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Being Beautiful: Memories of a boy and his bike

Posted 7/23/2016 in Columns

Daddy won it from an auction one Sunday televised on our big console television while Mama, my brothers, and Uncle Wayne sat around the living room cracking jokes about Jerry Lewis's hairstyle.

 

Being Beautiful: Can we long for someone we never knew?

Posted 7/16/2016 in Columns

I never met my grandmothers on either side of my family, yet I feel a longing for both of them.

 

Being Beautiful: My life has been a tapestry

Posted 7/9/2016 in Columns

Each person's story is a patchwork quilt of memories sewn together by time. If I had a quilt to tell my storied past, what would the squares of fabric reveal?

 

Being Beautiful: Are we stronger than we believe?

Posted 7/2/2016 in Columns

Narrow daylight entered my room. Shining hours were brief." Not my words, but the lyrics of a Diana Krall song that reminds me of my darkest season.

 

Being Beautiful: Dirt roads are just as exciting as yellow brick roads

Posted 6/25/2016 in Columns

One thing that doesn't change much is a dirt road.

 

David Creel: Your rights, their rights, my rights -- and what is right

Posted 6/18/2016 in Local Columns

I am not sure that I have anything new to say about the horrific crimes against humanity committed in Orlando, but I feel compelled to say something, anything really, that keeps the conversation going, that pays respect to the memory of those who lost their lives, that offers solace to their families and friends, and that calls us all to own our part in the open warfare being waged in our cities and towns.

 

Being Beautiful: A Tale of Two Rivers: Mississippi to Rio Grande

Posted 6/11/2016 in Columns

"It's Colorado rocky mountain high. I've seen it rainin' fire in the sky." I have heard this lyric by the late John Denver all my life, but recently it has come to mean a great deal more to me.

 

Being Beautiful: Time stands still, then passes us by

Posted 6/4/2016 in Columns

I remember sitting for hours turning the white knobs left, then right, on that little red square from my toy box.

 

Being Beautiful: Like a child in a candy store

Posted 5/28/2016 in Columns

My favorite book when I was a little boy had to be "Coco's Candy Shop." I traveled across the colorful pages with Coco and friends as we all learned valuable life lessons.

 

Being Beautiful: All the colors of the rainbow, and then some

Posted 5/21/2016 in Columns

There's nothing quite like opening up that yellow and green Crayola lid to get lost in the familiar smell of a new box of crayons.

 

Being Beautiful: Remembering a Prince among men

Posted 5/14/2016 in Columns

"Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life."

 

Being Beautiful: For me, every day is Mother's Day

Posted 5/7/2016 in Columns

Most scars heal on the surface, serving as reminders of not-so-gentle events in our lives. Others run much deeper

 

Being Beautiful: Does anybody remember Victoria Winters?

Posted 4/30/2016 in Columns

Mrs. Stoddard is terribly worried -- all day, every day, and especially at night.

 

Being Beautiful: The wheels on the bus still go round and round

Posted 4/23/2016 in Columns

The big yellow school bus was and is a rite of passage for so many of us. If you lived on Dykes Chapel Road and your mama was still in her duster, it was quite literally the only way to get to the red brick schoolhouse in town.

 

Being Beautiful: Pink: so much more than a color in a box of crayons

Posted 4/17/2016 in Columns

I remember the first time I met her. She called herself "a fan" of my column, and that's why she reached out to me.

 

Being Beautiful: Riding shotgun

Posted 4/2/2016 in Columns

I drove my cars fast when I was a boy. Vroom, vroom.

 

Being Beautiful: Times change, and so must I change with them

Posted 3/26/2016 in Columns

Mama and I fussed over those baskets for hours, filling them with chocolate bunnies, marshmallow peeps and jelly beans.

 

Being Beautiful: Pressing pause on time gone by

Posted 3/12/2016 in Columns

I wonder why we are so darned sentimental.

 

Being Beautiful: Spring is flowering right before our eyes

Posted 3/5/2016 in Local Columns

Spring must be in the air, literally, because I wake each morning to the birds serenading me.

 

Being Beautiful: There but for the grace of God, go I

Posted 2/27/2016 in Columns

Mother Teresa said it best, "If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other."

 

 

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