• Auburn,  football,  kids,  Ole Miss,  Oxford,  SEC,  Throwback Thursday

    Throwback Thursday, Football Edition: Football Schizophrenia Redux

    Today is the day that life begins again. Meaning, for all of us Rebels, today is the beginning of football season. Ole Miss plays Vandy tonight, and I plan to be planted squarely in front of the TV with appropriate game day food within reach. I am even sporting the red and blue at work today. Hotty Toddy, y’all!In honor of football season and Throwback Thursday, here’s an old football column of mine.This was written for the October 1, 2009 edition of the paper, so the game I was referring to in the first paragraph that inspired such heartbreak must have been the September 26, 2009 game between Mississippi State…

  • Belize,  community

    A sad day.

    I am very sad today. Some of you may remember when I wrote about our recent trip to Belize (here and here). Last night, about 10:00 p.m., we received a phone call telling us that Ramon’s Village, the resort we stayed at in Belize, which is owned by people we know from the town we live in here in Mississippi, was on fire and appeared to be burning to the ground. It was one of those moments when I immediately felt my stomach in my chest. The resort itself is beautiful, but I was picturing all the people who work there that we had become so familiar with during our stay,…

  • blogging,  graphics,  writing

    A new look…baby steps in blog-building

    When I first relaunched my blog earlier this year, I wanted it to go live as soon as possible, so I somewhat hurriedly created a look I could live with for a while, but I knew I would eventually want to change it. Having resisted the temptation to constantly revise the appearance of my blog, but now having had some time to mull over what kind of look I wanted, it’s finally time to unveil it. It is far from perfect, but I like it. Even more, I’m proud because I did it myself. I considered using a template/background from one of the sites that supply them (there are some…

  • faith,  Throwback Thursday

    Throwback Thursday: Eating Humble Pie

    Sometimes, for “Throwback Thursday”, I will post one of my old columns. (Note that I said “sometimes.” I’m not good at “always.”)  It’s funny, when I read some of my old columns from a few years back, I cringe a little. I think it’s just because my “voice” is different now than it was then, at least on certain topics. On others, it hasn’t changed much. I will not attempt to reframe my thoughts and feelings on a topic I’ve previously written about (and published in what is now The Leader-Call, formerly The ReView of Jones County) by editing these columns. I will post them as they were.  I will,…