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Columns

  • Taking some time off for a spell

    Vacation brain, I’ve learned, is a very real phenomenon.

    After taking no real vacation in the past five years except to be sick, have surgery or go to the doctor, a wedding or a funeral, I’ve made up for lost time by taking two vacations this year.

    First, in August, my parents and I went back home to Cleveland to bask in the afterglow of our Cavaliers’ first NBA title, the city’s first national championship in 52 years and first in my lifetime.

  • A Nomad’s Notes: Illness in Egypt, or ‘Lindsay’s ears are stuffed with mummy linen and her nose is stopped up like the Aswan Dam’

    This column doesn’t quite showcase my derpish moments quite like the other two, but it’s still worth its own column nonetheless, and is a good how-to piece for those of you reading as well.

    When I went to Egypt in January 2015, I lived in southeastern Ohio. Even though it was south, it was as cold as any other part of the state, with snow stubbornly sticking to the ground as I parked my car at the John Glenn Columbus International Airport.

  • Clarifying the status of Brunswick Family Assistance

    By Fred Stephens

    Guest Columnist

    The purpose of this column is to clarify points regarding the financials of Brunswick Family Assistance (BFA) raised by a front-page story in the Sept. 8 edition.

  • Frustration and relief: A tale of two community news items

    The message on my office voice mail was pleasant enough. It was from a woman who called to say, in effect, “I dropped off news about an event last week and didn’t see it in this week’s edition. Can you call me back about this?”

    I looked for the item before calling her back and, sure enough, it didn’t get in.

  • Sent via my Samsung Galaxy Note® 4 smartphone

    The robots haven’t taken over news reporting just yet, but I’m trying to put them to work in the meantime.

    In my attempt to keep up with technology IHOP (I bought) a phone app with a speech to text program so I can write my column hands-free.

    I decided (to) type it in so to speak using just the sound of my voice but even that takes some cleaning up.

  • Readers feed on restaurant, grocery news

    One thing I’ve noticed in my three years here is few things generate a buzz like the prospect of a new chain restaurant coming to the area.

    Last week, it was the news that Shallotte Properties LLC submitted arequestto the Shallotte Planning Boardfor a 90-seat Zaxby’s Restaurant at 4736 Main St., the site of the former Hardee’s and The Grille restaurants.

  • A most memorable Friday

    First this week, I want to thank Jim Moore for inviting me to speak at the South Brunswick Islands Rotary Club meeting last Friday. If his name seems familiar, it’s because he often contributes spectacular photos to our sports section.

    Secondly, I want to thank the SBI Rotary members for listening to what I had to say. They’re a fun bunch — much more lively than I can be during a 7:30 a.m. meeting. I told them when Jim invited me to speak to them, I thought their meetings were at 7:30 at night. It drew a laugh, but I wasn’t kidding.

  • Time for favorite fall flavors is now

    During the past few weeks, I’ve been a party to a robust debate among friends in person and on social media about the merits of all things flavored pumpkin spice and how early is too early to market them to people like me who love them.

    It’s historically an autumn treat, but it’s so delicious and popular, pumpkin spice coffee was already available at Dunkin’ Donuts before the end of August — much too soon, some say, given the fact fall doesn’t officially arrive until Sept. 22.

  • Self-driving cars may keep me sane

    The future we were promised may never get here so long as we don’t have our flying cars.

    Although, the one we got — with the pocket computer/TV/fantasy football draft organizer … I’m forgetting something, give me a sec … oh, and telephone — is pretty good.

    That is, unless your fantasy football draft went south. If so, my condolences.

  • Free speech isn’t free use of media outlets

    Twitter made headlines in July when it permanently banned a Breitbart editor for inciting a deliberate campaign of harassment against comedienne and actress Leslie Jones, one of the stars of the reboot of the movie “Ghostbusters” which featured women in the lead roles.

    Those who fight online bullying by racists and sexists applauded the decision while others decried it, saying Twitter violated Milo Yiannopoulos’ right to free speech.