Columnist: DG Martin

May. 03, 2014 @ 10:52 AM

Celebrating a love of words and a first novel

In the 1990s, Alena Graedon was growing up in Durham and Chapel Hill, learning to write and think at the Carolina Friends School.

She lives in Brooklyn now. But she came back last week to visit the school, read from her debut novel, “The Word Exchange,” and to thank the school and her teachers for their guidance and inspiration.

Apr. 28, 2014 @ 11:27 PM

Would a Shirley Temple help?

What President Obama needed was a Shirley Temple!

Not the popular non-alcoholic drink named for the childhood star.

What he needed as he faced the nation’s worst economic situation since the Great Depression was the kind of help President Franklin D. Roosevelt got from a bright, cheerful, optimistic child actor who lifted the spirits of almost every American during the dark times of the 1930s.

Apr. 26, 2014 @ 09:54 PM

Mark your calendars to celebrate the twin sisters and their garden

Mark your calendar for April 20, 2015.
Chapel Hill’s favorite twin sisters are planning their 100th birthday party.
Right now, however, they are resting, recovering from the celebration of their 99th birthday a few days ago. Family and friends from all over the country gathered to bask in the glory of the generous spirit of Barbara Stiles, Bernice Wade, and their famous garden on Gimghoul Road.

Apr. 22, 2014 @ 08:05 AM

North Carolina is ‘Variety Literatureland’

“Variety Vacationland.” Do you remember that slogan from our state’s past?

I suggest a new one: “Variety Literatureland.”

Apr. 19, 2014 @ 11:30 AM

'How Jesus Became God'

What, actually, can we know about the resurrection?
At sunrise services and church sanctuaries today in Chapel Hill and all over the world, Christian worshippers are giving their answers to this question.
In the introduction to his new book, “How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee,” Bart Ehrman asks the same question.

Apr. 15, 2014 @ 11:07 AM

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Deirdre Haj, executive director of Full Frame Film Festival.

Apr. 15, 2014 @ 10:41 AM

Saying thanks is not enough

We say, “Thanks for your service,” when we met veterans of the wars in Afghanistan or Iraq veterans.

They can be forgiven if they think “Thanks for your service” is an incomplete thank you, an insincere and hollow expression, showing a lack of understanding and real appreciation of what these men and women had been through.

Apr. 08, 2014 @ 03:38 PM

From ash pond, to river, to your bloodstream

When you have finished drinking this bottle of water, fill it with our tap water for liquid refreshment that tastes as good and is just as pure as what was in the bottle.

Apr. 15, 2014 @ 11:08 AM

PlayMakers or Playmakers, it’s a proud history

Why aren’t the PlayMakers in the Playmaker’s Theater?

It is a question many Chapel Hill people asked the first time they learned that the PlayMaker’s Repertory Company stages its productions not in its named venue but a few blocks away in the Paul Green Theater on Country Club Road.
The modern PlayMakers Repertory Company, the successor to the Carolina Playmakers, spells its historic name with a capital “M” in the middle.

Apr. 01, 2014 @ 06:32 PM

Be proud of the way you talk

You sure do talk funny.

Has anybody ever told you that?

If you grew up in North Carolina and moved somewhere else for a while, you surely got that kind of question from folks who just had to laugh when they heard you talk.

Mar. 29, 2014 @ 11:12 AM

Love with help from 50,000 strangers

“What is love?” a friend asked a writer of romance novels.

 He was not satisfied with her brief response about the rush of feelings that comes with first romance and the deep feelings that sometimes follow

Mar. 25, 2014 @ 11:42 PM

New book, times, and authors for 'Bookwatch'

There are three pieces of good news about my favorite television program, UNC-TV’s “North Carolina Bookwatch.”

First, upcoming new programs feature some of North Carolina’s most interesting authors.

Mar. 22, 2014 @ 12:45 PM

The Chapel Hill woman who goes to Full Frame all year long

In early spring every year, lots of Chapel Hill folks move over to Durham lock, stock and barrel for a few days to enjoy the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.
One of them runs the show and spends most of the year commuting from her Southern Village home to work at the festival’s offices at the American Tobacco Campus.

Mar. 18, 2014 @ 11:58 AM

North Carolina-Florida women: political bellwethers

What important Democratic woman politician, a Wake Forest alumna, who was born in North Carolina and later moved to Florida, has gained national attention this year for her candidacy in a critical bellwether election?

There are two correct answers.

Mar. 13, 2014 @ 12:46 PM

Meeting the retirement challenge — perfectly

When I received an invitation from the UNC Medical School to a retirement celebration for Dr. Jim Bryan, I remembered how much the lead character in Allan Gurganus’ new novella, "Decoy," had reminded me of Dr. Bryan.
Both Bryan and Dr. Marion Roper, the lead fictional character in Gurganus’ story, went north to medical school after college at Davidson. Both were brilliant and could have become successful medical specialists or researchers. However, both came back to North Carolina where their careful attention to their patients earned them the devotion of the countless people they served.