Opinion, editorials, and special articles.

Earth and all her inhabitants. Image: NASA's Earth Observatory, 2002 (western hemisphere). The Last Straw Is Only The Beginning (7/18/2018) - By Kay Whatley The recent push to get rid of plastic straws is resulting in US chain restaurants, coffee shops, and hotels removing straws from their facilities. That’s good news, though it is only a [...]
Dr. Nicholas Pediaditakis, founder of Alkyonis Mental Health Center, Raleigh NC. Dr. Nicholas’ Corner: By Way of Good-bye (6/22/2018) - By Nicholas Pediaditakis, MD, DLFAPA As I have now decided to retire — after 63 years of practice and over 15,000 patients — I now will have time to contemplate and reminisce And remembering to [...]
Gary Pierce, a Kayaker from Winthrop, Massachusetts, pauses for a photo after being interviewed about being rescued by the Coast Guard Wednesday, November 29, 2017, in Winthrop Massachusetts. Pierce was rescued after he became beset by weather while kayaking in Boston Harbor. Photo: Petty Officer Andrew Barresi/USCG Hope in the Harbor: A Kayaker’s Fight for Rescue  (5/10/2018) - By Petty Officer Andrew Barresi, US Coast Guard Pierce desperately dug his paddles into the choppy water. Stroke after stroke, he fought the October wind as the waves battered him. He counted his strokes to [...]
Dr. Nicholas Pediaditakis, founder of Alkyonis Mental Health Center, Raleigh NC. Dr. Nicholas’ Corner: Sex, Sex, Everywhere (5/7/2018) - By Nicholas Pediaditakis, MD, DLFAPA Έρος ανίκατεν μαχαν — “Sensual love (forever) undefeated in battle” Sophocles (chorus in Antigone) Sexual drive and behavior in humans are powerful in dominating our behavior in more ways then [...]
Dr. Nicholas Pediaditakis, founder of Alkyonis Mental Health Center, Raleigh NC. Dr. Nicholas’ Corner: …Together We will Thrive, Separate We will Become Extinct (4/26/2018) - By Nicholas Pediaditakis, MD, DLFAPA I return to this subject over and over because is a matter of life and death for our species as humans. The story of our origin as a species is [...]
Dr. Nicholas Pediaditakis, founder of Alkyonis Mental Health Center, Raleigh NC. Dr. Nicholas’ Corner:  Gossiping About Gossip (4/1/2018) - By Nicholas Pediaditakis, MD, DLFAPA As I have mentioned many times in the past, we humans are complicated creatures. There exist two separate groups of inborn traits in us, which together make up our human [...]
Dr. Nicholas Pediaditakis, founder of Alkyonis Mental Health Center, Raleigh NC. Dr. Nicholas’ Corner: “…And the Pursuit of Happiness” (3/16/2018) - By Nicholas Pediaditakis, MD, DLFAPA  “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness,” said Thomas Jefferson, one of the founding fathers in his immortal proclamation, heralding the independence of our country. Well, life and freedom one [...]
Dr. Nicholas Pediaditakis, founder of Alkyonis Mental Health Center, Raleigh NC. Dr. Nicholas’ Corner: The Killing of the Children (3/8/2018) - By Nicholas Pediaditakis, MD Ironically, a few days ago I was writing an article with the heading, ”….and the pursuit of happiness” — which will appear in a future issue — when the news arrived [...]
Snow falling on January 17, 2016 in Eastern NC. Photo: Kay Whatley Country Living in Eastern NC (2/17/2018) - By Kay Whatley North Carolina offers residents a mix of urban, salt (coastal), mountain, and rural life. This writer’s preference is rural life, here in the “inner coastal plains” area of Eastern NC. What does [...]
Logo Source: Sierra Club Sierra Club Issues Statement on Virginia Utility Legislation (2/9/2018) - Sierra Club: Senate Of Virginia Allows Dominion To Regulate Itself While Ratepayers Foot The Bill On February 9, 2018, the Senate of Virginia passed Senate Bill 966 in a vote of 26-13. SB966, introduced by [...]
The campaign, Truth About Tech, will put pressure on the tech industry to make its products less intrusive and less addictive. Source: PRNewsfoto/Common Sense Tech Taking Over Life: Experts Campaign for Logical Limits (2/5/2018) - By Kay Whatley I’m no scientist, nor an expert on human nature, tech marketing, or child development. I’m merely an observer, a parent, and a user of technology who hopes for its best use without [...]
Why Is The Foster Care Crisis Growing in A Booming Economy? (1/24/2018) - An Interview with Economist Dr. Michael Walden of NCSU By Robert B. Butler The North Carolina economy is back. The state’s unemployment rate has fallen to a 17-year low, and the nation’s stock markets have [...]
Internet Archive offers free e-books, media, and more at archive.org. Internet Archive Offers Free Books, Old-time Movies (1/16/2018) - By Kay Whatley, Editor If you’re not familiar with the free, online Internet Archive, give it a visit at archive.org. Whether you like to read, watch old films, or just learn new things, you’ll find there’s [...]
Dr. Nicholas Pediaditakis, founder of Alkyonis Mental Health Center, Raleigh NC. Dr. Nicholas’ Corner: Let’s Talk About Geniuses (1/15/2018) - By Nicholas Pediaditakis, MD “There is no genius without a touch of madness”  Aristotle  Indeed, all very creative people do behave oddly. Often defined as weird, we even use in describing them other more pedestrian [...]
Dr. Nicholas Pediaditakis, founder of Alkyonis Mental Health Center, Raleigh NC. Dr. Nicholas’ Corner: The False Promise of Going on A Diet (1/10/2018) - By Nicholas Pediaditakis, MD I have mentioned the subject before but is needs repeating — If one of your resolutions in the new year is to go into a diet, please don’t. Studies and observations at [...]
Editorial: Talking ‘bout Resolutions 2018 (12/25/2017) - By Kay Whatley We are about to reach 2018. It’s approaching second by second. What do you want to be different in the new year? Okay, your answer is probably “A lot of things!”  Let me [...]
Dr. Nicholas Pediaditakis, founder of Alkyonis Mental Health Center, Raleigh NC. Dr. Nicholas’ Corner: The Tragedy of Humankind — In Place of A Christmas Carol (12/21/2017) - By Nicholas Pediaditakis, MD We humans are amazing, awe-inspiring creatures —  as justifiably declared by Sophocles, one of the ancient Greek “Shakespeares.” We are not only intelligent, contemplative, curious, and able to use symbolism and [...]
A chicken pho served at Pho Super 9, Raleigh NC. Note that the hot pepper oil was brought on request and not part of regular service. What To Know About Pho (12/13/2017) - By Kay Whatley, Editor For those of you unfamiliar with pho, yet curious about it due to the increase in pho restaurant signs, here’s a little bit of background on this tasty, hot soup. At [...]
Oak Ridge Farms' David Duong serving bacon samples at the Zebulon Pop-up Vendor Market, December 2, 2017. Photo: Kay Whatley Bacon From My Childhood (12/2/2017) - By Kay Whatley I remember when I was a child, on Sunday mornings my mother would make breakfast of pancakes or french toast, eggs, and bacon. That bacon from decades ago had a robust taste [...]
Dr. Nicholas Pediaditakis, founder of Alkyonis Mental Health Center, Raleigh NC. Dr. Nicholas’ Corner: Humanity Racing for Our Own Survival (11/27/2017) - By Nicholas Pediaditakis, MD As problems are accumulating of our own making, humans are pushing rapidly towards a number of possible catastrophes like:  a World War III — complete with atomic bombs and biological weapons, [...]
Making More Criminals, By Criminalizing More Things (11/27/2017) - By Kay Whatley You’re not a criminal? Are you sure? More and more laws are written over time, some criminalizing accidents, mistakes, and flawed decisions by Americans across the nation.  Intent doesn’t necessarily matter. While [...]
Dr. Nicholas Pediaditakis, founder of Alkyonis Mental Health Center, Raleigh NC. Dr. Nicholas’ Corner: Opioids and Us — A Perfect Storm (10/31/2017) - By Nicholas Pediaditakis, MD Recently with opioids, we are facing a perfect storm. Let me explain. When atmospheric conditions are just right (like temperature, wind, and atmospheric pressure) and they act in unison, the result [...]
Dr. Nicholas Pediaditakis, founder of Alkyonis Mental Health Center, Raleigh NC. Dr. Nicholas’ Corner: Some Rational Thoughts for An Irrational Subject (10/10/2017) - By Nicholas Pediaditakis, MD We, as a nation of over 300 million people do not really have a “gun problem” — whether as “protectors” of the second amendment or  the “gun control people.” Instead, we [...]
Source: Honest Herbal, Denver, Colorado Crossing the Line: One Company Wants Dibs on The Word “Honest” (10/9/2017) - On October 5, 2017, Honest Herbal™ — a hemp product manufacturer — announced that it was having to fight a lawsuit by a completely different company, with different products, over use of the word honest.  The [...]
Dr. Nicholas Pediaditakis, founder of Alkyonis Mental Health Center, Raleigh NC. Dr. Nicholas’ Corner: Brexit–A Cautionary Tale About the Foolish Behavior of Nations (9/23/2017) - By Nicholas Pediaditakis, MD Nations, like humans as a group, pressuring and being pressured by leaders, often resort to foolish decisions which are not to their self-interest but are self-harming. A classic example for my [...]
Dr. Nicholas Pediaditakis, founder of Alkyonis Mental Health Center, Raleigh NC. Dr. Nicholas’ Corner: “The Sugar Pill” Effect: The Harmless Pill That Is More Than Meets The Eye (9/15/2017) - By Nicholas Pediaditakis, MD   All the doctors through the centuries have known it and they used it. We still do, but in a different way now. In the past we would give literally a [...]
Dr. Nicholas Pediaditakis, founder of Alkyonis Mental Health Center, Raleigh NC. Dr. Nicholas’ Corner: We Are All Now Of the Same Household (8/24/2017) - Some Thoughts Regarding the Recent Tragic Events in Charlottesville, Virginia By Nicholas Pediaditakis, MD On my way to the farm where I raise Black Angus cows as a hobby, I asked my frequent companion, grandson [...]
Dr. Nicholas Pediaditakis, founder of Alkyonis Mental Health Center, Raleigh NC. Dr. Nicholas’ Corner: Different Times, Different Judgements, Different “Mental Disorders” (7/30/2017) - How society not only judges differently unusual behavior and uses treatments  at different times, it also facilitates the emergence of different “mental disorders” in stressed individuals By Nicholas Pediaditakis, MD Society, at different times, depending [...]