Book in review: Anthony Bourdain’s ‘Kitchen Confidential’

Written in 2000 and updated several years later, Anthony Bourdain's "Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly" is well worth revisiting from time to time. It's hilarious, wild and informative. He just may be, as I note in this review written in 2009, the Hunter S. Thompson of food. That's a compliment, by the way. … Continue reading Book in review: Anthony Bourdain’s ‘Kitchen Confidential’

The Roy Moore story: Things are sadly still the same in Alabama

Up until around 2003 it was still legal for a 14-year-old girl to be married in the state of Alabama -- with parental consent. The law was finally changed -- with no small amount of debate and controversy -- to age 16 (which I would contend is still a child). They actually fought about this … Continue reading The Roy Moore story: Things are sadly still the same in Alabama

Another pitch for Bill Hunter’s addition to the N.C. Sports Hall of Fame

They buried Caulton Tudor the other day, an occasion for more than a few stories among sports writers who covered the ACC and other events in North Carolina the previous four decades. Lots of tall tales, lots of laughing, lots of memories shared of games covered and late nights afterward, when the deadline was history and … Continue reading Another pitch for Bill Hunter’s addition to the N.C. Sports Hall of Fame

Compassion, peace, healing and the the idea that nothing has to stay the same

"They do what?" I remember asking my spouse a few years ago when she first described what has become an annual ritual event at Elon University. "They use colored sand to make art. It takes a few days and when it's finished they destroy it," Roselee said as if that explained everything anyone might need … Continue reading Compassion, peace, healing and the the idea that nothing has to stay the same

The time I got to look inside LabCorp

Thought about this experience the other day as I was thumbing through my longtime friend Don Bolden's new book about the history of LabCorp, Alamance County's largest employer and a global giant in medical testing. Yes, LabCorp is headquartered in downtown Burlington but its branches spread throughout the community -- and the nation. Indeed, specimens … Continue reading The time I got to look inside LabCorp

How to avoid a Tornado Warning and other Community Connections thoughts

Memo to us, otherwise known as the Community Connections Planning Committee: In the future, avoid dates for our forums that include the words “Tornado Warning.” Seems simple enough. Yes, what the TV weather forecasters like to call “severe weather” crashed our party on Monday, Oct. 23 at Elon University. Conditions conducive to tornado formation were … Continue reading How to avoid a Tornado Warning and other Community Connections thoughts