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Prince Valiant

September 30, 2019

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Prince Valiant, as many of you know, is a character in the comics of the same name, Prince Valiant, which appears every Sunday in my local newspaper, The Tuscaloosa News, and I’m sure many hundreds across the nation. Prince Valiant’s life is a study in surviving a never-ending series of catastrophes that occur with astounding […]

Landings and Take Offs

September 3, 2019

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A few weeks ago, as I was walking my dogs, I saw a squadron of about fifteen geese on their final approach to a beautiful and graceful landing. They were in delightful formation, descending and weaving in and out of as they aimed for a lake at the old University golf course over by the […]

The True Beginning of African Slavery in the Americas

August 25, 2019

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By now, unless you are a hermit or living under a rock, we all know from the avalanche of media that slavery began in America four hundred years ago, in 1619, with the arrival of a Dutch ship off the coast of Virginia with some African slaves they traded to the Virginia colonists for some […]

The Good Old Days

August 17, 2019

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Occasionally, like so many people my age—I’d say older than fifty or sixty—I revisit the “good old days” and remember nostalgically how much better life was in the good old days. The President even was elected in 2016 with his version of the good old days with his slogan, “Make America Great Again.” He’s running […]

Birds Away!

August 17, 2019

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A few weeks ago, we had a happy morning for those of us in the Clayton household. Fred and Henry, our baby Robins, left their nest and took flight! I felt like a new father. And I witnessed it all just as dawn was breaking through the trees and backyard to the east, which is, […]

The Art of Work

May 26, 2019

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The Art of Work Two words thrown together that many find antithetical, or at least a bit contradictory, are “art” and “work.” We all know that artists have to “work” to make their art. And we also know a guy going into the coal mines of Walker or Tuscaloosa County is also engaged in “work.” […]

Stories from a Southern Yankee

May 26, 2019

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Stories from a Southern Yankee That of course is a contradictory term. How can one be a Yankee and a Southerner to boot? My Southern family—all South Carolinians–never quite forgave my parents for allowing me to be born in New Jersey, and while they loved on me, I was occasionally reminded that I was the […]

Rich and Poor

May 25, 2019

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Rich and Poor Kathleen Parker’s Op-ed Jan. 29 borrowed a few lines from literature to make her points. “Let them eat cake” was of course attributed to Queen Marie Antoinette of France when told the peasants were starving for lack of bread. The fact that there is absolutely no proof she ever made the statement […]

Unity and Diversity

May 25, 2019

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Unity and Diversity Today we as Americans are struggling with one of the most formidable challenges in our history. Are we going to open our borders and let everyone in, or are we going to seal the borders and keep to ourselves? Or, should we do as we have generally done over the past three […]

On Dogs and Dating Services

December 2, 2018

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As I was checking out a few weeks ago with my $uper duper dog food at one of the several pet supply stores in town, I thought back a bit to when I was growing up. I think all pet food was in the local grocery store and the big choice was bags or cans, […]