News: Columnists

Sep. 06, 2014 @ 01:16 AM

Neil Offen: Hair today, maybe gone tomorrow

If you haven’t much else to do and Google “how to grow a beard,” you will almost immediately find links to “3 Ways to Grow a Beard” and “17 Ways to Grow and Keep Facial Hair.” Not to mention “22 Steps to Growing a Beard (with pictures).”


May. 24, 2015 @ 03:37 PM

Neil Offen: It’s on my schedule (maybe)

This is a cautionary tale. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket, particularly if the eggs are digitally dependent and the basket comes with a multi-language instruction manual (also, don’t do it if you have high cholesterol and your cardiologist has told you to cut down on egg baskets, but that’s a cautionary tale only for those who know how to spell angioplasty).


May. 23, 2015 @ 03:50 PM

Blue Greenberg: Hillsborough’s thriving visual art scene

Hillsborough is no longer the sleepy little town in the shadow of Chapel Hill and Durham. It is an art destination with galleries, festivals, gardens, restaurants, a world-class auction house and published authors everywhere.


May. 23, 2015 @ 03:43 PM

Baumgartner Vaughan: A minute on Memorial Day

At 3 p.m. on Memorial Day, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, if we are so inclined, we should pause for a minute of silence to remember our war dead. Not to remember why we fought, or who won or lost, or what it means today. But just to remember our war dead.


May. 17, 2015 @ 03:22 PM

Neil Offen: The walk of life or, mettle tested

At 7:30 a.m. precisely, my daughter Nora and I began The Great Saunter, the 32-mile circumnavigation of the island of Manhattan. Why did we do it? Well, of course — because it was there.


May. 16, 2015 @ 03:54 PM

Baumgartner Vaughan: A Duke’s walk home from war

Reenactor Philip Brown is on the road now for “A Soldier’s Walk Home,” following the walk that Washington Duke took at the end of the Civil War, headed home to then-Orange County. Duke walked from New Bern to Durham, and Brown, dressed like Duke would have been, has taken to the road for a 160-mile trek on foot.


May. 16, 2015 @ 03:14 PM

People's Pharmacy: Diabetes drug triggers billion-dollar settlement

Q. I am concerned about the Actos I take to control my blood sugar. I’ve seen lawyers’ ads on TV and in the newspapers advising that this drug could cause cancer. At first, I thought the ads were just a money-grubbing tactic.


May. 10, 2015 @ 03:04 PM

Neil Offen: And let us commence ...

Please stop texting. Thank you, and let me now be among the first to congratulate you for the tremendous accomplishment of completing your college education and for the even greater accomplishment of not staring at your phone while I offer your commencement address.


May. 09, 2015 @ 05:36 PM

Baumgartner Vaughan: Moms laugh and play

One of the things I like most about my mom is that she’s funny. We laugh together. The ability to be silly is a key part of parenthood, I think, because it makes life better. We sing in the car. We dance in the living room. I do these things with her, I do these things alone, and I do these things with my own child.


May. 09, 2015 @ 03:04 PM

People's Pharmacy: Injections less costly than Viagra

You have occasionally gotten questions about Viagra being expensive. Some men would like a different treatment for erectile dysfunction.


May. 03, 2015 @ 03:57 PM

Neil Offen: How my garden grows

In 1974, after four months of watering, 13 pounds of compost and regularly scheduled pitiful pleading, I began my vegetable gardening career by growing the smallest recorded radish in the western hemisphere.


May. 02, 2015 @ 03:21 PM

Baumgartner Vaughan: My annual baseball column

I think a friend summed it up best, describing the experience our kids had at the Durham Bulls game about a week ago: “The kids got game baseballs and bubblegum from the players, they ate a ton of food, the Bulls won, and there were fireworks. What else could you want in a game?”


Apr. 26, 2015 @ 03:56 PM

Neil Offen: Striding right into trouble

My final preparations for The Great Saunter, my epic 32-mile walk around Manhattan island, which I agreed to do because I actually thought I was agreeing to The Great Flaunter, an event in which I could flaunt my knowledge of old Alfred Hitchcock movies:


Apr. 25, 2015 @ 06:52 PM

Baumgartner Vaughan: Women of color at the capitol

The confirmation of Loretta Lynch as attorney general of the United States is a historic one for the fact of her being the first African-American woman AG, but it’s also historic because she grew up here in Durham. Born in Greensboro, she moved here as a kid.


Apr. 25, 2015 @ 03:50 PM

Baumgartner Vaughan: It's not just time, it's past time

The confirmation of Loretta Lynch as attorney general of the United States is a historic one for the fact of her being the first African-American woman AG, but it’s also historic because she grew up here in Durham.