OPINION: Even murderer Charles Mason has a shot at marital bliss
I read with amazement that Charles Manson is soon to marry 26-year-old Afton Elaine Burton, or Star, as she is most often called.
OPINION: In the 1960s, dentists seemed to be more ominous
When I was a child, if given a choice between being buried to my neck in a fire ant bed or going to the dentist, I would have chosen the fire ants.
OPINION: Middle age has a way of dimming your view
I was one of the lucky ones, being a little over 50 before my eyes suddenly revolted, turned against me and forced me to order food in fancy restaurants by playing point the finger at an item and hope for the best when they bring the plate.
OPINION: A Halloween carnival by any other name is still processed-sugar sweet
Forget Santa. Give out the “wrong” treats and you’ll get on the kids’ naughty list.
OPINION: Mountain climbing just does not have much appeal
Let me know when they get a driving tour for ascending Mt. Everest going.
OPINION: The U.S. opted to import this deadly illness
Ebola is one import America could live without.
OPINION: Its hard to look too tacky at a Florida theme park
Universal has great rides, all designed to see if a human being can withstand being upside down at the speed of light while turning at a 90-degree angle. The Hurricane and Princess fare pretty well on such rides. I, on the other hand, now need a full time chiropractor.
OPINION: Nudity on the first date can cause some problems, especially with the first dance
As a general rule, blind dates are a bad idea. Blind dates that involve the couple being naked and filmed by a cable TV crew are even worse.
OPINION: Applause at church services still can be uncomfortable
We’re still stuck between modern times, where it is OK to applaud church activity, and old-time doctrine, where clapping in church was considered giving the person praise and not God.
OPINION: The dreaded red solo cup prophecy comes to a head at the Miss America pageant
Every generation has those who predict the end of the world is near. Finally, a sign that cannot be denied has appeared — on national TV, to boot.
OPINION: NFL star Ray Rice got off easy in court after decking his wife in an elevator
The only shocking aspect of Ray Rice knocking out his future wife was how shocked the NFL appeared to be that it happened.
OPINION: Fast-food workers demanding $15 an hour takes the cake
This new movement may actually be much better than Obama’s health care plan in that I will finally be able to quit eating fast food because I will not be able to afford it.
OPINION: Its a big snooze in the Southland on Saturday
Weak opponents make for some weak games.
OPINION: Nineteen kids gives a whole new meaning to being devout
Jill Dillard, who’s mother, Michelle Duggar, has 19 children, looks to be off to a fast, productive start in her own marriage.
OPINION: With the cash lottery proposed in L.A., everybody wins
The chance for a lottery payout could be just the thing to get voters back to the polls.
OPINION: There is at least one sensible reason for jumping off a high object
Many of the things we have accepted as great truths turn out to be bogus.
OPINION: Glowing nuptial reports brush over real life
According to newspaper accounts, the average newlywed just hit the romance jackpot and nothing but clear sailing, fortune and fun await the glowing couple.
OPINION: Some 'great inventions' could be done without
There’s no pathway back to the simpler good ol’ days.
OPINION: Determining winners and losers entails mulling records both on field and at the police station
Auburn is ready for another run at a national title … or the SEC cellar.
OPINION: Soccer fans get excessively excited over boring stuff
According to recent reports, the United States may be finally joining the world in its soccer craze.
OPINION: Golf continues to mar otherwise pleasant strolls
Clubs that drive the ball further only make me go deeper in the woods in search of my golf balls.
OPINION: Reard Day is Aug. 4, and bring your wedding ring
For those who say the French have done nothing to celebrate, take a look at what happened on July 5, 1946.
OPINION: Why is it that when you get comfortable with something, someone improves it?
The designers of these new-fangled cars have me swigging Geritol at all hours of the day.
Methodists swap out ministers regularly, unlike Baptists where a pastor is often there for life
We got our new preacher Sunday and, I must admit, I was favorably impressed. I, of course, have to say this or he’ll put me on the pastor parishioner’s committee.
OPINION: There is nothing like a giant lizard movie and pricey popcorn on a Sunday afternoon
The disaster at the concession stand is usually worse than anything the hero of a disaster movie has to deal with.
OPINION: There is nothing like peer pressure to advance your basic skills
Football camp is another stage in growing up.
OPINION: When ice cream harkens, what's a little scratched paint?
An expedition to obtain some ice cream cones becomes an expensive and somewhat embarrassing endeavor.
OPINION: You can guess a star's occupation by the woman whos with him
After watching far too much sports, truisms on affairs of the heart emerge.
OPINION: A study by Johns Hopkins knocks out last two fun health foods
The sad results of a recent study indicates resveratrol, the so-called healthy ingredient in red wine and chocolate, doesn’t actually improve health.
Mark McCormack, sociologist at Durham University in Britain just completed a study about heterosexual males and how they interact.
OPINION: Its a classical situation, music-wise at least
Banned to the outdoors, Some Pig formerly known as Valentino has stormed back inside, laying claim to the sunroom sofa.
OPINION: A mother's concern over a child being cold disregards such trivialities as the actual temperature
One constant of motherhood is an inate concern that, regardless of how hot it is, a cold front could suddenly rush in and find her child jacketless.
OPINION: The explosion of rights in the U.S. could lead to a lot of rich, single Americans
If you snooze through history class, you may think your rights are restricted those actually found in the U.S. Constitution and its amendments.
OPINION: A dog is a security system worth its weight in baseballs
An inpromptu “Easter egg” hunt before mowing reveals a collection of used chew toys … but no neighbor’s cat.
OPINION: Repeating the question will not make me know the answer
When it comes to answering questions, no means no.
OPINION: Reality shows include subtle hints that the reality is not real
One can watch the show “Naked and Afraid” to learn how human beings react to extreme conditions, how they adapt and work together, blah blah blah. Or, one can watch it for the reason I do — because it has naked people on it.
OPINION: The only certain thing is not death or taxes, it is studying what often is the obvious
British study doesn’t instill a need to amend the 5-second rule for dropped food.
OPINION: The Ten Commandments might look different after Congress got through with them
If God had given the Ten Commandments to Congress instead of Moses, they probably would read a whole lot different today.
OPINION: Being on the cutting edge of fashion this year has a tough requirement
Announcing sexual preferences seems to be the in thing for 2014.
OPINION: What dim bulb had the bright idea to kill the incandescent light bulb?
America is purportedly the land of freedom, if you don’t count the freedom to read by adequate light.
OPINION: Manatees, it turns out, are a lot like buddies back home — slow, fat and docile
While manatees seem relatively benign, giant man-sized fish that look hungry are nothing to play with.
OPINION: Adult beverages and opportunities to bid on boar hogs don not mix
Nothing says Valentine’s day like an 800-pound hog that’s named Valentine.
OPINION: Drones could be the answer to safely quenching your thirst
FAA drones on for 74 pages about how flying beer in by remote control is against the rules.
OPINION: In my day, we didn't close school for any reason
The losses of real recess, merry-go-rounds and algebra will take their toll on the latest generation.
OPINION: Even the time-honored excuse of drinking too much does not excuse Dennis Rodmans behavior
Dennis Rodman claims North Korean Dictator Kim is really a good guy, despite the executions and imprisonments that he imposes at a whim.
OPINION: Coping with California traffic is hard, especially with conflicting navigators
Dependence on electronic driving guidance is something that needs recalculating.
OPINION: Art tours of the future may include preserved tattoos
An Amsterdam entrepreneur rocks the art world with his plans to preserve his tattoo after he dies.
OPINION: Strong religious faith is a cornerstone of the Duck Dynasty family
We live in an age where everyone except bald-headed men wait to be offended.
FEATURES COLUMN: Memories are good, but nothing to experience again
A missed fall on stage stymies the career of a would-be thespian.
OPINION: As an Auburn fan, his wishes have already been fulfilled
So, how do I again explain that Santa may not bring the Segway? After all, I already got my Santa Claus when Auburn qualified for the national title game in the luckiest football season in the history of college football.