My South

A few weeks ago, I stopped by the forks of the river in Sipsey on the way home. Normally, there are several people there sitting in folding chairs, shooting the bull and watching time pass at the speed of a slow-moving river. more

Jan 17, 2018 9:33 AM Columns

I’ve been at a creative low tide since November. Usually, when I get in a slump I simply wait it out. But that tactic wasn’t working this time. So many times in the past when I found myself flailing, I did a mental reset and got back to the basics. more

Dec 20, 2017 2:27 PM Columns

What’s pink with jingle bells around its neck and goes hippity-hop through the mud and snow? more

Nov 15, 2017 9:23 AM Columns

When talking with a friend recently, I mentioned that coming up with fresh ideas for this column was sometimes a struggle. When the muse is on vacay, I use a wacky toolkit to help me get through it. more

Oct 19, 2017 10:00 AM Columns

Back in July, Father’s Day got me to thinking about the mentors in my life. My father taught me things that have been vital throughout my life. more

Sep 20, 2017 9:35 AM Columns

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Aug 18, 2017 12:33 PM Community

A word of warning: This is a bittersweet story about a tiny critter that lived next door in the home of Jilda’s brother, Ricky, and his family. more

Jul 26, 2017 3:35 PM Community

My South By Rick Watson more

Jun 22, 2017 11:09 AM Columns

By Rick Watson — Fishing more

Feb 23, 2017 11:04 AM Columns

"My birthday is later this week, and I decided to buy myself an early present, but I didn’t realize it would require a walk back in time to find it." more

Dec 22, 2016 10:46 AM Columns

Now the countdown can begin for Christmas at the Watson household. more

Nov 21, 2016 5:08 PM People

November is Adopt-a-Senior-Dog Month, which is an idea I can embrace. more

Oct 25, 2016 2:05 PM Columns

The month of October is not for pluviophiles (people who love rainy days), because it’s one of the driest months in the South. But it’s probably the favorite month of the “philes” that love sunsets. more

Sep 28, 2016 3:57 PM Columns

Quality and quantity are two concepts we face almost daily in our lives. We find ourselves making decisions based on one or the other. For some, quantity is key. But some prefer quality. more

Aug 31, 2016 10:59 AM Columns

Like most people my age, I started doing chores early in life. Some tasks were more enjoyable than others. more

Aug 12, 2016 12:11 PM Columns

Snake’s surprise helps lesson sink in. more

Jul 1, 2016 12:00 AM Columns

Have you ever taken a good look at your hands? Hands hold subtle clues that can tell the story of your life. more

Jun 1, 2016 12:00 AM Columns

This morning when I moved some magazines to make room for two mugs of steaming coffee, I accidentally knocked a yellow glass ball off the table. more

May 1, 2016 12:00 AM Columns

Before he rolled his window up and headed to the store, I told him if there was anything I could do to help, let me know. In reality, there’s little anyone here on Earth can do. more

Feb 1, 2016 12:00 AM Columns