It’s Christmas week and I look for hope

It’s Christmas week and I look for hope

It’s here. Christmas week and despite all that happened a few weeks ago, I will look for hope. It’s the season of hope that propels me to tap, tap, tippity-tap, tap on my keyboard. For so long it didn’t feel like the Christmas season and then it snowed on Saturday — about three inches of […]

As the nation turns its eyes to Oxford

As the nation turns its eyes to Oxford

By now there’s nary a soul in the entire United States of America who hasn’t thought of the Oxford community and the victims of a school shooting which left four students dead plus six more students and one teacher wounded from the gun fire. Our community newspaper The Oxford Leader was already ready for press […]

Bah Humbug, it’s the holiday season

Bah Humbug, it’s the holiday season

Let’s start with a quote attributed to Martin Kornfield: “If we all do one random act of kindness daily, we just might set the world in the right direction.” * * * You may not know or believe this, but I am kinda a shy fellow. I don’t care to vocalize what I am thinking […]

This Thanksgiving I am thankful for lots of stuff

This Thanksgiving I am thankful for lots of stuff

Every night I tend to reflect on the hours I was awake that day. Did I fail, hurt or belittle any person, situation or entity (on purpose or unintentionally). If I answer to myself, “yes” I figure out what needs to happen the next day to make things right. (Most nights, thankfully, the affirmative answer […]

The American Community Survey? Yup.

The American Community Survey? Yup.

So the other week I had a local lady come visit me at my Oxford office. She had (maybe still has) some issues about something she and her husband received in the mail. Let’s call her “Virginia.” “Don,” said Virginia with obvious concern in her voice. “I got this survey in the mail and it […]

There was a little kerfuffle down there

There was a little kerfuffle down there

This past Sunday I watched the The Mexico City Grand Prix (previously known as the Mexican Grand Prix) and aside from the vehicles, what I found most entertaining were the (I am guessing) British announcers. Not only did it show they were super excited to be in the broadcast booth, but I loved their vocabulary. […]

What kinds of bacteria live on wads of old chewing gum?

What kinds of bacteria live on wads of old chewing gum?

I cannot believe I forgot to share this year’s Ig Nobel awards with you. Oh, wait. You don’t remember or don’t know what an Ig Nobel Award is? Let’s catch you up to speed. Here’s from their website, “The Ig Nobel Prizes honor achievements that make people LAUGH, then THINK. The prizes are intended to […]

A squishy Halloweeny? The forecast says . . .

A squishy Halloweeny? The forecast says . . .

Yeah, it has been a long and wet summer/fall season. I think since that tree fell on my roof and kilt my house back on Tuesday, June 29 it has only rained 365 days, bringing down about 167 inches of water. (Okay. That could be a wee bit of an exaggeration. Maybe it only seems […]