I continually go through life trying to learn from the events of every day, whether that is a sporting event, TV show, movie or Broadway musical. I must admit that Broadway musicals particularly “speak” to me and force my introspection.

With all of America’s turmoil, you might feel discouraged. Worn down. Like there’s nothing you can do that will really make a difference because the system is so big that whatever you do just won’t matter.

I grew up listening to storytellers; they were like grandmothers I had chosen for myself, Mrs. Page and her sisters, Aunt Margaret, Mrs. Upchurch, Aunt Mattie, and their mother, “Ma.” By the time I was born, the sisters and their mother had grey-blue hair, but they were somehow timeless, too…

The economy continues to reach new and historic heights each and every month, thanks to President Trump and his pro-growth economic policies. The June jobs report demonstrated yet another month of increased job growth and low unemployment rates, smashing expectations as wages for Americans c…

During the Civil War, “going to hell in a handbasket” came into general use, meaning doom is ahead. Considering prophets of doom nowadays, is there any difference? Many Americans say the same thing.

Let us state our premise upfront — safe, stable nurturing relationships (SSNRs) are crucial to early childhood development and later adult health. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), commonly prescribed anti-depressant medications, can be very important for children and adults —…

There has never been a creature upon the Earth like the modern human. We are the ultimate omnivore. We consume everything living, everything dead and everything that has never lived. We literally eat our planet.

It was one of those mysteries that sparks daydreams about heaven: the blue wallet my friend Jackie lost and that her husband, Keith, returned to her – years after he had died. I especially think of Jackie and Keith and the missing wallet in the summers when we make annual pilgrimages to the …

Ironic as it might seem, some students on campus who might sport full-sleeve tattoos, fire engine-red Chucks, eyebrow or nose piercings, or even colorful hair feel absolutely invisible. They are the creative underground at Piedmont Technical College, the dreamers and designers who have chose…

I was puzzled over the current discussion of reparations for the evil of slavery, which was outlawed in this country some 140 years ago. It is not clear as to whom the reparations are to be paid, assuming that they will be paid in current money. Will it be paid to those whose ancestors were …

These are examples of local news stories that appeared in the Index-Journal recently: man spits on woman and throws brick through her windshield, woman steals car and goes joyriding, man faces indecent exposure charge, man faces domestic violence and kidnapping charges.

The term “intervention” is characterized as “a combination of program elements or strategies designed to produce behavior changes. Interventions may include educational programs, new or stronger policies, improvements in the environment, or a health promotion campaign.”

As time marches on, the world changes. New and unexpected influences challenge the status quo. It happens more often than we might think. Reactions can be as diverse as ethnic distribution. They can be reassuring or chaotic. The United States is currently torn by a chaotic debate.

This is the story of three cousins. Well, they’re pretty sure they’re all cousins because they think they are linked genetically to the same man. But they’re not 100 percent sure because some of the records are lost.