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RALEIGH — A few weeks ago, a Palestinian hip-hop artist named Tamer Nafir performed what he himself labeled an “anti-Semitic” rap during a conference held at the University of North Carolina at … more
A few years ago, I got to spend some much needed time with a person I’ve lived with but didn’t really understand — myself. It was not a deeply spiritual, intentional separation. It was not a … more
This column is dedicated to the women of the world. Men, it’s time to end machismo. The definition, according to Merriam-Webster, of machismo is a strong sense of masculine pride: an … more
Students in North Carolina, our children, deserve nothing less than complete confidence in their safety as they further their education in the classroom. Following last year’s devastating Parkland … more
  Did you know that approximately 1 in 59 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder? Since April is National Autism Awareness Month, I would like to use this column to hopefully … more
Their views on government’s role in society may be polar opposites, but libertarian elder statesman Ron Paul and progressive populist Bernie Sanders agree on one thing — the U.S. needs to wash … more
Property crime is a category of crime that includes burglary, larceny, theft, auto theft, arson, shoplifting and vandalism. It also involves obtaining money, property or other benefit by force or the … more
RALEIGH — New research by two North Carolina State University professors has brought into stark relief the following facts: America is in a debt crisis, our economy is suffering as a result and … more
I haven’t read the Mueller report yet. I’m writing this on the day of its release (with redactions) by Attorney General William Barr. I’ll read it later, but I didn’t have to read it, or even … more
So many people have staggered away from Donald Trump’s smoking wreckage, via resignation or removal, that it’s tempting to employ black humor — to quip, for instance, that Homeland Security … more
In the words of UFC announcer Mike Goldberg, “Here we go!” First, let me state from the onset that I really had no desire to deal with any particulars regarding today’s politics following my … more
Last month, the New York Times published an article suggesting that maybe the newest technology isn’t in the best interest of motorists. Self-driving cars have been involved in serious accidents … more
Sequels are tough territory to contemplate. Most usually, a sequel to a story is created not by warrant of the story itself, but only by the clamoring of fans and the drooling of accountants who see … more
When our oldest granddaughter decided to study for a college semester in Edinburgh, she asked my husband Fred and me to visit her and experience the life and culture of the city. After our return … more
RALEIGH — I believe the leadership ability and management practices of school principals have a large effect on how well teachers teach and students learn. But I admit to being biased on the … more
The great writer and folklore historian Zora Neale Hurston once said, “There are years that ask questions and years that answer.” This is proving to be a year of questions for me. It’s not … more
I find myself in full agreement with Barbara Brown Taylor when she writes, “Jesus was not killed by atheism and anarchy. He was brought down by law and order allied with religion, which is always a … more
The Toltec philosophy is a fascinating esoteric tradition, what we fondly call a warrior’s path to personal freedom. We’re not at war with anyone outside of ourselves, but instead with the … more
What was the political climate 2,000 years ago in Palestine? Short answer: pretty much just like it is today, except for the occupation of a foreign empire, namely the Romans. I find this … more
If you’re like me, you’re probably going to sit down each Sunday, popcorn and adult beverage in hand, to watch the final season of “Game of Thrones.” And if, like me, you’re one of the … more
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