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When I was a kid, I frequently re-read a book titled “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” in which our titular character has, well, a less than ideal day.

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Out of the many, many annoyances, great and small, we encountered during this year of nightmares we call 2020, one of the ones that hit me hardest was the closing of movie theaters.

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Following Tuesday night’s presidential debate between President Donald Trump and challenger and former vice president Joe Biden, there were a lot of criticisms of what was widely perceived as a disaster of an evening.

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As the writer of a weekly opinion column, it is, to some degree, my role to weigh in on the major events of the day.

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For most of us, the shelter-in-place precautions we’ve taken during the coronavirus pandemic have been more irritating than life-threatening.

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Like so many people, I have a tendency, whenever I have a dull moment or two, to pull out my smartphone and tap on that Facebook or Twitter icon.

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With school out for the summer and our local children doing their very best to avoid even the appearance of academic engagement of any sort, you’d think things would be a bit quiet on my end, given my frequent focus on educational matters.

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There has been a lot of grumbling from some in cinematic circles that modern filmmaking is too tied up in the dubious business of fueling the fires of franchise obligations.

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I remember the halcyon days of my youth, when responsibilities were fleeting and easy to put off and schoolwork was mostly an afterthought.

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I was in high school when the shootings at Columbine High School occurred, finishing up my freshman year at Monroe Area High School.

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For all the perennial complaints of schools teaching to the test, of students boxed into one size fits all educational approaches and our national educational apparatus seemingly on the brink of collapse at all times, I think a lot of people should take the time to actually drop by the schoo…

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I make you one promise that will hold true for the next 18 months and beyond, as we suffer together through the terrible national tragedy that is presidential campaign season: I will not announce my candidacy for president of the United States.

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The arrival of a new year brings many changes, from the simple — like trying to remember to write a new last digit on the year when drafting a check — to the profound — new meetings, new family members, new opportunities, any or all of which can occur when we least expect it.

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The role and position of a newspaperman is one of maintaining a perennial balance between confidant and interrogator, between insider and outsider.

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Of late, we hear a lot of bad news, no matter where we’re getting our news.

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They say — that shadowy cabal of anonymous proverb quoters which goes by the name “they” — that after a certain age, you no longer feel older on your birthday, but on the birthdays of your children.

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On Tuesday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominations for their annual award show, that minor show biz event we colloquially dub the Oscars.

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Living this deep in the Bible Belt, I’ve never been terribly surprised that almost every public meeting I attend in Walton County starts off with prayer.

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One of the advantages of my job is it gives me a lot of excuses to go places most people won’t, or can’t, and get a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of various aspects of Walton County.

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As we fast approach All Hallows Eve, when we take a day to celebrate the darker, spookier side of life, it seems this year that things are already a bit scarier than average.

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We tell children of the importance of reading, but how many of us mean it?

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One of the big movie releases this weekend is “First Man,” the new film from Oscar-winning director Damien Chazelle, depicting the astronaut career of Neil Armstrong.

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Seasons are less times of year than actual places, landscapes that overlay familiar environs we inhabit, transforming them into new vistas.

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As I’ve emphasized more than once, the aspect I often enjoy most at Friday night football games in the county has nothing to do with the teams on the field, but the marching bands who take over that field at halftime.

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As an inveterate film buff, I have a probably unhealthy interest in the annual pageant of nonsense and flim-flammery we officially designate the Academy Awards.

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College football has a strong gravitational field as a topic of discussion and, yes, often obsession.

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Compared to most sub-cultures online, book readers are relatively sedate compared to other, flashier forms of media and culture.

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Many of you in my regular coterie of readers may have wondered in recent months where my trenchant insights into politics have gone.

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On Wednesday, my brother called up from his benighted home in Florida — seriously, I think that place is probably cursed, especially in his parts around Gainesville — to give us the good news: the baby he and his wife are expecting will be a little girl.

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We recently celebrated a national day of recognition for what makes this nation the great place it is, celebrating the freedom and joy that we all feel as Americans with a commemoration of our greatest achievements.

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I’ve said many times before one of the constant joys of my line of work is the opportunity to experience new things, meet new people, try new activities and explore new avenues of possibilities.