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Our life is a series of seasons, distinct, observable, times from which we learn and grow and evolve the people we are. Each of us is the sum of our seasons. There are seasons of maturity, seasons … more
I just discovered another business opportunity, but I’ll have to rely on someone else to open it because I don’t need a fourth job. It’s a cat cafe. Fellow cat lovers will understand the … more
It happens two, maybe three times a week. Every. Single. Week. Maybe in a Walmart aisle. A guy who recently bought a chicken coop from me looked once, then twice, before he said it. Most recently, … more
For professionals in the news business, a big part of our life is about stories. A newspaper pretty much has two components -- advertising by both local businesses and individuals selling this or … more
Here’s one of the secrets to good gardening. All the good farmers know this. Don’t wait to water your crop until it’s all wilted and stressed. Water your crop to prevent it from becoming … more
Automatically viewing mobile food vendors (food trucks) as a negative for our community is so last-century. In the late 1980s, there were problems with a few of the mobile food vendors who pulled … more
It was canning season and my teacher-mom, off for the summer 1974, was learning to make pickles. My grandmother had given her something called a pressure cooker, and a lesson or two in how to use … more
I’m a mass media guy, so for better or worse, I spend time on social media. Anyone who’s not drawn to the ability to communicate with thousands of people at the touch of a button doesn’t love … more
On the fourth of July, I’ll be an official one-year resident of Stone County, Arkansas. I love it here, and honestly never imagined I’d love it so much. But I will tell you, there is always a … more
I spent the first 14 years in fear of my Dad. Then, invested most of my energy the next four, planning and anticipating that glorious day I’d walk away from him. And the next 25 years, I … more
I have often said that in the search for ourselves we need not look far past our mom or dad, or the community and culture from which we come. We are the products of our raising. more
The way a story about misspending of public funds came to light last week gave the appearance the story had been “hidden” for the past year, when in fact it was under … more
It was over the moment our eyes met. You were chewing on a plastic water bottle cap, fuzzy as could be, and all alone in that cage. Dana and Sophie didn’t know it yet, but you were going home with … more
Check out the music library on my phone and you’ll find everything from Hank Williams, to Kenny G, to Quiet Riot, to Demi Lovato, and the Mississippi Mass Choir. But country is my music genre of choice, probably because of all those years I spent riding around with a beer-drinking, cigarette-smoking dad who tuned in to stations that played Charlie Pride and Waylon Jennings and Glen Campbell and Loretta Lynn as we drove aimlessly through the Delta countryside. more
May is National Barbecue Month. Or, as I like to call it, Holy Month. On a recent conference call with writers across the country, I explained how you can take the topic of barbecue and teach … more
We weren’t lifelong friends. In fact, we only met in person twice and spoke by telephone once. But Richard McCasland made a difference in my life. more
Last week we spoke about balancing work and rest. Some people are workers. Others are resters. Some of us who have a hard time sitting still want to know more of this word – “rest.” It rolls off the tongue with ease. Such a peaceful and beautiful word, yet so elusive. Like an ivory-billed woodpecker in the bottoms of Monroe County. more
I know people who work all the time. For them, it’s a source of pride. I’m not one of those people. The kind who takes pride in it, anyway. Two weekends ago I found myself collapsed in a reclining chair, depleted. There is no other word. No energy in any limb, barely able to think, and honestly on the verge of tears. In the preceding weeks and days leading up to that weekend, I’d spread myself so thin, tried to complete so many things, there was just nothing left. Zero. It happens several times a year, and I’m working to fix it. more
Have you heard the news? You know all the great names. Tyson, Truett Cathy, Colonel Sanders. The three may be the Great Triumvirate of the chicken business. I’m thinking the name Watkins would look good among them. That’s right. We’re getting in the chicken business in Round Bottom Valley. more
Religion is a slippery slope. I’m going to write about it, anyway. We’re becoming close enough friends now, you and I, that we can discuss these things in a civil manner, and still walk away friends. If ever there was a warning sign pointing to the breakdown of an idea the New Testament gospels say is vitally important to a life of faith, this is it. The birthplace of community is dwindling in numbers across the Christian landscape. It’s the Church. more
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