“Why is the Meadows subdivision darker at night than it used to be?” That question gets asked a lot lately by folks who reside there in Ringgold, Georgia. Upon returning home in the evening hours after working all day or doing errands, some residents notice it when they enter the neighborhood. However, there are some […]

“Raise your hand if you have any questions.” I refused that offer from many teachers and professors during my elementary school days all the way through my college years, due to my shyness.  For some, it may not be shyness, but a reliance upon their own self-sufficiency. Regardless, struggling alone is a lonely road to […]

I love paperweights. My collection began when my sweet “Me-Ma” cross-stitched a mallard duck and gave it to me, encased in glass. Decades ago, I was given a brass doorknob from my aunt and uncle’s ‘ol furniture shop in Elon, North Carolina. There’s a glass Snoopy I received from an employer who previously used Peanuts […]

“When do you ‘wanna take the Christmas tree down?” Every year my wife and I ask each other that same question. The answer is always the same. “Let’s wait until New Year’s Day.”  Two doors down, our neighbor does something unusual every December. The week after Christmas, he carries his tree to the rear of […]

“Why are you wrapping presents in late November?” Thanksgiving was over and Christmas was approaching. I had put the tree up and my wife was getting ready to decorate it. Gina quickly responded, “Because that will keep you from ruining your surprise by snooping around, looking where you shouldn’t be looking!”   I get it. But, […]