Does “Can” Equal “Should”?

On October 10, marriage equality came to North Carolina when Max Cogburn, a federal district court judge, ruled that the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling in Virginia’s case also applied to NC’s Amendment One. For a little while after Judge Cogburn issued his ruling, I had the following thought: “While we celebrate this good news, we […]

Don’t Get Above Your Raisin’

“Don’t get above your raisin’ ” is one of those uniquely southern sayings, like “Bless your heart”, “How’s your mama and ’em” and any phrase with the word “fixin’ ” in it. You don’t hear it so much anymore, it was dying out as my generation came along. But, I did hear some old-timers use […]

I’m Related to People Like That

A few years ago, I heard comedian Blake Clark (of “Home Improvement and numerous Adam Sandler movies) talking about seeing the movie “Sling Blade” with his wife in Los Angeles. Clark is from Georgia and his wife is from Texas and they had a different response to the movie than their fellow theater-goers: like every other […]

The Two Faces of the South

Before I say anything else, I want to profess my love of the region I’ve lived in all my life. It has formed me, nurtured me and helped make me the man I am today. In many ways, the southeastern United States is a world unto itself and there are many good things here. Family […]