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).”


Nov. 16, 2014 @ 05:24 PM

Offen: I did it by myself. Unfortunately

Do it yourself is fine unless I’m doing it myself. Yourself is probably much better.

 

Nov. 15, 2014 @ 05:29 PM

Baumgartner Vaughan: African-American women as the stars

I interviewed a Fairy Godmother this past week. Kecia Lewis, as you may have read about in the Friday Entertainment section, plays the Fairy Godmother in the national tour of “Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella.” It’s coming this week to the Durham Performing Arts Center.

 

Nov. 09, 2014 @ 06:40 PM

Offen: Another medical advancement

Welcome to your new electronic health records portal, ushering in a new generation of high-tech medicinal confusion. Here you will have immediate access to all the frustration and time-wasting that in the past you could only get by going directly to the doctor’s office.

 

Nov. 08, 2014 @ 06:25 PM

Baumgartner Vaughan: WWII history told in moments

If you haven’t experienced combat, you don’t know what it’s like. No matter how many times we watch “Band of Brothers” or “Saving Private Ryan,” or even “The Longest Day,” we don’t know what it was really like during World War II. No one does for sure, unless they were there. So I don’t know what it’s like.

 

Nov. 02, 2014 @ 04:23 PM

Offen: Let the record show

It’s time we stand by our records, so let the record show that my opponent has pulled the wings off insects.

 

Nov. 01, 2014 @ 05:08 PM

Baumgartner Vaughan: Small favor for Butner patients

Nail polish. It’s not as minor as you think.

I have a basket of little glass bottles of nail polish, which I’ve used daily since I began painting my nails as a solution to stop biting them. I had orange glittery nail polish on last week for Halloween. It’s part of daily life, something seemingly minor, a cosmetic. But maybe it’s more than that.


Oct. 26, 2014 @ 05:08 PM

Offen: Dance to the music

Not too long ago, at a celebratory event, I found myself dancing with my young adult daughter. Afterward, as I was receiving oxygen, my daughter said she wanted to tell me something.

 

Oct. 25, 2014 @ 06:43 PM

Baumgartner Vaughan: Traditions of the fair

Everyone who goes to the N.C. State Fair annually probably also has an annual tradition, too. They always go on a certain ride, eat a certain fried food, see a certain exhibit, or visit particular animals.

 

Oct. 19, 2014 @ 06:57 PM

Neil Offen: Listening to the Supremes

In a stunning decision that sent lawyers on both sides running to their checkbooks to see how much more they could charge for their advice, the U.S. Supreme Court today refused to issue an injunction against any further injunctions.


Oct. 18, 2014 @ 03:10 PM

Baumgartner Vaughan: Duke makes game day affordable

I was all set to write a column griping about the high cost of attending an ACC football game. Tickets are $60 each now, which is costly for a family outing and all that goes with it. The recession has taken its toll on the wallets of college fans, and home televisions offer a cheaper view, if not the game day experience. I’m all about the game day experience.


Oct. 12, 2014 @ 12:38 PM

Offen: Putting down my foot

All I wanted, really, was to buy a new pair of sneakers. Of course, nobody sells sneakers anymore.


Oct. 11, 2014 @ 01:37 PM

Baumgartner Vaughan: Actress thanks her teachers

When I interviewed Durham native April Parker Jones this past week for a story about her starring on the Tyler Perry soap opera “If Loving You Is Wrong” on the Oprah Winfrey Network, we talked about a lot of things, including Durham. Parker Jones grew up here, and it was her sister Cynthia Harris, who lives here, who clued me in on Parker Jones’ new show.


Oct. 05, 2014 @ 06:15 PM

Neil Offen: Getting up to date

This is update 8.02.4/6, designed to replace update 8.02.4/5, which replaced 8.02.4/4, which was supposed to greatly enhance your reading experience but instead locked your newspaper onto the paid obituary page.


Oct. 04, 2014 @ 06:09 PM

Baumgartner Vaughan: A crossing patrol story

In sixth grade, I was a crossing patrol. I never rode a school bus, as every place we lived was within the one-mile walking distance radius because it builds character. As a walking crossing patrol, my station was about a block from home, at a corner. I wore my orange patrol belt and waited each morning for the dozen or so kids to come walking by on their way to the two elementary schools in our neighborhood (one K-3, the other 4-6). If the kids came over the hill on the other side of the street, I crossed over to them. My job was to look both ways for traffic, then tell the younger kids when it was safe to cross and walk with them. Then after they were all gone, I walked to the primary school myself and rode the few blocks over to my school with all the other patrols, including bus patrols.