December 18, 2019

Dear Dr. Smith,

We are right in the middle of the Christmas season and I don't feel the least bit Christmas-y. I have no holiday spirit and haven't bought a single gift. (I usually get my shopping done before Thanksgiving.)

This is not like me. Is there anything I can do to get the Christmas spirit?


(Feeling like) Mrs. Scrooge

Dear Mrs. Scrooge,

For Christmas my freshman year of college I played Santa Claus. This was my first opportunity t...

December 9, 2019

       You still have time to send the perennial Christmas present beloved by literate people the world over, young and old alike - copies of the books Do Unto Others... AndThen Run and ...And the Horse You Rode In On, Saunders!

      The books contain more than 500 columns written by The Saunders Report publisher and award-winning writer* Barry Saunders.

      They are $20 each or two for $36.

      You kno...

December 6, 2019


      As the holiday season kicks into high gear, there is one decision we'll make that stands above all others.

      It's a decision that has the potential to make or break a holiday gathering and mark a host/hostess as an uncultured philistine or a person of envy-inducing refinement.

      What brand of eggnog should I serve?

      You know how the U.S. Constitution states that all men are creat...

November 11, 2019

      UPDATE: Hours after The Saunders Report initially published this story, we learned that a longtime and beloved Chapel Hill store, Southern Season, is shutting its downs for good. 

      By a show of hands, who else feels sad every time you see a business going belly-up, especially one right in your neighborhood?

      As someone who's had two businesses go kaput - remember the late, lamented Rich...

November 8, 2019

      Sewer rat may taste like pumpkin pie, but I'll never know because I'd never eat one.

      Okay, anyone who saw Pulp Fiction knows that's not exactly what hitman Jules Winnfield said in profanely explaining why he didn't eat bacon, but it captures exactly my feeling about the new Popeyes fried chicken sandwich.

      The sandwich that has spawned long lines, essays, odes and possibly even a murder may taste like pumpkin...

October 29, 2019

      Correction: the Cory Booker political soiree Friday was NOT on the 28th floor of Unscripted hotel. It was across the street in downtown Durham at One City Center... regrets the error.

      Durham last weekend was, if not the center of the political universe, at least close to it.

      On Friday night, Democratic presidential contender Cory Booker spoke and nibbled vegan vittles from an area restau...

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