I'm not sure how we acquired our first piano; it just showed up one day. My mother had visions of me being an accomplished pianist. That just didn't happen.
One of my first jobs was shining shoes in a barbershop. The going rate was 25 cents a pair. I was convinced I was going to be rather busy and purchased a change machine that mounted on my belt. I was only 12 or 13 years old and the change thing was pretty big.
I think all adults have thought at one time or another that it would be fun to go back to our high school or college years. The caveat is that we would want to return with our current level of knowledge.
My parents came along a little too late for the rock 'n' roll era. They were much more comfortable with the likes of Andy Williams, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin.
GLENNVILLE - We may be known as "The Peach State" and the "Poultry Capital of the World," but there is really one crop that is exclusively ours and it makes its annual debut this week.
It is hard to be sad when we lose folks who have lived a long and productive life. Last week, we lost two.
There used to be an unwritten rule in the South: No self-respecting woman or man would be caught wearing white prior to Easter and after Labor Day. I have heard folks from the North suggest that the beginning date was Memorial Day.
I don't know who gave me my first taste of bread, but I must have liked it. Bread and I have been lifelong friends, although right now we are enduring a time of separation. We still see each other. I just don't let it pass my lips. I gave up bread this year for Lent. At this writing, I am four weeks into a bread-free period in my life. At the end of his 40 ...
My mother was born three years before the Great Depression to a family who lived in a small sharecropper house that lacked the benefits of electricity, running water and indoor plumbing.
Many years ago, Jim Stafford recorded a song that sums up my thoughts pretty well. "I don't like spiders and snakes, " wrote Stafford and his co-writer, David Bellamy, who later performed with his brother, Howard, as The Bellamy Brothers.
As neighbors go, I don't know that you could have had a better one than Claude Bagwell. He died last week at the age of 91. I don't know many men who legitimately wear the label Renaissance man, but Claude could and did. I don't know that he ever found an insurmountable mechanical challenge. He was one of those men with a plethora of skills. Over a half century ago, he made the prototype ...
This year is leap year, which means we have an extra day on the calendar. It happens this week.
I go to my fair share of funerals. Some of them are related to my work, others are folks I have known and cared for.
The folks at Amazon.com have released information they claim makes certain cities in the U.S. more romantic than others.
Someone on Facebook, the source of all things true, posted a map of a survey that determined what term folks apply to fizzy soft drinks.
In the world of restaurants, there is something special about the original location of unique eating establishments.
College football coaches often find themselves being pitchmen for everything from soft drinks to pickup trucks.
The graduation season is upon us and with it comes songs we only hear at commencement exercises.
At just about every college you can think of, there is a tradition uniquely identified with the football team. Some of them are historic while others are almost hysterical.
It is easy to blame television for a lot of things. We have seen many things that were once taboo become acceptable because we saw them happen on TV.
The folks in Hollywood seem to run short on ideas from time to time. They seem to thrive on remakes of old movies. I saw a story last year that said movie studios were looking at 50 potential remakes.
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