The Chapel Hill Herald: Columnists

Oct. 18, 2014 @ 01:47 PM

Wilde: Great new Young Adult audios for book lovers

As school begins, I always think of how my children as teenagers, gave up reading for pleasure  because of coursework demands. Many of the books they were assigned were existential reads that they cared little about and didn’t care to discuss. I’ve been remembering this often as I’ve listened to some incredible new YA audios, many of which would engage adults as well.  

 

Oct. 14, 2014 @ 06:13 PM

Helpful hints for healthy house-sitting

We just returned from a much-needed weekend away and, as always, a house-sitter took care of things here.  “Things” needing care are primarily animals, and they can be demanding -- requiring detailed instructions and a bit of finesse to keep some in and others out. 


Oct. 08, 2014 @ 10:36 AM

Wentz: Just another “Once Upon a Time”

She was born five years ago today. She had lots of silky brown hair, tea-rosey cheeks, 10 fingers, 10 toes, tiny cherry lips, and a hefty set of lungs. She had her own ideas about things from the moment she was in the world, and she believed everyone needed to hear them immediately ... strongly ... loudly. She refused to open her eyes for quite a while, squeezing them shut throughout her howling disapproval as she was being weighed, cleaned and measured. In fact, the only thing that began to soothe that angry tirade was ... her grandmother’s voice.

 

Oct. 04, 2014 @ 02:13 PM

There’s child safety...and then there’s madness

I had a speaking engagement last week, before a group of wonderful, kind people...plus the men were hot.  The topic of the meeting this month was Child Safety.  I thought they were kidding.  I’m a humor writer, I reminded them.  Yes!, they answered delightedly...Funny!...about child safety.  


Oct. 04, 2014 @ 07:59 AM

Former history department chair Lloyd Kramer takes on a new task

Chapel Hill people live in the shadow of one of the world’s great universities, a place packed with faculty, staff, and students who are filled with knowledge and are enthusiastic about sharing it.


Oct. 01, 2014 @ 01:01 AM

A pioneering female Southern Baptist minister

If you grew up in Hillsborough and spent some childhood time in the woods and down by the creeks, you might have spied an unusual child practicing preaching to any flora or fauna that would lend an ear. 


Sep. 27, 2014 @ 10:04 PM

Wentz: It’s been a very moving experience

So, there we were: Moving Day, 2014. Hotter than the basement of hell, with humidity that was flown here personally from the darkest tropical jungles on the African continent possibly by a swarm of tsetse flies, one of which had bitten or stung Kevin (one of the six hunky moving men) five or six times after becoming trapped inside his T-shirt ... or, it could have been a bee, but still ...

 

Sep. 27, 2014 @ 07:01 PM

Don’t let grievances hide ‘light of the world in you’

 “A Course in Miracles” is a book that has given spiritual guidance to people since 1976. It contains many lessons.


Sep. 24, 2014 @ 10:54 AM

Wilde: Young adult books deal with death

John Green’s “The Fault in Our Stars” (Penguin Books, Brilliance Audio read by Kate Rudd; ages 13 and up) won fans of all ages when he courageously wrote about two teens dying of cancer who fall in love. Probably the factor that skyrocketed this book to fame (and into movie theaters) is that it provides equal measures of tears and laughter.  It will undoubtedly send teens looking for another book that’s similar.


Sep. 20, 2014 @ 11:22 AM

Wentz: Who needs a house out in Hackensack?

Moving Day is lots of fun, so much so that I’ve decided to capitalize it! This way I’ll never forget ... how much fun it is, I mean. Otherwise, I might make some silly pronouncement like I Will Never Move Again As Long As I Live, and miss out on all the big fun!!

 

Sep. 20, 2014 @ 08:51 AM

Industrial farming stealing Earth’s health

Whenever we make a case for (or against) something we think is important, we’ll often cite a study.  By referring to “studies,” we intend to use the best of the scientific method to help us make vital decisions -- often about our health.


Sep. 11, 2014 @ 01:00 PM

Wilde: Young adult books about coming of age as Native American

For years I’ve sought out Native American books, mostly because they are some of the least-published children’s books of diversity. I’ve seen these books develop, and recently listened to two incredible coming-of-age stories by people from within the culture.


Sep. 11, 2014 @ 12:05 PM

Wentz: Remember, we still owe them, you and I

Thursday was September 11 – my daughter's wedding anniversary. They were married 15 years ago, on a hot September day in Charlotte ... a really happy day.  Thirteen years ago, on their second anniversary, my daughter and her husband had taken off work at Wachovia Bank, and planned to spend the whole day together, starting with a romantic breakfast for two. They were just sitting down, watching "Good Morning, America," when that first plane hit the first tower.

 

Sep. 11, 2014 @ 12:15 AM

King Henry VIII vs. Gene Nichol

In 1534, King Henry VIII declared himself to be the supreme head of the Church of England.  That was a corrupt and dastardly decision.   However, his political power was absolute, so the people of England were stuck with his decision.


Sep. 04, 2014 @ 01:05 AM

Broadening, deepening intentions on a yoga mat

In yoga class an instructor often invites students to set an intention for the hour ahead.  The opportunity sometimes catches me off-guard, but after that initial, “Oh,” I quickly recognize what I need for the day ahead of me (calm, or forgiveness), and ask for it, or intend it.  I bring that intention into the poses that comprise a yoga class, and always leave better than when I arrived.