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Unclog your sink, man

One of the greatest things about the Internet is how it makes the marketplace for information truly worldwide — almost like a “World Wide Web,” or something. A nice bit of writing can find its way to my little ol’ computer screen in Sherman, even if it was scribbled half-a-world away.

Anticipating the fun

Man this week is going slow. I know that this article will hit the streets on Wednesday, which means the week is more than half over, but getting here has seemed slow to me — like pulling taffy slow.

Lessons in cooking

One of the major tasks I’ve assigned myself since moving out on my own has been to learn how to cook for myself. Most people who know me well give me odd looks when I say this. Prior to joining the staff at the Herald Democrat, I worked in kitchens for over a decade.

Ode to the pearl snap

The world of fashion is full of mysteries. Not just high fashion, mind you, but general, everyday business wear. Ties, for example, are a pretty stupid thing to wear. They just kind of dangle there, around your neck, matching or not matching whatever other clothes you wear. High heels, too, are far from what anyone would call practical, unless you are trying to keep yourself from climbing staircases too quickly.

Spend to thin air

Near-field communication is nothing new. The technology, through which two electronic devices in close proximity can communicate with each other wirelessly, was first included in a mobile phone all the way back in 2006, in fact.

Horror can be comedy

While Halloween is less than two weeks away, up until this weekend it really didn’t feel like the season for ghouls and goblins. In an attempt to remedy this, I ended up watching a horror movie marathon on AMC throughout the weekend.

Jack of all lanterns

I’ve already got my eyes peeled for the perfect pumpkin. Every time I go to a grocery store, I’m on high alert. I haven’t taken any action yet — it is, after all, a little early in the month — but I’m ready if the opportunity presents itself. I will find some great ones, and I will carve them. And boy, I tell you, it will be spooky.

Contests and Promotions

False nostalgia

It’s probably silly, because I’m only 23 years old, but I often find myself feeling nostalgic for time periods I was not around for – I call it “false nostalgia.”

Curb the complaining

My wife, Kimberly, has a story she is fond of telling about her little cousin. We often tell it to illustrate what a vibrant — and of course adorable — little girl Kimberly’s cousin, Avari, is.

Speaking Texan

Recently I was looking through some old copies of the paper to read up on something. In my pursuit of the topic I chased, I came across an article about Norman Bennett who, as many people know, was a local teacher, television star and movie actor.

Hello, fall

While fall started a few weeks ago, it wasn’t until a few days ago that it really started feeling like it. Despite the rain and dreary skies over the weekend, I am starting to get excited about it.

Happy birthday, Ike

It isn’t unusual for us to put birthdays in the Good Morning here at the Herald Democrat. It isn’t often though that we get the chance to write an entire column on one such birthday. But today is one of those special times. With that said, I would like to wish a special happy birthday to President Dwight D. Eisenhower.


Recently, Hollywood director David Lynch ignited speculation with a single tweet that his cult television series,”Twin Peaks,” would be returning after 25 years off the air. The tweet quoted a line from the series, saying, “Dear Twitter Friends: That gum you like is going to come back in style!”

‘Tis the season for pumpkin spice

If you’ve walked into a grocery store this week, you know that the season has officially turned. Just as the leaves of the trees have begun to change color to yellow and red, so have dozens of foods changed to their autumnal forms: pumpkin spice.

Clothing becomes intelligent

I’ve ranted a time or two about modern “advances” and the computerization of everything from diapers to doggy doors. Some of the things are great and some are downright disturbing. Today, I’m disturbed.


It’s no secret that I’m a fairly recent college graduate. I’m still very close with a lot of my friends from college and we almost constantly send Facebook chain messages or ridiculous Snapchats to each other.