The Chapel Hill Herald: Columnists

Feb. 14, 2015 @ 03:55 PM

People's Pharmacy: Testosterone not linked to heart attacks

I am a 54-year-old male, and I have noticed a drop-off in sexual performance and energy. I have seen commercials for products that either boost or cause your body to produce testosterone. What can you tell me about products that improve testosterone levels? Is there a downside?


Feb. 14, 2015 @ 03:24 PM

Jason Hawkins: Sassy goodness from Two Chicks Farm

There is something sassy about spreading peppered-jelly on something you are about to eat. There is also something sassy about a farm named Two Chicks Farm. Just outside Hillsborough, Audrey Lin and Debbie Donald toil in the soil of their small farm to create truly homemade products under the label Two Chicks Farm.


Feb. 14, 2015 @ 03:22 PM

Susie Wilde: Quintero’s ‘Gabi’ is beautifully written

Isabel Quintero’s “Gabi, a girl in pieces” won the William C. Morris award for best young adult debut novel (book from Cinco Puntos Press; audio from Listening Library, approximately 8 hours; ages 14 and up).


Feb. 14, 2015 @ 03:15 PM

Vicki Wentz: Speaking of f-f-f-frozen solid ... literally

We had a friend, Michelle, over for dinner last week. First, we had a couple of Margaritas, and later, over her second glass of wine, she told us a story about her husband’s dog, Bubba — a story she hasn’t even told her husband.


Feb. 12, 2015 @ 11:18 PM

Rituals can guide us through our most difficult days

“I think this is why they have rituals,” a friend said to me last week.  Her mother had died a just two days earlier, and already she was pushed to “take care of business” –the busyness that inevitably follows a death.  There are papers to file, drawers to empty, people to call.


Feb. 10, 2015 @ 06:45 PM

Alabama’s Judge Roy Moore – not again!

Judge Roy Moore is Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. His life is far more interesting than fictional stories.


Feb. 07, 2015 @ 04:04 PM

Vicki Wentz: Hey, community intimidators — survey this!

My fellow Americans, although I have decided not to become a presidential contender in 2016, I am nevertheless keeping my finger on the pulse of the country, and it has come to my attention that folks are receiving packets in the mail from the U.S. Census Bureau in the last few weeks. What? The census was taken in 2010, and according to the Constitution, we’re only supposed to be counted every ten years, so ...?


Feb. 07, 2015 @ 03:23 PM

People's Pharmacy: Does anti-anxiety medicine lead to Alzheimer’s?

Q. My wife has taken clonazepam for more than 15 years now and shows signs of Alzheimer’s disease. Is there clinical evidence to support this connection?


Jan. 31, 2015 @ 09:55 PM

Art Pope - powerful political power broker

Art Pope was director of organization for the gubernatorial campaign of Jim Martin, and Pope served as special counsel to Gov. Martin.  He owns Variety Wholesalers,

He was delegate to the Republican National Convention three times.   Pope served the N.C. House of Representatives in 1988 and remained in office several years.    He was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine.


Jan. 31, 2015 @ 04:47 PM

People's Pharmacy: Sore arm persists weeks after flu shot

It has been seven weeks since I had my annual flu shot, and my arm is still sore at the injection site. I do not think I have a Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration (SIRVA) from having the vaccine injected into the wrong area. Nonetheless, the shoulder feels like I received the shot two days ago.


Jan. 31, 2015 @ 04:42 PM

Vicki Wentz: A pig, a blanket, some peach schnapps ... It’s go time!

So, today is Super Bowl Sunday. I’m sure everyone has been to church (ahem) to “keep holy the sabbath”...and to pray that their team wins, meaning Seattle, because I mean hasn’t Tom Brady’s team (their name escapes me right now) won the Super Bowl like 782 times in the last 783 years? Enough, already!


Jan. 31, 2015 @ 04:13 PM

Susie Wilde: It's not what it looks like

I have listened to all Alexander McCall Smith’s No. 1 Ladies’ Detective books, including the newest, “The Handsome Man’s De Luxe Café” (Recorded Books, 9.75 hours). This is his 15th about Precious Ramotswe, the “standardly built” lady detective from Botswana. I count on the audios’ consistencies and never tire of the samenesses. This one, however, surprised me.


Jan. 27, 2015 @ 10:10 PM

An adult learning to read? Like learning new language

One of my favorite annual events in our community is the Writers for Readers Book & Author celebration sponsored by Orange Literacy, the organization that brings the gift of reading ability each year to hundreds of the thousands of people in our community who can’t read.


Jan. 24, 2015 @ 08:21 PM

People's Pharmacy: Popular drugs linked to Alzheimer’s disease

Are anti-anxiety agents and sleeping pills making us stupid? That is a question that is giving some scientists nightmares.


Jan. 24, 2015 @ 07:29 PM

Jason Hawkins: Getting fit is all about the individual

Beginning in February, the once empty garage space attached to the CarQuest building on Mayo Street (between the Ford dealership and the Social Services offices) will serve as the foundation for support towards fitness and health when Cross Fit Broad Reach, opens in Hillsborough.