Category Archives: Life

Clinton and Laurens … and Life

Clinton, South Carolina, Saturday, August 26, 2017, 10:58 a.m. There are those who believe I waste my talents tramping around small-town football stadiums writing about what I see. They are so wrong. Last night Laurens held off Clinton, 24-18. In … Continue reading

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In the Path of the Great Eclipse

Clinton, South Carolina, Thursday, August 17, 2017, 11:05 a.m. I watched the Red Devils scrimmage Blacksburg for a while. I wish I’d brought an egg to see if it would fry on the concrete stands of Wilder Stadium. Most of … Continue reading

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A Farewell to One of the Men in Full

Clinton, South Carolina, Friday, July 14, 2017, 11:08 a.m. I paid modest respects to my line coach today. Not much is there to prove it. I signed the register and nodded at the people who were staking out their seats … Continue reading

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I Don’t Never Have Fun Like That No More

Clinton, South Carolina, Tuesday, July 4, 2017, 10:55 a.m. In the early 1970s, the banks of the Little River overflowed in Laurens. A photo on the front page of a newspaper is etched in my mind. A rowboat was making … Continue reading

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More Than You Ever Wanted To Know About Boiled Peanuts

Clinton, South Carolina, Saturday, June 17, 2017, 9:34 a.m. This weekend I have in my possession one of those foods that Southerners consider delicacies and those from other places dismiss as gross, tasteless, backward, and lacking in redeeming value, social … Continue reading

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Strummin’ on Easter

Clinton, South Carolina, Monday, April 17, 2017, 9:27 a.m. It’s Patriots Day in Boston. It’s the day after Easter here. When I left my nephew’s house on Sunday, the tykes were dashing about in search of dyed eggs. Among much … Continue reading

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The Occasional Chip Off the Old Block

Clinton, South Carolina, Friday, April 14, 2017, 1:30 p.m. Mornings like this scare me because I remind myself of my old man. He’s been gone since 1993. I’ve outlived him. He lived on, this morning, when I had errands to … Continue reading

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The Grind Gets Better

Clinton, South Carolina, Tuesday, January 31, 2017, 10:58 a.m. Let’s see. Today is the last day of the month, which means a download of my fourth novel, Forgive Us Our Trespasses, will no longer be 99 cents. Good news and … Continue reading

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Money Isn’t Important If You Got It

Clinton, South Carolina, Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 1:15 p.m. It was an intimate morning. I deleted spam messages on my website, so I monitored such personal messages as: This makes it a virtuous rootage of straightaway of straightaway sprightliness and … Continue reading

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Good Grannies Alive, Pass the Dressing and Gravy

Clinton, South Carolina, Tuesday, November 22, 2016, 12:13 p.m. Thanksgiving’s a coming, coming. It’s my favorite holiday, in no small part due to the fact that I love to eat. Like every other stuffed American who awakens on Friday morning … Continue reading

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