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The Fourth of July: it wasn’t a party

When I look back to the Fourth of July during my earliest years, it wasn’t a party. There were no computer-generated displays of fireworks.  It would begin, instead, with a quiet picnic lunch underneath a cross.  That may surprise you, but for those who knew my family well, it wasn’t a big surprise. We didn’t […]

New England is more than just Tom Brady

I have always been intrigued by big cities. In small towns, you smell a lot of fresh cut grass, see plenty of livestock and know everyone as if they are your family. You grow up with the same group of people year afteryear sitting in the same desks, learning the same things. City life is […]

Stick a fork in us, Hawkings says we’re cooked

Dustin Hoffman once said that “Blame is for God and small children.” Funny, but with a hook in it. When things go wrong, we all have a strong tendency to point at others. In the garden Adam and Eve directed their own rebellious choices at a snake. And we still do it today. Things we […]

Dream vacation

I could see it: a rustic cedar lodge shaded by historic oak trees, draped with Spanish moss, overlooking a cool yet crooked river, outlined by lush greenery and tall stalks of aquatic lilies. Other than rocking chairs for those who wanted to enjoy the cool breezes, nothing surrounded the lodge but peace and quiet. However, […]

Super-max is super lame

Here’s a startling piece of trivia: an NBA first-round player drafted this season stands to make $4.3 million dollars in the first season of his contract, give or take the scale of those millions for high or low that player was drafted. Here’s where the trivia comes in: How long did it take Michael Jordan, […]

E.T., Robo-phone home

I still have a landline telephone. People ask me why. I actually keep it because that’s how I get my internet out on the farm, but that’s not what I tell them. I say things like, “I keep it in case my pager’s not working.” Or “It’s how I receive faxes and dial up AOL.” […]

Wrestling again with the gospel according to Bob Dylan

When Bob Dylan tells the story of Bob Dylan, he often starts at a concert by rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Buddy Holly in the winter of 1959. At least, that’s where he started in his recent Nobel Prize for Literature lecture. Something mysterious about Holly “filled me with conviction,” said Dylan. “He looked me right […]

Minimum wage wars

Punching a time clock for the first time meant a paycheck every two weeks to this young high school student. Washing dishes at a 24-diner in Boynton Beach, Florida, my labor was worth $1.60 per hour in the early 70s. Yahoo!  I was in the work force and could expect to be compensated for doing […]

Grandpa Goldsmith

My mother’s father struggled in Arkansas as a poor but hard-working coal miner. My grandmother died soon after my mother was born. He raised her and her older brother as a single parent, never remarrying. I learned over time he’d left mining once his children were grown, working at various trades, including watch and clock […]

Who you gonna call?

Not so many years ago, when children were asked to do household chores, they might register resistance with beginning letters of four words– “TNMJ.” (That’s Not My Job.) Such requests made these days might just as well be directed to telephone poles, since most children have “buds” in their ears, choosing to listen to sounds […]

History has its eyes on you

The door opens, and the musty room is dimly lit by oil lanterns, candles and sunlight. Muffled voices emerge above a moderatesized crowd of men, the wooden floor creaking under the weight every now and again. The stiffness of coatsand hair hardly depict the adrenaline that flows through the blood of each body present. Find […]

Voices of Angels

They came in their calico dresses with purses on their arms. It was hot outside; they were cool as cucumbers. The receptionist had another customer, and they waited patiently and silently. They were composed and confident. “We would like this picture of our church’s groundbreaking on front page,” they said to the receptionist, making no […]

Whether the 2nd or the 4th it’s all Independence Day

We won’t see the bombs’ early light until Tuesday night, but while you’re out and about this weekend, be sure to wish folks a happy Independence Day. They may look at you strangely, but you’ll have the upper-hand, with history firmly on your side. Find this story and more in your Weekend edition of The […]

Forgettable jobs as a teenager

Overmy three score times of circling this third rock. I’ve had my share of jobs. There were plenty before I finished college, and while I have had a measure of success during my adult life. Find this story and more in your Weekday edition of The Ennis News. Be informed, subscribe today!

Who really runs the world?

The screeching sound of an alarm pierces the air, only to be reluctantly turned off with the click of a button. Sighs and groans fill the air. Find this story and more in your Weekday edition of The Ennis News. Be informed, subscribe today!

Chairman of the bored

People say golf is boring. Boy, is it ever. I know because I’m out there every sunny day being bored to death. Find this story and more in your Weekday edition of The Ennis News. Be informed, subscribe today!

Peace, Retreat and Inspiration

There are six sisters of the Order of the Most Holy Savior in the United States, and not one of them was born in this country. Find this story and more in your Weekday edition of The Ennis News. Be informed, subscribe today!

You don’t have to go big to be big for somebody

Sometimes in life, it really is about he little things. After an especially tough day at work last week, I came home to find the house cleaned and the dishes all done. Find this story and more in your Weekday edition of The Ennis News. Be informed, subscribe today!

Anastasta and Drizella

For those of you who are not fashion-savvy, a skort is a cute word for a cute skirt that also has cute shorts underneath. Find this story and more in your Weekend edition of The Ennis News. Be informed, subscribe today!

Outside influences fail in Georgia

One of life’s greater joys is spending someone else’s money. We learned it from those dollar bills our grandparents would sneak to us. Find this story and more in your Weekend edition of The Ennis News. Be informed, subscribe today!

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