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On the Merits of “Service Compris”

Or: Tip? I got your tip right here! I lunched just the other day with a friend at a local buffet that also provides a la carte service. I’ve frequented this establishment since it first opened and was, in fact, the very first paying customer through the door on the day it opened. Which is…
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An Open Letter to Chuck Murphy, The Denver Post

In Response to this editorial. Dear Mr. Murphy, Please forgive my intrusion into your workday. I know how difficult it must be for you to answer emails from the boonies while living the Big City Life in Denver, Colorado, population, 2.5 million and change. We here in Monroe, Louisiana, population 46,500 or so, barely know…
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Musings of a Recovering Journalist

Or: The Perils of Blogs as a Source of Fact. I very rarely post anything to this blog that isn’t a reflection of events in my life, those happenings that are a firsthand experience. As a recovering journalist, I try to avoid speculative posts and rumor-repeating on my blog. Call it a holdover from when…
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Spring in the South

I live in the most magical place on earth. Ask any Southerner and they will say some variation of the above statement with pride bordering on nostalgia. Am I proud of all things Southern? Not at all. There is a lot to be improved upon in my little corner of the globe. Yet, as a…
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A Message of Thanksgiving

Today is the day those of us who live in the United States come together around the dinner table and eat ourselves into the oblivious bliss of nausea before migrating en masse to the sofas and easy chairs and bean bags for football — or as some of us might call it, an afternoon nap.…
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Don’t go there.

Or: No really. Please don’t go there. Most of my friends will tell you I’m a man of very strong opinions. Sometimes, the passion of my opinion gets carried away and the result is not pretty. At other times, a well-reasoned defense of a particular position has been known to change more than a few…
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Monday, funny Monday.

Or: Moving coffins on Labor Day. In addition to my books and to a sometimes-thriving marketing consulting business, I’ve worked as a journalist for the last 9 years. Sometimes full-time, sometimes part-time, but always writing for periodical publications. Most recently, my publisher promoted me to co-editor of a weekly newspaper. It’s a job I enjoy.…
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Résumé

Or: The things I can do to a chicken. Résumé Razors pain you Rivers are damp Acids stain you And drugs cause cramp Guns aren’t lawful Nooses give Gas smells awful You might as well live. Dorothy Parker About a week ago, I spent some time on the patio of a dear friend, enjoying good…
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The art of selling yourself

Or: Why Spammers should be summarily executed. I get a lot of e-mail. My grandmother gets angry when I spend half my time looking at my iPhone and clicking away. She assumes I’m spending my time with her texting some girl random nothings. (“I remember a world before text messages. People talked,” seems to be…
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Among the Things You Realize Living in the South

So I was driving down the road the other day with my friend Russ, when we began discussing the pending collapse of civilization. Relax, we’re not crazy. It was in relationship to a certain local congregation that is hell-bent on preparing for the end of the Western World and, as such, has more than its…
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