As a young child passing through my school years, the time of year between Christmas and the coming new year was always a welcome change. School was out of session, there were new toys to play with, and other than our thrice weekly trips to church,...
Recently, I've been thinking about buckets.
Minister and author Norman Vincent Peale said, “Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.”
Dear Santa,My name is Gary. I live in Hillsboro!I have been good and bad this year, so I'm only going to ask for half the things I really need.
Assuming you know Christmas is just a few days away, I have a couple questions for you. Do you do your shopping early, or do you like to wait until nearly the last second? And do you have an artificial or a real Christmas tree?
About this time last year I shared a few of my family's Christmas traditions. We have some that are a bit unique, like going out for Chinese on Christmas Eve, or having a special “Daddy, Daughter, Son Day” to shop for Mom's...
It's hard to believe that Christmas is just a smidgen over one week away.I feel like I'm still getting over the turkey coma of Thanksgiving.
If you spend too much time lingering on certain Facebook pages or websites that are dominated by anger, griping and gossip, even the Christmas spirit will not lift you from a perpetual state of depression.
The time of year has arrived when people are generally a little more friendly and tolerant than normal. They are more apt to hold a door open, wish you happy holidays as they pass by, or give you a friendly pat on the back.
Back in my childhood this time of year would be a very busy time.This was the time we would take our tobacco crop to market.
To start off this column, I'd like to share a scene from one of my favorite sitcoms, ABC's “The Middle.” In one episode, the Heck family is planning their trip to Disney World, which they won thanks to their daughter,...
I had a good cry over an unexpected thing just before Thanksgiving.To most who know me, the crying thing is no shocker.If I feel like crying, I do.
This and that today…Psychotic vampires
Forty-one years ago I posed outside a small block building at Shaffer Park in Hillsboro, along with several other 11- and 12-year-olds, plus three coaches, to have our photograph taken as members of the 1973 Robertshaw Controls “A” League...
Being a teacher's kid, I spent a lot of time on the computer after school, looking up this or that while my mom graded papers or made lesson plans.
The ghoulish apparition banged the gavel and tried to quiet the rowdy crowd.
About three years ago I had the privilege of spending some time on the telephone with Don Grate, a Greenfield native who played both professional basketball and baseball, and to this day holds the world record for the longest baseball throw, according...