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The Blahs for a While

Clinton, South Carolina, Friday, November 11, 2016, 12 p.m. Things still aren’t back to normal in these parts. The election is over, but Facebook is still as mean as a rattlesnake. (My analogy to a rattlesnake may be because True … Continue reading

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Twilight Beckons

Clinton, S.C., Monday, August 5, 2013, 9:18 p.m. It was heartwarming to see Kasey Kahne, a remarkably gifted driver who has had his share of bad breaks, win the GoBowling.com 400, which in addition to being an unexpectedly compelling race, … Continue reading

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Here’s How I Reason with Social Media Season

Clinton, S.C., Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 9:32 a.m. I’ve really always been a creature of habit. I had a grandmother who gave me a set of general rules and gently drilled them into me. “Why, Zona, is this your grandson? … Continue reading

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One on the Market, One on the Way, One in Progress

Clinton, S.C., Wednesday, July 10, 2013, 9:14 a.m. For most of two days, I’ve been immersed in the first draft of my third novel, Crazy by Natural Causes. I’m trying to make the transition from a guy who wrote a … Continue reading

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Last Whistlestop on the Campaign Trail

Pittsburgh, Pa., Sunday, June 29, 2013, 10:02 p.m. I had fun today. Tidioute is a charming little town hard by the Allegheny River, too small for my atlas but big enough to have a nice clientele filing in and out … Continue reading

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Head Full of Nothing

This hasn’t been my most productive of days. Normally, I have a list of activities all mapped out. Pay bills, blog, wash clothes, empty trash, write, edit, practice on guitar, et al. This morning I’ve been playing guitar quite a … Continue reading

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The Meeting Didn’t Make Me High

I attended my first marijuana meeting on Saturday. There, I’ve written it. I didn’t smoke it. I didn’t hang out with people who were. I didn’t get a “contact high” or “the munchies.” I stopped in Spartanburg on the way … Continue reading

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Trying to Reason with Jobless Season

It’s Monday. I’ve been up since about 6:30. Now it’s 9:54. What have I gotten done? I’ve done all the record-keeping from the weekend trip to sell copies of The Audacity of Dope in Martinsville, Va. I’ve watched Todd Snider … Continue reading

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Truth, Fiction, and How They’re Connected

So you wonder what possessed me to become a novelist? As Charley Pride used to say onstage in the late 1960s, “It’s a little unique, I’d have to admit …” Another issue, of course, at the time. When I tell … Continue reading

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