I'm about to celebrate my 66th birthday, which got me thinking about aging and what, in terms of health, my future may hold. I've been fortunate so far, since: I've never undergone surgery; my blood pressure continues to be normal; I only require glasses to read and peer at my computer screen and still have most of my almost gray-free hair.
As with our year-round schools earlier this month, Durham Public Schools is preparing for a “SmoothStart” to the 2013-14 school year for the rest of our schools. City of Medicine Academy, Clement Early College High School and Middle College High School begin classes Aug. 8, and finally our traditional-calendar schools welcome students on Aug. 26.
Q. I took cetirizine (Zyrtec) for about four months, and when I stopped, I started to itch horribly. First my feet, and then my hands and scalp acted up.
There is no question that mechanical reproduction, which was invented in 1839, set in motion a revolution in image making which continues to this day. Yesterday it was the moving picture, today it is television and the telephone and who knows what there will be tomorrow. What we do know is that each generation of images becomes an extraordinary influence on our culture.
Q. A couple of weeks ago, someone wrote to you about persistent lice in a child's hair, regardless of what lice treatment was used. You suggested coating the child's hair with mayonnaise or Vaseline.
DO NOT USE Vaseline! Vaseline is not water-soluble, nor does it respond to any soap or shampoo on the market.
I am not a cyclist, but I know it is very good exercise. It was so sad to hear about the death of Durham cyclist Seth Vidal recently on Hillandale Road. We all need to learn how to share the roads with bikers and walkers; give them plenty of space, slow down, and realize they have as much right to the road as anybody.
When I was a kid, my mom’s potato salad was so good she never attempted cold cucumbers in sour cream, which turned out to be a good thing since I found that salad as unappetizing as I did sauerkraut or rutabagas. I didn’t escape that salad easily, though, because during the summer we regularly dined at grandma’s house, where a big bowl of those cold cucumbers in sour cream were always on her warm weather menu. I shunned her cucumbers, even though Grandma said they were “soooo” good. To me, they looked watery and limp and tasted sour like vinegar. Ugh.
I’ve long been intrigued by the notion of a pub crawl. But I’m a shockingly cheap drunk. So after the first half of the first spirituous libation, I’d be dancing on top of the table, closely followed by napping underneath it.
Two photographs, “Massive Failure” by Carolyn Janssen (b. 1981) and “Center of the Confederate Line View towards the Union line from the position of Maj. General John Bell Hood’s division.
Like many of you, my wife and I planted flowers this spring. In fact, we pretty much had our backyard deck covered with beautiful, blooming flowers. I spent most of a Saturday planting some begonias, coleus, geraniums, impatiens, and some others. Looked great, and my wife, Beth, was happy. I think I even got an extra tight hug that night.
Q. What is the best way to remove a tick that has attached itself to your skin? I have read on the Internet that you should put liquid soap on a cotton ball and dab it on the tick. In theory, this is supposed to get the tick to let go and back out.
Petey’s question: “Did you try to poison us?”
“African American Close-Up: Prints, Photographs and Works on Paper from North Carolina Collections,” online, through Nov. 30. (Nasher Museum of Art website is www.nasher.duke.edu. Click on “Exhibitions” for the link to this exhibit.)
It seems that recent research has proven something I thought was happening all along.
In the early summer of 1776 in Philadelphia, where our founders were waxing eloquently about their newly declared independence from Great Britain, modern day Tea Partiers would have felt at home.