Monthly Archives: February 2013

I Didn’t Have to Be in Daytona Beach to See Wreckage

Fame is a poor measure of character. This I find myself pondering this morning in the aftermath of a scary incident on Monday afternoon. I was home, doing just what I’m doing now, except that I was thinking about a … Continue reading

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Postponed by Wreckage

Today’s blog has likely been postponed by family emergency. My mother and two nephews were in a serious accident, but I don’t think the injuries are severe. They are at the hospital and I’m headed back there shortly. My mother … Continue reading

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Any More Information and I Won’t Know Anything at All

Age brings with it many beneficial virtues: wisdom, experience, perspective and other respectable nouns. Obstinate vices grow wild, as well. It’s called being “set in my ways.” I’ve become something of a Missourian at heart, if a South Carolinian by … Continue reading

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Snowing in My Heart

Maybe it’s high-definition TV. Maybe I’m getting old. Maybe I just don’t know. During football season, when I watched a game being played in the snow, I found myself thinking the weather outside was the same as on my TV. … Continue reading

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Let Them Race and See What Happens

Though I wasn’t present to review the festivities, most would admit that NASCAR’s Media Day was dominated by all the hubbub surrounding Danica Patrick’s relationship with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ever since I started writing regularly about NASCAR in 1993, I’ve … Continue reading

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Needed Executive Actions

Politics frustrates me. Often when I watch media conferences, debates, Congressional hearings, et al., I think about how I would’ve said something else or wonder why no one ever asks my questions. For instance, when a Senator (oh, maybe, hypothetically, … Continue reading

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First I Learned to Type

“How did you start writing novels?” people ask. “What made you want to write fiction?” It started with writing other kinds of books. It evolved into kind of a master plan. It was probably inevitable. The most important reason I … Continue reading

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The Freedom to Just Back Off

At this point, it’s functional to accentuate the positive. It’s probably not a bad idea at any time, at least where attitude is concerned. A large number of my acquaintances, and even several of my friends, are either in Daytona Beach, headed there or … Continue reading

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My Own Private Eisenhower

Drat the dadgum red tape. OK. So I’m channeling Bobby Bowden. That’s a first. This is from Wikipedia. Don’t bother to write me questioning the accuracy of Wikipedia (or snopes.com, or anything else on the Internet, for that matter). It’s … Continue reading

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The Audacity of … Life

Three decades ago, I was in the public-relations business, sub-phylum college sports information director. As a regular part of the job, I sent out fact sheets that included a section called “highs and lows.” They were comparisons of the best … Continue reading

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