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I’m going to start eating naked. I know this will be problematic when eating at most local establishments, but if the food folks took one look at my clothes after a meal, they would understand. It’s not due to age or senility, both of which … more
How about if we call this halftime of the primary season? True, more than 30 states have held primaries and caucuses, but the schedulers have mercifully built in a two-week break between Wisconsin and New York. The only exception is Wyoming’s … more
I don’t dream very often of people who have died, but my grandfather is the exception to the rule. As much as I miss him, the dreams are never sad ones. In most cases we’re out on the Warrior River, fishing from a small boat. That image is … more
Did you know that seven out of 10 children under the age of 17 are exposed to advertisements for e-cigarettes? According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), in 2014 more than 18 million middle and high school aged children in the United … more
Funny, how words change. When I was growing up, “hack” was the first part of a hacksaw, what you did with an ax to a tree or else a derogatory term for someone who didn’t do his/her work well. How “hack” came to mean a technological … more
You probably remember the virulent plague of Bush Derangement Syndrome, which debilitated parts of America in the early 2000s. The illness was discovered and named by a most eminent former psychiatrist named Dr. Charles Krauthammer. He described it … more
During his State of the State Address last week, Gov. Bentley laid out his four-year plan, which included spending up to $800 million to build four new super prisons. The next day, the governor announced that he wants to transfer $181 million out … more
Family Christmas traditions are treasures beyond measure. Some of my fondest memories are of Christmas. The aroma of hot chocolate steeping on the stove and pecan pies baking in my mama’s oven on cold December mornings told me that it was … more
Illogically, the words of a song have been lodged in my mind the past few days: “Imagine there’s no countries / It isn’t hard to do / nothing to kill or die for / And no religion too / Imagine all the people / Living life in peace … more
My dad quit school in the fifth grade and went to work. Of course, this was in the early 1930s around the time of the Great Depression, so his story was not unique. Like most boys his age, he learned early in life how to work with his hands. … more
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