I am often asked about the origin of local place names. There is a lot of history associated with names and their origins.
Family gatherings always allow for the conjuring up of old memories. Grown up siblings begin their tales: Sister says, "Remember when we lived over in east Columbus and we put the Christmas tree in that front window and... Brother interrupts, "No, we didn't live in that house. We put the Christmas tree in the front window after we got to the new house." Sister insists, "No I'm sure it was in east Columbus."
Surely he's finally gone and done it now. Donald Trump, insulter extraordinaire, was bound to cross a line too far. Two days before Thanksgiving, he made many people feel nostalgic for the merely obnoxious Trump when he mocked a reporter with a physical disability, displaying a level of cruelty and meanness heretofore only suspected.
OXFORD -- Halloween. Thanksgiving. Christmas. Bam, bam, bam. The trifecta of holidays. The middle one was this week. Like a middle child, it becomes lost in the shuffle.
Jeb Bush has dropped into single digits in the polls -- and that's just among Republicans in his home state of Florida. What happened to the man with all the money, top name recognition and, according to last year's political sages, a clear shot at his party's presidential nomination?
It is time for the rollout of a new batch of Christmas and holiday commercials.
Today is Thanksgiving and among older celebrants, it is as much a time for reflection on Thanksgivings past as it is for the holiday we observe today.
The world's problems are best solved with old friends around a warm fire in the kitchen stove in Fishtrap Hollow.
There are many harvest festivals around the world, but Thanksgiving as we know it is a unique American holiday.
Like many others, I can't resist academic studies on happiness. They often come up with persuasive reasons some seem to be happier than others. I'm always on the lookout for pointers.
One week, Beirut and Paris; the next week, Mali. The nightmare is young. Where next?
If the purpose of terrorism is to terrify, the Islamic State had an extraordinary week. Brussels, capital of the EU and command post of mighty NATO, is still in panic and lockdown.
1. Ask Rufus: The stories in a name LOCAL COLUMNS
2. Roses and thorns: 11/29/15 ROSES & THORNS
3. Froma Harrop: What happened to Jeb Bush? Too much money NATIONAL COLUMNS
4. Kathleen Parker: We look in the mirror and see ... Donald Trump NATIONAL COLUMNS
5. Shannon Bardwell: The way we remember it LOCAL COLUMNS