Grave Secrets: TV program revisits an Alamance County murder

We found the TV show almost by accident. Someone with the same last name as my spouse was informed that "Papandrea" appeared as the last name of a byline for a Burlington Times-News story from around 2008 or 2009. He tracked down her work email via online search and sent her a message. He wanted … Continue reading Grave Secrets: TV program revisits an Alamance County murder

Another Taylor Christmas, another visit to the emergency room

Author's update: I wrote the story below about in 2015 or so a family Christmas tradition that really needs to stop. Yet it continued on Christmas Eve this year -- with me. Yes after being hospitalized in September, unable to work or do much of anything else without an oxygen tank and being largely bound … Continue reading Another Taylor Christmas, another visit to the emergency room

Take part in this sharing season — for a friend

The Christmas season delivers a large supply of rich foods, rich gifts and rich excess of nearly every description.┬áBut it's also a season of mixed messages, confusion, conflicting expectations and an excess of poverty and despair of every description. It can be overwhelming. I'm just as likely to get down around the holidays as anyone … Continue reading Take part in this sharing season — for a friend

Wonder why school is called early when snow is in the forecast? Here’s why

It's every school superintendent's nightmare -- making the call to dismiss students from school or cancel the day altogether when snow is in the forecast and doing so too late. That's why on Friday night the superintendent of schools in the mountain community where I grew up posted a video apology to parents and students … Continue reading Wonder why school is called early when snow is in the forecast? Here’s why