NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- I try to love Nashville because of its country-music heritage. Whenever I visit that city, I listen to WSM on the drive up to get my mind right, and I wear a plaid shirt that snaps and old blue jeans. It's a matter of reverence. Nashville ought to be different, somehow.
I am not normal. This, I learned from a news story 35 years ago. The details have faded with the passage of time, but the gist of it remains clear. Some expert had crunched a bunch of numbers in search of the "average" human being, the planetary norm, and found that she was an 8-year-old Japanese girl, living in Tokyo. I don't fit that profile; I'm willing to bet you don't, either. So as a matter of statistical fact, I'm not "normal" and neither are you.
Barring a terror strike or an Ebola outbreak to distract us, the 2016 presidential election seems headed for a gender identity showdown. Within days of the release of Caitlyn Jenner's Vanity Fair cover photo, Republican presidential candidates were being asked to comment, while conservative pundits were warning of a political apocalypse.
The game had ended and the players were leaving the field, all except for one 8-year-old.
The Starkville Board of Aldermen received a good report on the status of the new city hall at a recent board meeting.
Several years ago, I heard Republican strategist Karl Rove give a most eloquent answer to a question about his faith, rendered here from memory: Faith is a gift that, unfortunately, I have not received.
An estimated half-million boys play high school basketball, but few play it as well as Robert Woodard II.
The culture war against Christianity is picking up speed.
The folks at CBS have a hit series on their hands, if last week's debut of the new "reality" series "The Briefcase" is any indicator.
It wasn't quite "Call me Ishmael," but "Call me Caitlyn" made a whale of a splash.
If you have ever attended a workshop or seminar that focuses on communication, you are familiar with this exercise: The trainer whispers a bit of information -- usually a sentence, maybe two -- into the ear of the first person, who turns and relays that information to the next person.
Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird, it's a plane, it's ... something to regulate! It's a story as old as the nation. Fear of misuse tracks technology like a bloodhound. Got to have some new rules!
Tuesday, voters in Mississippi's First Congressional District will go to the polls to choose their representative in the U.S. House.
Just the holiday leftovers included three bags of Scoops, a 46-ounce container of cashews, a bag of Skinny Popcorn, a half-indulged container of coffee and cookies ice cream and half a bag of empty Coke cans.
Does George Pataki really think he can win the nomination? Rand Paul? Rick Santorum? Whoever announced this morning?
Just 10 years after the Wright brothers had delivered the first airplane to the newly formed U.S. Army Air Service, aircraft were playing an important role in World War I.
The other night at the theater (no kidding) I happened to be sitting by a woman who, before the curtain went up, was telling a story about a mouse, an English mouse.
To whom shall I address this? To Rufus Ward? Robert Snow? Bunky Williams? Or to Birney Imes himself, there in the middle and running the show, because I feel I've known you all for ages and that you've just dropped by.
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