Time for a Pet Peeve

Here’s a  small morsel of good news in these otherworldly days:  even under “shelter in place,” we are all allowed – nay, encouraged – to go outside, keeping a few yards away from other humans, of course.  But it’s springtime, people! And with fewer cars on the road,...

Latter-Day Saints’ Political Gaffes

Published in The Covington News ~ February 8, 2020. Studies and polls have confirmed that in the United States a good number of people do not trust national journalists. Well, here in Newton County I am about as local as you can get.  Heck, y’all know I ain’t even a...

The Danger of Changing Our Poetry

Published in The Covington News ~ August 17, 2019. A couple of weeks ago I posted this cartoon by my friend Man Martin on Facebook and Twitter. What struck me was the utter lack of pushback. There was none.   I am not expecting the same regarding this...

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...

Perpetual Calendars

Now, I shall speak of time and the marking of time. Once I may have said, “the keeping of time,” as in, “My granddaddy’s watch keeps good time,” but that’s a misleading verb, isn’t it?  Time is not kept; it continues to pass...

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