Category: Newspaper columns

2017: The year in PREVIEW

2017: The year in PREVIEW

For years, I’ve given my readers a sneak preview into the coming year. And, based on analyses provided by Russian intelligence agents, I’ve yet to be wrong about anything. Ever. My 2017 year in preview was published Tuesday by the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, but if you’re like most Americans, you probably don’t — or can’t — read. So, for your listening pleasure, I’ve asked the Margaritahill Times audio department to provide a podcast version of the 2017 year in preview. You […]

Prince: Another legend I’m glad I witnessed

Prince: Another legend I’m glad I witnessed

My parents saw him as the purple pervert. Critics lauded him as a groundbreaking genius. His peers either loved him or were insanely jealous (Rick James). But I just loved the music. I finally got to see Prince live in Atlanta about 10 years ago, and it remains the best concert I’ve ever seen. I figured a legend like that could kinda mail it in, but he went above and beyond with a show that lasted more than two hours. And […]

Y’all should all be vegetarians

Y’all should all be vegetarians

A couple months ago, my son made a shocking announcement: “Dad, I’m a vegetarian.” At first, I went through denial: “No, no, no, you still love a juicy ribeye steak.” Then, it turned to anger: “No one grills a steak better than I do, and you’re gonna eat it!” Then, bargaining: “What if you just ate meat like once a week? And what about fish? That’s not really meat.” That was followed by depression: “He is never again going to know the […]

Moving is the cat’s MEOW

Moving is the cat’s MEOW

We are currently crammed into a small rental house while we await the construction of a new house — well, actually awaiting the start of construction on a new home. Our cat, Sadie — er, I mean my wife’s cat, Sadie — is not fond of this whole moving thing after having lived her first seven years or so in a different home that she believed was was hers and she simply allowed us to stay there out of the […]

Let’s play the quiet game?

I was the oldest of six grandchildren on my mother’s side, and every now and then we’d all be together at my grandmother’s house in Ideal, Georgia. I was a perfect child, of course, but all those younger brats could raise a ruckus — which would lead my grandmother to suggest “Let’s play The Quiet Game.” I won every time. As you can read about in the latest column in the Ledger-Enquirer, I think we should take The Quiet Game […]

2016: The year in preview

It has become an annual tradition for me to peek into the year ahead. I could peek into 2016 and see all the lottery numbers that will be drawn or who will win every pro sports competition, but that would be an abuse of my awesome power. Instead, I want you to know who will win the presidential election, self-driving cars and whether I’ll be accepting a post in President Trump’s administration. Click here to read my Year in Preview […]