healthy is not just a way of life. It’s a reason to live life.

Jun. 06, 2015 @ 03:34 PM

Vicki Wentz: As you step out into the world to dig your own hole ...

I’ve always wanted to be asked to give a commencement address, but except for my son’s preschool “ByeBye Banquet,” it has never happened and it probably never will. So, by golly, I’m going to do it here and now, for all you high school seniors out there who’ve heard it all, seen it all, and know it all. Here goes ,,,

Jun. 06, 2015 @ 03:24 PM

People's Pharmacy: Do Flonase, Nasacort harm sense of smell?

I used Flonase for many years and have lost about 90 percent of my sense of smell and have significant loss of taste. Six years ago, I had sinus surgery in hopes of improving these senses, but it didn’t work. I stopped using Flonase last year. No doctor ever suggested my loss of smell was from using Flonase. In retrospect, though, I’m pretty certain Flonase was the cause.

May. 30, 2015 @ 06:25 PM

Remembered pauses an opportunity to begin again

Once, during a busy time, I left work to run an errand in town.  Twenty minutes later I realized I was approaching my own driveway.  Lost in thought, I had driven on autopilot for longer than I care to admit.

May. 30, 2015 @ 03:30 PM

People's Pharmacy: People on blood thinners must avoid turmeric

Q. I have a lot of arthritic pain, so when you mentioned turmeric for joint pain, I thought I would try it. In three days, my nose was bleeding.

May. 30, 2015 @ 03:26 PM

Vicki Wentz: Me and the Mo'

When I met Mo’Nique (who had run her tail off on that tennis court in defiance of the heart attack that would surely have awaited, say, me) she hugged me so hard and so long that I felt I knew her intimately. Then, I realized it was one of those “we’re both famous” hugs that she wouldn’t give just anybody but me ... and my friend ... and Terry, the groundskeeper who happened to walk by with a shovel, but still, it was a great hug.

May. 30, 2015 @ 03:09 PM

Love of animals turns into a business

People sometimes need a good walk. The same can be said for dogs. Affectionately referred to as our best friends, living with a best friend is better when the best friend is allowed to stretch its paws. Enter Jodi Granata, of, Jodi’s Affordable Pet Sitting & Dog Walking service in Hillsborough.

May. 23, 2015 @ 03:24 PM

Vicki Wentz: I mean, not that I ever hear voices ...

My son came over today — “Not To Visit, Mom!” he warned. “I just want to look through those boxes I stored in your attic for some notes I need.”

May. 23, 2015 @ 03:04 PM

Annual Got Grit 5K set for Saturday, May 30

There are words we all use for motivation. Words such as drive, overcome, persevere, and endure. The words and mechanisms for motivating an individual are endless and personal. Yet, for those who line up for the 6th Annual Got Grit 5K on Saturday, May 30 in Hillsborough, the starting moment will be all about G.R.I.T.

May. 23, 2015 @ 02:43 PM

Susie Wilde: Krakauer's 'Rape and the Justice System'

Scott Brick reads Jon Krakauer’s introductory author’s note for “Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town “ (Random House, approx.. 12 hours).

May. 19, 2015 @ 10:39 PM

Examining the tumult at Efland Cheeks School

Once upon a time, in the not too far-away village of Efland, there was a school named Efland Cheeks Elementary School.   In that school there was a young third-grade teacher named Omar Currie.   He was well-liked by his students and their parents

May. 16, 2015 @ 03:43 PM

Iconic Chapel Hill twins pass century mark

On April 20, Chapel Hill celebrated the 100th birthday of Barbara Stiles and Bernice Stiles Wade at their home on Gimghoul Road in Chapel Hill, where the tulips, azaleas, and other flowers were busting out in a cavalcade of colors — a scene that draws visitors to their garden and front yard every day during the spring—especially when that famous sign is up—the one that says “The Garden is Open.”

May. 16, 2015 @ 03:17 PM

Watching Our Wasteline: Recycling efforts on the upswing

Orange County’s urban curbside recycling program tonnage increased by 432 tons (11 percent) from July 2014 through March 2015 compared to the same time period in 2013-14.