On the hot seat

October 17, 2008 Recently, I found myself way outside my comfort zone facing a committee of men and women who will decide if I meet their criteria for a two-year study program.

Indians and mammoths

October 16, 2008 In the spring of 1872, a young farmer named Barnard Hansell saw, in his words, "a queer stone" while he was plowing on his father's farm near Doylestown, Penn.

Validating feelings

October 15, 2008 I recently attended a memorial service for the father of a friend of mine. It's kind of a middle-aged right of passage, attending your friends' parents' funerals, that is.

Brandon Wood

October 14, 2008 CHARLOTTE - Brandon Wood, 35, of Charlotte died today, Oct. 14, 2008. Arrangements will be announced by Roller-Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville. --- www.rollerfuneralhomes.com

New cooking skills

October 14, 2008 Autumn is definitely my time of year, and I am soaking up all the fall weather I can.

American Bandstand

October 13, 2008 Fifty-six years ago this past week, a TV show premiered that had guys with their combed pompadours and girls in starched crinoline skirts longing to dance.