You are never alone

You are never alone

Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said “I will never leave you nor forsake y...

June 9th, 2017 |  


A look behind the curtain …

A look behind the curtain …

About a month and a half ago, John Peters, editor here at the Mount Airy News, sent out an email to the newsroom with a list of stories that needed to...

June 9th, 2017 |  


Jeff defines his ‘Rule of 24’

Jeff defines his ‘Rule of 24’

I was watching ESPN one night when I heard a panel of talking heads discuss upcoming free agents for the NBA.The so-called experts were talking about ...

June 7th, 2017 |  


A third chance is one too many

A third chance is one too many

I have always believed everybody on earth deserves a second chance. Well, maybe not everybody. A murderer, for instance, should never have a second ch...

June 7th, 2017 |  


Tiger’s fall from life’s leaderboard

Tiger’s fall from life’s leaderboard

Whether or not they admire their individual personalities or the teams they play for, true sports fans usually appreciate athletic excellence displaye...

June 3rd, 2017 |  


Easier said than done

Easier said than done

And Peter answered him and said, “Lord, if it be you, bid me come to you on the water.” And he said, “Come.” And when Peter wa...

June 2nd, 2017 |  


The rich are different from us

The rich are different from us

What’s the deal with rich famous people and DUIs?The subject comes to mind this week courtesy of Tiger Woods. Let’s be clear. This is not ...

June 2nd, 2017 updated: June 2nd, 2017. |  


Arguing Seattle bands’ places in history

Arguing Seattle bands’ places in history

The May death of singer Chris Cornell was the catalyst for a rousing debate among my guitarist friends recently.Of all the great bands that came out o...

June 1st, 2017 |  


Sizing up Surry’s finest, and I’m running

Sizing up Surry’s finest, and I’m running

Apparently, journalism isn’t the cushy job I thought it was going to be.I’ve had dangerous jobs before, and at times I miss the adrenaline...

May 31st, 2017 |  


Sacrifices run deep

Sacrifices run deep

He held the picture in his hand, a look on his face I’d never seen.The paper he held was new — a freshly minted reprint of an old, crackle...

May 28th, 2017 |  


War movies – a Memorial Day tradition

War movies – a Memorial Day tradition

There are many things I detest about the way Memorial Day is observed, which is supposed to be a time for remembering the supreme sacrifices made by A...

May 27th, 2017 |  


At the corner of vanity and delusion

At the corner of vanity and delusion

The Word of the Day is “scalp micropigmentation.”I know this because Twitter has decided it is a service which might interest me. Scalp mi...

May 26th, 2017 |  


My discovery of a puddle of happiness

My discovery of a puddle of happiness

I have always enjoyed man activities.That is I like to golf, fish, shoot, kayak, blow stuff up, drink beer, grill steaks and mow the lawn — alon...

May 24th, 2017 |  


Elephants in rooms at the end of the day

Elephants in rooms at the end of the day

Newspaper writers learn early on to use simple words and terminology in their reports — to avoid tired old clichés, hackneyed phrases and t...

May 20th, 2017 |  


Silks, satins and Stockholm syndrome

Silks, satins and Stockholm syndrome

A couple of months ago someone who had been very important in my life passed away. We had not talked or communicated since 2004 but in the 20 years pr...

May 19th, 2017 |  


Public dollars for personal statements

Public dollars for personal statements

Here we go again. There’s another movement to plaster the national motto on a government building.It’s on a couple here in Surry County al...

May 17th, 2017 |  


Hey, Mexico, turnabout is fair play

Hey, Mexico, turnabout is fair play

It’s an all-too-familiar scene:• Illegal immigrants flowing in virtually unchecked across the southern border.• Related reports of c...

May 13th, 2017 |  


Ohhhh Nooooo, Mr. Bill is back

Ohhhh Nooooo, Mr. Bill is back

It’s always odd when someone addresses me as “Mr. Colvard.” I find myself looking over my shoulder to see if Dad or Big Pa is standi...

May 12th, 2017 |  


Seeking equality with Jesus sandals

Seeking equality with Jesus sandals

It’s that time of year again — the time when my thick northern blood works against me.All winter I tell these southerners they need to go ...

May 10th, 2017 |  


Two words explain NASCAR’s woes: BO-RING!

Two words explain NASCAR’s woes: BO-RING!

My memories of stock-car racing go back to the 1960s when legendary figures such as Richard Petty, Fireball Roberts and Cale Yarborough barnstormed th...

May 6th, 2017 |  


The #MetGala is not the Met Ball

The #MetGala is not the Met Ball

The first Monday in May was this week and we all know what that means. #MetGala.Better than the the Super Bowl, the World Series or the Stanley Cup be...

May 5th, 2017 |  


The creeper strikes at Riverside Park

The creeper strikes at Riverside Park

I knew it would happen eventually.I knew that at one of these events at some park, I’d get accused of being the creeper with the camera.While th...

May 3rd, 2017 |  


Beware the University-Industrial Complex

Beware the University-Industrial Complex

Before leaving office, then-President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned of the Military-Industrial Complex — a union of formidable forces bent on reap...

April 29th, 2017 |  


Tough guy approach has its drawbacks

Tough guy approach has its drawbacks

The idea of being tough is very ingrained in young men.It starts in childhood, gets blown out of proportion during puberty and gets treated with a fon...

April 27th, 2017 |  


Legislature has the wrong priorities

Legislature has the wrong priorities

Some folks seek public office for the purpose of serving the public, but I think most seek public office for the purpose of power.Everybody wants some...

April 26th, 2017 |  


Dying for attention on Facebook

Dying for attention on Facebook

At its best, Facebook is a valuable Internet resource that provides a worthwhile public service.It can allow families on different sides of the countr...

April 22nd, 2017 |  


Lent is over, welcome back to Facebook

Lent is over, welcome back to Facebook

For all you folks who gave up Facebook for Lent, despite the fact that you get most of your news and news-ish information (this column being of the la...

April 21st, 2017 updated: April 21st, 2017. |  


Australia suffers from a Fender bender

Australia suffers from a Fender bender

Hobbies are an interesting thing. When we care about something, we will spend much more time studying up on that subject that we ever did in school.No...

April 20th, 2017 |  


Seeking my own damages from United

Seeking my own damages from United

In light of the latest issues which have surfaced regarding United Airlines, I want to levy my own complaints against the airline.Most seem to know th...

April 19th, 2017 |  


What’s up with those ‘friendly skies?’

What’s up with those ‘friendly skies?’

Every one of us probably has an airline horror story to tell.But nothing I’ve experienced myself or heard about tops what happened to the 69-yea...

April 15th, 2017 |  


Were the ‘good old days’ really good?

Were the ‘good old days’ really good?

Generally speaking, I’m not the sort of person who romanticizes the past. The “good old days” hold little allure.During my childhood...

April 13th, 2017 updated: April 13th, 2017. |  


This marks a big week in U.S. history

This marks a big week in U.S. history

Don’t look now, but this is a big week, and you’ve already missed most of it.This is an important week — for me personally, but also...

April 13th, 2017 |  


Sights are set on the next sweet gig

Sights are set on the next sweet gig

We all have some sort of aspirations. I’ve met few people who have not a single aspect of their life on which they would like to improve.Persona...

April 11th, 2017 |  


Time to get out of the Middle East

Time to get out of the Middle East

The first thought that crossed my mind when I heard about the U.S. Tomahawk missile strike on a Syrian air base Thursday was “here we go again.&...

April 8th, 2017 |  


Adventures in pretentiousness

Adventures in pretentiousness

Having grown up in a house where every room was illuminated by a single naked bulb with a string to turn it on and off, a big old chandelier has alway...

April 7th, 2017 updated: April 7th, 2017. |  


The smart phone debate rages on

The smart phone debate rages on

Brand loyalty is a wonderful thing — for manufacturers.When a customer has a good experience with a product, the likelihood of buying that same ...

April 6th, 2017 |  


Possible employers are pickin’ on Pat

Possible employers are pickin’ on Pat

Some readers might think pickin’ on Pat has just become a favorite pastime for me. In truth, I don’t enjoy writing about the facade of a l...

April 4th, 2017 |  


Heels’ success a moral victory for NC

Heels’ success a moral victory for NC

One of the coolest things about this year’s Super Bowl was watching NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell eat crow when presenting the MVP Trophy to Ne...

March 31st, 2017 |  


Revenge of the Anti-Chic

Revenge of the Anti-Chic

This has not been an easy thing for me to face, but it is entirely possible that I am The Anti-Chic.For someone who values style over substance in all...

March 30th, 2017 updated: March 31st, 2017. |  


Finally had fun at an event

Finally had fun at an event

Week after week, I tend to be a Negative Nancy in this opinion piece. The fact is I enjoy watching the game of politics, and there aren’t a lot ...

March 29th, 2017 |  


‘Tis the season for a tax horror story

‘Tis the season for a tax horror story

Most everyone has an “IRS horror story” to tell, and mine isn’t so much centered on well-documented problems with the Internal Reven...

March 25th, 2017 |  


A lifelong obsession with dirt and the ongoing quest for homegrown ratatouille

A lifelong obsession with dirt and the ongoing quest for homegrown ratatouille

This time of year as the air begins to warm and the days to lengthen, I am obsessed by the idea of growing my own food.The conversion of dirt, water a...

March 24th, 2017 updated: March 24th, 2017. |  


Dating scene nothing like the sitcoms

Dating scene nothing like the sitcoms

Ever been watching a sitcom and think to yourself, “This could never happen in real life”?I don’t mean the absurd circumstances like...

March 22nd, 2017 |  


Trump’s budget cuts a good start

Trump’s budget cuts a good start

Since I’m no longer involved in politics I may now call things as I see them.Those who remain involved in that sport don’t have that oppor...

March 21st, 2017 |  


Lamenting the many dangers of DST

Lamenting the many dangers of DST

No, you didn’t misread the headline of this column, I’m here today to discuss DST (better known as Daylight Saving Time), not DDT the inse...

March 17th, 2017 |  


Saints and snakes, corned beef and beer

Saints and snakes, corned beef and beer

Saint Patrick and I have a complicated history.This year, for the first time in many years, I have plans for the holiday. Beulah Methodist Church̵...

March 16th, 2017 updated: March 16th, 2017. |  


Lady Bears rose to the occasion

Lady Bears rose to the occasion

Some things in life never get boring.A Facebook friend of mine put up a question over the weekend, asking her friends to describe their job in a sente...

March 15th, 2017 |  


The art of oral flatulence explained

The art of oral flatulence explained

As my family and the associated responsibilities have grown over the past couple of years, I have noticed the number of folks from whom I garner advic...

March 15th, 2017 updated: March 15th, 2017. |  


It’s not hoarding if it fits on the walls

It’s not hoarding if it fits on the walls

It’s hard to think of any phrase in the English language that is more pretentious than “my art collection.” It’s hard to even ...

March 9th, 2017 |  


Trump needs to go back, grab the horse

Trump needs to go back, grab the horse

Last week I poked a little fun at President Donald Trump. Quite frankly, he’s such a fun target I simply can’t resist. It’s like a s...

March 7th, 2017 |