News: Columnists

Jan. 18, 2015 @ 06:21 PM

Neil Offen: A winter weather advisory

This is a winter weather advisory for the surrounding region and all those who can’t remember that yes, you do turn in the direction of the skid even if it does seem counter-intuitive.


Jan. 11, 2015 @ 11:59 AM

Neil Offen: The state of my state

My fellow Americans, including most Red Sox fans, I am here today to once again report on the state of my union.

 

Jan. 04, 2015 @ 03:45 PM

Neil Offen: Either way, it was a wash

While growing up, I was deprived. I spent much of my youth without a dishwasher.


Jan. 03, 2015 @ 12:18 PM

Baumgartner Vaughan: Two friends, two deaths in 2014

A year ago this month, Antonio Dixon was shot and killed in Durham. I covered a vigil for Dixon held in May at Spaulding and Linwood streets behind the Lincoln Community Health Center. Dixon was shot nearby on Jan. 14, 2014. Less than a year after Dixon’s death, a good friend who spoke at his vigil would also die, his life ended by an allegedly drunk driver.


Dec. 28, 2014 @ 06:06 PM

Neil Offen: It was a very good year ... I think

It was a year to remember, and I wish I could. I know I put it somewhere. And I’m pretty sure I had it when I walked into the room, if I could just remember which room I walked into.


Dec. 27, 2014 @ 06:37 PM

Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan: Write those thank you notes

The holidays are almost done and the new year upon us, which means one thing: time to write those thank you notes.


Dec. 21, 2014 @ 06:40 PM

Neil Offen: A high-tech holiday in verse

’Twas the Monday before Christmas,

when all through the manse,

not a hashtag was stirring, no tweets had a chance.


Dec. 20, 2014 @ 06:34 PM

Baumgartner Vaughan: 'Twas a lime rickey holiday

It’s time for my seasonal attempt at humor, in the sort of format of “A Visit from St. Nicholas (’Twas the Night Before Christmas)” by Clement C. Moore. But first, a “The Simpsons” reference. My writing below does not exactly fit the definition of a limerick, so I’ll call it a lime rickey, which is close enough. A lime rickey is a drink I heard of because of Mr. Burns. So enjoy this written lime rickey. Season’s greetings, ya’ll.


Dec. 14, 2014 @ 03:36 PM

Neil Offen: Walk this way

 Neil Offen: Walk this way


Dec. 07, 2014 @ 01:43 PM

Neil Offen: Sick of it

I don’t get sick. I never get sick. That is, of course, what all of us say when we actually do get sick


Dec. 06, 2014 @ 01:32 PM

Baumgartner Vaughan: Other lives matter, not only yours

My story a few days ago about Patti Wagner, the St. Thomas More Catholic School teacher who organizes an annual drive to give kids in coal mine country presents for Christmas, is a wonderful lesson in giving. It’s a lesson in giving to give, because you want to help and make their day brighter. It’s about being kind to others and sharing.


Nov. 30, 2014 @ 01:08 PM

Neil Offen: A question of security

To make sure you are not a robot, an Uzbekistani hacker or an 11-year-old computer geek living down the block with too much time on his hands, please answer the following security questions before we can allow you to access your account.


Nov. 29, 2014 @ 07:01 PM

Baumgartner Vaughan: Teach all U.S. history, good and bad

This past weekend, I stood outside the N.C. Museum of History and watched the recognized tribes of Native Americans in North Carolina play the drums and perform various dances. It was part of the 19th Annual American Indian Heritage Celebration.


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.