What do you call the great cooking that Mama Dip Council serves at her wonderful restaurant on Rosemary Street in Chapel Hill?
I am thinking about things like her fried chicken, black-eyed peas, collard greens, yams, corn bread, fruit cobbler, sweet tea and banana pudding.
You know what I am talking about. It is the cuisine special to our region. What do you call it?
In today’s Chapel Hill, we are surrounded by neighbors and university students who come from a Chinese background.
Not too many years ago, however, seeing an Asian face would be a rare event in Chapel Hill and rarer still in other towns and small cities in the South.
Thanks to a new book “Southern Fried Rice,” we can get a look at what it was like to be part of the only Chinese family in a small southern town. The author, John Jung, retired professor of Psychology at California State University, Long Beach, grew up in Macon, Georgia, where his father owned the “Sam Lee” Laundry.
President Barack Obama and Governor Pat McCrory are in the same box.
Chapel Hill best-selling mystery writer Jeffery Deaver works differently from most of his Orange County literary neighbors.
And in his new book, “The October List,” he writes in a way that sets him apart from almost every writer anywhere, every writer except maybe his Chapel Hill neighbor Daniel Wallace. More later about a literary device Wallace and Deaver share.
“Aren’t you writing about politics anymore?” a newspaper editor asked me the other day.
I stuttered because I have been writing more about books than politics lately.
How are the stone walls that surround the old UNC-Chapel Hill campus connected to the highest mountain in eastern North America?
You can use this question to separate Chapel Hill newcomers from folks who have been around for a while.
Say Allan Gurganus’s name in a group of readers, and several may tell you that the Rocky Mount native's “Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All” is their favorite novel of all time.
The headline on broadway.com last week reported, “Broadway Grosses: ‘Big Fish’ Reels In a Huge Audience.”
“Big Fish” is a new Broadway musical based on Chapel Hill’s Daniel Wallace’s novel and the movie based on that book.
What is the dilemma that haunts every Southerner who confesses he or she is a liberal?
Get ready for the running season.
There will be a chance for us to run a 5K or some other distance in Chapel Hill or a nearby town almost every weekend this fall.
Last week while we were celebrating the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's “I Have a Dream” speech, part of that dream came true.
Most people in Chapel Hill know Wayne Pond as the “word-of-the-day-man” on WCHL radio. Every weekday, he challenges listeners with an odd or interesting new word to add to our vocabulary.
Think for a minute about books by North Carolina's best writers.
Then tell me the one word that goes with the following words in the three recent book titles: Train, Woods, and Film.
"It's déjà vu all over again."
Those words, attributed to Yogi Berra, described my feelings a few years ago when I left my youngest child for the beginning of freshman year in college.
Mountains and ocean coasts, all within reach.
In North Carolina, we appreciate this blessing.