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Things that make you say "hmmm"

Sometimes you just want some lighter stories with a strange twist. We expect this will be a popular place to visit on our website.

Starr Ayers: The good part

Resolve to slow down a little in 2023

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Warren Dixon: A word to the wise

You can change your world by changing your words. … Remember, death and life are in the power of the tongue. — Joel Osteen

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Larry Penkava: Too much information, too little time

A pileup on the Information Superhighway

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Mr. Movie: Miyazki's last (or first) hurrah

Sampling some of the best of Japanese Anime

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Imaginations are running wild

Here's my book title: ‘Thirty Years of Nonsense’

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Mr. Movie: More from Pixar, including my favorite

More favorites from Pixar Studios

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Larry Penkava: It may take another 56 years

I resolve to do better than I did in 1956.

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Mr. Movie: Fun for everyone

Pixar animation studio has created a string of good times for everyone. 

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Larry Penkava: Where's a rocket scientist when you need one?

Car seats need to come with instructions

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Mr. Movie: The other Stephen King

Stephen King does more than horror stories

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Mr. Movie: Films from New Zealand

New Zealand is another great source for movies

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Larry Penkava: During the holidays, feast beats famine every time

'Tis the season to be rotund 

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Warren Dixon: The real secret and the power of Christmas

Let’s be naughty and save Santa the trip. — Gary Allan

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Mr. Movie: Movies Down Under the radar

More good movies from Australia.

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Larry Penkava: Two men and the art of shopping

A visit from the Ghost of Christmas Presents

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Mr. Movie: More Down Under the radar

More Aussie-made movies that are worth watching

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Christmas like you've never thought of it before

Christmas as the BIG DEAL of the year is a fairly recent development

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Aging, from Geritol to Prevagen

It's pretty easy to guess one's age by the content of their conversations

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It's time to deal with your mums

Recycle those mums (or ‘October roses’ as grandma used to call them)

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In the South, hard to see the forest for the weeds

A flower in the wrong place is a weed.

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Mr. Movie: Down under the radar

Many Australian films are worth searching for

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Mr. Movie: Who said that?

Another round of famous movie quotes.

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Good health is not for the faint of heart

Four and on the floor: Saying yes to all the shots that were offered.

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Gardening: Rosemary traditions

Rosemary grows in two basic types: that which grows upright, and that which acts as groundcover.

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Kid napping is OK, but adult napping illegal?

Naps have always been a forte of mine.

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Mr. Movie: What the Dickens

More than 50 movies have been made from the stories of Charles Dickens.

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When it comes to Thanksgiving prep, I'm a turkey

The women in my family do all the cooking while the men sit around and mumble.

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Beauty is only Botox deep

A Chinese man sued his wife for … wait, what?

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Mr. Movie: Wolfgang Petersen

German director Wolfgang Petersen had a string of hit movies in the United States.

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Why tennis elbow was discovered by a husband

There are certain pressures in playing tennis for a million dollars. The true pressure, however, lies in playing your spouse.

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Lary Penkava: Can't we all just get along?

Everybody wins when the election ads cease.

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Mr. Movie: Buster Keaton

‘The Great Stone Face,' silent era star Buster Keaton, was the master of physical comedy.

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Lessons learned from hosting a yard sale

A yard sale equals the Great American Dream,

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Past winners deserve their place in history

Softball tournament program from 1957 honors young women from Asheboro. 

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Oak gall, wasps and black ink

Oak galls usually don’t cause significant long-term damage to the trees they fall from.

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Let's talk Elvis

Elvis averaged three films a year in the 10 years he made movies in Hollywood, and a few of them aren't too bad.

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Time to fall for asters

Asters give us plenty of reasons to add them to our garden beds. 

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Mr. Movie: W.C. Fields

W.C. Fields was an American original, and laugh-out-loud funny.

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Now & Then: Remembering dinner on the grounds

Friendsville had a long wooden table just outside the meeting house and on courtly meetin' it was covered with fried chicken, pot roast, a host of casseroles and more desserts than you could shake a fork at. 

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Men — and boys — and their bicycles



The culture has shifted: boys prefer to ride to ball practice with their soccer moms. 

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Mr. Movie: More good movies with bad titles

Sometimes movie titles are difficult - if not impossible – to figure out. But it doesn't mean the movie is bad.

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There's nothing 'witchy' about witch hazel

There is nothing scary about the plant that blooms around Halloween and has a witchy name.

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Larry Penkava: Please pass the chips, and my dentures

Aging 101 should be a required class for all high school students. … I tell young people to live a long life, just don't grow old.

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Mr. Movie: Good movie, bad title Part 1

Some of the worst movie titles are actually attached to some pretty good movies.

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Warren Dixon: Do we need cursive writing any more?

We have to realize this is the computer age. Nobody writes anymore., everyone texts, emails, copies or prints. If they to write, they print. Now, most students can print as fast or faster than they can write in cursive. They just can't sign their names. 

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Hazel left a permanent mark on Myrtle Beach

Hurricane Hazel, which hit the coast in October of 1954, left a permanent mark on Myrtle Beach.

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Mr. Movie: More sleepers from 2021

Movie columnist Rusty Hammond offers more sleepers from 2021

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Larry Penkava: Making history takes time

Last week wasn't the first time I'd slipped into the role of accidental historian. Indeed, my professorial days go back at least 20 years. 

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Warren Dixon: Cleaning out closets is easy … or so I've heard

There are those, I'm told, who change their closets according to the weather…

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Mr. Movie: Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin's Little Tramp character endures.

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Larry Penkava: My claim to athletic fame

Am ability as a distance runner was Larry's claim to fame in high school baseball and basketball, and resulted in one somewhat “fixed” match race.

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Never say 'thank you' when given a plant

This is an old tradition that started as a superstition many years ago. It is basically you should not say thank you when you are given a plant, or it will either not grow well or it may die if you thank the giving party.

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Plastic package? Hand me the scissors

Scissors seems to be the preferred way to open most of today's packaging.

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Mr. Movie: Films about salesmen

There are plenty of good movies about salesmen.

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Where did the Ringo?

A good deed for a struggling neighbor turned into a handful of extra work.

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Mr. Movie: The Marx Brothers

The Marx Brothers used a script only as a starting point, much preferring to make it up as they went along. 

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How to raise your own maypops

Maypop fruits do make a very satisfying pop when they land upside your brother's head. But, according to one source, the name could be a corruption of the name “maracock,” which is what the Powhatan and  and Algonquin Indians called it.

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It was Sherwood 3587, in case you’re wondering

What is it with this memory thing? The brain can be defined as a mass of nerve tissue in the cranium of vertebrate animals in charge of remembering thousands of the least significant details, and occasionally something of importance.  

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Troubles by the mouthful

I’m 75 years old and still haven’t mastered the art of chewing. It seems simple. You put food in your mouth and move your jaws up and down until the morsel is ground fine enough to enter the esophagus.

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It's my way or the right way

Jimmy is officially trained in mechanics, electronics, information technology, landscaping, French cooling, martial arts, rocket science and brain surgery. I, on the other hand, am trained in none of the sciences or technologies.

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Mr. Movie: More sleepers from 2021

Mr. Movie: Finding a few sleepers from 2021 's offerings.

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Mr. Movie: Anne Heche

A look at the top movies by actress Anne Heche, who died in a tragic accident at age 53.

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It's not only nature that abhors a vacuum

Cleaning is something that doesn’t come naturally to a man. I’m certain of this. There’s something unnatural about cleaning. Dirt is natural; leaves, grit, mud, dust bunnies, clutter, all natural.

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The Movie Man: Who Said That? Part 2

The last “who said that” column was so popular (okay, three people kind of mentioned it in passing), that I decided to do another.

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One who stands her ground until death or closing time

Columnist Warren Dixon has receptionists on his mind.

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How many feet in a liter?

The rest of the world is comfortable using the metric system, but thanks to American pushback in the 60s, we don't have a clue.

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What did you do with your extra second?

If everybody got a second, does that mean there were 7 billion extra seconds out there?

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Two ... two ... two leaves in one

This was unusual, even for long-time photographer Paul Church

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The story behind Randolph Hub’s email account

Why is the Randolph Hub account not a gmail account? You'll never guess the answer.

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Yays and Boos!

Sometimes life needs some Yays and Boos.

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