Pollination Nation

Pollination Nation

As waves of pollen sweep the nation from south to north, sniffles and sneezes follow in their train, along with the occasional muttered curse. At the right time of year, wind in the pines can produce billowing clouds of yellow stickiness. Oak and other hardwoods are...
Street Food Redivivus

Street Food Redivivus

The rising popularity of food trucks during the past decade has brought a renewed interest in street food, including places unaccustomed to big-city food carts peddling bagels, hot dogs or pizza: Walk through Times Square in New York, and you can smell the crust...
What Do You See?

What Do You See?

Susan and I enjoy taking long walks, and one of our favorite spots is a roughly two-mile trail around Bass Lake in Holly Springs, North Carolina. Two laps around the wooded trail make for a good outing. The lake was built to power a gristmill in the late 1800s and was...
Are We Erasing History – or Cementing It?

Are We Erasing History – or Cementing It?

The initial rush of removing Confederate statues has passed, but the cat is out of the bag and remains on the hunt. Critics of white supremacy have found satisfaction in the movement, while supporters complain that activists are out to erase history. We’ve been...
Can Left Be Right?

Can Left Be Right?

This isn’t really a column about political views, but that’s not to say politics won’t make an appearance. Aug. 13, in case you missed it, was International Lefthanders’ Day. It’s not exactly a major holiday – actually not a holiday of any level – but we southpaws...