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Re: “A brief history of pimento cheese

Having parents who retired to the Low Country,I got my intro to pimento cheese when shopping in local suoermarkets for ingedients for my lunch for fishing trips.I next came across it, priced about a dollar highee at The Carolina Country Store back home in Brooklyn.Imagine my surprise when my wife, born in the Philippines intercepted a care package from my Mom and proceeded to glom about half the cheesy contents.She made amends, though, by whipping up. A batch herself, though she subbed canned buttee (coincidentally from a Guyanese store) for the mayo.The circle widens...

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Posted by Kent R. Atkinson on 05/19/2014 at 2:39 AM

Re: “Anderson Wiltshire: On his way

Check out Anderson's Twitter here:

Posted by queeeerify on 04/28/2014 at 8:05 PM

Re: “A letter from my father, a message for my mother

Does anyone have contact information for Mubarak Dahir? He was a contributor to the newspaper I work for and we would like to get in touch with him. Please email or call 407-481-2243 .

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Posted by Rick Claggett on 04/17/2014 at 1:51 PM

Re: “Poisoning our pets

For fleas and ticks: Brewers yeast or 1/8 tsp of garlic a day on their food. ( only 1/8 of garlic cause any more can be harmful and only for dogs, do not give garlic to cats.)

For the immune system: Coconut oil everyday on their food. It makes their food taste better and it is amazing for their system.

Their are an abundance of plants that keep away pests that you can put in your garden without using harmful chemicals. We just lost two chihuahua's because we thought it was rabies with the first one and later when the second one was too far gone, we found out it was poisoning. You may scoff at this woman's passion about organic things, but with a little work and not that much cash you can build a greenhouse, plant an abundance of things that can be used anywhere.

-Lemon juice and water keeps those huge roaches out of your house during the summer.
-Coconut oil is a natural, diaper rash ointment, sun block and sun tanner, immune booster if ingested, conditioner, works better than aloe for sunburns, cleans the bacteria out of your mouth every morning if swished for 20 minutes, etc.......
-Chewing on onion helps get rid of tooth pain instantly

This is just a fraction of the things i have found so far (and tried) that works wonders. Give some of this a try, it can be cheaper than buy expensive and chemically laden things at the store when you can use things that, for the most part, you can grow.

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Posted by Cassie Hughes on 04/13/2014 at 1:32 PM

Re: “Tiny House movement is an alternative to the McMansion era

CQ is correct in that Sarah Susanka's Not So Big House series is not actually about small houses. That's a common misconception. It's about building better, rather than bigger houses, where every square foot is used every day, and the space is tailored to the homeowner's lifestyle. So whether that lifestyle requires 3500 sf or 1200 sf, it can still be considered "Not So Big" if it is beautifully crafted and the space is not wasted.

The article is incorrect in crediting Susanka with the beginning the Tiny House Movement -- that credit should go to Jay Shafer of Tumbleweed Tiny House Company. Susanka is, however, credited with sparking the Small House Movement, away from McMansions and towards better, more thoughtful design.

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Posted by MStH on 03/11/2014 at 1:38 PM

Re: “Tiny House movement is an alternative to the McMansion era

Susanka's 1998 book may have been inspired in part by the excesses of the '90s and the book may have informed some builders of tiny homes, but Sarah apparently has little interest in tiny homes. Here's Sarah, interviewed in 2011 talking about a home she built in Libertyville, Illinois.

"The size [2,450 square feet] was very intentional. When downsizing comes up, the press goes to the far end of the spectrum and talks about tiny houses. A minute segment of the population is ever going to live in tiny houses. A big segment of the population is looking at 3,000- to 5,000-square-foot houses. They don’t want to go much smaller. I’m trying to show that if you eliminate the spaces you rarely use, you can actually have a house that lives large. I like to show a really, really comfortable 2,300- to 2,500-square-foot home. You make that home by eliminating formal living spaces, by having an “away room” where you can go to be quiet and get away. You have the home be accessible. You have it be close to downtown so you can age in place."…

Historical note: She might as well have been talking about her own house. Built in the late '90s, it's over 2,400 square feet, slightly above the average American home built at the time.

In my view, mentioning Sarah Susanka in an article about the tiny house movement is like mentioning Richard Nixon in an article about the back-to-the-land movement.

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Posted by cq on 03/06/2014 at 7:32 PM

Re: “Even a dentist could love Chapel Hill Toffee

Being a dentist I would like to say that avoid the sweets and candies But my love for Chapel Hill Toffee,,some times it make me crazy and I forgot i am dentist my website is

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Posted by Clara on 03/06/2014 at 3:14 PM

Re: “Tiny House movement is an alternative to the McMansion era

The Tiny House movement does not necessarily entail rudimentary living conditions; it is about a smaller footprint. Many if not most are fully equipped with electricity and plumbing. Often they use passive solar, greywater systems, and the like.

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Posted by Judy Payne on 03/06/2014 at 10:41 AM

Re: “Collective living on Cox Avenue in Raleigh


Posted by Lucas Wooten on 03/05/2014 at 7:25 PM

Re: “Where to buy affordable local art for your home

Bookmarking, thanks for the great resource

Posted by MissMallibu on 03/05/2014 at 12:02 PM

Re: “Where to buy affordable local art for your home

Another great place would be to get the art directly from the artists! Durty Durham Art Collective, Gabe Eng-Goetz of Runaway both have fantastic pieces of art that are just thirsting for a loving home :)

Posted by Justin Laidlaw on 03/05/2014 at 11:13 AM

Re: “Tiny House movement is an alternative to the McMansion era

Thanks for mentioning this year's Small House Contest co-sponsored by The Abundance Foundation, Habitat for Humanity- Chatham, and CCCC! Here are more details:…

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Posted by Jenny Schnaak on 03/05/2014 at 10:47 AM

Re: “Days of Future Passed

Even as a child growing up in the 90s, I always pictured the year 2000 as a major turning point in lifestyle. Even the movie Back to the Future showed a futuristic existence not far into the 2000s. Even though we don't live in crazy houses, or drive flying cars, the technology we have today would give even the craziest science fiction minds a run for their money.

Konrad Jenkins |

Posted by konradwithak13 on 03/03/2014 at 11:39 AM

Re: “Poisoning our pets

do people still use sevin dust on chickens to treat red mite - I have a big problem with red mite

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Posted by Helen Lloyd on 02/16/2014 at 7:11 AM

Re: “The best sushi in the Triangle

What's hilarious is the author jokes about "All of those features are a cheap ploy aimed at tempting a remedial American sushi palate", but all he reviews are rolls. Go to japan and ask for any of those american rolls. You'll get laughed out of the joint. Sushi is all about sashimi and nigiri. Rolls should be plain, like tekkamaki, or kyurimaki.

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Posted by Ron Wroblewski on 02/12/2014 at 12:44 AM

Re: “One mother's attempt to stop gun violence

There are so many problems with this piece, and Ms. Haldeman's opinions about law-abiding citizens exercising the right to bear arms to defend themselves and their families. I suppose I can go point-by-point...

“The group, the brainchild of an indignant Indiana woman...“ Watts is a former Monsanto PR executive currently funded by Bloomberg.

“membership has swelled to almost 130,000 people...“ Having a list of email addresses in not the same thing as having members.

“There have been 30 school shootings in the United States since Newtown...“ Unlikely. The few that have occurred were psychopaths targeting kids they knew were defenseless in “Gun Free” schools.

“The statistics are sobering. A recent World Health Organization study found that Americans have 88 guns per 100 people...“ This is “sobering”? Why?

“there are about 10 gun-related deaths per 100,000 people” No. Actually there are about 4.7/100K. If you exclude cities that ban guns (e.g. Chicago & DC) this number drops to about 2/100K, similar to UK and Canadian rates.

“a child is shot in this country every 30 minutes...” Only if you consider 18-24 y/o gang members killing themselves over drugs to be “children”.

"I remind business owners: You're not prohibiting a human," she says. "You're prohibiting a weapon." You are encouraging encroaching on the fundamental rights of Americans. The right to bear arms derives from the right to life – we all have a right and responsibility to defend ourselves.

"We've had 30 years of an unchecked gun lobby creating the narrative in this country" True. This explains murderous “Gun Free Zones” and pointless “Assault Weapons Bans”. It is past time to eliminate these bad laws that only punish the law-abiding.

“The group now has 10 full-time staff members in North Carolina” Really? If true, they must be funded by Bloomberg. We don't need New York gun control in NC.

"It's kind of sad" Yes. It is sad that misguided people think that disarming people protects them.

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Posted by Ken Soderstrom on 01/31/2014 at 6:31 PM

Re: “Thava Mahadevan of The Farm at Penny Lane

Congratulations Thava! You have done so much for recovery and mental health in North Carolina! Proud to have visited Penny Lane- its a wonderful oasis!

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Posted by femmeartis on 01/30/2014 at 8:49 PM

Re: “One mother's attempt to stop gun violence

Karen Boekschoten, what is "common sense gun reform?" Taking guns away from people who obey the law? Making it harder for those same people to buy guns in the first place? You all have no answers other than "all guns are bad and therefore need to be banned."

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Posted by Greg Tarpley on 01/30/2014 at 10:52 AM

Re: “One mother's attempt to stop gun violence

What an inspirational person this woman is! I am utterly indebted to these women working to assure that our families and children can continue to live safely in our country. I pledge to do one thing every day to help this country achieve gun sense. We need more people to stand up and demand common sense gun reform.

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Posted by Karen Boekschoten on 01/30/2014 at 10:43 AM

Re: “One mother's attempt to stop gun violence

This is quite a monologue we have going here. When will someone from MDA come along to engage us in a healthy debate?

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Posted by Greg Tarpley on 01/30/2014 at 10:25 AM

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