That’s right. I chose a five-dollar word for saying what 50-cent “forgotten” says, for I come to exalt that legendary offspring of a female horse and donkey. The left-behind mule helped build the South and did so quietly without polluting the air. Then the combustion engine came along, and abandonment became the mule’s fate. It had already been condemned to death in many a story for it’s been said no Southern story is complete without a dead mule…
Trump Tower, USA – In what insiders call a “tweak” to his campaign pledge to build a border wall to keep Mexicans from sneaking into America, president elect Donald Trump plans to move the wall to the Canadian border – to keep terrified Americans from getting out.
“It’s a testament to the power of his presidency,” said a Trump source. “He believes so strongly in …
by David Evans
“No one perhaps has ever felt passionately towards a lead pencil.”
– Virginia Woolf
Liam, our four-year old Australian grandson, recently sent us his first handwritten thank-you note. He used a bright orange crayon on a green card. The ... Read on →
by John Huie
When I started school outside Atlanta, I had some of the very same teachers who had taught my father years before, in the same oiled-floor buildings. Jonesboro was a small town with a big new highway, and ... Read on →
by Tom Ferguson
A Coca Cola executive once told me that he had to throw an underling out of his office. Why? The guy attempted to ingratiate himself by proposing that Coke pump up the bottom line big-time with accounting ... Read on →
by Jaz Brisack
There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and corporate charity.
Last Tuesday, Nissan Canton continued efforts to whitewash its reputation by giving $20,000 to the Mississippi Food Network's BackPack program and sending employees to pose for ... Read on →
by Tom Poland
All burned houses look alike, a jumble of ashes, blackened metal, and charred wood. If you know the house that burned, however, you see ghosts. Just before Thanksgiving, my sister called—Grandmother’s home had burned to the ground. A flood of memories washed over ... Read on →
by Ken Peacock
I have been away for a while, working on a secret project. You know one those “If I tell you I would have to kill you” kind of things.
It was a good time to be away, not reading or listening to the “making ... Read on →
by Robert Lamb
Who would have thought that a bone scan could be such a pleasant experience?
I didn’t. I figured I’d show up at Tidelands Health Waccamaw Hospital in Murrells Inlet, S.C., at the appointed hour, go downstairs to Nuclear Medicine, get an injection, lie on ... Read on →
by Jim Allen
For example, here’s what long-time friend and mentor Alabama Senator Hank Sanders had to say about the election in his “Senate Sketches” newspaper article:
I desperately called on my dear mother. Across the chasm of her death nearly 20 years ago, she reminded me ... Read on →
by Elliott Brack
It’s best to have all types of people making up a nonprofit board.
A good board consists of people coming at problems from several different angles, creating a board of advisers who can successfully lead ... Read on →
by Jim Cobb
For some two generations now, way too many American liberals have been beguiled by the facile trope of “the Southernization of America,” which blames the nation’s shift to the right since the 1960s on ... Read on →
by Trevor Stone Irvin
Ok, first a quick update: I want to just say I’m very disappointed that it looks as though I did not win the Electoral College nor the popular vote.
My campaign manager Mr. Mittens is ... Read on →
by Dave Cooley
Every town has its characters. But these "individualists" are usually formed by the character of the town itself.
Sinclair Lewis' great eponymous novel explored the hopeful adventures of would-be nonconformist George Babbitt, who fails to ... Read on →
by Tom Poland
First sighting, a hazy afternoon near the Georgia-South Carolina border. Driving east on Highway 221 toward Clarks Hill Dam, I spotted a gaunt, leggy, yellow dog loping along the left shoulder. As I approached ... Read on →
by Suz Korbel
Ever since the polls got Brexit and Trumpocalypse so wrong, inquiring minds have been wondering how could the pollsters, and by extension all the media, lead us astray? In the past week, many publications ... Read on →
by Katherine A. Edmonds
Chaitram Singh’s novel The February 23rd Coup explores the lives of the men behind the military interventions in Latin America in a way in which the textbooks and other military novels cannot.
Depicting the overflow ... Read on →
by Louie Crew Clay
A friend recently asked, “Has anyone ever done a study to determine what causes the type of thinking that claims the only people with value are pretty much like me? If we knew this, ... Read on →
by John Hickman
That Donald John Trump will be the 45th President of the United States still seems unreal and that sensation is not helped by the realization that millions of the Americans who voted for him ... Read on →
by Maurice Carter
Riding with Dino
Riding with your best friend
Wednesday morning, my bicycle and I are leaving town, bound for Florida and a week-long ride across the Sunshine State. Far from ... Read on →
by Jaz Brisack
And how many more times will I be asking myself this question over the next days?
Tomorrow's presidential election presents a host of conundrums. Voting for a third-party candidate that represents one's moral principles, like ... Read on →
by Austin McMurria
One says it can clean your face, your body, and prevent microbe borne disease.
The other focuses on sewage and promises to clean up all clogged systems, sewage related or not.
A contest was held to ... Read on →
by Bill Caton
How did we get here? How did we end up with a lunatic Republican presidential nominee, an eminently unlikeable Democratic nominee and a middle class apparently unwilling to impose its political will on this ... Read on →
by Andy Schmookler
If Donald Trump wins next Tuesday - God forbid! - then it goes without saying that American politics are in for a time of profound ugliness.
But it is becoming increasingly clear that even if ... Read on →
by Jaz Brisack
NOVEMBER FIFTH, 1916
"Boys, who's your leader?"
Sheriff McRae stood on the dock at Everett, Washington, at the head of a mob of over two hundred vigilantes. The steamboat Verona rocked quietly on the gentle ocean ... Read on →
by Andy Schmookler
A pattern in support for Donald Trump has repeated itself twice in recent months.
In early August, Trump’s continued questioning of the ability of a judge to do his job because of his Mexican heritage, ... Read on →
by Tom Poland
An Unsung Historian Makes A Difference
Big Sky Bill
If “Big Sky Bill” leads you to believe Bill Fitzpatrick hails from Montana, you’re wrong. Bill was born in Poughkeepsie, New York, but has spent most of ... Read on →
by Andy Brack
The South is not completely red politically, just as it is not home to only rednecks.
Come November 8, Southerners will cast about 33 million votes in this oddest and nastiest of presidential elections. Of ... Read on →
by Ken Hawkins
Carter and Mondale with members of the White House traveling press corps softball team, dubbed the News Twisters, at the Plains High School baseball field. Carters own team was made up mainly of off-duty ... Read on →
by Jeff Cochran
Mr. Getgood moved up to Self-Made Man Row
Although he swears he's the salt of the earth
He's so proud of the "kick-me-hard" sign that
they hung on his back at birth.
He said "I appreciate beauty, if ... Read on →
by Dave Cooley
Carl and Lilian "Paula" Sandburg.
In 1945, Carl Sandburg and his wife, Lillian, moved to the Hendersonville area from a small farm on the shores of Lake Michigan. A lot of people in the area ... Read on →
by Tom Poland
Every Job You’ve Had, What Did It Teach You?
A Friday evening. In a restaurant where soft music and hard drinks make good neighbors, the regular crowd shuffled in as Billy Joel famously wrote. People ... Read on →
by Anoni Muss
Wonder Women – one of the old superheroes created by Alex Solis
Hey, Anoni here. Some time since I posted as Gusto and I been busy: busy getting old. Gus limps more than he did ... Read on →
[caption id="attachment_64255" align="aligncenter" width="600"] This iconic photo by Charles M. Conlon shows Cobb stealing third base during the 1909 baseball season[/caption]
A sports author has done the state of Georgia and Ty Cobb, in particular, a major service. Author Charles Leerhsen of B...
I admit it: I’m a carpetbagger. For the unenlightened, according to Merriam-Webster, a carpetbagger is “a person from the northern United States who went to the South after the American Civil War seeking private gain under the reconstruction governments.” Colloquially, a carpetbagger is an...
Alabama and Louisiana -- and, oh yeah, South Carolina -- may feel slighted, but Tennessee is the most corrupt state in the nation, according to a survey by The Daily Beast. And it wasn't the Tea Party Convention or the birthers or the guns-in-bars law or even the notoriously corrupt politics in Me...
The face could have been a cheerleader,
queen of the prom, a girlfriend, your first crush,
your daughter or sister, All-American, apple-pie with a shy smile,
a Georgia peach of a girl ready for the next dance
but for the incongruity of a cotton sheet symbolizing
everything opposite of...
One obstacle that Mitt Romney may face as he asks for the support of Republican primary voters is bigotry against the Mormon faith.
[caption id="attachment_35131" align="alignright" width="150" caption="State Rep. Judy Manning (R-GA)"][/caption]
A Marietta Daily Journal story published yesterd...
It is important to make new friends, especially as you get older and many of your friends have fallen off the perch. You have a choice, make new older friends who want to talk about their medical problems, downsizing the house, a favorite doctor or some new supplement to combat fatigue and old age. ...
The saga of Don Siegelman, the former popular democratic Governor of Alabama, who was convicted and imprisoned on largely trumped up bribery charges and whose prosecution has been, so far unsuccessfully, appealed continues to befuddle his supporters. That's because, I would argue, Siegelman having s...
Georgia's House of Representatives, in all its wisdom, voted yesterday against a resolution honoring President Obama and making him an honorary member of the Legislative Black Caucus.
House Republicans apparently didn't want to associate themselves with Obama's vision, even though the state Senat...
A dessert class at a time when people are obsessed with losing weight and staying fit and trim? You mean such a class will be waddling in soon like Daisy Duck and her little ones just prior to swim suit season and at a time when I’m already under pressure to lose a few pounds and give some slack b...
A custody fight in Georgia is illustrating the biases of a foster care system that some say routinely subverts the parental rights of undocumented and non-English speaking mothers and fathers:
Ovidio and Domitina Mendez’s lost their five children to foster care when the Georgia Department of Fami...
They came screaming out of a dorm window somewhere in 1968 and on the way to some place you had to stop and wonder why someone was playing a fugue. Much less a fugue on a campus. And playing it so frickin'-frackin' loud. Then "Chest Fever" began in earnest, Garth Hudson's church organ lunacy -- I th...
Massachusetts has the most expensive model of paying for health care that the world has to offer. It’s a model that preys on our genuine need for health care insurance to insure the short term profits of large corporations.
If the current House or Senate bills were to pass they would move from ...
The poet Lyn Lifshin, who divides her time between New York and Virginia, is one of the most prolific poets among my contemporaries, and has thousands of poems in print, by my loose reckoning. I have been reading her work in literary magazines for at least thirty years. Here’s a good example of th...
Dashing through the snow
In a one horse open sleigh
O’er the fields we go
Laughing all the way.
You probably recognize that verse from Jingle Bells — But it’s those last two lines, O’er the fields we go, Laughing all the way, that have always been for me a powerful image for having fun...
I’m all about the Second Amendment these days. Especially my right to keep and bear a pellet gun. High velocity. Single shot. With a scope.
It’s really more about being anti-squirrel than pro-gun. I was all right with the hordes of squirrels that besiege my neighborhood, dropping batches of b...
[caption id="attachment_60026" align="alignright" width="350"] Ashley Royden Peacock: 1973[/caption]
April 25 was the one-day of the year Ashley met up with his old army buddies. He left early in the morning to march down the main street of the town and then visit the Returned Servicemen’s Club...
The reason for the brain gap between humans and machines is the architecture of the machine hardware, operations system and application software is too limited. Unless, and until, machines can be designed to "think" like a human brain, they will never catch up. Right now, no computer, ounce for ounc...
I’m in awe of Rand Paul; the man must have the hide of a rhinoceros. He was sent to Washington after convincing the voters of Kentucky that he believed in the same god that they did – though he seems less fearful of divine retribution – and was going to spend his time there to force the Career...
Thirty-four percent of Tennesseeans -- and 47 percent of Tennessee Republicans -- still believe President Barack Obama was born in a foreign country and 30 percent believe he's a Muslim, according to a telephone poll of 716 residents by Middle Tennessee State University on a variety of political sub...
The Captain would do it. He’d leave two notes — to his parents and to his wife. He had even thought about the wording but dismissed it. When the time came so would the words. He had tried before but backed out. But this time felt different. Unless something happened he would really do it.