April 17, 2020

      When Kevin Wood left his family behind in Atlanta and came to Durham last December, he was, he said, "stepping out on faith" that he would find the job that would allow them to be reunited soon.

      He didn't just step out, though: he stepped right on over to StepUp Durham, a non-profit program that helps people learn what they need to know to enter or re-enter the work force.

      "I've been...

April 10, 2020


      When Lewis Grizzard was a renowned columnist at the Atlanta Constitution and I was holding down the obit desk there, he wrote a column about Elvis that said something like "If Elvis was 'country,' then my butt is a typewriter.'"

      That's how I feel about Bill Withers: if Bill Withers was rhythm & blues, then my butt is an IBM Selectric or, for anyone born this millennium, an Apple Macbook Pro....

April 4, 2020

      I cried because I had no Netflix - until I met some kids who had no lunch. Or dinner.

      Not as catchy as the original saying, attributed to Helen Keller - "I cried because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet" - but the sentiment is the same.

      While some people are lamenting that they have only one premium streaming video service to help them shelter-in-place during the COVID-19 pandemic, there...

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