Lifestyles: Columnists

Aug. 19, 2014 @ 10:04 AM

Matthews: My friend, Pablamente

He was quiet, wore glasses and was the kind of redhead that ran a real risk of bursting into flame when exposed to the sun. He was also one of the smartest, and most talented kids in our class.

 

Aug. 12, 2014 @ 12:57 PM

Mango reaction may predict poison ivy and latex allergy

Q. Many years ago, while my dad was stationed in Hawaii, I climbed mango trees to pick mangoes for chutney. I had a terrible reaction: My eyes were swollen shut, my hands were so swollen that I couldn't close them, and I missed school for two weeks.


Aug. 12, 2014 @ 01:53 PM

Ballad of Petey’s chicken stew

Ladies and germs — we have an authentic Christmas miracle.

I’ve mentioned before how impossible is it to get Petey to choose our evening meal.  I get bupkis, neither by spontaneous utterance, nor when he’s prodded by a spouse who shall not be named.  

 

Aug. 13, 2014 @ 02:08 PM

Big fat lies

It's all been a big fat, supersized lie.


Aug. 07, 2014 @ 10:10 AM

Three artists who transform found objects

Found objects: stuff from scrap stores, flea markets, Dumpsters, abandoned houses and yard sales have found their way into art galleries by way of both highly trained artists and those who are self-taught.


Aug. 05, 2014 @ 10:19 AM

Cream of consciousness

Perhaps you’ve noticed my email handle at the end of the column every week; it’s ‘Momsequitur’.

 

Aug. 05, 2014 @ 09:07 AM

Could a yellow-jacket sting be lethal?

Q. I got stung by yellow jackets last week and reacted terribly. I swelled up and broke out in hives all over my body. It was so unbearable, I had to go to the emergency room for treatment.


Jul. 31, 2014 @ 12:14 PM

Craven has ceramics, paintings; three different shows at Arts Council

This week Craven Allen is showing ceramics and paintings and at the Durham Arts Council are three very different painting shows. Craven Allen’s exhibition space is beautifully arranged with Brad Tucker’s pottery seemingly floating on their glass shelves against the bright greens and yellows of Linwood Hart’s paintings.

 

Jul. 29, 2014 @ 10:47 AM

Remedial recipes

When I write a column, it’s a careful dance.


Jul. 29, 2014 @ 10:31 AM

Don't overlook Swiss chard

When you think of summer produce, which vegetable or fruit first comes to mind? Corn? Watermelon? Tomatoes?

I'd wager that Swiss chard isn't anywhere in your top 10 ... or even your top 20.
Swiss chard zipped across my radar when my CSA (community supported agriculture) box arrived the other week. Inside was a big bag filled with chard and all its colorful stems; yellow, pale green, magenta and red. Chard's leaves look like spinach, only larger. 


Jul. 24, 2014 @ 05:01 PM

Political exhibitions spotlight power of art

Art can be a powerful voice against evil, social injustice and corruption.  


Jul. 22, 2014 @ 10:21 AM

Durham is almost perfect

My kitchen sensai, Chef Chrissie, has taught me many things.


Jul. 15, 2014 @ 07:36 PM

Gee whiz, a simple parfait

I’ve done it a total of three times.

The first time was like being flung out of a giant slingshot.  The next two were more gentle and gradual.  The final time it lasted six hours.

Many people do it alone, but being a novice I always did it with another person.


Jul. 15, 2014 @ 08:27 AM

Using seasonal abundance from CSAs

Right now I have eight medium-to-large zucchini in my refrigerator just waiting for me to decide their ultimate fate. Why? I joined Maple Spring Gardens CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)  in Cedar Grove, this spring.


Jul. 10, 2014 @ 11:31 AM

Two different spaces, two good shows

Two shows as different from each other as found objects are from archival papers ordered from Japan are about to close. At the Scrap Exchange are the small tabletop sculptures by Christopher Kearney. At Light Art + Design are works on paper by Ippy Patterson and Leigh Suggs. Check them out if you can. In any event not only is the art a treat, but each gallery has important business news to report.