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Celebrate Earth Day

Join us at the Carrboro Town Commons to celebrate Earth Day 2022!  Kids’ activities, including a children’s parade at 6pm—animal and plant costumes welcome, planet-friendly vegan and vegetarian food for…






West End Poetry Festival

Join us for online and outdoor events at our 2021 West End Poetry Festival. Friday Oct.15 at 7pm is a Zoom Poetry Writing Workshop led by Crystal Simone Smith. Saturday….


One for the Ages

Yes, it’s real. With the safe return Saturday night of the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft and flight crew of four civilians, I feel good about releasing this extraordinary image,….







Hop on Pop

Roly-poly on the beach, a tow-headed cherub clambers on his disarmed father like the man is his personal playground jungle gym. Of all the snapshots hiding in dusty closets glued to old-school, black-paged photo albums from the ‘40s labeled “Snaps,”…





To India With Love

As the pandemic rages across India, I find myself worrying about a perfect stranger. Her name, where she lives, her situation in life now — of these facts I am totally ignorant.






















Signs of the Times

Having a cabin in rural Rutherford County in Western North Carolina, where I started and helped run two small newspapers for 15 years, has afforded me an intimate view into the other North Carolina. Saying it plainly: the deep ruby red part. Monthly trips to the old cabin afford this Chapel Hill boy something of a “glass-bottom boat” view of attitudes very different from deep indigo parts…