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Columns

  • Me, Jenny and Ranger Randy

    A few weeks ago I wrote an article about 24 days of extreme outdoor hiking, repelling, rock climbing, and canoeing I did with a group called Outward Bound North Carolina some 34 years ago. I lost 30 pounds during that time and looked like a survivor of a Nazi death camp at the end.  I was young and dumb then.
    Now, I’m just old and dumb.

  • Earn it yourself, kid

    The way I see it, in many ways this country is headed down hill fast; it’s in high gear and nobody’s touching the brakes.

  • Saying goodbye

    Goodbyes can be frightening when they hold the possibility of prolonged separation and being forgotten.  You don’t have to be on your deathbed to feel that.

    I can see it already in my 2-year-old grandson, Eli Benson.

    I let him drive my car. Don’t worry, he doesn’t really drive. But don’t tell him, because he thinks he does. Eli meets me at the front door with determined eyes and declares, “Eli drive Poppop’s vroom vroom.”

  • A time for ghosts?

    There ain’t nothin like a good, old-fashioned scary show to get your neck hairs primed and standing up.

    When I was a little kid I was drawn to scary movies like a skunk is to tires rolling down the highway.

    That was a long time ago.

    It was different then.

    Now-a-days, kids have infinite sources of entertainment, whereas we had one. It was television, and we had only three channels.

    Good gosh, I shutter to think about it.

  • Little sparky comes to town

    If you really want to get noticed going around town then I’ve got some advice for you. Don’t buy a big tricked out SUV or one of those super fast sports cars, or even a great big pickup truck. Naw, that won’t get you any notice at all. Everybody has one of those.
    What you need is one of those new itty-bitty, teeny-weeny, micro-mini super compact economy cars.

  • The power of words

    Paula Deen was in the E!News studio recently, making media rounds to promote the launch of her new subscription-based online channel, the Paula Deen Network. It’s been over a year since her multi-million dollar culinary empire came tumbling down after her admission that she used a racial slur 30 years ago.

    “They (words) can be very powerful, and they can hurt, no matter how old they are,” Deen told E!News.

    When Today Show’s Matt Lauer asked her several weeks ago what she had learned from the experience, Deen immediately responded:

  • ‘Be not afraid’

    “Be not afraid”
    - God

    Be not afraid is the most quoted phrase in the Bible. It was used by God more often in speaking to his people than any other words that he had to say.

    Why did he have to tell us to not be afraid so often?

    He knew us so well, and this world is a scary place.

  • The great race

    I was in the Sorghum Festival 5-K Race last week.

    Now, I don’t like to brag, but in my day I was a pretty fair runner. Of course, “fair” means something less than “good.” I just don’t want to say how much less than “good.“

    I got up that morning and said to Cindy, “Yep, I think I’m going down to the Sorghum Festival and show them what running is all about.”
    Cindy said, “What do you mean? You doing a PowerPoint presentation at the Opera House on running or something?”

  • Billy Ray and Julie

    Hey, I thought this was interesting.

    Billy Ray and Julie Chitwood are authors of a combined 14 books and have decided to make Washington County their new home.

    Pretty neat, huh?

    Billy Ray has spent a good part of his life in sales and marketing management positions with some of the top educational publishers in the country, from what I understand. They have spent a good deal of their lives out west and in northern Mexico on the Sea of Cortez.

  • Who are our heroes?

    By Jill Seyfred