Do you want to get well or not?

I spend time with folks in lots of different situations of crisis and illness. After a period of time, most folks experience a new normal and move for...

August 17th, 2018 |  


Parvenu’s Guide to Social Climbing

Parvenu’s Guide to Social Climbing

Lately, it’s been on my mind that I need to get a little more exercise. It didn’t help when I talked to a man on Sunday who is 13 years ol...

August 17th, 2018 |  


Spinning down our rush to judgment

Spinning down our rush to judgment

There are things in life that cannot be hurried, no matter how quickly you want them to be resolved. The skill for spinning down the rush to make quic...

August 10th, 2018 |  


Nursing home escape to music festival

Nursing home escape to music festival

Doesn’t this sound like the setup for an arguably tasteless joke?“So two elderly men escape a German nursing home and turn up later —...

August 10th, 2018 |  


Teach us how to pray

Teach us how to pray

Have you ever found yourself so captivated by someone that you wanted to be just like them? Maybe a friend who has a natural talent for something you ...

August 3rd, 2018 |  


The movie star’s ring: a real spoiler

The movie star’s ring: a real spoiler

Back when the friend I used to ride to work with and I both had wives, he said to me one day, “I like to spoil my wife.” I wasn’t su...

August 2nd, 2018 |  


Spiritual eyesight

Spiritual eyesight

Some years ago I went for my yearly eye examination. The doctor said, “Let me take a look at your close-up vision because you are getting older....

July 27th, 2018 |  


Surry theater season drawing to a close

Surry theater season drawing to a close

It occurred to me on Tuesday night that Surry County has a theater season.Two weekends ago, Nonesuch Players did “Deathtrap” at the Jones ...

July 27th, 2018 |  


How will you be remembered

How will you be remembered

Throughout life we all have dreams of how we would like to be remembered. When I was a child my dream was to be remembered as a great athlete, and the...

July 20th, 2018 |  


It came like ‘a pie in the night’

It came like ‘a pie in the night’

“It came to me like a pie in the night.”Such was a favorite expression of my old friend Claire, known to my daughter as Aunt Boo, for reas...

July 20th, 2018 |  


A closer look at choices

A closer look at choices

Last week we talked about how that Jesus came to this earth so that we, as His followers, could have eternal life and how we could also experience abu...

July 13th, 2018 |  


Finding your ‘happy place’

Finding your ‘happy place’

“So you’re going to the Comic Con?” asked a co-worker after I’d given him a rundown of the Mount Airy events I was covering th...

July 13th, 2018 |  


Basic choices

Basic choices

The Green Bay Packers in 1958 were a terrible football team. They had the worst record of any Packer team in history 1-10-1. In 1959 the Packers hired...

July 6th, 2018 |  


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 29th, 2018 |  


Getting the moonshiner’s special

Getting the moonshiner’s special

It’s not every day I am mistaken for a moonshiner, but after Tuesday, I can’t honestly say it has never happened.It’s all because my...

June 29th, 2018 |  


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 22nd, 2018 |  


Graduation is not too late to learn a lesson or two

Graduation is not too late to learn a lesson or two

Graduation season 2018 taught me two lessons.I learned that a political spouse is required to possess totally astonishing skills unknown to normal hum...

June 22nd, 2018 updated: June 22nd, 2018. |  


Strong in body, strong in God

Strong in body, strong in God

For bodily exercise profits little: but godliness is profitable to all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. 1...

June 15th, 2018 |  


Even non-famous people kill themselves

Even non-famous people kill themselves

In the hubbub following a two-celebrity suicide week, it struck me as odd that so much was said, so many heartfelt messages were tearfully blasted int...

June 15th, 2018 updated: June 15th, 2018. |  


Nasty little critters living large

Nasty little critters living large

As of Saturday, June 2, I have a pool. I am very proud of this fact, as evidenced by my need to immediately inform the world at large of my newfound s...

June 8th, 2018 |  


The M&Ms of faith

The M&Ms of faith

“Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily...

June 8th, 2018 |  


The internet is indeed a world wide web

The internet is indeed a world wide web

Have you noticed your inbox being flooded with permission requests from just about everybody that has your email address? From the internet giants to ...

June 1st, 2018 |  


Who is America’s greatest living novelist?

Who is America’s greatest living novelist?

Is it too soon to ask who is now America’s greatest living novelist? Philip Roth has been dead since Tuesday, and I’m a little curious as ...

May 25th, 2018 |  


Celebrities are just like us, they die

Celebrities are just like us, they die

It is really annoying the way celebrities whom one has never met are constantly dropping dead and inflicting unwanted reminders of mortality on all of...

May 18th, 2018 |  


Nothing wrong with pursuing the dreams

Nothing wrong with pursuing the dreams

We are in the midst of what I believe is often one of the more reflective times of year for many folks, when high schoolers and college students all a...

May 13th, 2018 |  


A ‘peony’ by any other name

A ‘peony’ by any other name

A most delightful aroma was wafting out of my colleague Kim Cagle’s office on Thursday as I walked by. I looked inside, and she had a glorious b...

May 11th, 2018 |  


Maybe we’re not so friendly afterall

Maybe we’re not so friendly afterall

There, but for the grace of God, go I.It’s a common saying, one meant to show humility, to express an understanding that every one of us could e...

May 6th, 2018 updated: May 8th, 2018. |  


Another profession falls to automation

Another profession falls to automation

Automation strikes again. Yet one more robot has taken yet one more job away from humans, and in doing so, has endangered not just any profession, but...

May 4th, 2018 |  


Dealing with a big birthday

Dealing with a big birthday

This past Sunday at lunch, my baby sister made a comment expressing amazement that I was going to be 60 the next day. She wasn’t being snotty be...

April 27th, 2018 updated: April 27th, 2018. |  


Putting the freeze on cold hard cash

Putting the freeze on cold hard cash

We’ve all been there. Waiting in line at a convenience store or supermarket while someone ahead of us is making a purchase using a credit or deb...

April 21st, 2018 |  


Special Olympics are indeed special

Special Olympics are indeed special

Surry Special Olympics is an extraordinary thing. I’d never seen it live before covering this year’s spring games this past Friday, and I ...

April 20th, 2018 |  


Force Facebook to face the music

Force Facebook to face the music

It’s a situation that firmly belongs in the “this sounded like a good idea at the time” department.When the Facebook social media se...

April 14th, 2018 |  


Ghost of Sigmund Freud strikes again

Ghost of Sigmund Freud strikes again

On Saturday night, WXII News broke the critically important story that Meghan Markle’s dad had bought some books on England and was apparently s...

April 13th, 2018 updated: April 13th, 2018. |  


Hasn’t McKinley been through enough?

Hasn’t McKinley been through enough?

Just when you think people couldn’t get any dumber and/or unreasonable concerning the revisionist history surrounding statues of past leaders, a...

April 7th, 2018 |  


Following in Papa’s footsteps, loudly

Following in Papa’s footsteps, loudly

Last week I bought my four-year-old grandson a drum kit, and I haven’t told his parents yet. My daughter is driving me to and from a medical pro...

April 6th, 2018 |  


Census take on illegals makes sense

Census take on illegals makes sense

As I’ve said before in this space, something almost as troubling as the presence of illegal immigrants itself and the far-reaching problems surr...

March 31st, 2018 |  


Caution will get you killed

Caution will get you killed

“Deeply bitter,” was how a good friend characterized her feelings about the snow that swept through the area on Saturday.And though that s...

March 30th, 2018 |  


If you feed them, they will come

If you feed them, they will come

It’s a simple formula for success, really, but one sometimes overlooked, which relates to the awesome power of food.The political strategist Jam...

March 24th, 2018 |  


Student gun protest falls short of mark(s)

Student gun protest falls short of mark(s)

Given that there are definitely two sides to the issue, I wonder what would have happened this week if students had mounted a massive counter-protest ...

March 16th, 2018 |  


Parenthood requires extreme honesty

Parenthood requires extreme honesty

Sometimes a parent has to deal with the tough questions. It comes with the territory. Being in charge of a small human, and being the fount of all wis...

March 15th, 2018 updated: March 16th, 2018. |  


It’s about time clock changes ended

It’s about time clock changes ended

Another time change is upon us this weekend, something it seems as if we did only yesterday — yet here we are once again.Of course, the shift to...

March 10th, 2018 |  


What is Y.A. anyway?

What is Y.A. anyway?

What’s the deal with all this ‘young adult literature’ anyway? Or ‘Y. A.” as it’s called by the people who write i...

March 9th, 2018 updated: March 9th, 2018. |  


Selective outrage strikes again

Selective outrage strikes again

It always amazes me how something can be identified as a major concern and everyone jumps on the bandwagon to address it — complete with candlel...

March 3rd, 2018 |  


Cultural appropriation is ‘ugly’ business

Cultural appropriation is ‘ugly’ business

If it’s Milan Fashion Week, as it was last week, it goes without saying that Gucci is treading in the deep doo-doo of loud outcries protesting c...

March 2nd, 2018 |  


Fashion Week, the news so far

Fashion Week, the news so far

At the risk of biting the hand that feeds me, I have to say the Mount Airy News is, as a general rule, woefully deficient in bringing fashion news to ...

March 1st, 2018 |  


Shooting off their mouths on guns

Shooting off their mouths on guns

When doctors treat people for the flu, they just don’t focus on the fever or headaches — the full range of symptoms is targeted, yet that ...

February 24th, 2018 |  


Forever 32, the mirror lies again

Forever 32, the mirror lies again

Occasionally, a mirror will sneak up on me, and before I can avert my gaze, I catch a glimpse of myself. And that old man staring back out of the mirr...

February 23rd, 2018 updated: February 23rd, 2018. |  


A cute face can obscure an ugly truth

A cute face can obscure an ugly truth

It’s often said that there is a fine line between genius and insanity, and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un could be the latest high-profile exam...

February 17th, 2018 |  


Let’s spread a little more love!

Let’s spread a little more love!

Greeting’s my friends; it is an absolute pleasure to speak with you for a moment. I would like to speak to you concerning the Lord and Savior Je...

February 16th, 2018 |  


Fashion Week, the news so far

Fashion Week, the news so far

At the risk of biting the hand that feeds me, I have to say the Mount Airy News is, as a general rule, woefully deficient in bringing fashion news to ...

February 16th, 2018 |