Lifestyles Columnists

November 22, 2017

When my husband took a job at a prison in Chesapeake, Va., about seven years ago, I did not view it as a threat.

He was hired to keep computerized heating and air conditioning systems working at the facility. The work seemed harmless enough to me, even after I learned that some offenders assist him…

November 19, 2017

Author Randall Kenan talks about “The Carolina Table: North Carolina Writers on Food” on North Carolina Bookwatch Sunday, Nov. 19, at noon and Thursday, Nov. 23 at 5 p.m.

In a special Thanksgiving oriented repeat of a popular program, Randall Kenan talks about North Carolina foods. His…


November 19, 2017

Did you know you can help the Museum of the Albemarle protect our state treasures by adopting an artifact that requires conservation? Your tax-deductible donation in any amount will help support the museum’s mission of preserving artifacts and other historical materials relating to the…

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November 18, 2017

As moviegoers, you’ve been following Marvel’s “Avengers,” that teaming of an array of superheroes (Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, etc.). But truth is, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby stole the idea from DC Comics.

DC writer Gardner Fox came up with the idea of the Justice Society…

November 17, 2017

Nearly 40 years ago I began experimenting with carob. My reasoning wasn’t that it might be more nutritious. I didn’t even care that it contained no fat or caffeine. It was cheaper and I didn’t waste money.

I’ve always liked to cook. It’s sort of a self-sufficiency…

November 15, 2017

Small things can lighten my heart when troubles in the world weigh me down.

Bad news can be overwhelming -- fires, hurricanes, earthquakes, senseless shootings, political fighting, prisoner uprisings, and endless threats of war. The overload leaves me numb, feeling nothing, which disturbs me even…

November 12, 2017

The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.

Failure is a part of life, and we make mistakes pretty much every day. How do we cope? Or better yet, how should we cope?

Academics and the mainstream media tend to offer a simple…

November 12, 2017

Many people think the Museum of the Albemarle is just a history museum that interprets and celebrates the cultural history of the Albemarle, an area spanning 13 counties across northeastern North Carolina. But the Museum of the Albemarle is more than just a museum; it is also a nice venue for many…

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November 11, 2017

Agatha Christie was known as the “Queen of Crime.” She’s said to be the world’s bestselling mystery writer, her 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections having sold more than 2 billion copies.

Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, Lady Mallowan, is best known for…

November 10, 2017

 I looked out at my lawn the other day and noticed how green it was getting again. At first I thought the cold nights we’ve experienced had only slowed the growth of my grass a little. When I looked closer I saw the truth.

All the cool-season weeds had begun to make their appearance.…

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