The Chapel Hill Herald: Columnists

May. 16, 2015 @ 02:23 PM

Vicki Wentz: Ah, the ‘joy’ of teaching

One year, I took my middle school 8th graders to see a play in a nearby town, although, on a school bus with a speed regulator on it and 40 screaming children, a teacher wouldn’t actually call it a “nearby” town. No, for a teacher it would fall under the heading “Might As Well Be Yemen.” But, as with childbirth, the heavens protect teachers from remembering the pain once it’s over, so that we’ll blindly trot right back into pregnancy and field trips as clueless as we were before.


May. 12, 2015 @ 11:03 PM

Don't want no short people 'round here

Randy Newman apparently wrote his song, “Short People,” about individuals who are short in a figurative sense -- meaning “short-tempered and small-minded.”  He was surprised at the strong reaction to the song, though he croons, “Short people got no reason to live.” 


May. 09, 2015 @ 03:25 PM

Jason Hawkins: For George and all the victims

Everyone has been touched by cancer. We all know someone or have lost someone or are losing someone and we all know fighters who refuse to be lost or lose.


May. 09, 2015 @ 03:18 PM

Vicki Wentz: Having a (Grand)-Mother’s Day

Several Mother’s Days ago, my daughter called and asked me to come take care of grandson Charlie for the weekend. Her husband, God bless him, wanted to take her away, just the two of them, before baby #2 was born. I was thinking about that weekend today. Why? Here’s what I wrote that day — that never got published:


May. 09, 2015 @ 03:12 PM

Susie Wilde: Kate Mulgrew’s rich writing a success

I don’t generally have great expectations when celebrities of any stripe cross genres to write a book. I hold out some hope for actors and actresses whose understanding of characterization and pacing has the potential to show up in their writing.


May. 09, 2015 @ 03:04 PM

People's Pharmacy: Injections less costly than Viagra

You have occasionally gotten questions about Viagra being expensive. Some men would like a different treatment for erectile dysfunction.


May. 02, 2015 @ 03:39 PM

Youngster shows understanding of wetlands

Sometimes it takes a different interpretation to bring an issue to light. Sometimes, it takes the inspired mind of a nine year-old to show the importance of a natural resource.


May. 02, 2015 @ 12:45 AM

Walking the AT trail – dream deferred but living still

There exists a genre of literature that has gone largely unrecognized among more common ones like fiction, poetry, non-fiction and biography.  One thing defines this lesser-known genre -- the writers talk a lot about food; but authors here focus on quantity, not quality.  They will seemingly eat anything in their path, and the path before them is the Appalachian Trail (AT).


Apr. 25, 2015 @ 03:46 PM

People's Pharmacy: A 2nd look at advice on Cymbalta

Q. You blew it in your answer to a person who lost insurance and went off Cymbalta. You suggested ways to manage depression without medication. Would you suggest someone “manage” diabetes without medication?


Apr. 25, 2015 @ 03:45 PM

Susie Wilde: Love & war, A photographer’s life

In her memoir, “It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War” (Blackstone Audio, 9 hours), Lynsey Addario creates an immediate and horrifying snapshot of her life as a conflict photographer. It’s March 2011 in Ajdabiya, Libya. She and other colleagues ready themselves to capture images of a bombed out car “with human remains splattered all over the back seat.” She pans out, sets the scene succinctly by describing the beginning of Egyptian Spring,” the revolution that has become a war.”


Apr. 25, 2015 @ 03:38 PM

Vicki Wentz: The tale of The Seven Dwarfs ... and ‘two’ women

Once upon a time, there were seven little dwarfs who lived deep inside the busy metropolis of a woman’s healthy, active body. They were only seen on rare occasions until the woman was around 53 years old, but at that point there would be a giant eruption, like a volcano, deep inside this mega-city, which caused the dwarfs to emerge and become very rowdy and, eventually, out of control, driving most of the more orderly and desirable inhabitants of this bustling burg far, far away.


Apr. 21, 2015 @ 09:36 PM

John Hinckley, the luckiest man alive

John Hinckley Jr. was an off-and-on student at Texas Tech University.  After that, he was unsuccessful in getting a job.    He began to buy weapons and practice shooting and was given anti-depressants and tranquilizers


Apr. 18, 2015 @ 03:31 PM

Jason Hawkins: Music down by the river

The Riverwalk in Hillsborough has provided an ambience and appeal that is symbolic of the character of Hillsborough. On Saturday, April 25, the grassy area that traces Riverwalk downtown will be home to the inaugural River Park Concert.


Apr. 18, 2015 @ 02:03 PM

Stopping Cymbalta resulted in disaster

Q. I have suffered from depression almost my whole life. I’ve also been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and arthritis. I was prescribed Cymbalta, as it is supposed to help depression and fibromyalgia.


Apr. 18, 2015 @ 08:45 AM

3 phrases that can steer us toward our better selves

In conversations I have with my friends, I’ve noticed some phrases we say fairly often - expressions that have moved into our language base in recent years and are repeated often.  We speak them to ourselves and to each other in difficult or stressful times and most of the time these words elicit a deep sigh, a shift in perspective (both vision and opinion), and a physical and emotional relaxation that brings peace.