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  It speaks to the quality of “Hustlers” that the 50-year-old Jennifer Lopez’s show-stopping turn as a nightclub pole dancer isn’t the most surprisingly fab part of … more
There’s an old bit of wisdom that maintains that “seeing is believing,” but it’s not always so simple. And I’m not talking about politicians channeling “Saturday Night Fever”-era John Travolta in a silly viral video which anyone can tell is fake. more
Ever notice how sometimes we just sort of say things without really thinking much about what we say? Take “Have a nice day,” for instance. How do you “have” a nice day? more
Begrudgingly, I had a revelation this weekend. Actually, that’s 100% false. I just finally admitted my to myself this revelation, possibly due to my continued beat downs as a Tennessee Volunteer football fan, as well as the suffering, four decades now,as a lifelong Miami Dolphin fan. more
There are things I’m good at — I’m especially proud that I can include “juggler” on my resume, for instance — but preparing for emergencies isn’t one of them. It’s a skill that, … more
By now the annual frenzy known as “Back to School” is a memory, since most folks who go have been back for a few weeks or at least, a few days. Labor Day, that last summer holiday, is now a thing … more
The most likely scenario for this column, according to the newest computer models, is that it will stall as it approaches the coast and then turn sharply south. Readers in low-lying chairs are … more
My record in high school and college math classrooms is the stuff of legends – and not very good ones. It was a subject in which I never did very well. As a matter of fact, I’d almost bet the … more
Of the long list of books Mark Twain wrote, his later novel “The American Claimant” (1892) doesn’t occupy the same lofty perch as his better-known works. Although author Bobbie Ann Mason, in … more
It wasn’t so long ago youngsters were getting out of school for the summer and singing such favorite ditties as “No more pencils, no more books, no more teachers’ dirty looks,” which is, of … more
The entertainment industry has forever and successfully mined a deep well of “fish out of water” stories. From “The Odyssey” to “Gulliver’s Travels,” “A Connecticut Yankee In King … more
The cancellation request arrived in the mail without much fanfare or much written explanation — just a simple message which read: “Please cancel our subscription immediately! Send any … more
I try to avoid scoffing — it just doesn’t seem a nice or proper thing to do ­— but scoff probably best describes my reaction to the controversy, in the early ‘90s, that bubbled up at the … more
Did Chatham County just blow its chance to be a shining example of creative and cooperative problem-solving in an increasingly divided, divisive culture? Yes and no. We say “yes” because we … more
Throughout my years of tying the knot for couples young and old, I have had the opportunity to perform that task in a wide variety of places. Among them are the Duke Gardens, small living rooms, big … more
At the risk of losing any more of my regular readers (assuming there still are some) or at the very least annoying them, I’d like to make one more reference to my recent operation. Granted, I … more
I love contrasts, and in this I’m in good company because don’t we all? Contrasts — black and white, peace and war, negative and positive, salt and pepper, fire and ice, good and bad, yin … more
The early Democratic primary debates for the 2020 presidential election are usually described afterward by major news outlets as battlegrounds for “winners” and “losers.” It’s not … more
With the Vin Diesel-starring “The Fast & the Furious” franchise having mostly run out of fuel, it seemed natural and wise to spin off the two newest and popular side … more
News flash: Don’t look now, but summer is over. Not officially. It’s not September 21, when the calendar says autumn starts. We haven’t hit Labor Day yet. Folks are still going to the beach … more
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