Dogs — and finding true north

Views and Reviews by Jean McCamy We don’t have a dog these days. In fact, it’s been a long time now since we had a dog, and an even longer time since we lived where we had to take our dogs for walks on a leash. So, I’m not in a good position to check out a tidbit I heard on the...

First light bulbs, now Cheerios?

by Jean McCamy Oh dear. They are messing with Cheerios. I heard a report that they are going to change the formula and, since they showed the knock-off brands that have already eliminated the offending ingredient, I see trouble ahead. It’s not that I like Cheerios. In fact, I...

Not-so-brave New Year

Views and Reviews by Jean McCamy   Every time I hear an announcement that yet another job has been automated or replaced by an electronic device, I shake my head. That’s all lovely, but where are people going to find jobs? We all know that manufacturing and agriculture is...

Merry Christmas to all

by Jean McCamy   Every year, I write a Christmas poem to go in my grown children’s stockings. Some poems are funny, some serious, and some are much better than others. This year I think my muse is on holiday, but still, I’ll share with you as well, as I wish each of you a...

Phones on plane not smart idea

by: Jean McCamy   I have a cell phone. It’s not very smart and it lives in a dark corner of my pocketbook until I take it out to make a call. I don’t know what the number is, and since it’s never on and it doesn’t know how to take messages, there’s no real reason for anybody...

Now, we dress up only to impress

Views and Reviews by Jean McCamy It’s not perfectly clear why men started wearing pieces of cloth around their necks, but the practice dates back at least to the early 1600s, and although styles of ties have changed through the years, the practice has continued uninterrupted....

Beach wedding was perfect

Views and Reviews by Jean McCamy A beach at its best is a glorious place, with soft sand underfoot, a warm sun overhead, a cooling breeze blowing past, and the rhythmic roll of waves against the shore. Ghost crabs skitter across the sand, gulls and pelicans soar overhead and...

Capitol hijinks a mess for everyone

by Jean McCamy It’s so embarrassing. We have international visitors and here is the United States with its pants down, oops, no, sorry, with its government down. Not exactly an easy little faux pas to ignore or explain away, is it? I frankly can’t think of any explanation for how...

Not looking for cure to soccer addiction

By Jean McCamy When you don’t have cable TV, being able to tune in to a soccer game is like getting an unexpected present in the mail. I do enjoy the game and, while I prefer watching it with someone I love on the pitch, I get pretty wrapped up in the action no matter who is...

Paying attention to Constitution a good thing

By Jean McCamy I was interested to read in David Leone’s This Week in History that, wearing my Wake Weekly reporter’s hat in l973, I asked local sixth graders why the U.S. Constitution and citizenship were so important. I really don’t remember the occasion, but was delighted to...

How about this weather?

Views and Reviews by Jean McCamy What would we do without the weather to talk about? Sure, there is local gossip, politics, religion, books, movies, sports, history, food, children, pets, grandchildren and a number of other topics, but still, most of us, when at a loss for words,...

Let students keep right to vote

by Jean McCamy I have a granddaughter turning 21 this week. That’s an exciting transition into the adult world with all its privileges and responsibilities. When I reached that milestone, it meant that I could finally vote, but today’s young people get that privilege several...