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How an extroverted introvert like myself manages post-pandemic anxiety

In 2019, I wrote this piece about being an extroverted introvert. Back then, I found myself toeing the line when it came to my tendencies and preferred ways to...

The music will play on at the Evening Muse. Hallelujah.

Four hours after the Evening Muse announced its first shows in more than a year Friday, and about three hours after tickets to those shows sold out, owner Joe...

How Charlotte celebrated the Biden-Harris victory, from #wokebaby to the Black Lives Matter mural

At night, the blue beams from smartphones shined up at smiling faces in Uptown. In the neighborhoods, people strung cords through windows to televisions...

I work at a senior memory care center. People with dementia need human connections now as much as ever

It’s one of the long-ago days just before the pandemic, and I’m sitting in The Ivey dining room surrounded by the people I spend my work day with, the...

Election Day in Charlotte brings worries, weapons, and lots and lots of waiting

Early Tuesday morning, while the sun was still rising on the other side of Oaklawn Language Academy, Daran Goines stood in line in the chilly shade, same as...

What it was like in the crowd with 23,000 people at Trump’s Gastonia rally

The hired security guards, all with shoulders thick as bulls, walked through the rows of steel barricades shouting instructions. “Pack it in,” they told...

What it was like to vote in North Carolina on the first day of this monumental election

At Allegra Westbrooks Library on Beatties Ford Road on Thursday morning, I met an Army veteran who built a supply route over the Himalayas during World War II....

One Charlotte woman held vigils at almost 1,000 homicide scenes over 27 years. Ms. Judy, you’re irreplaceable

The last time I saw Judy Williams at a crime scene, she was at an apartment complex off of West Boulevard on a humid afternoon a couple of Septembers ago....

Why the president’s Proud Boys comment hit home in North Carolina

I stayed sober through Tuesday’s presidential debate, somehow, but still woke up hungover and filled with regret the next morning. “Did we really do that,...

The return of the chimney swift (the bird), and 7 other stories to watch this fall

Fall arrives each year in Charlotte inside the chimneys of old buildings, stuck to the wall. And in this year of no-good news, it gives me great pleasure to...

The pandemic is making my anxiety soar, and I know I’m not alone

As a person with anxiety, I’m used to being the token worrier in any situation. It’s part of my charm, plus you know I’ll always come prepared with...

‘Black at ___’: Behind the movement to expose racism facing Black students in mostly white schools

I’ll never forget the incident that inspired the first real conversation about race between me and my mom. I was five. She’d just picked me up from...