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I sit and look out the window this evening at grass that is turning a beautiful green. I can see some flowers in bloom and others that are in bud. The Bradford pear trees in our neighborhood are in full bloom. The redbud trees are starting to show a little color. I have finally seen some forsythia blooming.
North Carolina is home to battle that helped us gain independence
RALEIGH – Most North Carolinians probably aren’t aware that a key battle helping decide the fate of American independence was fought on Tarheel soil.
Teacher tenure protections law still under fire
RALEIGH – Whether or not you believe teacher tenure laws in North Carolina need reform, it has become apparent that the changes passed by state legislators last year included a fatal flaw.
Even in separation, Gwyneth Paltrow makes women feel bad about themselves
NEW YORK - New-agey as it all sounds, Gwyneth Paltrow's sun-dappled breakup announcement is just the same tired keeping up appearances that wives and mothers have long been expected to do.
Can what you eat affect your mental health?
Jodi Corbitt had been battling depression for decades and by 2010 had resigned herself to taking antidepressant medication for the rest of her life. Then she decided to start a dietary experiment.
Coffee's third wave? The Apple to Starbucks' Microsoft
NEW YORK - Do you remember when Starbucks was cool? It opened in Seattle in the 1970s as a local specialty roaster, a trendy alternative to the prevailing generic swill. But the price of conquest is cachet. What was once novel — the warm décor, the gentle music, the faux-Italian lingo — has become banal. Today's coffee snobs would rather snort Sanka than set foot inside a Starbucks
Why our brains just cannot let this mystery go
Why should the story of Flight 370 grip us so? This mystery seems almost designed to arouse some fundamental parts of our brain.
From sea to shining sea, they’re coming to Stanly Co.
I have been a resident of Stanly County for almost 11 years. For the first nine and half or so, I observed a phenomenon of which I often remarked. Almost every day, it seemed that I saw a different license plate from some state other than North Carolina. I begin to wonder if people from every state come to Stanly County; then I decided to find out.
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.”
Aren’t rules meant to be enforced?
Do we, or don’t we have a leash law in Stanly County?
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