Snowflakes versus Courageous Kids, Which Will It Be?

Recently I saw an interesting interview on Fox News.  Tucker Carlson was interviewing author Bret Weinstein, who, with his wife Heather Heying, wrote “A Hunter-Gatherer’s Guide to the 21st Century (Evolution and the Challenges of Modern Life),” It was written over the course of their graduate and post-graduate work. They took selected undergraduate students along on…

The Flavors of the South

What exactly IS “The South”?  It’s not just plantations and cotton, live oaks and Spanish moss, or pecans and pralines, although that’s what many of the “Southern lifestyle” magazines would have you focus on.  There are many faucets to life in the South, from rural to cosmopolitan and from arid to steamy, and I’ve been…

“We Hold These Truths to Be Self-Evident: That all Men are Created Equal”

I'm not so old that I can't remember my elementary school education. In school, kids are taught "English" - which includes spelling and vocabulary. They learn that there is a correct way to spell and use words, what their meanings are, and how to use them so that people can communicate easily, without too much…

The Rules of Fair Play

Like most of the rest of the country, we've been under a 'Safer At Home' order for the last 3 weeks. That even extends to the beaches here - we can look from afar, but can't sit, sunbath, walk, jog, swim, fish, or surf. We're finding ways to entertain ourselves, including plenty of time to…

The Toilet Paper Blog

We are down to 6 rolls of toilet paper.  We stopped at Sam's club last Thursday, thinking to pick up some things we like from there (lobster bisque, salmon burgers, etc.).  We were also going to buy toilet paper.   They were completely sold out -- at least 30 feet of bare shelving.  (And cleaning supplies! …

American History Lessons … part 1

Now that Halloween is over, we have a few weeks to concentrate on Thanksgiving, before we all dive into the Christmas holidays.  I fondly remember this time of year from my childhood.  Remember in elementary school (probably 1st grade) making Pilgrim hats and Indian headbands out of construction paper?  We learned about the Mayflower, Plymouth…

The Jump

I just saw coverage on TV about a father with his 6-year-old daughter at a “swimming hole”.  They were having a great time, and the video shows the father and daughter jumping off the edge of a small cliff, together, into the water.  He’s now being “dad-shamed” for “putting his daughter in danger.”  Yep, I’m…