Wednesday, 18 October 2017 08:17

Feel free to share, just don’t dare disagree


It’s a thing now, thanks to the pretty despicable actions that have finally come to light surrounding a predatory Hollywood movie mogul. Those on social media have recently been encouraged to post the “MeToo” hashtag as their status if they have been the victim of sexual assault or harassment in the workplace or at the hands of someone largely holding sway over their livelihoods and careers.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017 08:56

A warm bath and belly rubs cap a wonderful life

My daughter Braelyn was out of the house last weekend, attending her third Lenoir-Rhyne homecoming as a proud alum. And I can’t help but believe, it’s what Ziggy was waiting for.

Wednesday, 04 October 2017 08:01

A special week for your weekly

Municipal government decisions, scouting honors, sports team achievements, business accolades, road project updates, construction proposals, community fundraisers, family activities, barbecues, school bonds, candidate forums, breast cancer patient recognition, personal opinions, photographs and, we hope, at least a tinge of light-hearted entertainment.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017 07:52

Annual golf trip renews our eternal friendships

It started more than 30 years ago, and every year it seems like yesterday.

Basically, our boys’ golfing trip to the mountains began as an effort to prove — to ourselves and plenty of justified doubters — we were old enough to venture out of town for an entire weekend experiencing little or no interaction with law enforcement and returning (with everyone accounted for) with no lingering injuries worse than a few wicked hangovers.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017 07:08

Carosa’s awesome legacy lives on

“Today I shall behave as if this is the day I will be remembered.”

I heard screaming, and I knew it wasn’t normal. I had just gotten back from running errands and carried a few bags upstairs, but I could feel the screaming in my bones, rattling my maternal instincts.

Monday, 28 August 2017 15:25

Racing stereotypes a rush to judgment

What do you get when a Boston Globe writer walks into Bristol Motor Speedway?

Apparently an article aimed at categorizing all NASCAR fans into one political box.

The headline the Globe chose was “NASCAR fans feel divide over Trump.” The article starts with a dismissive tone, saying “you know you’re deep in Trump country” when you enter the rolling hills of Tennessee and the campgrounds near Bristol.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017 08:27

New anonymous messaging app spreads negativity

A new smartphone application called Sarahah is making the rounds, and it’s Russian roulette for your emotions if you choose to download it.

My passion for writing started when I was 8 years old. My east Texas teacher issued a challenge shortly before 10 a.m., the magic time when recess began. Mrs. Jenkins told us that whoever could write the best one-page essay would get an additional ten minutes on the recess field. She would give us writing prompts, and that day’s prompt was “falling from the sky.” I wrote about money falling from the sky, and what everyone who caught it would want to buy.

In last week’s Citizen, we had some fun in the Talk of the Towns section at the expense of those who embrace the concept (or at least some aspects of it) that Earth is not a sphere orbiting the sun as part of a network of moons, planets and stars hurtling through an infinite environment called space. These folks, many of them card-carrying members of an organization called the Flat Earth Society, back a different theory that envisions Earth as a massive frisbee-like disc with continents, oceans, mountains and more positioned along a fairly flat plane surrounded by a patrolled and protected 150-foot-high wall of ice.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017 07:25

The start of something new

Before you start here, read Andy Warfield’s column (go here).

It’s about endings, and new beginnings, and what Andy says about them having a different meaning to every person couldn’t be more accurate, or more appropriate.