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Friday, March 14, 2014

At Southpoint cinemas, art imitates life and vice versa

Posted By on Fri, Mar 14, 2014 at 10:16 AM

I went to Southpoint Cinemas recently to see Her, one of my favorite films of the last five years. Afterward in the lobby, I noticed one of those arcade games in which you use the jaws of life to extract a toy from a plastic enclosure.  On the wall behind me was a poster for the new Muppets movie (it opens March 20), and its reflection in the plastic created this surreal juxtaposition of life and art. It was so perfect that I had to shoot it with my iPhone. Tethered to technology, I felt like my life was...

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Prodigal Farm: Where goats are livin' the dream

Posted By on Sun, Mar 9, 2014 at 1:00 PM

The previous day's ice storm had zapped the power at Prodigal Farm in Rougemont, but the goats didn't care. There was hay to munch, visitors to greet and hoof-trimming and vaccinations to be endured. Evelyn, her belly bulbous and heavy in the morning, delivered triplets by mid-afternoon: two boys and a girl. The father, Excalibur, aka, Chubby Cheeks, was in another pasture and did not learn of his progeny. This newborn, just an hour old, was already romping around. Kathryn Spann and Dave Krabb started Prodigal Farm in 2007. Environmentally sustainable and Animal Welfare Approved, the farm produces...

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Scenes from Main Street in Durham: Performing a ritual on Ash Wednesday

Posted By on Wed, Mar 5, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Last night the streets of downtown Durham were teeming with Fat Tuesday revelers; today people walked down Main Street with ashes on their forehead.  Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent in Christian traditions, the beginning of 46 days of repentance, introspection and spiritual awakening. In downtown Durham this morning, the Rev. Taylor W. Mills, senior pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church, and two congregants performed the Imposition of the Ashes on several passersby near Main and Market streets. The church members did not proselytize, and quietly offered the ritual. Among those accepting the offer was Keeva Kase. A...

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Sunday, March 2, 2014

A sweet ride: Stumbling upon a 1950s Buick Roadmaster

Posted By on Sun, Mar 2, 2014 at 3:35 PM

Since my dad worked for General Motors for 35 years, I have a weak spot for cars. (I have fond memories of my dad's 1970 silver GTO, 1968 red Chevelle and 1972 black El Camino.) The mid-century models, in particular, seem so stylish and noble, unlike many of today's vehicles, which are merely utilitarian: Get from Point A to Point B and once every six months clean out the crumbs from between the seats. On Jersey Street behind the tortilleria, someone had parked this gorgeous Buick, possibly a 1951or 1952 Roadmaster Riviera. On the side of the car is the...

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