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Opinion — Making an educated decision

Last Monday, I was making baked chicken for dinner. When the oven timer went off, I pulled the ...

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Opinion – I hope your fried rice was cold

My boyfriend and I were having dinner at our favorite Korean restaurant in Charlottesville the other weekend when ...

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Let us know your unique talent

As the world wakes up from its pandemic slumber, I find myself questioning why I didn’t learn a ...

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Opinion – Comparing grocery store to-go options

One year ago, I took it upon myself to write a review of our local Walmart’s online ordering ...

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Opinion – Thank you to Carter

It is the dream of many people to be able to look back on a long, successful career ...

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Opinion – Anyone can dance and sing

In college, I spent a great deal of my free time dancing. I was the president of a ...

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Opinion – Make sure to close mental tabs

I’m sure you know a coworker or family member who always seems to have 20 tabs open at ...

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Opinion — Mr. Pibb brings some fizz to my life

June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month and coincides with “kitten season” in the U.S., the time in ...

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OPINION — What happened when the COVID reporter caught the virus?

Over the course of the last year, I more or less fell into the position of The Herald’s ...

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Making your own luck

Wednesday, March 17, is St. Patrick’s Day. This time of year always makes me think of a strange ...

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COLUMN — Don’t sit by the phone waiting for a vaccine appointment

If you are an older adult in the Piedmont Health District, you may be a little confused about ...

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Why are you not good enough for the good stuff?

A few years ago, my grandparents moved to Farmville. While packing up their belongings at their old house, ...

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COLUMN — Why do people always hate life-saving inventions?

It is a longstanding American tradition to object to inventions that by and large save lives. In the ...

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COLUMN — Letting go may be healthier than holding on

Sometimes when I hop in bed to get some sleep, I go to pull the covers up only ...

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COLUMN — My biggest Thanksgiving fails

One Thanksgiving Day when I was a tiny kid, I was sitting in the kitchen watching my mom ...

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COLUMN — Stop catastrophizing

Are you a catastrophizer? I am, sometimes. Catastrophizing, while a pretty word, is an act in which a ...

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Mask up for Halloween

Halloween will be different for all of us this year. Though many people are likely planning a nice ...

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COLUMN — A letter to my pre-pandemic self

Imagine you’re writing a letter to the 2019 version of yourself. It’s something I think about often. What ...

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COLUMN — Free yourself from things

I recently stumbled upon an illustration online that likely originally came from The New Yorker. In the drawing, ...

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COLUMN — Tips on how to cook

As someone who spends much of her free time in the kitchen mastering the art of home cookery, ...

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COLUMN — I ordered groceries online, here’s how it went

Before the pandemic, grocery shopping was one of my favorite stress relievers. I could spend hours going down ...

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Masks follow same rules as underwear

As we have witnessed, wearing facial coverings during this time of pandemic has done wonders for our communities. ...

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Housing options are few for young professionals

My boyfriend and I have been looking for a new place to rent. I know, our timing is ...

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Falling down the rabbit hole

If I’m not working, sleeping, cooking or dancing, chances are I’m watching videos on YouTube. The video-sharing platform ...

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Just like bluebells, we will bloom again

Mertensia virginica, commonly known as Virginia bluebells, are always a welcome sight for my family. We wait all ...

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What you should be watching

I know the current climate of the world feels very frightening. Ongoing concerns about the coronavirus have cancelled ...

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Making it real

Nearly a month ago I drove out to Cumberland to cover the unveiling of Tarika Brown’s newly-built home. ...

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