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Well, Let Me Say This About That

Well, Let Me Say This About That is an interesting twist on current events, as told by Dallas’ finest and funniest Craig McCartney.

Another Rule Bites The Dust

Mother had rules about a lot of things.  Some were requirements, some were more like what would these days be called “best practices,” and some were suggestions.  I suspect most mothers had their versions of these things, and there was a great deal of overlap in the rule books. There was the no white after Labor Day rule, which in […]

When You’re Here, What’s Family?

“What are we going to do for dinner?”  The complexity of the process for answering that question depends entirely on how many folks compose that plural pronoun.   For example, when it’s just a married couple, the process is fairly simple.  At least that’s true when Karl and I make that almost daily decision.  If neither of us have a real […]

In An Autumn Swelter

With everything that’s going on these days, I have to put this week’s column into a bit of context.  What we have seen of the barbarism unleased in Israel and the ongoing war in Ukraine should put the political craziness that is going on in Washington into a bit of perspective.  But it is our backyard, and a subset of […]

Sorry About That, Chief

Chaos and control.  Control and chaos.  Controlled chaos.  Chaotic control. I suppose most of us who are deep into our adult lives have seen that pendulum swing back and forth through that particular spectrum.  With an apology for mixing my metaphors, sometimes the seesaw stays in a quasi-equilibrium with only one area of life being rather chaotic and the rest […]

Humiliation, American Style

According to my old friend, Miss Merriam Webster, the definition of humiliate is “to reduce (someone) to a lower position in one’s own eyes or others’ eyes:  to make (someone) ashamed or embarrassed.”  She lists disgrace, dishonor and discredit as synonyms, so it is fairly easy to understand why all those “dis” words have seemingly come together to make dis […]

The Unavoidable Binary

Once upon a time, commercial flying had a tinge of glamor to it.  Of course, that was back before all of the security measures were put in place, subjecting travelers to those scanning machines and pat downs, which under any other circumstance would be considered sexual assault. Part of that glamor was having a meal on the plane.  Of course, […]

Put To The Test

Even after all these years, I can recall how I felt when I finished taking my final college exam, knowing I had done well on it and feeling ten pounds lighter, back when I didn’t have ten pounds to spare.  And that test had been a humdinger. It was for a class in Shakespeare, and most of the small class […]

And Here’s To You, Mr. Robinson

We’ve all had that experience of getting something stuck in our heads.  Usually, it’s a song of some sort, maybe one that was popular when we were back in high school or perhaps a jingle for those of us old enough to remember when cigarettes were advertised on television.  “You can take Salem out of the country, but…” Sometimes, Ethel […]

Sometimes Sweet Home Alabama

Years ago, Karl and I did a road trip from Dallas to Atlanta for one of his car conventions.  We decided to make it a driving tour of the South, and by that, I mean the Deep South.  Going through my old stomping grounds in East Texas, widely considered to be the westernmost part of the Deep South, we headed […]

The Real Stain

Just like many folks, I found out about the latest Trump indictment by turning on the television late Tuesday afternoon. For once the “Breaking News” chyron was justified as it blared “Trump Indicted for Third Time in Four Months.” Well, needless to say, my attention turned from putting clothes in the bag to be taken to the dry cleaners to […]