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Christmas with Cille and Pops

Christmas with Cille and Pops

On Christmas Eve, every Christmas Eve, my grandparents drove down to Birmingham, Alabama, from the town of Cullman, where they lived almost all their lives and where my father was born so long ago. Lucille and Ewing Wallace — or
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The Way Things Really Are

But there are serious downsides as well, and for those of you contemplating continuing to grow older, you need to know this.
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The Results Are In

As for me, approximately 60,000 years ago my people were hanging out in Ethiopia or thereabouts.
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Shakespeare on the Banjo

Genius Wannabe

“What I admire most about geniuses — and why I’ve always wanted to be one so badly — is that a genius can be a wonderful genius, but other than that, really doesn’t have to be smart.”
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Slow Road to Fear

At some point in my early 40s, and for only a couple of years, I developed a fear of heights. I’m sure there’s a name for this — a temporary fear of heights beginning in one’s early 40s. If only
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This Way to Wallace Avenue

This Way to Wallace Avenue

If there is or ever has been an opposite of me in the world — the un-Daniel — I think it would have to be a settler.
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Early Culinary Adventurers

As a general proposition, I think food is a good thing. I love food. Not all food, of course — squid is chewy, and I’d rather eat a pine tree than one of my dogs. But most of what people
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Saved by the Beach

Saved by the Beach

But the wind at the beach is constant, and lighting a cigarette is a challenge.
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Enough with the Gifts

Enough with the Gifts

The best Easter I ever had, though, was in 1976. I was 17 years old — not a kid and not an adult either.
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Longing for a River

Longing for a River

There are some words, like rabid dogs and some family members, that are best avoided.
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