Unwanted vacation guest

To book a four-day vacation at a nice beachfront condo in sunny Florida, you only need a few things: money and time off work. Booking a four-day vacation for the entire family at a nice beachfront condo in sunny Florida three months ahead of time for the very weekend a Category I hurricane makes landfall […]

Dad’s sage advice

While growing up on Flamingo Street, I tended to listen to folks. I listened to Older Brother Richard and Big Brother James because if I didn’t, they’d punch me in the arm ‘till I did. Didn’t take long for me to decide that listening to whatever they had to say wasn’t going to be nearly […]

Little feet

Little feet. To say they’ve had an influence on my life since the day I was born would be inaccurate. Mom used to say while she was still carrying Twin Brother Mark and me, one of us was always kicking. She didn’t know who it was, but she could never get any sleep. My bet […]

World’s oldest battle

The battle of which I write has been raging as long as humans have inhabited the Earth. Not only the longest confrontation in history, but with every child and parent involved, it has become the largest, reaching every corner of the globe. Starting an hour or so after sundown the battle, sometimes as short-lived as […]

A simple man

Just listen to The Wife. Do what she says and nobody’s going to get hurt. After over 18 years of marriage, you’d think I would’ve learned that simple lesson. Hint: I am, if nothing else, a simple man. And if there were any question as to which one of us is the more intelligent one, […]

Lime green bananas

By now, Hurricane Irma has dumped a deluge of rain on our fair county, filling our creeks and overflowing lakes. Or not. The deadline for this story was six days ago so the Category 5 hurricane then was still spinning around in the Atlantic. It’s about to hit Cuba, making those high priced cigars even […]

The most dangerous hour

Blinded by love, blinded by rage, or blinded by the sun. All of these I’ve experienced before. I can now add a fourth item to that list. Blinded by happiness. It happened to me just as I was returning from a quick trip to the grocery store. Few things I’ve seen while driving have caused […]

Missing puzzle pieces

What happened to the missing puzzle piece? The argument had been ongoing as far back as I could remember. And at only 8 years old, that meant I could remember all the way back to when I was just a kid. Being as there were only five of us, and I knew the culprit wasn’t […]

Once in a lifetime

Seen from Oregon to Georgia, the solar eclipse last Monday was the event of the century and perhaps the greatest natural phenomenon of our lifetime. If you gazed towards the heavens a little past 2:30 pm. on Aug. 21, you saw it. If you missed it, join the crowd. But there’s still a chance for […]

Time traveling to yesterdays

Which is the most important: yesterday, today, or tomorrow? When asked this question, some would answer today because today is the present – a gift. Others would choose tomorrow because what is today without the promise of all the tomorrows yet to come? The English Teacher, who has edited this column for the past 16 […]