Editorials

Ronda Rich

BRINGING JOY TO OTHERS

As the length of my time has stretched into many years, I realize the exceeding importance of giving moments of kindness. Take for instance, my friend, Edward. Edward is kind and well-mannered. Every person who knows Edward gushes with love and stories of his thoughtfulness. It occurred to me that Edward, patron saint of good deeds, had never had a […]

Don Lively

DARK TO DARK

There’s a meme that travels around Facebook that compares what an “all-nighter” means to young folks as to what it does to older ones. I have found that particular bit of social media tripe to actually have some accuracy. There was a time in my life when I was able to stay up all night and still function semi normally […]

Ronda Rich

THE FRIEND I’LL ALWAYS REMEMBER

Silently, Tink closed his laptop. He had been showing me a couple of videos. He observed me for a moment before asking, “You miss him, don’t you?” I nodded, my eyes pooling. “Very much.” “Does it make you sad to watch these.” I sighed. “Yeah. He was such a force. Charming, frustrating, funny. Life was always interesting with him.” We […]

Don Lively

AROUND THESE PARTS

(Reprinted with updates from 2014) My skinny redheaded friend up in Pennsylvania is fond of saying “Time flies whether you’re having fun or not”, her twist on the old saying “Time flies when you’re having fun”. Both adages are true, at least they are if you’ve made as many trips around the sun as I have. As we’ve discussed before, […]

Ronda Rich

THE MAGIC OF THE WALTONS

This story comes on good authority which assures us that this good story is true. One day, Tink and I were visiting his father, former television Executive, Grant Tinker, when the conversation turned to Merv Adelson, a legend of 1970s’ iconic television shows. Under the banner of Lorimar, a production partnership between Adelson, Lee Rich, and Irwin Molasky, hits were […]

Don Lively

EAT IT UP

Let me admit, right up front, that I am no food connoisseur. I enjoy eating as much as any other red-blooded Southern American male, but I’m not particularly picky, nor am I any sort of expert on one type of cuisine over another. I just know what I like. And what I don’t like. I have been blessed to be […]

Ronda Rich

FAIR AND UNBIASED (OR BIASED) SPORTS REPORTING

Count me in as one who still enjoys holding a good, local newspaper and absorbing almost every word. From the front page to the obituaries to the sports to the legals. I even read the entire jury list. High school football season had just begun and I was reading the town’s sports page. For that paper, I started as a […]

Don Lively

MY WALKS

A walk in the woods. Or, A Walk In The Woods. Capitalized because it was the title of a very readable book several years ago, and also a fairly decent movie starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte. The book and movie are about hiking the Appalachian Trail. My own walks are not nearly that enthusiastic, but I do enjoy walking […]

Ronda Rich

RUDENESS AND COURTESY

Sometimes, I have decided, rudeness works. Sometimes, it’s even called for. I had to do a lot of thinking on this because I advocate kindness and courtesy. But if someone is being abused publicly, I can see the need for rudeness to spare the victim. When I experienced a home invasion several years ago, I was quite rude. There was […]

Don Lively

BLOW AWAY

Aren’t y’all loving this cold weather? No? Well, I am. I’m one of those folks who enjoys the spring, tolerates the summer, relishes the fall and loves the winter. Yes, I’m aware that I’m in the minority on this particular issue. Here’s my reasoning for my position. In cold weather, I can stay warm. I can layer on enough clothes […]


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