Monthly Archives: January 2018

Somewhere in Those Trees, There’s Still a Forest

Clinton, South Carolina, Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 10:45 a.m. The past 25 years – the ones that my job led me to follow NASCAR closely – have made the sport much more appealing to the mind than the heart. This … Continue reading

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I’m Still Poor, but I’ve Got Aspirations

Clinton, South Carolina, Monday, January 29, 2018, 7:52 a.m. What am I up to? Let me use the preferred grammar no one uses anymore. To what am I up? I’m trying to sell a new novel. In a participatory way. … Continue reading

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Have the Nice Guys Gone Out of Style?

Clinton, South Carolina, Thursday, January 25, 11:09 a.m. I got up this morning – which is something most folks do and the way an inordinate number of old blues songs begin – and, before too long, started sipping coffee and … Continue reading

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A Few Remarks from the Grand Tour

Clinton, South Carolina, Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 11:26 a.m. No, I’m not off at the NASCAR Media Tour, hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway, for decades. Hell, I went to it for two of them. Decades. I’m here at the house, … Continue reading

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Living in the Past

Clinton, South Carolina, Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 10:25 a.m. I was just thinking about the old Tom T. Hall song “Spokane Motel Blues.” As you well know, if you read this blog a lot, I call on Tom T. for … Continue reading

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Ain’t Nobody Knows

Clinton, South Carolina, Friday, January 19, 2018, 10:55 a.m. NASCAR fans turn their lonely eyes to the young men streaming into the great speed palaces of the land. Some are wondering if it will ever be the same again. No … Continue reading

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The Racing World According to Barrie Jarman

Clinton, South Carolina, Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 7:48 p.m. It was just about a year ago that Barrie Jarman was born. Amazingly, he is now nineteen years old. Barrie is the hero of two novels I’ve written in the past … Continue reading

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Oh, Say a Prayer for Marcus, too

Clinton, South Carolina, Monday, January 15, 2018, 12:45 a.m. In my living room, I was aghast. In Minneapolis, they were exultant. In New Orleans, they were crestfallen. How could he miss that tackle? I haven’t seen anything like that since … Continue reading

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Oh, Lord, Grant Me Vision, Oh, Lord, Grant Me Speed

Clinton, South Carolina, Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 5:45 p.m. In 1920, Warren Gamaliel Harding rose to the presidency, using a slogan of “Back to Normalcy.” Harding’s campaign invented that word. It was previously “normality.” Harding, who died in office, is … Continue reading

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Who’s a Legend?

Clinton, South Carolina, Saturday, January 6, 2018, 12:52 p.m. Sam Tiller plays football, basketball, and soccer for the Clinton High School Red Devils. Currently, it’s basketball season. Last night I was at CHS Gymnasium to write about the game between … Continue reading

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