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February, 2014

  • 26 February

    Warnings

    BY MICHAEL REISIG – Bonnie and I did our weekly visit to “the big store” in town on Friday. Now, my lady is what you would call “an informed shopper,” she reads all the labels, researches products on the web before she buys them, and takes her time with decisions. Me, I’m a guy shopper. I throw a few things ...

  • 22 February

    Timing and Luck

    BY MICHAEL REISIG – I was talking with a friend the other day about timing and luck. I can attest that these two commodities hold far more sway over life than the average person gives them credit for. Sometimes as little as a few minutes, or simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time can be fortuitous or ...

  • 11 February

    Ambition and Motivation

    BY MICHAEL REISIG – Lord, this cold weather is just killing me. Not only is it intolerable for a Southern boy like myself, but it eliminates the opportunity to get out and do anything fun. Aside from working on a new novel, I’ve been spending a lot of time reading about the outdoors, rather than being outdoors. In the process ...

  • 7 February

    Celebrity

    BY MICHAEL REISIG – Throughout the history of the world, celebrity has always held value. In the early days it was monarchs and their champions – warriors of exceptional caliber whose deeds were woven into ballads and tales. Later, in Rome, winners of Olympic games established celebrity, poems were written in their honor, gladiators followed, and later, leaders such as ...

January, 2014

  • 30 January

    The Business of Snake Bashing

    BY MICHAEL REISIG – In about a month things will begin to warm up and we’ll start to see a variety of slithery reptiles warming themselves in the sun, which is not necessarily a good thing – for us or the reptiles. It’s safe to say that the aver­age Arkansan has little love for snakes. Generally, when it comes to ...

  • 24 January

    Taking Time To Smell The Roses

    BY MICHAEL REISIG – I haven’t been doing much communing with the outdoors in the last few weeks. The weather has been bitter by and large, and the constant promo­tion of my new books has occupied a great deal of my time. But this weekend the weather broke, the sun came out, and temperatures warmed, which was unseasonably wonderful. Sunday ...

  • 15 January

    If…

    BY MICHAEL REISIG – If… It’s one of the smallest words in the world, but Webster’s Dictionary has nearly a full page of descriptions and definitions on it. It’s one of the tiniest words in the dictionary, yet it carries some of the absolute largest implications. It’s called a “conditional clause,” and indeed it is. Two simple letters encompass the ...

  • 9 January

    Exaggeration

    BY MICHAEL REISIG – I was sitting by the fireplace with a friend yesterday, drinking coffee and trying to keep away from the winter weather, and he was telling a grand story. I suspected that without a deliberate attempt to be deceitful, some of the story had been embellished, and given the situation that was perfectly okay. But the thing ...

  • 3 January

    Humor

    BY MICHAEL REISIG – Over the years I’ve written quite a bit of humor and still I don’t quite understand it – the variety of forms and the contrasting views on what’s funny and what’s not. The American writer E.B. White once said, “Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it.” ...

December, 2013

  • 30 December

    That One Day…

    BY MICHAEL REISIG – Bonnie and I were sitting on the porch the other day and she was rubbing her shoulder, complaining how it was bothering her again. Years ago we were playing tennis and she had tripped moving into a backhand shot, falling on her arm and damaging the nerve in her shoulder. It never really healed properly. “That ...