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Columns

  • Reflections: Christmas Gifts

    A radio commercial I like is the one where the guy practices being excited about receiving Christmas gifts that he really doesn't want. I listened to it and laughed, but then I realized I find myself in the same situation every holiday.

    What I really don't understand is how some of these gifts have remained on the market for years.

    My favorite useless gift that has been given for decades is the fruitcake. No one really eats fruitcake. I think they just pass them on. The fruitcake you got five years ago may be the same one you got this year.

  • True Faith: Take it back!

    "Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered." (Psalm 32:1 NIV)

    Along with my brothers and several other sometimes-rowdy boys, we would walk along the banks, wade in the long creek that runs from behind the abattoir and parallels several of the long holes on the front, and back nine of the High Point Municipal Golf Course.

  • From the Kitchen: Celebrating New Year's Eve at home with family and friends

    Growing up in the northern part of our country usually meant snow and ice on New Year's Eve. This also meant that we rang in the New Year from our own living room on many of those years. Of course, there was no shortage of celebration complete with streamers, noisemakers and party hats! For the most part the evening was spent with our immediate family and a few friends who lived close enough to walk (or snow-shoe, if necessary) over to our house for the traditional counting down of the minutes until the New Year arrived.

  • True Faith: Freedom from religion?

    "The nobles of the nations assemble as the people of the God of Abraham, for the kings of the earth belong to God; he is greatly exalted." (Psalm 47:9 NIV)

  • From the Kitchen: Only 5 days 'til Christmas!

    If anything like mine, kitchens everywhere have had a steady stream of baking and cooking going on during this entire month. This year I am finished early with all the baking of treats that Jim likes to have around and that we give as gifts. My big table is cleared and everything put away for another year and now I am going to enjoy the remaining days leading up to fixing Christmas dinner.

  • Reflections: Only doctors can bury their mistakes

    My wife and I were talking about our doctors and how they have changed over the years. For one, they no longer make house calls. You're lucky if you can even get an appointment in a doctor's office nowadays.

    Doctors are so busy they only take clients by referral. If they're full up,you can't even get an appointment with a referral. My wife's doctor has so many clients he doesn't even know her. He has to look her last visit up on his computer to know what happened the last time she was there.

  • Fishing Lines: Best winter fun is offshore

    Happy Holidays, everyone.

    The recent cold front brought in some much-needed rain, but blew into town like a named storm.

    This front will likely be the final straw for flats fishing out front, which is good news for those with go-devils, jet foot propulsion and, of course, airboats.

    The deeper creeks in the backcountry can really hold a good mix of fish in the winter. Often times, from one anchor you can catch reds, trout, sheepshead, flounder and black drum, often in impressive numbers.

  • From the Kitchen: Appetizers share the holiday buffet table or pair with your favorite bottle of wine

    This is the time of year when we are attending functions celebrating the holiday season. This usually means sampling many different kinds of foods set out on a buffet table including appetizers. These are best described as a variety of tasty finger foods.

    For more intimate settings, such as your own living room in front of a warm glowing fire, something as simple as a plate of sliced cheese (or container of cheese spread) and a few tasty crackers and a glass of your favorite wine (or non-alcoholic beverage) and a good book will make for a cozy and entertaining evening.

  • Reflections: Christmas and the art of giving

    It's the same thing every year. My wife and I heatedly discuss what we will buy everyone for Christmas, and in the end we buy what she wants. At Christmas, it seems, I am just a laborer elf. Well, this year it will be much different because most everyone will be getting gift certificates. That will take a whole lot less effort and time.

  • Fishing Lines: Stave off winter 'til spring arrives

    Is this October or December?

    The sun sets like it is December, but the daytime highs feel much more like fall than midwinter.

    And it seems as though the fish are confused as well. Normally by this time, the trout and redfish have become well established in the area rivers and deeper tidal creeks, but many trout are still out front on the edge of the flats as if it were march already.

    My guess is that the next cold front (which has not been forecast at this writing) will be the "coupe de grace" that finally persuades them to head for their usual winter haunts.