Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Cousin Benny and the snake

Cousin Benny and the Snake In times like these, when the people of our great land are as badly divided as I can recall, we...

Reading Retirement

Years ago my graduate school mentor, G. Melvin Herndon, announced that he was retiring. At first, the news was a little hard for me to...

Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras is over. Fat Tuesday has passed. Ash Wednesday then Lent. Of course you won't see many ash-smudged foreheads up in Northeast Alabama. There Catholics...

White Trash

“Well Kernel, hit seems like they’s finally payin’ ‘tention to me and mine, ‘stead of you and yourn.” Attributed to Wash Jones (by me) OK, I...

Packer’s Bend

In my column about not meeting Harper Lee I suggested that  if I had, one of the things we might have talked about was...

To everything there is a season

In most parts of this country of ours folks are content with four seasons:  Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring.   Each defined by changes in temperature...

A lesson from a magazine

When I cleaned out my parents’ home a couple of years ago, I discovered some neat stuff. I found my grandmother’s and mother’s diaries dating...

Keeping up with the Joneses

For lo the winter is past The rain is over and gone The flowers appear on the earth The time of the singing of birds is come And...

Fake News

All the news that’s fit to fake The biggest thing in the news lately has been fake news. Or as the more simple among us calls...

That first Christmas tree

Wasn’t even Thanksgiving, and Christmas lights were up. In general, I’m against this. I come from a tradition where Christmas decorations don’t appear until the turkey...