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Singer-songwriter, columnist, psychotherapist, spiritual advisor. Lives in Oxford, MS, the home of many best-selling authors including, most notably, Nobel Laureate William Faulkner.


This year’s crop of cicadas is unlike any before. So-called “Zombie” cicadas (almost exclusively males) are infected with a fungus that causes their fannies to fall off, taking their genitalia with them. I think Mother Nature is having a heyday with this one. She’s taking off male sex parts, giving them a huge dose of…



They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. But I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth, nor do I live in an ivory tower, so I’d say they’re barking up the wrong tree. I often wait in the wings then pull out all the stops. Seldom have I bitten off…

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Collective Chaos

There’s a lot to be said about the good things that have happened as a result of the Coronavirus. Parents have spent more time with their children and their spouses, resulting in closer family ties. Friends have gained a deeper appreciation for friends they’ve not seen in a year. Because of the tragic deaths of…

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Notes in My Phone:Part One

I have 371 notes in my cellphone. While there are a few old grocery lists and reminders about people’s names scattered among them, most of my notes are things I’ve pondered or things someone said that caught my ear. Here are some of my favorites from 2017 through 2019. If she thinks my tractor’s sexy,…

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Meet Me in the Ether

Meet me in the etherwhere the fog lies heavy like a blanketclutched by the fingers of the earth,where spirit moves on the face of the deep,beckoning to languid lovers,passions ebbing and flowingin rhythm with the cosmos. Meet me in the etherwhere all time is now, all places, here.Stand with me, face to face,hand to hand,…

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We walk,but we do not talk—at least not with words.I prefer the silence.I can hear you better that way. (Originally published in “The Local Voice”, Oxford, MS)

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The Teacher Named “Darkness”

(Inspired by the work of National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda S. C. Gordon at President Biden’s inauguration.) Only a year ago we stepped into the abyss ― a tunnel, barren of light ― this generation’s congregational dark night of the soul. Some of us crept at first, blindly bracing ourselves against the cold walls of…

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I saw you walking – the two of you – arm in arm, hand in hand, leaning against each other in the rain, no umbrellas or raincoats, just two jersey hoodies, certain to protect your heads until they themselves are saturated, which won’t take long – not in this downpour. I know why you walked…

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Things That You Should Know

Before we go much further there are things that you should know. I’m too scared and nervous to let my feelings show. I may look self-assured, but, you know, that’s just a show, so I had to tell you baby, these things that you should know. This poker face I’m wearing hides all my yearnings,…

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“In our finest hours, though, the soul of the country manifests itself in an inclination to open our arms rather than to clench our fists.” Jon Meacham,The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels President-Elect Joe Biden characterized the race for the presidency as being much more than vying for the highest office…


Georgia on My Mind

The race for the Presidency may be all over but the whining, but the race for the ability to effectively govern still hangs in the balance. Since 2014, Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) has had a choke hold on legislation once it reached the Senate. Since 2016 he has played the role of the…

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Scared Yet? Just Wait

We don’t need Halloween as a fear factor this year. There’s plenty of scary stuff out there already, and what makes it the scariest of all is the fact that the dangers are real. We’ve been wearing the most frightening masks possible for nearly eight months now – masks to help protect us and others…

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Interview with a Fly

The most exiting two minutes of the Pence-Harris Vice Presidential Debate on October 7 was due to the sustained presence of a fly on the head of the Vice President – a fly that stood its ground and would not be moved. It appeared that the fly was noticed by everyone EXCEPT the Vice President.…

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Things That Go “Trump” in the Broad Light of Day

(DonkeyHotey/Flickr) From ghoulies and ghostiesAnd long-leggedy beastiesAnd things that go bump in the night,Good Lord, deliver us! (traditional Scottish prayer)             Very little scares us more than the unknown. These days there are plenty of known things to scare the literal hell out of us. COVID-19 has killed more than 200,000 Americans. Unemployment rates soared…

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A Transitional Presidency?

Randy Weeks Joe Biden has called himself a “transitional” candidate, suggesting President John F. Kennedy’s famous words from his inaugural address: Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans… If Joe Biden truly is a transitional…

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The Case for Non-Masking

Randy Weeks             Last week I was on a cross-country domestic flight from Tennessee to California. A pilot who was dead-heading wore a mask below the nose the entire way. There were several discussions between the pilot and an attendant, but the attendant either failed to ask the pilot to wear the mask properly, or…

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Loving Kanye

Randy Weeks Kanye’s in trouble―at least that’s how it seems. A lot of friends of the rapper-evangelist-Presidential candidate―and those terms aren’t necessarily mutually exclusive―have publicly expressed concern over Kanye’s recent erratic behavior. Kim Kardashian has talked openly of her worries over her husband’s mental state. Reportedly diagnosed with a bipolar disorder, Kanye supposedly doesn’t…

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JOHN LEWIS: His Truth Is Marching On!

Randy Weeks                                                                                                 (Photo: AJC.Com) We have lost a great champion of justice and equality in our nation and world. John Lewis, son of Alabama sharecroppers, Lion of the Civil Rights Movement, and U.S. Representative from Georgia died at the age of 80 on Friday, July 17, 2020. While another massive part of the heart…

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