What is the best way to find out what the rest of North Carolina is like?
Of course, it would be best to leave Chapel Hill for a while and move to one of our state's small-town county seats, live in a house on Main Street; go to church on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings; sit down in the courthouse and listen to stories of petty crimes, marital breakups, and angry disputes between neighbors over property lines or arguments between former business partners; get a part-time job in the local convenience store; volunteer at the food bank; go to the high school football games, concerts and other events; watch the holiday parades or better yet march in them; take in a couple of county board of commissioners’ meetings; and so on.
At the end of a two-day conference about World War I at UNC-Chapel Hill, I asked a leading military historian what approach he would recommend to the United States to deal with the challenge of ISIS.
“I have never sold a single one of them.”
Chapel Hill businessman and real estate appraiser P.H. Craig was talking about his treasured collection of old cars.
First of all, a warning: I am a Democrat. You cannot trust a partisan commentator to give an objective report on a political contest such as a debate between candidates for the United States Senate.
Our high hopes for a celebration next April came crashing down.
These hopes centered on the prospect of celebrating the 100th birthday of Barbara Stiles and Bernice Wade in April 2015.
It was like the pleasure of a long letter from home.
At least it was for this exile from Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.
Why would 300-plus public school teachers storm the Chapel Hill American Legion Hall last week?
President Obama plans to appoint National Public Radio’s Nina Totenberg to the United States Supreme Court.
Not really, of course.
Too many poets write their careful, perceptive, sensitive and wise words to be shared with only a few trusted friends.
“He is number 42,” I said.
On a baseball outing with my daughter’s family the other night, I was trying to find the name of a player on the Durham Bulls baseball team while the Bulls were playing a doubleheader against the Buffalo Bison.
When word of Robin Williams’ death spread around Chapel Hill last week, lots of people felt they had lost an important friend.
The most important thing the legislature did this year is what it did not do.
While the rest of us are worrying about the Ebola epidemic and the multiple health challenges in Africa, a Chapel Hill nurse is wondering to what dangerous area her next assignment will take her.
Anna Freeman grew up in Chapel Hill and worked at UNC Hospitals as a pediatric cardiology nurse. Since 2008 she has served with Doctors Without Borders, an international medical humanitarian organization.
Things are good!
Sometimes, like the other day, I want to get up and shout it out.
Why would a Minnesota woman make a pilgrimage to the UNC-Chapel Hill campus to visit a memorial?
Then, why would she leave without seeing the site that drew her to the campus?