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Holidays are days designated to honor someone or something; they are days that should be celebrated with family and friends.There are several good things that result from holidays. Food is usually … more
I retired in May 2011, several years earlier than I had anticipated. However, sometimes you don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.After making the decision and notifying family members and friends, … more
Recently, I spent several days in Florida visiting my brother, my son and grandchildren.It seems when you are on the speedway of life and the finish line is in view, there's a need to shift gears, … more
I loved growing up in the 1960s and '70s. It was an era unlike any I have seen or read about.Most of my stories — maybe 99% of them — depict things that happened to me, my brothers or actually … more
The saying, “you can’t go home,” has always puzzled me.My thoughts are you get in your car, take a bus, purchase an airline ticket or do what we did in my younger days: stick out your thumb and … more
Back in the old days, America’s favorite pastime was the great game of baseball. Sunny afternoons at a crowded ballpark, cheering on your favorite team, yelling at umpires questioning their … more
What is it about little boys and baths?Seems when it comes to washing behind the ears they immediately become afraid of water. But, announce we’re going swimming and suddenly water is their … more
What is it about those three little words — "Are you chicken?" — that makes us defy everything to prove our worth?Our personality changes, our face turns red, our brain tells us — “I’ll … more
Gary Matheny reflecting on the days of little boys, Saturday night baths and washing your feet ... Maxine Gertner making some special introductions among new friends. more
Ah yes, the apple ... that deliciously sweet, red delight that hangs from the tree.The forbidden fruit some might say — and they could possibly be correct — as we think of the origin and the … more
Florence, Ala., was where my parents were from and in the late 1950s it was a hard eight- to nine-hour drive from Macon, Ga.In Alabama jobs were not a commodity, so my parents — leaving the … more
Years ago I graduated from early-morning and evening-news programs, cable talk shows and anything that would begin my day and end my night with negativity.My routine was to arise from my cozy bed, … more
Steve Martin has always been a comedian I thought was really funny. After all, he was a “wild and crazy guy.”A favorite saying of mine is, "Life is too short to be serious all the time.”I have … more
Funerals aren’t fun and they are an event we really try to avoid, but the older I get it seems the more of them I attend.We attend them as spectators now. But, one day we will attend them as the … more
Recently, I’ve noticed a lot of people talking about food.Food ... food is what people and animals eat to live, a definition I found that has come to be the focal point of our lives, but that’s … more
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