Rick Watson

5 days 13 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...
1 week 6 days 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...
1 week 6 days 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...
3 weeks 6 days 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...
4 weeks 6 days 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...
5 weeks 5 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...
6 weeks 6 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...
7 weeks 6 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...
8 weeks 5 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...
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