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The coronavirus generation: We became parents of a baby boy in the cradle of a pandemic

The afternoon before all this, I got sidetracked in aisle 5 by some cheddar kangaroo crackers. They’re on a bottom shelf, a long way from the eye-level...

Remembering civil rights leader Charles Jones and his mission to make Charlotte a ‘Beloved Community’

Note: Top photo courtesy of the Charlotte Observer Photograph Collection – Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library On a summer day in 2013, my spouse, Helms, stood...

Boomer vs. millennial, practical vs. progressive: How Charlotte’s mayor and her daughter build bridges over their differences

When I told my mother I would be talking to the mayor, she said, “I know she goes by Vi, but make sure you address her as Mayor Lyles. Be...

A few words on Junior Johnson, the ‘American hero’ who lived a quiet Charlotte life

Main photo by RacingOne/Getty Images, courtesy of the NASCAR Hall of Fame Junior Johnson died Friday afternoon in a Charlotte hospice house. If you’re not...

The best crab cake in Charlotte today, according to the son of a Chesapeake Bay waterman

The former bounty hunter who makes what might be Charlotte’s best crab cake came here to find a runaway club owner, and wound up finding his future wife....

The shooting death of Brooks’ Sandwich House co-owner Scott Brooks, and what’s right and wrong with Charlotte today

The number should grab your mind, your attention, your heart: 102 homicides in less than a year. And now, 103, with the shooting death of Scott Brooks,...

After 11 years as a user, I just permanently deleted my Facebook account

For the last four years my work at Digital Charlotte has been dedicated to helping people get online to create new opportunities in their life....

Depression is like drowning on dry land and I’ve been going under undetected for years

Content warning: This piece discusses depression and suicidal ideation. They say drowning doesn’t look the way we might expect. There’s no flailing or...

Turning 30: How I learned to stop running in Charlotte

That picture is ironic given the title, right? Don’t worry, we’ll get to it. We live in an era where we can carefully craft our public image — the...

6 things I missed while away for 6 weeks

As a teacher I’m afforded a long summer break, with which I can do pretty much anything. Because I like to torture myself, I’ve spent six weeks...

Even in the darkest times, there is always light

The sense of being ‘compelled’ to do something is a strong feeling. That’s what this article is for me. I felt compelled to write it. Recently, a friend...