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Since I’m out of Dove dark chocolate I had time to search for fun facts.

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Last week I tried out the new ER beds at Williamsburg Regional Hospital. They were nice, considering they’re hospital beds. I wasn’t there to write about them though. I was there as a patient.

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Last week I collected my winnings for picking Tampa Bay to win the Super Bowl. I got a dollar bill and a Pepsi. I’ve been betting with a friend for the last ten years about who would win the S…

This column was published in August 2017. It bears to be repeated with some additions.

Just got rid of the last of the Christmas Oranges. Don’t know where all these oranges got into the Christmas time business. Whoever thought of giving oranges at Christmas was a genius.

Put a camera in my hand and I’m happy.  I’m old fashioned. I grew up using a Polaroid camera. As I grew, my taste in cameras also grew. I advanced to 35mm film cameras and when I went to photo…

Talked with one of my old teammates the other day. Jimmy Boyd and I played football about fifty years ago. Yea, it really was fifty years ago. We talked about old classmates and where the last…

Hey, did you see the thing about the XL Pipeline? Now there is an executive order about stopping the XL Pipeline. What’s the deal? The Obama administration wouldn’t let them build the pipeline…

Before you go on to the next sentence, I want to warn you. The things I’m about to write about may be offensive to some readers.

I just quit watching a television series. It’s nothing important. The series was a comedy show that was popular about 20 years ago.

There’s an awakening happening. It’s not about politics or uprisings. It’s about little buildings in the back yard that lend a bit of solitude to the owner. They go by she sheds, scrap shacks …

My camper project is complete. It wasn’t really a project at all but my wife was scared it was going to start. I’ve been watching videos about people that are living in campers and traveling a…

Last July the popular video sharing app, TikToc was in the headlines. It was deemed by many as a Chinese spy machine. Government officials, CEOs, and many young influencers warned us of the da…

You ever fall down a rabbit hole? I see people do it all the time. Mostly, it is a phone that gets someone distracted. They will start looking at their phone and won’t look up for an hour. One…

Say it isn’t so, No resolutions for the New Year? Wow, January 2 was a different kind of day. I met up with some of the regular brain trust. We got started on our regular conversations and wil…

Why is it, when the New Year comes around we are motivated to reach a goal or make a change? One definition of motivation is, “having an incentive or a strong desire to do well or succeed in s…

2020 has been without a doubt one of the most unsettling, emotionally draining, and honestly, one of the strangest years in my life thus far!

On the first Christmas Mary and Joseph had traveled to Bethlehem to pay their taxes. They were among a multitude of other people who were making the same trip for the same reason.

Every year The News reaches out to our local schools and asks the teachers to send us their children’s Christmas list to Santa. We received an astonishing 600+ letters. They are published in t…

I’ve been good this year. In fact I’ve been so good, I have two Christmas stockings hanging up. Okay, maybe I haven’t been that good but I do have two Christmas stockings.

One of my friends turns 69 this week. Happy Birthday. That’s good and bad for me. I’ll be turning 69 in a few weeks. The bad part, what age are you really? My friend’s father in law always had…

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This year has been full of unforeseen challenges. The pandemic has forced us to adjust many aspects of our daily lives as we adapt to a new normal. While technology has played a vital role in …

Back in the 1980s there was a flurry of fright (and lawsuits) over subliminal messages in music. Several well-known bands, including Judas Priest, Ozzy Osborne and 2 Live Crew were in the hot …

The madness of Thanksgiving continues. I’m not talking about all the food we had either. Now we are headed into the strange shopping season that comes after Thanksgiving dinner.

Here we go. Turkey day is over and Santa is on the way. One week ago, we stuffed ourselves with every fatty concoction known to man. And we enjoyed it. Now we’re planning for the Christmas fea…

It’s that time of year. Did you remember to set your bathroom scales back 15 pounds for Thanksgiving Week? I gained 12 pounds in a weekend. You might even have said something like that. Well, …

I’ve often written about Thanksgiving but this time I wanted to do something different. The COVID-19 pandemic is nearing a year. No one knows when it will end, or if indeed, it ever will. Some…

I’m sure you read about it. Brandon Richburg has been working Mid-Eastern Graphics for the last 15 years. There is a lot more to the story than you think. Sure, you might be thinking that 15 y…

2020 will be remembered for more than we want to remember including the painful November 3, election. Our country was already suffering from the Pandemic and all its spin-off problems. Unemplo…

That is the question that comes up around my house this time of year. Should we put up our Christmas tree before or after Thanksgiving?

Brad and I didn’t get over our excitement of flying in two P-51 Mustangs before I got an email from Stallion 51. They could send the training syllabus when I scheduled the next flight. I had f…

The Sun is shining today and will rise tomorrow. For more years than we know the Sun has followed this same pattern.

This weekend I watched Bad Moms. It’s a 2016 comedy about an overachieving mom who takes a break, makes her kids mad at her and ends up in trouble with two cohorts. Of course, Amy (Mila Kunis)…

Brad and I have known each other almost 50 years.  We met in college. We worked at the local airport together. We both became pilots. We’ve owned an airplane together for 32 years. We were in …

I voted absentee! Happy Days are here again. Don’t have to listen to all those political ads that are hitting the airways. My vote has been cast. My mind was made up many months ago. My candid…

Fall is finally in the air. On November 1, we “Fall” back an hour. Sweaters will replace bathing suits, the season of harvest ensues, and slow-baked savory meats and glorious sweets will fill …

A few years ago I came across a stimulating food fact and I wrote about in a column. This is an update. The Facebook food fact post was about the bottoms of bell peppers. One is a boy and the …

Talked with my old friend Neal Anderson the other day. Neal is a former classmate and football teammate as well as a fellow banker. We have known each other for a long time.

How have we become so intolerant of diversity? Have you said the words “how can they be so stupid” when referring to a view outside of your own? How can we have over 600 “friends” on social me…

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