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    I was reminded last week of the importance of scripts in public life. Much of what passes for political discourse these days turns...
    I would like to take you on a trip to one of North Carolina’s too often overlooked charming little mountain towns, Saluda. It’s a few...
    The inner monologue.     Everyone has one, although not everyone chooses to use it. The inner monologue is that bit inside of each of us...
    Although the majority of the members of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) are retired from the military or are members of...
    Hey batter, batter... swing! Don’t you just love baseball? The smell of hot dogs, popcorn and the crowd yelling after a home run?    ...
    The Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra is hosting a free concert in the park on Saturday, June 14. Don’t turn the page … conductor Fouad...
    {mosimage}This ain’t no video game.     On Saturday, June 14, local fighters — amateur and professional — will be exchanging uppercuts and...
    The most recent exhibit at Cape Fear Studios, titled Just the Two of Us, supports the idea that many artists in the surrounding area...
    It’s Monday morning, you roll your solid waste and recycling carts out to the curb. When you come home, you find your trash can...
    Lou Reed once musically urged people to take a walk on the wild side. I have taken the portion of his advice about walking. On my...
    Earlier this year, Fortune magazine published a long — and I thought — remarkable profile of Melinda Gates.     There is a bit of...
    My boyfriend of two years has been living with his parents for four years. He’s 49, and first said he had an apartment near them but...
    The U.S. military operates a beachfront vacation site for its personnel worldwide and their families at the Guantanamo Bay detention...
    Each year, a group of motorcycle enthusiasts plan an annual trek out west. The group, sponsored by the Association of Free Community...
    Manolo Blahniks. If you’re heterosexual and male, those two words are all you really need to know about the screen adaptation of Sex...
    The Middleman (Monday, 8 p.m., ABC Family) is the most delightful pop-culture product since Juno. Heroine Wendy Watson (Natalie...
    Insolence is big in Japan.     So big, that its new album, Audio War, made it to No. 6 on the charts in the Land of the Rising Sun,...
    After finally getting a hold of the elusive band Stronghold, drummer David Sholter decided to give me the lowdown on the band, its...
    Dear EarthTalk: Recent NASA photos showed the opening of the Northwest Passage and that a third of the Arctic’s sea ice has melted in recent...
    Life is a cabaret, old chum.     It’s also fleeting, beautiful and often brutal, as shown in the wonderful adaptation of the musical...
    In my last article I made a mistake... ouch. I said that the highest point on the Blue Ridge Parkway is Mount Mitchell. Actually,...
    Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (124 minutes) is bound to disappoint the really hardcore fans. Screenwriter David...
    Hip-Hop’s live band, the Roots, returns with its staggering eighth (can you believe it?) full length studio album, titled Rising Down...
Dear EarthTalk: The 2008 Summer Olympics in China are drawing a lot of attention right now for political reasons. I’ve heard, though,...
{mosimage}Swingtown (Thursday, 10 p.m., CBS) is CBS’s attempt to sink to depths of depravity. The series is set in 1976, at the...

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