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Last weekend, Jilda and I did our winter chores. We had a long list we wanted to complete before Thanksgiving Day. We had invited family and friends over for “Turkey Day,” and we wanted to make sure the house looked nice. They probably would not … more
For most of my life, Thanksgiving meant one thing — lunch at my grandparents' house. As far back as I can remember, we went to Pa Paw and Granny's house. My grandparents were Jim O. "Sharky" and Ruby Phillips.Their house has always been special … more
Millions of people from across the globe trek through the stairwells and halls of Elvis Presley’s Graceland each year. While I have toured Graceland in the past, I had the incredible experience a couple of weeks ago to visit the King of Rock … more
When one thinks of November holidays, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving, and the beginning of Advent are the ones that come to mind. But the month has some obscure holidays too. Men Make Dinner Day, Deviled Egg Day, and Square Dance Day are some that … more
Jilda prepares dinner every day without fail. She often cooks breakfast and lunch, too, but dinner is the biggie. We rarely waste food. At any given time there are stacks of containers inside our refrigerator. Every day or so, our dinner is a … more
Facing one of the most adversarial contests in recent history and daily coverage of the presidential election that dominates every form of mass media, 52 percent of American adults report that the 2016 election is a very or somewhat significant … more
I’ve decided to stop talking about the lack of rain and the parched earth. I remember thinking last spring after weeks of rain — I’m getting tired of the wet stuff. I thought of my friends in … more
I am pro-life. This issue is extremely complicated given the many religious and scientific theories as to the question of when does life begin. Some believe this is when the fetus is viable. That … more
The Chicago Cubs’ World Series hopes are still alive as this column is taking shape. In a few hours, Game 6 in Cleveland will determine whether the team is one win away from reversing a … more
The allure of a new coffee bar in Jasper was too robust to pass up so I decided to give it a try. I love frou-frou coffee and the ones they sell at Mickey D’s wasn’t cutting it. After a meeting at the college in Jasper, I wheeled in front of … more
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