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 |  


Preserving the last line of defense

Preserving the last line of defense

Everyone is taught in school about how America is the greatest country on Earth due to the rights and freedoms its people enjoy, and we’ve seen ...

March 4th, 2017 |  


Elites collide in Meryl Streep and Karl Lagerfeld’s Oscar row

Elites collide in Meryl Streep and Karl Lagerfeld’s Oscar row

Meryl, we need to talk. Please give me a buzz. My number is at the end of this story. You have lost your way and I am reaching out to you. Give me a c...

March 2nd, 2017 |  


Facts don’t appear to change our minds

Facts don’t appear to change our minds

I learned a new phrase this week.I knew the condition well enough already, but I didn’t have a catchy title for it.Confirmation bias.Are you fam...

March 1st, 2017 updated: March 2nd, 2017. |  


A random act of kindness, for Robert

A random act of kindness, for Robert

It caught me absolutely by surprise.A random act of kindness from someone I still don’t know and may never meet changed my entire outlook that d...

February 26th, 2017 |  


Free speech shouldn’t include ‘free’ violence

Free speech shouldn’t include ‘free’ violence

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. sure had it right when he guided the Civil Rights Movement using a strategy of non-violent, passive resistance —...

February 24th, 2017 |  


One of God’s greatest gifts

One of God’s greatest gifts

We greet you in the name of the lord and savior Jesus Christ. We so appreciate your loyalty in reading these articles, it is an honor and a privilege ...

February 24th, 2017 |  


Unreasonably beautiful with a plan

Unreasonably beautiful with a plan

One of the perks of being so unreasonably beautiful as to be a borderline genetic mutant is an unlimited supply of free drinks.Not that I would know t...

February 23rd, 2017 updated: February 24th, 2017. |  


Time to take society’s trash to the dump

Time to take society’s trash to the dump

I try hard not to get emotionally involved in any news article I write. It would be inappropriate for me to interject my opinion into a news piece. I ...

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


‘Day without immigrants’ misguided, as usual

‘Day without immigrants’ misguided, as usual

I don’t know about you, but my existence wasn’t affected the least little bit by Thursday’s so-called “Day Without Immigrants&...

February 17th, 2017 |  


Love conquers all

Love conquers all

We greet you in the name of the lord and savior Jesus Christ. We so appreciate your loyalty in reading these articles, it is an honor and a privilege ...

February 17th, 2017 |  


Better bring your A-game for Valentine’s Day or you could be single next year

Better bring your A-game for Valentine’s Day or you could be single next year

Valentine’s Day is behind us once again, and I sincerely hope all of you survived the hoopla and drama of unmet expectations and broken dreams b...

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


The state lottery isn’t doing its job

The state lottery isn’t doing its job

When I was in middle school, the General Assembly was discussing a temporary half-cent sales tax increase to build new schools.I thought this sounded ...

February 15th, 2017 updated: February 16th, 2017. |  


Dems should filibuster SCOTUS nominee

Dems should filibuster SCOTUS nominee

It will be interesting to see what Democrats in the U.S. Senate do regarding the confirmation of President Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme ...

February 14th, 2017 updated: February 14th, 2017. |  


Reader Diary: Requiem for the heart of Elkin

Reader Diary: Requiem for the heart of Elkin

Editor’s Note: Reader Diary is an occasional feature column penned by area readers. If you’d like to participate by sharing a particular m...

February 13th, 2017 |  


A little empathy goes a long way

A little empathy goes a long way

I shared this story once before, in a column maybe 7 or 8 years ago, but I think it bears repeating today.My first editor’s post was at a tiny w...

February 12th, 2017 |  


No sanctuary for defiant cities

No sanctuary for defiant cities

I don’t know what’s more irritating — the fact we have millions of illegal aliens running loose in this country, or the legions of o...

February 10th, 2017 |  


‘Equality: ’ God’s awesome creation

‘Equality: ’ God’s awesome creation

We greet you in the name of the Lord and savior Jesus Christ. I consider it an honor and a privilege to share with you the good news about our savior....

February 10th, 2017 |  


Stuck between a rock and a hard place

Stuck between a rock and a hard place

As buzzwords go, “authenticity” is one of the more mysterious ones. And the quest for it has led American businesses to the spot where the...

February 9th, 2017 updated: February 10th, 2017. |  


You gotta love those Chinese

You gotta love those Chinese

On the surface it’s a beautifully innocent sight — smiling children from two countries at different corners of the world coming together t...

February 3rd, 2017 updated: February 3rd, 2017. |  


It’s been a long journey and we’re not there yet!

It’s been a long journey and we’re not there yet!

Greetings in the name of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is a blessing and an honor to speak with you one more time. We have entered into another...

February 3rd, 2017 |