Mr. Buggy Man

Published in The Covington News – April 11,2020     As it is with many of us, I am trying to navigate my way through this quarantine-economy. This is the period of social distancing but I have always been in the social gathering business. Yes, I put all my...

The Importance of “My Bad”

Every honest, thinking person knows that there is a difference between what is simply legal and what is right, what is good and what is that which you can-get-away-with.   I remember being in the fourth grade and attending high school basketball games. (Everybody...

Race and “Good Taste”

Not long ago I was offered a gig at The [ Withholding the Large Virginia Town’s Name Here ]  Arts and Culture Center.   After responding with the thank-you-for-inviting-me email, I went to the center’s website to see what the place was like. There I...

A Message from the Confederate Monument in My Town

This was written on June 19, 2015 after the shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Many citizens were calling for the removal of the Confederate Battle Flag from the S.C. Statehouse grounds. •   •   •   •   •   •  • When...

Why Lightning Bugs Light (Summer of 2016)

“The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.” –  Mark Twain Mr. Twain may have easily chosen the words “fire” and “firefly.” Wait. Nope. I am wrong. Those would...

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