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Today's Opinions

  • From the Kitchen: Appetizers share the holiday buffet table or pair with your favorite bottle of wine

    This is the time of year when we are attending functions celebrating the holiday season. This usually means sampling many different kinds of foods set out on a buffet table including appetizers. These are best described as a variety of tasty finger foods.

    For more intimate settings, such as your own living room in front of a warm glowing fire, something as simple as a plate of sliced cheese (or container of cheese spread) and a few tasty crackers and a glass of your favorite wine (or non-alcoholic beverage) and a good book will make for a cozy and entertaining evening.

  • Reflections: Christmas and the art of giving

    It's the same thing every year. My wife and I heatedly discuss what we will buy everyone for Christmas, and in the end we buy what she wants. At Christmas, it seems, I am just a laborer elf. Well, this year it will be much different because most everyone will be getting gift certificates. That will take a whole lot less effort and time.

  • Fishing Lines: Stave off winter 'til spring arrives

    Is this October or December?

    The sun sets like it is December, but the daytime highs feel much more like fall than midwinter.

    And it seems as though the fish are confused as well. Normally by this time, the trout and redfish have become well established in the area rivers and deeper tidal creeks, but many trout are still out front on the edge of the flats as if it were march already.

    My guess is that the next cold front (which has not been forecast at this writing) will be the "coupe de grace" that finally persuades them to head for their usual winter haunts.

  • True Faith: Little Drummer Boy and Baby Jesus

    "When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, 'Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.'" (Luke 2:15 NIV)

  • From the Kitchen: When it's time to let the younger generation take the reins

    I prepared and served my first complete holiday meal for Thanksgiving, 1961 when I was a mere 19 years old. I had the help of a couple of my younger sisters but, for the most part, I could take credit, or blame, for most of it.

    Fortunately, it turned out to be a delicious dinner. The only thing missing were our parents who had both passed away earlier that year. I was among those fortunate enough to have been taught the basics of cooking, baking and setting a pretty table, as my mother called it.

  • Reflections: New words, new feelings to ponder

    Never before have so many new words been introduced to the American public. Since September 11, we have been bombarded with words that we seemingly have never heard before.

    Of course, most of the new words came to us come from the Far East, words like "Al Qaeda, Hezbollah, and Taliban." But, some have come from right here in our own country - words like "anthrax," "Cipro," and "Doxycycline."

  • True Faith: Jesus was neither a Democrat nor a Republican

    My own father was never involved with politics, so whatever impressions I had as a boy were made by my grandfathers.

    Before my parents met each other, granddaddy Binkley met granddaddy Frazier when he called up a tobacco company in Winston-Salem to order a box of Days Work. This was before my parents had met each other, and didn't learn this little secret until years later.

    Granddaddy Binkley was a car salesman most of his adult life, and always had a small farm near Mocksville. He described himself in later years as a Roosevelt Democrat.

  • Fishing Lines: Whatever the weather, fish say, 'Bring it!'

    With the temperatures teasing 80 in the last week or so, carolers might be singing "It's beginning to look a lot like 'springtime.'" The weather has however set the stage for above average inshore fishing and some awesome offshore fishing.

    Inshore, most of the pinfish have left the flats and can be found just a few miles offshore, but the trout are still holding onto some of the areas of grass flats in our area.