The Chapel Hill Herald: Columnists

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.


Apr. 15, 2015 @ 08:31 PM

Vicki Wentz ... Dear TWNBOML: Spin this!!

I am frickin’ sick and tired of being “taken care of” by someone who “knows better” than I do how to run my life! I am sick of having things frustrate, delay and deny me because the big “THEY” (hereafter known as Those Who Need to Butt Out of My Life ... or TWNBOML, pronounced twin-bahm-el) decided on a better way “for my own safety”.


Apr. 14, 2015 @ 09:05 PM

Watching Our Wasteline: Shred A Thons on way

Those big blue roll carts continue to help recycling increase in Orange County. From July 2014 through March 2015, the urban program serving about 18,500 households has seen a 17 percent increase in curbside recycling or another 536 tons.


Apr. 11, 2015 @ 06:37 PM

11 useful secrets of mediation

There are many secrets on the subject of mediation.  Here are 11.


Apr. 11, 2015 @ 03:41 PM

Vicki Wentz: Look down, darlin’! It’s right there! Look down!

Happy Belated Easter to you all. I wish you peace, love and a basketful of jellybeans! I’m on Spring break…FINALLY! And, in honor of this wondrous holiday, I began a poem.


Apr. 11, 2015 @ 03:22 PM

Susie Wilde: Depth of grief revealed

Earlier this year I was startled to find myself grieving for my mother on her March birthday and I knew her death date was almost exactly a month away. “It’s been four years since she died, why am I still grieving?” I asked myself.


Apr. 11, 2015 @ 03:14 PM

People's Pharmacy: How low should sodium go?

Q. I was feeling awful for several weeks and went to see my doctor. He had no idea why I felt so terrible. ... Eventually, I couldn’t take it anymore and went to the ER. There I was put through a lot of tests. The doctor found I was low in sodium and said I should add salt to my diet. I was surprised and said my primary-care doctor had told me to restrict my salt intake to help control my high blood pressure. ... I followed the ER doctor’s advice and started putting salt in my food. Before long, I felt better. Am I making my hypertension worse?


Apr. 11, 2015 @ 03:02 PM

Jason Hawkins: A young and growing business idea

It’s tough being young and professional. Perhaps it’s even tougher being professional and being young. Either way, the mechanics of the image of professional people has changed in recent decades.


Apr. 08, 2015 @ 02:56 PM

Feeding food-insecurity in the midst of plenty

In a place where chives and strawberries sometimes grow wild on the cracks between sidewalks, you might not expect there to be a hunger crisis. However, one in five adults and even more little ones are living with hunger.


Apr. 04, 2015 @ 06:44 PM

Scammer now knows he hurts vulnerable people

This is a tale with a surprise ending that began with a dreaded phone call -- one that thankfully didn’t bear news of an accident or illness.  What other call might scare us?  That would be one from the Internal Revenue Service.


Apr. 04, 2015 @ 03:52 PM

Troop 328 to put roar back in speedway

Once, the roar of the engines suppressed the roar of the crowd at the historic Occoneechee Speedway in Hillsborough. When the inaugural Occoneechee 5K begins on April 11th at the speedway, runners will be racing and the roar will be heard from bystanders.


Apr. 04, 2015 @ 03:46 PM

Susie Wilde: ‘Smekday’ a gem among crazy kids’ books

Adam Rex is one of the craziest writers in children’s books. He has a tickle-your-funny-bone sense of humor, flavored with a bit of the ridiculous.


Apr. 04, 2015 @ 03:40 PM

Vicki Wentz: Open letter to a brand new nephew

I’m your new Great-Aunt Vicki, and I’m so excited that you’re finally here! Not that I minded sitting in the hospital waiting for you to come ... and waiting ... and waiting ... FOREVER ... but, still ... I thought today I’d welcome you to the family, little Jack. Just warning you: In the days to come, I will hold you, cuddle you and kiss you until you protest really loudly. Get over it.


Apr. 04, 2015 @ 03:27 PM

People's Pharmacy: Tai chi painful on generic Celebrex

Celecoxib (Celebrex) is a kind of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) called a COX-2 inhibitor. Supposedly, it is less likely to cause gastrointestinal irritation and ulcers than classic NSAIDs such as diclofenac, ibuprofen and naproxen.


Mar. 28, 2015 @ 05:00 PM

The man who would not hurt a fly

Back in 2010, when Blake Mitchell was 4 years old, he lived in a large home northeast of Hillsborough.  Living with him were his mom, Christine; his dad, Joseph Mitchell; his two older siblings, who were 10 and 13; and his granddad, Peter Perolini.