Tough as Nails

Goodbye Clint, you made our day. Hasta la vista, Arnold. Sorry, 007, your license to kill expired. The enemy is still among us…weeds. It’s time weeds get some respect. Common as dirt. Indestructible. Permanent eradication is impossible. They scoff at Roundup. They drink chemicals for champagne cocktails. They eat lawns with impunity and laugh gardeners …

Talking to Trees

Strange things can happen living along the coast of Georgia. One day I talked to an oak tree. Let me tell you about it. Oak trees possess mystical spirits. Besides being great to climb as a kid, they are iconoclastic and do things backwards, sort of a stick-in-the-eye to protocol. Like shedding leaves in the …

Early Morning Coffee

Life has its own intent…our part is to just show up. ********** Life offers up to us certain simple moments of pleasure. Maybe not always big ones, like the thrill of love, or the terror of skydiving. They’re different for everyone. Early morning coffee is one of mine. It’s difficult to describe the joy to …

Piddling Around

One of the signature pastimes of any true Southerner is piddling around. It’s a cultural art form. ********* It’s Saturday morning. I sit around the pool deck, piddling. How do I know it qualifies as piddling? Read on, I’ll tell you. Maybe you’ve never thought about piddling. Yet, maybe you piddle without even knowing it. …

Let’s Have Lunch Soon

Stealthy exits keep social intercourses friendly. This is a good one. ********** On the whole most of us follow the ‘do unto others’ theme in matters of social decorum. We use well-meaning but dismissive comments to conclude social interaction; comments like ‘See you later,’ or, ‘Stay in touch.’ Light touch escape idioms. Such comments, while …

The Toothpick

  The invitation was engraved. The embossing reminded Bob of some bath towels he once bought from Sears. He asked himself, Why me? Hack journalists don’t hobnob with the highbrow upper crust crowd. He shook off the inhibition and showed up. A lovely evening, guests always say. The word gets a workout from the wellborn. …

Two Simple Words

Ah, so you’re finally getting married. So sweet. It’s about time. The family is relieved. You are, too. The fresh breath of Spring floats on the air. The diamond sparkles on your finger and all the future is brimming with delight. The family rejoices. Marital bliss is blooming. The household buzzes with preparations for June. …