Lifestyles: Columnists

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.


Jul. 08, 2014 @ 11:12 AM

Embarrassing itch requires super-sleuthing

Q. I have been experiencing an embarrassing anal itch for two months. My physician doesn't seem interested beyond prescribing lotions that don't do much after the first few minutes.


Jul. 08, 2014 @ 10:33 AM

Stick this

“They’re either going to be amazing or a horrible, horrible failure”.

 

Jul. 03, 2014 @ 11:04 AM

A direct line from Eastman to phone images

Chances are the camera Frank Myers uses is a direct descendent of one made by Kodak and, if not the camera, then his film is. Myers’ show of local musicians performing around the Triangle is all about the local jazz scene and the non-profit Art of Cool Project. The Kodak references have been fueled by an exhibit at the Center for Documentary Studies on the role the Eastman Company played in putting a camera in almost every hand in the country.                
Lisa McCarty, the 2013-14 CDS exhibitions intern, mined a cache of advertisements from the Wayne P. Ellis Collection of Kodakiana and the J. Walter Thompson Company Domestic Advertisements Collection, which are part of Duke’s collection of Sales, Advertising & Marketing History, to put together a fascinating story about invention and advertising and how a costly and unwieldy pursuit of image making was turned into an inexpensive and easy matter. 


Jul. 01, 2014 @ 01:14 PM

Black pepper saves life in an emergency

Q. I am writing to tell you how your advice helped solve a near tragedy. My husband and I were recently on a trip to Mongolia in a very remote location when he hit his leg on the sharp corner of a metal wood stove. He takes the anticoagulant warfarin, so the bleeding was horrific.

 

Jun. 26, 2014 @ 05:00 PM

A collector and an admirer meet in Ackland show

Two men and a gift of more than 480 works of art; this is the heart of the new exhibition at the Ackland Museum. Joseph F. McCrindle (1923-2008) amassed hundreds of art objects during his lifetime and gave them to large and small institutions all over the country, including the Ackland. Many were given because of personal friendships.  


Jun. 24, 2014 @ 09:59 AM

How much water do you need to drink daily?

Q. Is it possible to overhydrate? When I was growing up, no one carried a bottle of water around. Now it seems as if everyone is constantly sipping bottled water throughout the day.


Jun. 24, 2014 @ 08:57 AM

This spud’s for Petey

When I told Petey that I thought I’d write this piece about my new preparation for potatoes, he said they definitely deserve their own column. 

 

Jun. 19, 2014 @ 10:38 AM

A ‘good art day’ in Chapel Hill

It was one of those pretty summer days when the temperature had not soared into the 90s and the downtown Chapel Hill art scene beckoned. I began my visits at the Horace Williams House where Cici Stevens has mounted a show of small found objects. From there I moved uptown to Frank Gallery and a group show of drawings and prints and then across the street to the Ackland Museum Store where they were putting the finishing touches on a pottery exhibit  which would open in a couple of hours.


Jun. 17, 2014 @ 02:14 PM

Nicotine gum could slow recovery from hip fracture

Q. I have a friend who is 57 and never smoked. She fell and broke her hip a couple of months ago, and now has taken up chewing nicotine gum like it was candy.


Jun. 17, 2014 @ 09:20 AM

Fire up the grill

As I cleaned my grill in preparation for regular summer use, I started thinking about the history of backyard grills and grilling in general.

Believe it or not, some Chicago back yards are the epicenter for the creation of backyard barbecue grills; not Texas, or Georgia or even North Carolina. Two of the grills most of us use today were invented in Chicago’s suburbs.
The 1950s were a hotbed for grilling. In 1952, George Stephen invented what we now know as the Weber kettle grill by taking half of a marine buoy, welding three legs on the bottom, opening up vents underneath and pounded-out a vented, domed cover (at that time, Stephen was a welder for the Weber Company Metal Works). The story goes that his neighbors called it a "sputnik" after Russia's first space ship.


Jun. 17, 2014 @ 08:59 AM

Get shorty

Some things just aren’t worth the darn effort.

 

Jun. 15, 2014 @ 02:42 PM

A ‘Bull City Summer,’ in photos and film

Play ball! It is that moment when the teams have taken their positions on the field, the pitcher winds up and the game begins. It is summertime in Durham and for 72 days the Triple A Bulls will play at home to big crowds, folks who love baseball and all the fun and hoopla organized around it. 
The summer of 2014 has also turned into a Durham Bulls museum event. Last year, 10 photographers were commissioned to document the 72-game season. It was the 25th anniversary of the best all-time baseball movie ever, “Bull Durham.” 


Jun. 10, 2014 @ 09:16 AM

Food chat: board of ed(ition)

It’s something that happens, but no one ever talks about: we do have favorites. It’s true, people in retail have favorite customers.

Years ago, when The Kid was in preschool, and everybody was doing the Macarena, I worked at a small neighborhood bookstore for my friend Bosco. 

We had lots of regular customers. Some of them we dreaded. Most we did not.