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September 23, 2016

For Candace Rose, celebrating Take A Child Outside Week is a walk in the park.

Goose Creek State Park in Washington, N.C., where Rose is a park ranger, is among parks across the state planning events to celebrate the emphasis, which is scheduled for Saturday through Sept. 30. The week, designed to…


'The Magnificent Seven' rides again, with more guns

September 23, 2016

Deciding to remake “The Magnificent Seven “ with a fresh batch of movie stars is certainly no sin. John Sturges’ 1960 tome, itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s classic “Seven Samurai,” is a fun confection of star power and charismatic bravado, sure, but held in…


Kolasa: Home-cooked meals made easier with kits delivered to your door

September 21, 2016

A shout-out to N.C. State University and the N.C. Division of Public Health’s new resource-rich website supporting the Eat Smart Move More North Carolina movement. Check out http://medinsteadofmeds.com for beautiful pictures, delicious recipes and science-based information about eating…


The easygoing guide for wine drinkers who don't go all in

September 21, 2016

A friend recently asked me to recommend a wine book. An avid beer drinker, he can talk porters and stouts and IBUs of IPAs until somebody's blue in the face, but he admits he has no real working knowledge of wine.

"I don't need an encyclopedia or an atlas," he says. "I just need a quick read that…