Tuesday, May 23, 2017

‘Give me a fish to build a dream on’

Someone told me not too long ago about two men who recited poetry “way out loud” while fishing, simply because it was just a...

Goat-rope meaning changes as time goes on

A goat-rope, according to sources on the Internet, started out being a rope used to tie a goat to a fence post. As time went...

From ‘Lonesome Dove’ to mnemonic devices

Remembering a good ol’ book titled Lonesome Dove, written by Larry McMurtry. From the back cover: A love story, an adventure, an epic of the frontier,...

Potemkin: A mask to disguise a shabby fact or condition

The phrase Potemkin village is defined in Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary- Encyclopedia as a “pretentious showy or imposing facade intended to mask or divert attention from an...

The Navy Helped Me Get The G.I. Bill (And Figured The Angles As Well)

Back in 1951 during basketball practice at Evergreen High I asked my friend Billy Mudge Lee what his plans were after high school. Mudge said he “planned...

One change might have to do with how we define a religion

Here in America times change, people change, customs change and issues change. In the beginning of the 1960s when I began as a police reporter...

A letter to Gillis

I received a letter from Rev. James A. Langley of Washington, DC, who graduated from Opelika High School in 1943. He was writing in...

Memories of an old church hymnal from prayer meetings

Before there was television in my hometown of Evergreen, AL., there was church on Sunday night and prayer meeting on Wednesday night during the...

SMoking is not a bad habit … it’s a deadly addiction to nicotine

In 1976 a good friend of mine died as the result of a heart condition related to smoking cigarettes. He left a wife and...

‘Dust if you must’

Someone sent me this nifty poem -- titled “Dust If You Must” -- via the Internet with the following information: The poem  was attributed to...