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An Instagram friend sent a wonderful message this week. He talked about how stress and worries affect our health, especially breathing — which becomes too short and shallow. Lack of exercise … more
RALEIGH — The COVID-19 crisis has brought death, economic destruction and wrenching social change. As a combination of post-illness immunity and rising vaccinations begins to suppress the … more
The year 2020 will probably be written into the history books as the Year of the COVID. Quite simply, the year before the word COVID had never even been heard of by the general … more
We’re heading into the 11th month of COVID. It’s mind blowing to think that a virus could cause this much chaos. Unaware of how the disease spreads or how it affected the human … more
RALEIGH — Among the many reasons the political discourse in Washington has gotten so toxic, and at the same time so unproductive, is that the legislative branch of our federal government has … more
During the winter season, we gardeners are usually not spending much time outside in our gardens. However, it won’t be long before warmer days arrive so use some time in February to prepare for … more
The grown folks called it “puppy love” and snickered and laughed about it, but your first love was much more than that. It was a lasting thing, etched for many, many years as a memory … more
RALEIGH — Now that Democrats control the White House and both chambers of Congress (however narrowly), they will probably approve a new round of federal borrowing to bail out state and local … more
The heart of democracy skipped a serious beat recently when so-called patriots stormed the nation’s Capitol, leaving death and destruction. It is not acceptable. The thugs overwhelmed … more
The first two weeks of high school basketball season have undoubtedly been unusual. Since regular-season play began Jan. 4, there have been numerous postponements due to either positive COVID … more
RALEIGH — I have strong opinions — but not about how to perform brain surgery, write a smartphone app, design a golf course, or produce a hip-hop album. Perhaps you do have a strong view … more
This month’s plant spotlight is the tea olive, also known by its scientific name, Osmanthus. Tea olive is a dense, evergreen shrub that is better known for its fragrant fall flowers. The leaves … more
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