Guest Columns

Herbs or a Bottle of Pills?

THE ABSENTEE GARDENERS By Kit Flynn and Lise Jenkins It started with some herbs in pots in our kitchen window. I happily snip while I cook, feeling righteous about growing…


Tiny Home Village

ORANGE SLICES By Laurie Paolicelli Tourists are drawn to Orange County with certain expectations, just as they are everywhere else they may visit. It’s a feature-driven decision: culture, architecture, dining,…



Phlox, Glorious Phlox

THE ABSENTEE GARDENERS By Kit Flynn and Lise Jenkins The genus phlox is comprised of approximately 60 species that are native to the U.S. Recently, the Mount Cuba Center in…




The Candidates Speak Out

All candidates for local offices were invited to submit a guest column addressing either one local issue about which they are concerned OR why they are running for office. NEW POSTS!


Yes, There are Plants We Cannot Grow

THE ABSENTEE GARDENERS By Kit Flynn and Lise Jenkins “What is it about echinacea? Why can’t I grow it?” my neighbor asked me. I assured her that for some inexplicable reason…



A Chapel Hill Election Primer for Newcomers

ELECTION 2019 By Michelle Cassell Elections for mayor and four Chapel Hill Town Council seats will be held Nov. 5, with early voting beginning Oct. 16. Two candidates are running…


What Goes Around Comes Around

THE ABSENTEE GARDENERS By Kit Flynn and Lise Jenkins A year ago, I developed what I thought was an original idea: Why not plant a clematis with a rose? To me…


Walking Tours in Orange County

ORANGE SLICES By Laurie Paolicelli Walking tours offer a wonderful way to see an area, get your bearings, and learn about a locale from an expert. After all, half the…


College Towns Are Next Big Thing for Entrepreneurship

ORANGE SLICES By Laurie Paolicelli With students and recent graduates all over the country experiencing startup fever, college towns are the next big thing for entrepreneurship. Even though nearly 47% of venture…


Paying Attention Pays Off

OPINION Guest Column by Eric Johnson One of the deep oddities of our age is that human attention has come unmoored from human geography. For many of us, the places…


The NC 54 Corridor

ORANGE SLICES By Laurie Paolicelli New American Legion Club Joins a Growing Corridor in Chapel Hill The new American Legion Club, 3700 NC 54 West, Chapel Hill, is scheduled for…


Why Do Some Autumn Leaves Turn Red?

THE ABSENTEE GARDENERS By Kit Flynn and Lise Jenkins Many of us look forward to the arrival of autumn with its cooler temperatures and brilliant colors. We know that there is…


Dark Times Require Leadership, Action

[Charles van der Horst, internationally known HIV researcher, esteemed medical professor at UNC-Chapel Hill, committed activist and community leader, died earlier this summer. Shortly before his death, during a marathon swimming race down New York’s


The Beleaguered Red Wolf

NATURE Guest Column by Mary Parker Sonis Our native southern wolf was declared endangered in 1967. By 1980, it was declared extinct in the wild, and the last survivors were…