Lifestyles: Columnists

Dec. 26, 2013 @ 12:20 PM

10 best in 2013

In 2013 the visual arts in the Triangle covered the spectrum. Time, love, activist Indian art, a feminist Kenyan-American, Doris Duke’s Shangri La and Porsches were just a few of the artistic wonders woven into the cultural fabric of the Triangle. The museums organized and hosted these shows and each in its own way added to our rich local art scene.


Dec. 24, 2013 @ 10:00 AM

Five things I hate about food (and 10 things I love)

Petey laughs at me.
My class reunion was a year and a half ago, but it still makes me mad every time I think about it.


Dec. 19, 2013 @ 10:07 AM

At NCMA, art from a consumer society

At the N.C. Museum of Art one arrow points to the Brian Ulrich show and the other to the Porsches. The comparison is stark; in one, we celebrate conspicuous consumption with no consequences and, in the other, we witness the gluttony in the marketplace and its inevitable collapse.  


Dec. 17, 2013 @ 11:06 AM

Slater on laxative for clear skin

Q. I have regular bouts of hormonal acne on my chin, jawline and temples. I read that using milk of magnesia on the skin will help get rid of current spots and prevent new ones from forming.


Dec. 17, 2013 @ 10:14 AM

Cassou-la-la

It’s a funny old world in which we live. 
Three hundred years ago, a French farmer would trudge into the house for dinner after working all day, doing back-breaking labor to keep his little patch of soil productive, and food on his family’s table. His wife serves him hardy, soul-nourishing peasant food, made with cheap, handy ingredients and cooked for hours. 


Dec. 07, 2013 @ 11:17 AM

Thanksgiving food almost caused crash

Q. I almost blacked out some years ago while driving with my two young daughters. I had drunk a glass of orange juice with a vegetarian Thanksgiving meal. The only way I could find to stay conscious long enough to drive to my nearby baby-sitter was by asking my toddler to engage in a "yelling contest" with Mom. Imagine the looks we got from other drivers as Mom and daughter yelled at the top of our lungs, windows down, so I could stay awake!


Dec. 03, 2013 @ 10:46 AM

Leaner holiday meals don't have to sacrifice taste

How times have changed.
In 1990, Thanksgiving made me uneasy.
Not about getting together with my family. No. That year I'd lost more than 100 pounds for the first time and in my family, Thanksgiving dinner triggered the start of a food-centric race running for the next six weeks. T-Day 1990 marked the single toughest meal I'd faced that year.


Nov. 30, 2013 @ 02:52 PM

Should healthy people take statins?

Q. I am a very healthy woman, not overweight, with total cholesterol around 200. I have no history of heart disease in my family.


Nov. 26, 2013 @ 09:50 AM

Dirty work

You should have seen me. I was trussed up like a Christmas goose.
I wore a tent-sized apron, and next to my latex swathed hands was a spray bottle of Clorox Clean-up. My hair was tied back, and my glasses were acting as safety goggles. The only reason I wasn’t wearing a face mask is because I freak a wee bit when stuff covers my mouth and nose. But I was drawing infrequent, shallow, nervous breaths.


Nov. 25, 2013 @ 11:08 AM

Superintendent’s Corner: Supporting teachers, students as they deal with new standards

Since the Department of Public Instruction on Nov. 7 released school proficiency scores under our new state academic standards, all of us in the DPS community have reflected on what these higher expectations mean for our school system and, more importantly, our students and schools themselves.


Nov. 22, 2013 @ 02:48 PM

Spermicidal lubricant causes discomfort

Q. If a spermicidal lubricant is used during sexual relations, can it cause the man genital irritation or discomfort? A friend of mine told me that after using this type of lubricant several times, he experienced irritation and pain.


Nov. 12, 2013 @ 10:15 AM

Surviving ‘til black Friday

So I asked The Kid if there was anything I should include in this week’s column; Thanksgiving with an emphasis on food safety.  My little chef wrote this informative discourse:

“This holiday season, please don't kill your family.


Nov. 11, 2013 @ 11:46 PM

Ask the Superintendent: Taking a look at new state standards

Last week, the state Department of Public Instruction released school performance data for 2012-13. Because this covered the first year of brand new, highly rigorous state standards for what we teach and how we test it, the data lead me to two conclusions: I am encouraged by what our students and teachers accomplished last year, and we have more work to do to support student achievement.


Nov. 08, 2013 @ 10:31 PM

Drug for restless legs linked to sex and gambling

Q. I have endured restless legs syndrome (RLS) for years. I also suffer from extreme compulsive behavior, including shopping and gambling. I take Mirapex both evening and morning, as my RLS symptoms have become worse with age.
This medication has ruined my life. I discovered only recently that the compulsive behaviors are drug side effects.


Nov. 05, 2013 @ 09:44 AM

Intermittent fasting new diet trend

If controversy and confusion caused weight loss, anyone considering intermittent fasting (sometimes referred to as IF) would lose weight just by reading about it.
Intermittent fasting is this year's most popular no-calorie-counting, no-fat-gram-counting, fast-track to weight loss diet. When I wrote about David Zinczenko's "The 8-Hour Diet" book earlier this year I had no clue how widespread the IF trend was about to become. Head over to Amazon.com and you'll quickly find more than 100 books on the topic, each one slightly different; many with glaring similarities.