Season’s gratings: songs on my last nerve

Have you heard the recent brouhaha over “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer” and the “Baby It’s Cold Outside”? Apparently any one can find any reason to be offended by any thing these days. Small wonder some people can make it through the grocery without having a nervous breakdown. But I digress. …

Car wash chaos

I love the feeling of leaving the local car wash with a sparkling clean car. It puts a smile on my face and pep in my step the way a new outfit or fresh haircut would. What I dislike is the act of going through the car wash. For something …

Lamenting the trick-or-treats of days gone by

I remember the Halloweens of my childhood as one of the most anticipated holidays of the year, right up there with Christmas and Easter. We planned costumes for months in advance and mapped out trick-or-treat strategies like four-star generals before a major battle. Mom served chili for the traditional pre-trick-or-treat …

A bad case of carbonation

Do you remember reading the story that circulated about exploding biscuit cans? It went something like this: woman goes to grocery and buys a can of biscuits—let’s say Pillsbury Golden Flakes for our purposes. On her drive home, the can of biscuits explodes, sending bits of dough flying through the …

A green bean by any other name…

As a child of the south, I long ago learned the role of a good white half-runner in southern cuisine. From cook-outs and potlucks to Sunday dinners, this summer staple is as much a part of meals as the fried chicken and cornbread. Almost as important as white half-runners themselves …