Sacrifices run deep

Sacrifices run deep

He held the picture in his hand, a look on his face I’d never seen.The paper he held was new — a freshly minted reprint of an old, crackle...

May 28th, 2017 |  


War movies – a Memorial Day tradition

War movies – a Memorial Day tradition

There are many things I detest about the way Memorial Day is observed, which is supposed to be a time for remembering the supreme sacrifices made by A...

May 27th, 2017 |  


At the corner of vanity and delusion

At the corner of vanity and delusion

The Word of the Day is “scalp micropigmentation.”I know this because Twitter has decided it is a service which might interest me. Scalp mi...

May 26th, 2017 |  


My discovery of a puddle of happiness

My discovery of a puddle of happiness

I have always enjoyed man activities.That is I like to golf, fish, shoot, kayak, blow stuff up, drink beer, grill steaks and mow the lawn — alon...

May 24th, 2017 |  


Elephants in rooms at the end of the day

Elephants in rooms at the end of the day

Newspaper writers learn early on to use simple words and terminology in their reports — to avoid tired old clichés, hackneyed phrases and t...

May 20th, 2017 |  


Silks, satins and Stockholm syndrome

Silks, satins and Stockholm syndrome

A couple of months ago someone who had been very important in my life passed away. We had not talked or communicated since 2004 but in the 20 years pr...

May 19th, 2017 |  


Public dollars for personal statements

Public dollars for personal statements

Here we go again. There’s another movement to plaster the national motto on a government building.It’s on a couple here in Surry County al...

May 17th, 2017 |  


Hey, Mexico, turnabout is fair play

Hey, Mexico, turnabout is fair play

It’s an all-too-familiar scene:• Illegal immigrants flowing in virtually unchecked across the southern border.• Related reports of c...

May 13th, 2017 |  


Ohhhh Nooooo, Mr. Bill is back

Ohhhh Nooooo, Mr. Bill is back

It’s always odd when someone addresses me as “Mr. Colvard.” I find myself looking over my shoulder to see if Dad or Big Pa is standi...

May 12th, 2017 |  


Seeking equality with Jesus sandals

Seeking equality with Jesus sandals

It’s that time of year again — the time when my thick northern blood works against me.All winter I tell these southerners they need to go ...

May 10th, 2017 |