College football rivalries in the Southland resemble a Hatfield-McCoy feud. They are intense, long-lasting, sometimes bitter, and always passionate. Think Auburn vs. Alabama, USC vs. Clemson, Florida vs. Florida State, Ole Miss vs. Mississippi State, and, of course, my favorite, Georgia vs. Georgia Tech. It may sound like a random collection of words, but Clean … Continue reading Living Southern: Clean Old-Fashioned Hate
Most of my readers know by now that I am a lover of books. My children have come to expect at least one literary Christmas gift every year and to not be surprised if, on occasion, an unexpected tome arrives on their doorstep from Amazon. Such are the consequences of having a father who is … Continue reading My Favorite Books on Marriage, aka The Books with the Yellow Highlights
This last week of August 2019, is the two hundred and forty-third anniversary of one of the most pivotal moments in American history. At the time, soldiers on both sides of the conflict called the events of the week a miracle. Historians ever since have also considered its outcome providential, or at the very least, … Continue reading How A Miracle Saved the American Revolution…and My Family Name
The search is over. I found it. I bought it. I brought it home. My library is complete. Recently, I was able to meet, for the first time, Runelle and Ruth, first cousins of my mother. We had reconnected through email and decided to meet and exchange memories and pictures of our common ancestors. I … Continue reading Daisy Grace, Louis L’Amour and Fried Chicken Fridays
Today, February 2nd is Groundhog Day when tradition holds that if a groundhog sees his shadow, he will return to his burrow and we will have six more weeks of Winter. Punxsutawney Phil, the famous Pennsylvania groundhog, saw his shadow this morning, so springtime in the North may be delayed. Yet his Southern cousin, General … Continue reading Groundhog Morality
Today is January 1, 2019, the 250th-anniversary of….wait. Before you start celebrating, a little background might be in order. It begins with a man named John. Born in 1725, he spent the first seven years of his life in England. With his father at sea, his loving mother doted on her son, taking him to … Continue reading But Now, I See
It’s the Christmas season and no season would be complete without a telecast of the Christmas classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” This 1946 movie stars Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey, a man who yearns to leave the small, serene town of Bedford Falls but stays home sacrificing his dreams to help others. While not considered … Continue reading It’s A Wonderful Life…AGAIN!
I have a confession to make. I am embarrassed to admit this. Not sure why I should feel so uncomfortable, but I do. After all, I am an adult and there is nothing illegal about it. But why did I allow myself to be talked into this? I should know better. But here I am … Continue reading A Prideful Confession
There are those among us who consider the reading of fiction to be a supreme waste of time, at best pure escapism. I am not among them. I will be the first to admit there is a lot of literature that deserves the dust it gathers. Yet reading fiction for me has never been … Continue reading My Digory Moment
The New York elite have spoken out once again. For us unsophisticated illiterates who live outside the cultural center of the universe, prepare to be enlightened. According to a New York City-based magazine, the Bible is overrated. First, it was the New Yorker Magazine who published an article on April 13th titled, “Chick-fil-A’s Creepy Infiltration of … Continue reading Is the Bible Overrated?