Four-Way Test appeals to our better angels

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By now we’re all familiar with the images of Jan. 6 when a mob stormed the U.S. Capitol—the broken windows, the angry rioters on a rampage threatening Vice President Pence and other officials. Five people died in the melee, including a policeman. The nation was outraged, and rightly so. Such calamities light up social media, and this one has been …

Adieu to the bad juju of 2020

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After surviving 2020, I dread to speculate what this year may bring. If you listen to some forecasters, 2021 may turn out to be 2020’s ugly sister.  I hope not. This COVID year brought one misfortune after another: shutdowns, layoffs, record downpours, Hurricane Zeta—even a rare Carolina earthquake.  Bad juju run amok. Last spring, when face masks were becoming a …

Zooming into the holidays

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Zoom meetings, Zoom church, Zoom Christmas. Some authorities suggest that we pare the home holiday crowd to two or three and invite the extras virtually. It’s not a new idea. Several years ago, a gathering of friends on Thanksgiving included a Facetime session with a relative living in California. She watched us longingly a dozen of us gathered around the …

My close encounter with Buckingham Palace

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March 12, 1974: Sue (at right) and I sharing our picnic lunch with London pigeons. Minutes later we were invited inside Buckingham Palace. Season 4 of The Crown is a great diversion for chilly November evenings. Netflix debuted the newest episodes last Sunday focusing on the 1980s and 1990s. Those cover history most viewers know: Prince Charles, Princess Diana and …

The mystery of phantom odors

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Phantom odors: Ghosts or coincidence? Have you ever awakened to the smell of breakfast cooking when nobody is in the kitchen? Or the mysterious scent of a cologne or tobacco smoke when no one else is around? Phantom odors are a familiar component of the paranormal world. Skeptics, on the other hand, reason that such experiences are explainable coincidences, but …

Lesson of 2020: Be prepared

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September is National Preparedness Month and if 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that bad stuff can happen. COVID -19, riots, lockdowns, economic woes, hurricanes, floods, wildfires, and even an earth tremor have brought out the worrywart in all of us. With winter coming on in the midst of a pandemic, it’s time to take stock of supplies and prepare. …

What a difference 19 years makes

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Nineteen years ago my husband and I were flying to a family reunion. It was Friday, Sept. 14—three days after the 9-11 attacks—and airports were just reopening.  Needless to say, security was tight. Two officers at Charlotte Douglas International Airport checked our trunk and asked several questions when we arrived at 6 a.m. Once inside the terminal, we waited in …