When it comes to blown calls fans have long and bitter memories

New Orleans Saints football coach Sean Payton declared on Sunday that his team will never get over what happened in the Superdome earlier that day when a missed call by  game officials opened the door for the opposing Los Angeles Rams just enough to force overtime and ultimately defeat the Saints in the NFC championship … Continue reading When it comes to blown calls fans have long and bitter memories

The worst crime in Stokes County history remains a source of fascination

The first thing you notice is how small the headline is. The publication date was New Year's Day 1930 in the primary weekly newspaper covering Stokes County in that particular time. It's from the now former Danbury Reporter, founded by the Pepper family in Danbury. Today it's known as the Stokes News. It's how things … Continue reading The worst crime in Stokes County history remains a source of fascination

By the numbers: The journey continues into year three on Madison’s Avenue

A little more than two years ago I posed a question to my friends on Facebook. I stated that I planned to begin a writing project online via a wordpress blog. What should I call it? Quickly the folks who responded rallied around a particular name. I provided a suitable photo befitting an alleged writer … Continue reading By the numbers: The journey continues into year three on Madison’s Avenue

If I do have a lot of problems with you people, you’re not going to hear about it

Today -- that's Dec. 23 according to Seinfeldian lore -- is Festivus. It's a completely goofy pre-Christmas celebration / holiday that wasn't exactly fictional even when it was first widely introduced in a season nine episode of the long-running 1990s TV situation comedy "Seinfeld." Yes, Festivus, motto "A Festivus for the rest of us," existed … Continue reading If I do have a lot of problems with you people, you’re not going to hear about it

The lessons and healing from the Pan-Am 103 bombing continue after 30 years

EDITOR'S NOTE: Today (December 21, 2018) is the 30-year anniversary of the bombing of Pan-Am Flight 103 -- a singular event in global history and a major tragedy for hundreds of families, the village of Lockerbie Scotland where the mid-air explosion occurred and Syracuse University where 35 students perished. My wife, Roselee Papandrea Taylor, was … Continue reading The lessons and healing from the Pan-Am 103 bombing continue after 30 years

UPDATED AGAIN: Here today, gone tomorrow: The coaching carousel spins

UPDATED TO ADD LINK to interview with new James Madison coach Curt Cignetti by Adam Smith of the Burlington Times-News and the breaking news Sunday night that Elon is going to announce its new coach on Monday. Monday I added the news that defensive coordinator Tony Trisciani is the new head football coach at Elon. … Continue reading UPDATED AGAIN: Here today, gone tomorrow: The coaching carousel spins