Garrett: Consumer loyalty is a strange thing

We consumers are a strange lot when it comes to brand loyalty.Consider this: If Nike wants to put its name on a billboard, the...

Garrett: Much to be thankful for, even if we often aren’t

I was in a bad mood Saturday evening.I was cold, tired and wet . . . really wet. Myself and 90,000 others had just endured...

Garrett: Sports are beneficial to our youth

Is there a better tool than youth sports for helping our children build confidence, develop social skills, and learn life lessons?I would argue that...

Oden: Degree of 'redneckedness' makes us one big happy human family

What makes a redneck? The much maligned socio-economic stereotype is much more complex than urban -- and those who profess to be “urbane” --...

Oden: The power of pickling

I found a gift on my desk last week. It was something unexpected and never before experienced in my six-plus decades. Knowing I am...

Garrett: It's finally topless weather

I stuck my head out the door Easter morning, and was greeted by the sound of chirping birds and — more importantly — the...

Oden: Putting old Sling Blade to rest for the final time

Terminal condition is how to best describe the status of the old acquaintance of mine who lingered through the fall months before succumbing to...

Oden: Cat cheese, loafer guts and cursive writing’s decline

One of my coffee table acquaintances recently remarked on the decline in simple penmanship displayed by so many young people. He had just tried...

Oden: Why I picked up a shotgun after four years

The last time I picked up a shotgun and turkey call was four years ago, almost to the day that my last tag was...

Garrett: Stay out! This is my room!

If twins are supposed to share some sort of special sibling bond, mine apparently didn’t get the memo.My son has a heart approximately the...

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