The Chapel Hill Herald: Columnists

Jun. 13, 2015 @ 03:37 PM

Vicki Wentz: Don’t hate her because she’s beautiful ... not!

Today I’d like to address something I know is on all of our minds. Most of us are afraid to confront this issue, unless it pertains to one of our own children, but I will take it on. The subject, of course, is female hairstyles.

Jun. 13, 2015 @ 03:27 PM

Guest column: It’s time to close the achievement gap

Ensuring that all students in Orange County have the opportunity to learn, so they may achieve academic and individual success in life is a major goal of both Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools and Orange County Schools.

Jun. 13, 2015 @ 03:25 PM

People's Pharmacy: Testosterone gel smelled up the house

Q. My husband recently had to switch testosterone gels due to a change in insurance coverage. The new product was a generic testosterone. After he used it just one day, our whole house smelled like floral-scented dryer sheets. It took me a day to figure out that the culprit was the chemical pentadecalactone.

Jun. 13, 2015 @ 03:08 PM

In Hillsborough, it’s doing it the Woods way

Sometimes, it just feels natural to do what is natural. Such is the case for the Woods family in Hillsborough.

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.