In coming years, students graduating from Wake County high schools will no longer have to worry about being denied individual recognition. Citing the pressure of competition and lack of comity inspired by students striving to be top cat in their class, the Wake County school board is abolishing the practice of naming valedictorians and salutatorians.
Did I ever tell you about the last time I was in London and tried to act more worldly than someone from Rockingham ever should and badly mispronounced to the cabdriver the section of town to which I wanted him to take me?
Grammy-winning folk singer and feminist icon Ani DiFranco is one of those who nixed an appearance here, canceling her scheduled July 4 performance at the Festival for the Eno. I’m nothing if not civic-minded, so since one DiFranco is a scratch, I decided to see if perhaps we could get five DeFrancos.
It was one of the most fascinating afternoons of my life – last Sunday when I spent a few leisurely hours sitting around the table, watching golf and going through pictures of his remarkable life with Robert Brown.
With all the calamitous political carryings-on occurring in North Carolina – our legislature passing a law to save us from unseen bathroom boogeymen and Bruce Springsteen refusing to play here because of it – whose idea was it to write a novel-length newspaper article about cornbread and whether it should be sweet or unsweet?
Rest assured that, regardless of how proud of yourself you are for dealing with UNC’s loss like an adult so far, some of you will still be – 48 years from now – riding on that rollercoaster of acceptance, then elation, and then – 4.7 seconds later – despair.