Lifestyles: Columnists

Sep. 30, 2014 @ 10:10 AM

Matthews: Heidi and enchiladas

The sad, grubby little clipping had been stuck on the fridge forever.  I’d torn the recipe from some magazine months, or even a year ago.


Sep. 27, 2014 @ 11:15 AM

Graedons: Acetone breath from a high-fat ketogenic diet

Q. I have been reading about the advantages of a ketogenic diet to lose weight and control blood sugar. I tried this in the past. I lost fat and felt healthy, but I had horrible acetone-smelling breath. This was even mentioned in my student evaluations -- not a good thing for a professor. Is there any way to avoid this?


Sep. 25, 2014 @ 11:21 AM

Greenberg: Many cameras, many visions at the Ackland

“Photography is a problem,” said Peter Nisbet, interim director and curator of the new photography show at the Ackland Art Museum. At the press preview, he talked about the deluge of photographs that will not stop. Everyone takes pictures, he said, and for a museum which has the biggest photography collection in the state, the question remains, is it art and which images are worth preserving? With that said, Nisbet introduced a show filled with 150 photographs chosen from more than 500 that have been collected in the last 10 years.


Sep. 23, 2014 @ 08:48 AM

Matthews: Worth it, salt

“But it wears out the pasta pots!”

That was the Newtonian-level reasoning behind Olive Garden’s policy of cooking pasta in unsalted water.


Sep. 23, 2014 @ 08:39 AM

Mauer: A new twist on pasta

I've loved pasta since my first serving of mac and cheese.
My love affair has been on hold for a bit since my path for the past three months has been avoiding sugars and refined carbs and ... well ... macaroni's a refined carb.
Of course, that's not a surprise. Almost 20 years ago Molly O'Neill wrote "Bye-bye, pasta. It's been fun," in The New York Times. As she sadly waved goodbye, she explained that even though a calorie is a calorie, if you are pre-diabetic (which in 2012 meant 86 million Americans age 20 and older), your body handles refined carbs by efficiently processing them into fat for a future famine.


Sep. 18, 2014 @ 11:01 AM

Greenberg: At 60, Durham Art Guild on sound footing

Sixty years is a long time to keep a volunteer organization going, but the Durham Art Guild has prospered;  the artist members ply their trade as professionals and the exhibitions provide a platform rarely found in any community, much less one the size of Durham. This year the show of 89 objects by 67 artists is exceptional; there was more work submitted than last year and the gallery looks better than it ever has. Katie Seiz, executive director of the guild and the person responsible for day-to-day operations, deserves a huge round of applause.


Sep. 16, 2014 @ 10:59 AM

Graedons: Ice addict hospitalized due to anemia

Q. I am addicted to ice and eat big cups of it daily at both work and home. I compulsively fill the ice trays when they seem a little low.


Sep. 16, 2014 @ 09:22 AM

Matthews: The untitled Joe Cuffy project

In high school, there was a guy named Kenny Brite. He was one of those old geezers that sit around the general store spinning yarns, only in a teenager’s body. 

 

Sep. 11, 2014 @ 10:14 AM

Greenberg: Remembering Chicquor’s work at NCCU

Isabel Chicquor (1943-2011), a highly trained artist, taught studio art for 30 years in N.C. Central University’s art department. This month, the university’s museum is honoring her with an exhibition of her paintings and photographs. The 49 images are part of a recent gift from Chicquor’s family to the NCCU Art Museum. The show includes early drawings in charcoal and pastel; the rest are photographs. 


Sep. 10, 2014 @ 11:27 AM

Graedons: Little girl’s bad breath cured by nose spray

Q. My 11-year-old daughter had terrible breath. The dentist said that it wasn't coming from her teeth and referred us to an ENT (ear, nose and throat doctor).


Sep. 09, 2014 @ 11:21 AM

Matthews: Steak for a song

Take heed my readers, and you shall all know

How to have three steak dinners without too much dough

Oh jeez, I just reread this. Is it really as uber-dopey as it looks? Sorry.


Sep. 09, 2014 @ 10:56 AM

Mauer: The love affair with sugar

"Sugar and me, we go way back. I love sugar. LOOOOVVVVVE it. I love everything about it: how it makes little occasions special and special occasions fabulous. How it performs hot bubbling magic on sour fruits, like rhubarb and gooseberries, to make the most succulent and mind-blowing pies and jams. And don't even get me started on chocolate."

 

Sep. 04, 2014 @ 11:11 AM

Greenberg: Examining Rauschenberg’s broad influence

There is some fascinating art at the Nasher Museum of Art, and the conversations between the works span decades and cross continents. The core of the show is 34 works of art by Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008) on loan from the Rauschenberg Foundation. Those images have been juxtaposed with Russian art created during the 1980s and 1990s, which are part of the Nasher permanent collection. Added to this mix are 24 works from the newly acquired gift of more than 50 objects by San Franciscan Bruce Conner (1933-2008), photographer, videographer, collage artist and longtime friend of Rauschenberg.


Sep. 03, 2014 @ 12:29 PM

Graedons: Doctors prescribe more salt in patient’s diet

Q. I cut my salt intake many years ago, just for good health. Now I have low sodium in my blood and suffer from low blood pressure and fainting spells.


Sep. 02, 2014 @ 09:34 AM

Matthews: Jolly green giant dog

Over the winter our Anatolian shepherd Riker was fighting a skin allergy. He was put on steroids.