Rick Watson

3 days 19 hours 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...
1 week 2 days 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...
2 weeks 3 days 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...
3 weeks 3 days ago
It is a wonder I never got hooked on tobacco. Most of the people I adored during my formative years smoked, dipped or chewed, but for reasons I will explain later, I never did. I remember my grandpa Charlie Watson smoking as he sat in his overalls on an oak stump the size of a No. 3 washtub. None of those sissified filtered smokes for him. No...
4 weeks 2 days ago
School starts back this week for many areas around the country, and I spent time reflecting about my early days in school.  Some kids would rather step barefoot on a rusty nail than go back to school in August. Fortunately, the first bell did not ring until after Labor Day when I was a kid, and I was excited to begin my education. My...
5 weeks 3 days ago
People often ask how I come up with column ideas. Back in 2007, it was easy. A zillion ideas floated around in my head like yellow jackets on an apple core in summer, but I have written, tossed or forgotten all those. These days my ideas tend to evolve and if I were paid for all the time I spend writing each one, I would be a wealthy man....
6 weeks 3 days ago
There are places in this world that seem magical. The Cliffs of Moher in Ireland, Cathedral Rock in Sedona, and the edge of the Pacific just off Highway 1 near Half Moon Bay in California come to mind. However, there are places like this much closer to home.  Jilda worked late this afternoon, and I had been to a community meeting. On the...
7 weeks 3 days ago
A dream last night about an old Army buddy sparked an idea for this  column. We have not talked in over 20 years, but I think about him often. Doug McGraw and I transitioned out of the Army in early spring 1973. I moved back home that spring and tried to find work so that I could begin the next phase of my life. The phone rang one evening...
8 weeks 3 days ago
Life is messy. The view from the highroad is more scenic, but there are always detours, and I find myself on bumpy roads more than I woud like.  One part of doing right is being kind to Mother Nature’s critters. A good example is when I wrote recently about relocating the chicken snake caught in the nest of the henhouse, instead of...
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