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Let me start this year’s family holiday letter with Astonishing News No One Thought Possible – I got a job writing headlines for the Internet, and Nobody Was Prepared For What Happened Next.

Let’s try to look on the bright side of this gloomy thing.

It’s still a holiday weekend, so let’s forget the serious stuff.

Mark Washburn: If things didn’t change, we’d never have Post-it Notes, that first-down line on TV or pizza with corn-chip toppings, to name just three yellow innovations.

With the help of clever readers, we once again present a list of phrases that, strangely, you never hear uttered around here.

What we have here is a “teachable moment.”

When the subject of your picture is 246 years old, it’s worth making a bit of a fuss.

I must rise in defense of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

An expert group from New York City has inspected our little-old airport and graded it.

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Mark Washburn
Mark Washburn writes television and radio commentary for The Charlotte Observer.