Thanksgiving, Montreal Style

My plan had been to spend Thanksgiving 2023 with my parents and a few of my siblings on the family farm in the Shenandoah Valley. But, those plans changed about two weeks before the holiday. I received a call out of the blue one evening from my friend David from Burlington, Vermont. I met David […]

Reflections of a Southern Yankee: Time

Time And then one day you find Ten years have got behind you No one told you when to run You missed the starting gun                                 Pink Floyd  Each and every one of our lives is represented by a dash between two dates. My dash began on July 25th, 1973. I have no idea when my […]

Reflections of a Southern Yankee: Ghosts of Christmas Past

As I approach my 51st Christmas, I can’t help but reminisce. All of the trees that were put up and decorated have long since returned to the earth. The once brightly colored crumpled up remains of wrapping paper are occupying a landfill somewhere. The gifts given and received throughout the years are mostly gone, or […]

Reflections from a Southern Yankee: Home Sweet Home

Almost heaven West Virginia  Blue Ridge Mountains Shenandoah River ~ John Denver I had been on the hour and a half ride up Interstate 81 to the northernmost part of the Shenandoah Valley plenty of other times. But, this time was different. This time involved a moving truck. My 6th grade year had ended, and […]

Reflections of a Southern Yankee: The Problem with Prom

I was recently asked by my editorial director if I would be willing to write an article about prom from a man’s perspective. Immediately, I cringed (seriously, I cringed). My first thought was, what on God’s green earth could a 48-year-old man who hasn’t been to prom in 30 years even write about? My next […]

Reflections of a Southern Yankee: Drive

Just a dirt road With trash on each side But I was Mario Andretti When daddy let me drive                         -Alan Jackson They say driving is an art form. If that’s the case, there are a lot of Jackson Pollocks behind the wheel these days. Just yesterday morning on my daily run past Baptist hospital, I […]

Reflections of a Southern Yankee: Screen Time

I am eight years old and sitting in a comfortable armchair downstairs in the den. It’s around 7:00 in the evening. The fading light through the window signals the end of another day. Next to me, a lamp on a small wooden table casts a warm glow upon the room. I am concentrating intently on  […]

Happy Birthday, USA!

The setting sun casts long shadows over a crowd of nearly 100,000 people. They are gathered in lawn chairs and upon blankets, and have come from all over this great country, and in some cases, from all over the world. The sweet summer air is filled with the sounds of laughter, conversations, black cat firecrackers […]

Reflections of a Southern Yankee: Country

There are a few things in life that give you that sinking feeling in your stomach and a sense of dread – the check engine light coming on is one of them. Now, multiply those feelings by 1,000 when it happens an hour and a half from home and in an area where there isn’t […]

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