• Notes from a human traffic cone
  • Tough times prompt early Thanksgiving, pair of requests

    There’s nothing like a tough couple of weeks to remind you of what you value most in others and in life. Even though Thanksgiving’s two weeks away, here’s why I’m celebrating a little bit every day from now on.

  • Bonkers for bacon? You are not alone

    When I recently espied the can of Betty Crocker Maple Bacon Frosting at the grocery store, my first reaction was to recoil in horror.

    Does Miss Betty, assuming she’s an actual person, which I doubt, really intend for us to eat bacon with our cake? Bacon and pancakes hydrated with syrup, I’ve always voted yes. But bacon with cupcakes are a no-go.

  • As of Nov. 1 , winter has arrived

    “Aren’t you cold?”

    I heard that question at least twice Saturday, making Nov. 1 the unofficial/official start of winter.

    I went to the Riverwalk Park at Belville to see how the barbecuing was going at the Bikes Boots and BBQ festival.

    Unfortunately, the event was rained out due to the downpours that hit early Saturday morning.

  • Recalling my time at UNC with professor at center of scandal

    Like all of my fellow UNC-Chapel Hill graduates, I was sickened to read the findings of a nine-month investigation into alleged fake classes offered to athletes at the university.

    Until then, I was confident in proclaiming the problems began after I’d graduated. The investigation led by former Homeland Security adviser and FBI agent Kenneth Wainstein, however, found the trouble began while I was still a student.

  • Trying to be everywhere at once

    Remember how I wrote the other week about how great it is we have so much going on in Brunswick County at this time of year?

    I take it back. It’s not as great as I thought it was, and here’s why: We apparently have a minimum of four big events happening on a given weekend and I’ve got three reporters on staff. And as spectacular as they are, they can’t be everywhere at once. Plus, my repeated (some might say ridiculous) requests for a device to clone them continue to be ignored.

  • 15 helpful tips for voting in 2014

    By Bob Hall

    Guest Columnist

    As an independent watchdog group, Democracy North Carolina receives all kinds of reports on our hotline at (888) OUR-VOTE. We encourage voters to review the candidates at www.ncvotered.org and call the hotline if you have any problems as you vote.

    Here are 15 tips to make your voting experience easier, which we’ve vetted through the State Board of Elections:

  • Football fanaticism feels like home

    I suppose it had to happen eventually: Until this past Sunday, all of this season’s losses for my beloved Cleveland Browns, the pro football team for my hometown, were by fewer than five points. Until the previous Sunday, they’d won all their games this season by five or fewer points, too.

  • Annual Halloween (sugar) cravings get (dental) brush-off

    Just in time for Halloween, my teeth, which are still all naturally mine somehow, paid a visit to my favorite, friendly dental office last week.

    Or, rather, I should say “Doctor Brush” (not his real name, but what a great one for a dentist) and his skilled staff paid a memorable drop-in visit to me and my six- and 12-year-old molars, which are older than that now.

  • Stop worrying and learn to love the zipper

    “The Zipper” is happening.

    For some of you, that’s all you needed to hear to have already figured out what I am talking about and are equally excited as I am.

    Others are perplexed, but I will let you in on my shorthand so you can join the rest of us in spreading the good news.

    The NCDOT has embraced, or should I say finally embraced, the zipper, which is only the simplest, easiest most obvious way to get stalled traffic moving along on highways, city streets or anywhere vehicles travel.