Columnist: Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan

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. 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. 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. 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. 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.


Apr. 18, 2015 @ 03:13 PM

Baumgartner Vaughan: Dixon’s memory lives on at Durham Tech

The memory of Antonio Dixon has a chance to live on beyond his family, friends and neighborhood kids. His mom is working to build a scholarship in his name for students at Durham Technical Community College.


Apr. 11, 2015 @ 04:18 PM

Baumgartner Vaughan: Duke is Durham’s team

This past week at the front desk of The Herald-Sun, a steady stream of people came in to buy copy after copy of newspapers celebrating the Duke University men’s basketball national championship. It’s the fifth national championship for Coach K, but you know that already. Even a certain player’s grandmother called to get extra copies.


Apr. 04, 2015 @ 02:18 PM

Baumgartner Vaughan: Still looking at the world like kids do

Standing in a crowd of hundreds outside Duke Chapel Friday as I reported on the annual Stations of the Cross, I noticed a boy about my son’s age playing with a rock. He accidentally dropped it on the ground a few times, the same way my kid would have, then picked it back up, passing it back and forth from one hand to the other as he played with it.


Mar. 28, 2015 @ 02:48 PM

Baumgartner Vaughan: 40 is the new 40

If you watched the television sitcom “Black-ish” last week, you saw how the dad on the show, Dre, faced down his 40th birthday and threw a party. I related to the episode because I, too, (ahem, cough) am facing down 40 this year. I’ve still got several months left of my 30s, but the hill beckons me over.


Mar. 21, 2015 @ 06:28 PM

Baumgartner Vaughan: Brackets and blossoms

March is the best. As this weekend ushers in the official commencement of spring, let us reflect on the greatness of March. This won’t be a column just about March Madness, though that’s certainly part of it. We’ll get to basketball. But first, flowers.


Mar. 14, 2015 @ 03:50 PM

Baumgartner Vaughan: Time to call out racism

Call them out. Sometimes people deserve to be called out. Now, we know that the racist fraternity students at the University of Oklahoma were immediately called out, the fraternity disbanded and the university swiftly dealt the appropriate response.


Mar. 07, 2015 @ 06:45 PM

Baumgartner Vaughan: The constant of church coffee

On the rainy, windy morning this past Thursday, I found sanctuary in a teacup and saucer. My teacup contained church coffee. Because one of my beats is religion, I cover quite a few events at places of worship that include the requisite carafe of coffee. I’ve been to nine years’ worth of congregational gatherings that include food or at the very least, coffee. There’s always coffee.


Feb. 28, 2015 @ 04:09 PM

Baumgartner Vaughan: Mother Nature and Jack Frost

Who were those folks complaining two weeks ago that the Triangle hadn’t gotten any snow yet this winter? Certainly, ahem, cough, not me. Oh, alright, I wanted at least one real snow to see the world in a blanket of white and full of crisp winter promise.


Feb. 21, 2015 @ 03:28 PM

Baumgartner Vaughan: Rivalries don’t matter when it really matters

Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill, for all their storied rivalry and occasionally sincere dislike for each other, lets that battle of the blues fall away when it really matters. At Wednesday’s game, Duke students wore “DEAN” T-shirts — in Duke blue naturally — but with the point of an in memoriam to the late great Dean Smith, storied UNC basketball coach and legend off the court as well.