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Columns

  • The naming of cats

    The naming of cats is a difficult matter,

    It isn’t just one of your holiday games;

    You may think at first I’m as mad as a hatter

    When I tell you, a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES.

    First of all there’s the name that the family use daily…

     

    – T.S. Eliot

     

  • Vincent Van Jenkins

    I’ve often heard of people who have “hidden talents.” Well, I may have one, but it is really, really, really well-hidden. May not even be visible to the naked eye.

  • Always take time to live and enjoy every moment

    "To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist." – Oscar Wilde

     

    This past week I had the most amazing opportunity. Just so happens I was signed up to take a certification class in Raleigh, N.C., my old stomping ground when I was young and in college. After the all-day class and exam, I just made a long weekend of it and enjoyed my entire wonderful experience. Not only did I venture all around Raleigh, I went to the historic downtown areas of Apex and Cary, and then drove on to visit with my cousin in Wilson, N.C.

  • Shut up and take my money
  • Don't talk

    “So, you’ve got a dirty carpet I guess,” the grocery store clerk said to me Monday night.

  • Wintertime in the south

    “A light wind swept over the corn, and all of nature laughed in the sunshine.” - Anne Bronte


    “Sunshine is a welcome thing. It brings a lot of brightness.” - Jimmie Davis


    Let me first just start out by saying, wintertime in the South just doesn’t get any better than this, does it?  I am sure there are peach famers and fruit producers out there, that are hating it, due to the buds and blooms popping out already, but for me as a cattle producer and grass farmer!!! I am loving it! 

  • I don't like spiders (not too crazy about snakes either)

    Despite the cool song by Jim Stafford, I really don’t like spiders (and snakes, not too fond of snakes).

    A friend posted on social media the other day that she woke up to find a centipede crawling around on her person, and when she got up to check the covers of the bed (as anyone else might do) she moved the mattress and discovered a wolf spider. Made me think of my own run-ins with the creepy crawlies.

  • When disaster strikes...

    Last week I got a phone call from my wife right around lunchtime. Since she’s a teacher, I rarely hear from her during the workday and any call I get is usually on an important subject.

    ‘Are you OK?” she asked.

    “Yeah, why?”

    “Somebody saw on Facebook that there was an earthquake in Chester,” she said.

    “Chester, South Carolina? I didn’t feel a thing,” I said.

  • Love is in the air...

    Valentine's Day represents love, it represents happy couples, it represents showing your softer side and telling people you love them.
    So naturally, I hate it.
    I don't hate the idea of it, so much. It's great to let people know you care about them. What I hate and have come to resent is the manner in which you are expected to demonstrate that love.

  • That sandwich is looking better all the time

    Readers of this column will recall when the Big Game comes around every year. I try to cook something. Sometimes the results that end up in the “bowl” (or plate) are less than, to coin a phrase, “super.” Sometimes they aren’t even edible. Such might have been the case this year.