Comfort the allicted and afflict the comfortable

Comfort the allicted and afflict the comfortable

A long-time friend and life member of the National Rifle Association met me for breakfast this week and smiled. “You raised a lot of ruckus with your column about the NRA and Colorado,” he said. “I know some folks who want to beat the crap out of you.  When I explained to them what your […]

Political reporters are tired as hell and they’re not going to take it anymore

Political reporters are tired as hell and they’re not going to take it anymore

Many Americans say they are fed with up the relentless, bitter partisanship that runs rampant in political campaigns in this highly-contentious, seemingly non-stop Presidential election year. They aren’t alone.  Reporters, photographers, videographers and bloggers on the campaign trail say they’re tired as hell and they aren’t going to take it anymore. Writes Mark Leibovich, chief […]

A life well lived

A life well lived

When Ethel McPeak graduated from Willis High School in 1941, she knew she wanted more out of life than some of her classmates. So she and her best friend Gaynor set off to see the country, spending her first year after high school traveling.  At one stop, they spent the night at the Mineral Springs […]

The sounds of thunder

The sounds of thunder

He snapped awake at 0500, a full 30 minutes before the alarm was set to go off.

For more than 30 years, he had been waking up at 5 a.m. It didn’t matter which time zone he was in or even if it was daylight savings time. When the big hand was on the 12 and the little one on the five, he was awake.

In this economy, even Santa has it tough

In this economy, even Santa has it tough

Craig McTavish — a.k.a. Santa — has the beard. He has the belly. He even has a few tricks up his sleeve, like pulling up to parties on his Harley-Davidson in full Kris Kringle garb. But there’s one thing he doesn’t have: work. For freelance Santas, this holiday season has been more “no, no, no,” […]