1 day 13 hours ago
I have been in a love affair for most of my life. I started out younger than most, but I understood at a tender age the power of the attraction.
Before you start thinking that old Rick has lost his marbles, let me explain that my love affair is with coffee.
I remember one cool December morning when I was about five years old. I had...
1 week 1 day ago
There are things we give that will outlive us. This train of thought pulled into my mental terminal a few weeks ago while sitting on the back deck watching our great nephew Jordan play.
His mom had to work late and his Nana had a doctor's appointment, so I picked him up at school.
I asked him if he had eaten. "Only a little...
2 weeks 14 hours ago
It is funny what I remember from childhood. Some memories are fuzzy, but others are as vivid as an Imax movie that comes rushing back at a sound or smell.
This morning was chilly, so slipping on a sweater seemed the wise thing to do as I stepped down for the morning paper.
I involuntarily shivered for the first time this fall. On the...
3 weeks 1 day ago
It is late in the third quarter of my life, and it has finally dawned on me that someday is today.
Someday is a catchall word used flippantly. It is a time we will not find on any calendar. “Yes, we’ll go to Paris someday.” Or maybe, “I’m going back to school to finish my degree someday.” But when is someday...
3 weeks 1 day ago
My office was a mess with months of magazines and stacks of unread books. There were knick-knacks and souvenirs hanging on the wall that had been there for years.
Setting my jaw, I decided it was time to do some reorganization. However, my efforts ended abruptly when I moved some old festival badges and came across a pair of...
5 weeks 1 day ago
I have spent a great deal of time near water these last few days. There is something about waning light at summer’s end, or maybe it is something deeper that I do not yet understand, but I am drawn there. Driving by without pulling in for a few moments is not an option for me.
Like today, Jilda had worked hard on projects that had...
6 weeks 1 day ago
It became apparent yesterday that I have taken the art of procrastination to a new level, one usually only occupied by people dreading to pay income tax or men who must go shopping for window treatments.
I waited until I could hear the deadline whizzing toward me before I sat down to write my column for this week. Even then, I felt compelled...
7 weeks 11 hours ago
We have had long stretches without rain here.
The days are hotter than a dragon’s tongue, and the nights are not much cooler.
These past few weeks, clouds to the west and east had drenched swaths of Alabama, but it was almost as if Empire was under an umbrella.
This past weekend when I checked the radar, it looked...
8 weeks 1 day ago
I envy people like the late Steve Jobs, who was one of the creators of Apple. It was not his wealth or health that was enviable, but his ability to understand with certainty what would resonate with people. Having this gift would be handy. It was what made him wealthy.
Jobs realized from the beginning that not everyone is a computer nerd; some...