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Raw versus Cooked Food

Health & Wellness: How Heat Affects Nutrition

Nutrition often gets overly complicated by well-intending people. Sometimes we are told an entire category of food is bad — the fear of fat in the latter half of the twentieth century is a good example.

Airports and Travel During the Pandemic

Recently I flew to Houston from Charlotte. I wasn’t sure what to expect, as it was my first trip on American Airlines since COVID-19 began impacting travel. In case you have a trip coming up, and you aren’t sure what is going to be different, here are some observations about that particular experience.

Interview: Phillip Keene

A Conversation About Abandonment and Compassion

Phillip Keene is an LGBTQ actor and activist. He played the ongoing roll of “Buzz Watson” on the TV series “The Closer” and its spinoff “Major Crimes.” He has been with his husband, James Duff, since 1993, and they married in 2013.

Fruit is Nature’s Candy

Health & Wellness: Except that isn’t a Fair Comparison

One of the ironies about nutrition is that so much information is readily available and known about it, that almost no one outside of specialists knows anything about it. That’s including most doctors.

Charlotte’s Energetic Growth

The Queen City is Now Larger than San Francisco

According to new official U.S. Census information, Charlotte, N.C. is now the 15th largest city in the country. This information looks at residents inside city limits only. In this way Charlotte far outranks Atlanta, which is only the 39th largest city.

Black Lives Matter Murals

Protecting and Preserving Charlotte’s Street Art

On June 9, Charlotte Is Creative, Brand the Moth, and BLKMRKTCLT organized a group of local activist artists to emulate the Black Lives Matter (BLM) mural that had been commissioned by the mayor of Washington, D.C.

Gil Croy Addresses COVID-19

The Artist Draws Connections Across Pandemics

In response to the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic, Croy has made a series of collages that were on display throughout June for Pride month. He was immediately inspired upon hearing the news of a coronavirus making its way through Wuhan.

Community Financial Wellness

Health & Wellness: Pyramid Schemes versus a True Su Su

Money is becoming an even worse stressor than it already was, and now a pyramid scheme is making its timely way around the Internet.

COVID, Closure and Clubs

The State of Local LGBTQ Bars

For months, in response to Gov. Roy Cooper’s decree for social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, all the bars and private clubs in the state have been closed. In the last decade, there had already been a noticeable decline in the number of LGBTQ establishments nationwide, and this public health crisis only adds to the pressure these businesses face.

Wellness on a Budget

Health & Wellness: Staying Healthy During Insecure Times

It seems that 2020 will be a year to remember for many dynamic reasons. My concern is that general public wellness could break down in the face of an unprecedented combination of crises in public health, economic shocks and civil unrest.