Trees, please

Trees, please

I love trees, and not just the ones sporting the colorful leaves. As a boy, my favorite outdoor hangout was in a tall oak in our side yard. I once dared climb so high that I could peer through the top and see the water tower in town, three miles away. The adrenaline...
We’re number one!

We’re number one!

With college basketball season still on the horizon, none of North Carolina’s major sports teams can loft their pointer fingers and shout “We’re Number One!” — so politics have come to the rescue: a recent report by the Center For Public...
Sermons should be free

Sermons should be free

The ongoing flap over Houston’s mayor subpoenaing sermons from five pastors who were instrumental in promoting opposition to the city’s new anti-discrimination ordinance has raised questions as well as eyebrows, not to mention gasps of disbelief. The flap...
A walking cliché

A walking cliché

There’s nothing original about saying that life is a journey, not a destination. A quote to that effect is often attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson, but at least one “Quote Investigator” has been unable to find it in Emerson’s writings. The...
Wrong way?

Wrong way?

Election season is approaching that frenzied time when debates get hot, when accusations fly, and truth is vastly less important than rhetoric. One can hardly watch TV without a spate of gag-inducing campaign commercials, and then there are the signs that populate the...
Bigger than words

Bigger than words

I could be called a word man, I suppose — whether writing, reading, editing, teaching, or preaching, I’m dealing with words. And I like words. Love them, and the way they can be so expressive or descriptive or evocative. But sometimes words fail. How can...