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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.

A Revoltin’ Development

Karl and I watch a premeasured amount of nightly news to avoid the unending cable networks’ loop of beating the last breaking story to death until the next one surfaces.  At this point, I say, “This is where we came in,” signaling it is time to turn off the television and call it a night.   Usually, this is occurs without […]

Funny Girls & Boys

Usually, paying too much attention to what critics say about a book, movie, or even a performance is a waste of time.  At best, reviews are one informed person’s opinion about an artistic endeavor.  At worst, they are uninformed and unformed diatribes by those who can’t writing about those who do, while trying to pass off cruel snark as wit. […]

Duality or Dichotomy – Which Is It?

Mrs. Kimbrough was my very first English teacher.  Before that there was Reading in elementary school and Language Arts in junior high, with teachers to go with them.  But in ninth grade, the class was finally called English I, and the fairly formidable Mrs. Kimbrough was at the helm. Some teachers are quite redoubtable, using the tools readily at their […]

I Remember Mother

Toward the end of that first year in Dallas after finishing college, I had a brief live-in relationship with a fellow named Sam. It lasted just long enough for him to be invited to go to Tyler for Thanksgiving, but short enough that I had moved out with Bogie, my Pomeranian and everything in that apartment but the ice cubes well […]

Alias Smith & Rock

Now that some time has passed since the bitch-slap at the Oscars seen around the world (and without censorship in some countries, thank goodness), I’m ready to chime in, too. All the obvious observations have already been made, of course.  The joke wasn’t funny, it was tasteless, Chris Rock’s humor is bullying, and so forth.  Violence is not an appropriate […]

Move Over, Mrs. Miniver

It was perhaps inevitable that the day would come when American cable news would pull back from the foreign war in Ukraine, regardless of how connected our own national security interests might be connected to it, to focus on a political drama of a more domestic nature. While that war slogs along to an uncertain, if not timely, denouement, the […]


WORDS One needn’t be an English major to appreciate the beauty of our language.  It adapts easily to new things, even when it faces the resistance of purists who don’t want it to change. Take “irregardless” as an example.  (And I certainly wish someone would.)  Like it or not, it’s a word.  Admittedly, a nonstandard one, but it sounds to […]

Not Another Teen Movie

Well, the Ukrainian people are in the third week of enduring the Russian invasion of their country.  Well, this most recent invasion anyway.  It’s still the biggest story on cable news, but I’m beginning to wonder how long it will be before American Attention Deficit Disorder kicks in. President Zelenskyy is most everyone’s favorite head of state these days, and […]

Pardon My Mush

Texting is not my thing.  It’s convenient for notifying one’s lunch partner that one has been seated at a table out of sight of the entrance to the restaurant, or asking busy friends to call when they have a few minutes to chat.  Sending, receiving, and checking for texts isn’t something I do on a daily basis, particularly when I […]

He Made Me Write This

After a reread of a novel I hadn’t picked up in decades, I discovered a particular passage that commented on the human condition in a particularly insightful way.  It was rather surprising to find as the author isn’t revered, so I had planned to share it here.  But he is making me write about something else. I planned to write […]