November 19, 2017

I make my living with the language, but there are times when particular words or phrases make me want to shred my dictionary.

Last week, for example, someone sent me an email that used the word “synergize.” This isn’t a new word —  after some research I discovered it…


November 18, 2017

I have been blessed for most of my professional life to have jobs that leave little or no room for complaining. The pay has never been great, but I knew that going in. If I wanted bigger paychecks I could have started an obedience school for cats.

The worst thing about my writing career is that it…

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November 17, 2017

It’s hard to remember a season finale that had quite as many storylines going in as Sunday’s final race at Homestead-Miami does.

Two NASCAR champions will hang it up on a day when the sport crowns its 2017 champion, and one of the sport’s marquee names announced Friday that she,…

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November 12, 2017

The available seats seem to be running out in one of the wildest versions of NASCAR musical chairs in recent memory, and maybe the wildest ever.

A major question was given a fairly predictable answer when Stewart-Haas Racing announced Aric Almirola will take over its No. 10 car next season,…


November 11, 2017

A few weeks ago, a car screeched to a stop in front of a business. More startling for the people working behind the windows was seeing the man behind the wheel using the face of his female passenger as a punching bag.

“It looked like he had pulled her head into his lap,” a witness told…

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November 06, 2017

HOUSTON – When things go wrong, it can be difficult to see one's own role in the problem.

Without mirrors, human eyes can see only the outside world and the imperfect people around them. The pressure of expectation and the frustration that comes with not meeting it can cloud that vision.…

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November 05, 2017

Another Marvel superhero movie opened this weekend, and as usual, I was among the fans packing local theaters.

I love superhero films, an affection rooted firmly in my love of comic books, which in turn can be traced to my older brother, Rob.

Rob is a comic book connoisseur. He started…


November 05, 2017

Can you imagine how easy it must be to work in the marketing department at Martinsville Speedway?

Ever since Bristol was reconfigured and the track’s appetite for destroyed race cars was curbed, Martinsville has picked up the title of NASCAR’s go-to destination for mangled metal and…


November 04, 2017

Another Halloween is behind us, and it is increasingly obvious that trick-or-treating has forever changed, mostly for the better. Better candy. Better costumes. But fewer trick-or-treaters at the front door.

It might be different today because of the memorable times we had during the heyday of…

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October 29, 2017

There are still four weeks left until we know who is crowned the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion.

We do already know who it won't be, and that list grew to include one season-long favorite in last week's cutoff race at Kansas Speedway.

When Kyle Larson was felled by a blown engine, it…

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