Here are a few things I believe. I’m sure I’ll leave out many. I’m sure many people in the history of this old world have said the same things. I didn’t read them, though. They may not be original, but they’re original to me. Or from me. Whichever.
The truth is seldom more evident than when being vehemently denied.
If a rumor is spreading, and no one is willing to deny it, it’s true.
The trouble with a democracy is the people get exactly what they deserve. Sometimes it works too well.
I don’t blame the politicians. I blame the people who elected them.
Sometimes, if you do something really stupid, God will turn on you.
The last thing I ever want to do is live too long.
No one should be unduly sad over the loss of a life that has been long and productive.
If the players ever start laughing at a coach, he’s had it. (Or, she’s had it.) When the going gets tough, the jokes will reemerge.
Character is revealed by the way people play pickup basketball games.
In sports, most women have better attitudes than men. They make the best of their weaknesses. They are less prone to pout.
Fiction is hard. It isn’t worth it if you don’t love what you write.
Many people don’t tell lies, but most tell fibs.
Ask 100 people what they are making, and at least 80 percent will tell you more than they are.
Lots of people tell the truth, but few tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
If everything had the inflation rate of sports and education, we’d be buying loaf bread with a wheelbarrow full of greenbacks.
I’ve known alcoholics and potheads. The alcoholics were worse off.
One reason kids smoke pot is it’s easy to get. The dealer never demands ID. Beer and weed are both illegal for teens.
The most significant right not enumerated in the Constitution is the right to stupidity. Without it, our culture and civilization would grind to a halt.
Shielding kids from the world retards their self-reliance. It’s like keeping a dog in a pen. Let him or her out, and he or she runs wild.
I would rather use a presumptive feminine pronoun than use one (their) that disagrees with what it describes. (“That person lost their mind.”)
The Utah Jazz should not be plural. Jazz is singular. The marketing preferences of a “brand” should not override grammar.
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I’ve written five novels and a collection of short stories. I’ve also written a number of books about sports, mostly about NASCAR. You can find most of them here.
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My new novel is a western, Cowboys Come Home. Two World War II heroes come home from the Pacific to Texas.
I’ve written a crime novel about the corrosive effects of patronage and the rise and fall of a powerful politician and his dysfunctional family, Forgive Us Our Trespasses.
I’ve written about what happens to a football coach when he loses everything, Crazy of Natural Causes. It’s a fable of life’s absurdity.
I’ve written a tale of the Sixties in the South, centered on school integration and a high school football team, The Intangibles.
I’ve written a rollicking yarn about the feds trying to track down and manipulate a national hero who just happens to be a pot-smoking songwriter, The Audacity of Dope.
I’ve written a collection of 11 short stories, all derived from songs I wrote, Longer Songs.
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