Don’t you just love it when you’re traveling, and it’s 6 p.m. and you’re starving, and you’re on a country road, and it’s 92 degrees outside, and suddenly you come to a complete stop, seeing cars stopped for miles in front of you and there’s nothing around except an occasional cow and some trees, and for some reason the folks going the other way are zipping by, no problem, looking at you with gleeful smirks, and you don’t know how or whom to call to find out what’s going on?
The Herald-Sun newspaper of Oct. 8 had two articles that showed opposing attitudes about college drinking.
The first article was about a dorm on the campus of Troy University in Alabama. The students living in the dorm adhere to a strict non-drinking policy. They also do community service work and must have a minimum grade-point average. It is called the Newman Center.
I have been building a small volcano in my stomach in recent months, and unless I eat only white things like rice, bagels and plain pasta, it will erupt, involving anything from minor to please-shoot-me pain. The doctor says I have an ulcer (please, I raised two children alone from babyhood with no money and mostly no job, no car, no washer, no dryer and no air-conditioning ... I am WAY overdue). She gave me medicine, which I take reluctantly, because being Italian and a Scorpio, I believe I’d be fine if everyone simply did things the way I want them to.
Rainbow Rowell burst on the scene with “Eleanor and Park” (St Martin’s Griffin, ages 14 and up), the story of an unpopular, unattractive, prickly young woman who wins the love of Park. Park, the book’s second narrator, gets past Eleanor’s guardedness and learns heartbreaking truths that rule her life. Rowell’s first book captured children’s book fans, including the celebrated YA author John Green who wrote a glowing New York Times article, and five writers who gave it starred reviews.
Today, Oct. 6, is my granddaughter Gracie’s birthday.
She is four years old and adorable, with soft, light brown hair (normally in a ponytail with a big bow), chubby cheeks and twinkling, chocolate eyes. She walks with a determined march, she orders her big brothers around, she adores make-up and baking with Mama and she loves carrots dunked in peanut butter (although she mostly uses the carrots as handy spoons).
Her father calls her “the tiny terrorist,” but she just knows exactly what she likes, and she expects to get what she wants when she wants it ... not that she’s spoiled or anything.
In today’s Chapel Hill, we are surrounded by neighbors and university students who come from a Chinese background.
Not too many years ago, however, seeing an Asian face would be a rare event in Chapel Hill and rarer still in other towns and small cities in the South.
Thanks to a new book “Southern Fried Rice,” we can get a look at what it was like to be part of the only Chinese family in a small southern town. The author, John Jung, retired professor of Psychology at California State University, Long Beach, grew up in Macon, Georgia, where his father owned the “Sam Lee” Laundry.
We as Americans know when a person is arrested and jailed in our country he or she has the right to a lawyer regardless of ability to pay.
Here’s the thing, though: People -- including American citizens -- who are jailed on immigration violations do not have those same rights.
As the daughter of one photographer and the mother of another, I am steeped in the language of cameras, with words like “aperture” and concepts such as “depth of field.” These days most of my pictures are taken with my smart phone, but I own an old Minolta 101 Single Lens Reflex (SLR) and know the basics of how to use it.
It has become an article of faith among public policymakers today in Virginia and across the country: Universities and colleges must emphasize and expand their offerings in science, technology, engineering and math to meet the workplace demands of tomorrow.
No one enjoys being admitted to a hospital as a patient. However, once you are there, you can do some things to make your stay more pleasant.
One always wonders about new books from authors whose books have created a sensation. Will they be able to fulfill the promise, or was this a one-time amazement? Elizabeth Wein and Rainbow Rowell have each published a second book this year and all these books deliver!
I remember when I was quite new to this column, just a month or so in, and someone asked me what it was like to be a columnist. I literally turned around to see who they were talking to before realizing it was me…a columnist!
To: Mr. Joe Rich, President of Bumpy Mountain Medical Center.
Dear Mr. Rich: I do apologize, I know your name isn’t really Mr. Rich. I know it’s Mr. Higgenbothamous, or whatever, but Rich just seems more appropriate somehow ... and a lot easier to spell.
My family and friends in Syria are calling on America to save them from a regime that massacres its own people. More than 100,000 Syrians have lost their lives at the hands of President Bashar al-Assad’s forces, with another 6 million displaced from their homes, a third of whom are finding refuge in neighboring countries.
Have you ever heard of the village of Bayou Corne?
It is in a swampy area in south-central Louisiana. Last year it had a population of about 360 people.