No reindeer, no sleigh, no pizza

No reindeer, no sleigh, no pizza

It may be a little early for the obligatory “Christmas ain’t what it used to be” column in which an old geezer like myself moans and...

December 9th, 2016 updated: December 9th, 2016. |  


My childhood attempt at crime

My childhood attempt at crime

I read an article Tuesday where parents talked about some of the foolish ways young children tried to pull a fast one on their parents.Some were quite...

December 7th, 2016 |  


Ten best holiday meal planning tips

Ten best holiday meal planning tips

Let’s face it. When your 20 guests arrive for Christmas dinner, are they going to see the back of your disheveled head as you run from the room ...

December 6th, 2016 |  


Betsy Ross is spinning in her grave

Betsy Ross is spinning in her grave

I’ve heard no reports recently of strange rumbling noises coming from Arch Street in Philadelphia, where Betsy Ross, who’s widely credited...

December 2nd, 2016 |  


Can’t wrap my mind around vandalism

Can’t wrap my mind around vandalism

I’ve never understood mindless destruction of property.I just don’t get it. Why damage or destroy someone else’s possessions in orde...

December 1st, 2016 |  


No changing table for my new P.I.C.

No changing table for my new P.I.C.

There has been a lot of controversy about bathrooms of late, and even more controversy about the so called “bathroom bill,” which has led ...

November 30th, 2016 |  


Macy’$ parade – no profit$ left behind

Macy’$ parade – no profit$ left behind

I always considered Thanksgiving one of the few holidays that hasn’t been totally commercialized.Sure, there’s the Black Friday aspect of ...

November 26th, 2016 |  


Thanksgiving not the best time for change

Thanksgiving not the best time for change

When a recipe recently came my way for putting a pecan crunch topping on a pumpkin pie, it seemed like a great idea. Pumpkin pie and pecan pie are arg...

November 25th, 2016 |  


He is my king

He is my king

One of the most famous kings in human history was born in 1341 BC in Egypt. He was the 12th king of the 18th Egyptian dynasty and given the name Tutan...

November 25th, 2016 updated: November 25th, 2016. |  


You lost, Pat McCrory, and you know why

You lost, Pat McCrory, and you know why

My column comes out on Thursdays, which means Thanksgiving this week, but I’m having a hard time writing a thankful piece.It’s hard to fee...

November 24th, 2016 |  


Defund the grant writing machine

Defund the grant writing machine

Grants have been in the news a lot lately. These are vital, of course, to economic development. They provide millions of dollars per year to spur the ...

November 23rd, 2016 |  


I guess the Revolution fought itself

I guess the Revolution fought itself

Many years ago in a galaxy far away, colleges and universities were forums for the free exchange of ideas, melting pots of people from different cultu...

November 19th, 2016 |  


Thanksgiving forecast: Fireworks

Thanksgiving forecast: Fireworks

Two weeks and two days after what many are calling the most divisive election in U.S. history, most of us are going to be sitting down with our famili...

November 18th, 2016 |  


The mystery of suffering

The mystery of suffering

A few years ago George Barna conducted a national survey where people were asked to respond to the following question: “If you could ask God one...

November 18th, 2016 updated: November 18th, 2016. |  


Offering my best wishes to Trump

Offering my best wishes to Trump

I guess after tossing my two cents in at every turn throughout this past election cycle, I owe my final two cents regarding the presidential election ...

November 16th, 2016 updated: November 16th, 2016. |  


Trump-haters should now get a life

Trump-haters should now get a life

Our Founding Fathers were a brilliant bunch of people who set up a constitution and a system to handle most anything that came along, including protec...

November 12th, 2016 |  


Enough with the self-destructive choices already

Enough with the self-destructive choices already

As a nation, we have no standards anymore. Things that would have sickened us to the core a generation ago are so commonplace now they hardly raise an...

November 11th, 2016 |  


Dealing with the emotional fallout

Dealing with the emotional fallout

As I write this, it is Tuesday afternoon. Election Day is winding down. The polls are dead — either because people did early voting or are waiti...

November 10th, 2016 |  


We must respect the wall of separation

We must respect the wall of separation

For more than two centuries our greatest governing document here in America has been molded.I use the term molded, because there are matters contained...

November 9th, 2016 |  


From the gloom of this election comes some hope

From the gloom of this election comes some hope

By the end of the day — hopefully — this madness known as the 2016 election season will be over and done (unless Donald Trump decides he d...

November 7th, 2016 |  


All in all, a bad week for Indians

All in all, a bad week for Indians

In an era of Black Lives Matter and loud support for Mexican illegals and refugees from Syria and Cuba, concerns of Native Americans get drowned out &...

November 5th, 2016 |  


The internet has ruined celebrity stalking

The internet has ruined celebrity stalking

Celebrity stalking is not what it used to be.With today’s celebrities constantly tweeting their whereabouts and Instagramming their fancy meals ...

November 4th, 2016 updated: November 4th, 2016. |  


Truth in a Wikipedia world

Truth in a Wikipedia world

“For I rejoiced greatly when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in you, just as you walk in the truth. I have no greater joy t...

November 4th, 2016 updated: November 4th, 2016. |  


Bad lyrics really aren’t a new thing

Bad lyrics really aren’t a new thing

There some universal truths I’ve learned about humans in my 45 years.Most people believe they are good drivers, despite evidence to the contrary...

November 3rd, 2016 updated: November 3rd, 2016. |  


Poor, Powerless Pat could get the boot

Poor, Powerless Pat could get the boot

Since the N.C. General Assembly passed HB 2 in April, we have seen jobs lost, revenue flow to other states and sporting events canceled.Throughout all...

November 2nd, 2016 |  


So who is spreading the hate?

So who is spreading the hate?

Let me get this straight: some people despise Donald Trump because he allegedly “spreads hate,” so in response they commit hateful acts th...

October 29th, 2016 |  


WikiLeaks creamy risotto secrets

WikiLeaks creamy risotto secrets

Earlier in October when the “Access Hollywood” tape of Donald Trump bragging about his skill at sexual assault and yet another WikiLeaks d...

October 28th, 2016 |  


My apologies to grandparents

My apologies to grandparents

I would like to offer a sincere apology to all you grandmothers, grandfathers, great-grandmothers, and great-grandfathers who, through the years, trie...

October 28th, 2016 |  


Who cares? It’s on to baseball now

Who cares? It’s on to baseball now

I care a lot about government. This election cycle has been something to watch, as it has broken the norm on many occasions.Donald Trump’s rise ...

October 26th, 2016 |  


There is ‘no excuse’ for not voting

There is ‘no excuse’ for not voting

I’ve always said that if elections were conducted at a certain store with a one-word name starting with a “W,” the turnout of eligib...

October 22nd, 2016 |  


Everyone should receive the blessing from their parents

Everyone should receive the blessing from their parents

Gary Smalley and John Trent wrote a powerful book a few years ago entitled, “The Blessing” which dealt with the importance of being blesse...

October 21st, 2016 |  


Starfleet Commander or Chairman Mao?

Starfleet Commander or Chairman Mao?

As the late, great Joan Rivers used to say, “Can we talk?”I am speaking, of course, about the third and final presidential debate. I assum...

October 21st, 2016 |  


Players always looking for an advantage

Players always looking for an advantage

Someone asked me the other day why I haven’t written about politics lately in my weekly column.It’s simple. I’d rather be bashed in ...

October 19th, 2016 |  


A festival with no garden of joy

Every year tens of thousands of folks pack the streets of Mount Airy for the Autumn Leaves Festival.It’s an important event, as it creates reven...

October 19th, 2016 |  


Parking and presidential politics

Parking and presidential politics

I rarely, I mean very rarely, do this.I’m going to rant a little bit in my column today.About people who simply seem to think they are better th...

October 16th, 2016 |  


America’s pastime is passing us by

America’s pastime is passing us by

Here’s one more item to add to the growing list of Things That Ain’t The Way They Used To Be: the lack of access to post-season Major Leag...

October 15th, 2016 |  


Melania Trump, formidable third wife

Melania Trump, formidable third wife

As the 2016 political season unfolds, one of the biggest surprises — and that is saying something, as there have been so many — has been t...

October 14th, 2016 |  


God’s wonderful book – the Holy Bible

God’s wonderful book – the Holy Bible

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the...

October 14th, 2016 |  


Dumping Norman not Panthers’ downfall

Dumping Norman not Panthers’ downfall

There is an old saying: You get what you pay for.In the NFL, that’s not always true.Being a general manager in the NFL is such a tough job. Imag...

October 13th, 2016 |  


I’m solving crimes in my spare time

I’m solving crimes in my spare time

The recent rash of illegal activity has left some folks gasping, wondering what has become of our world.All over the place political signs have gone m...

October 12th, 2016 |  


Cyclists rate respect, greenway or not

Cyclists rate respect, greenway or not

It was certainly a nice gesture by the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners Thursday when it voted unanimously to name a bridge on the city’s new g...

October 7th, 2016 |  


Going the second mile

Going the second mile

“Whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him (two)” Matthew 5:41.We’ve all used the term, “Go the second mile.”...

October 7th, 2016 |  


Memories of Matthew

Memories of Matthew

I don’t know if Matthew Mayberry knew that a hurricane bearing his name was hurling toward the East Coast as he lay dying in the Woltz Hospice H...

October 6th, 2016 |  


The USA versus England in rock debates

The USA versus England in rock debates

I was watching a YouTube video the other day when an interesting argument developed.A sales rep from an American guitar amp company was calling on a m...

October 5th, 2016 |  


$10 too much in food stamps

$10 too much in food stamps

I’ve always been a believer in small government. Only years ago, I was very much opposed to any social welfare programs.I believed “get a ...

October 5th, 2016 |  


Debate format leaves much room for debate

Debate format leaves much room for debate

Imagine the chaos that would reign if there were no scoreboards for football games.Of course, just watching two teams run their offenses and defenses ...

October 1st, 2016 |  


The other great email scandal

The other great email scandal

The presidential debate on Monday was such an oxygen sucker it’s hard to think about anything else. But so much has been said about it, what can...

September 30th, 2016 |  


Monopolizing the eyeglasses market

Monopolizing the eyeglasses market

In a few weeks, I will turn 45.I am apathetic about that. But what I have noticed is that many of my friends and relatives my age are starting to join...

September 29th, 2016 updated: September 29th, 2016. |  


Get informed, then pull the lever

Get informed, then pull the lever

Depending on the position, every two, four or six years we choose who will lead our town, county, state and nation. It’s our right to head to th...

September 28th, 2016 |  


Ernest T. and Otis, you beat everything

Ernest T. and Otis, you beat everything

With Mayberry Days upon us for another year, I suppose it’s appropriate to ask a timely question, not what’s in your wallet? — but w...

September 24th, 2016 |