Snakes!

Let's be honest: School buildings, especially high schools, are typically rather large facilities. They've got lots of infrastructure running throughout them, numerous entrances and exits, differ ...

I just need a stamp

It's not uncommon for my 7-year-old daughter, Charley, to disappear into her bedroom for long periods of time.  I can hardly blame her, seeing as how it's kind of like a fun house in there. She's ...

Fifteen years

I still remember pieces of that day. Of the week that followed. Sept. 11, 2001. Fifteen years ago today. So much has happened in the decade and a half that has since passed. All the little things in o ...

The 'High Water' mark

It's Labor Day Eve (is that a thing?) and I'm sure more than a few of you will spend the next couple days squeezing the last little drops out of summer. There will be trips to the lake. There wil ...

Orange crack and football's back

It's here, folks. No more waiting. No more pondering and pontificating. It's game week. College football has arrived. The national pastime, or at least the Southern pastime, will return this week, sig ...

The fire ant shuffle

Life is really a series of extraordinary moments surrounded by unending normalcies.There are the good extraordinary moments (the birth of a child, a promotion at work, a vacation overseas, etc.) and t ...

The coast beckons

For months I've seen the pictures. If you are on Facebook or Twitter or other some other form of social media, you've likely seen them this summer too. Shots of people lounging in chairs on the sand a ...

Get your back-to-school ski boots

Summer is waning.I know, I know. I'm not sure where it went, either. Nevertheless, the majority of the season is in the rearview mirror.Sure, there's a little bit of summer left for all you kids out t ...

Sixty years is long enough

When people are young, they often put on like they'd rather be anywhere else but at school. I was one of those.And yet so many of us would spend hours at the school after the regular day ended, partic ...

New furniture and fancy dogs

We all know a good marriage is a give and take proposition. At least it seems that way to me.When you bind your life to someone else, and you're dedicated to it, you do so knowing you can't win e ...

Burnt ends and arthritis pills

Sometimes I think we take for granted that we live in a big, unique, melting pot of a country, one that is cut up into distinct regions filled with diverse people and cultures and traditions and landm ...

A smartphone quandary

It can get a little hectic around our house on weekday mornings.I'm sure it's the same way for many of you, especially if you have kids.Granted, it's not quite as crazy during the summertime, when sch ...

Chris Trainor: BBQ and a shove story

There's a lot going on this weekend, what with everyone celebrating the Fourth of July. I'm certain more than a few of you have spent the weekend grilling out, cutting watermelons, swimming at the lak ...

Chris Trainor: What, no 3-pointers?

There is one thing I've always known, and that no one can deny, about Greenwood: This town loves restaurants. All things considered, Greenwood is a small town. Growing and improving, mind you, but sma ...

Chris Trainor: The magic forest

Like most rational people of a certain age, I'm not a big fan of bugs. Now, I'm not against the very idea of bugs existing or anything. I understand that insects have a role to play on this amazing pl ...

Chris Trainor: The biggest kid in the room

Worlds used to collide down on Branch Street. Well, when we were 12 years old, it felt like worlds colliding. Looking back, it was really family coming together. We just didn't know it yet. You see, w ...

Chris Trainor: Moms don't stop

Good morning, moms. By the time many of you read this, the Mother's Day festivities will likely already have begun. For some, the morning might have included a "special" breakfast. Perhaps even breakf ...