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It’s a good thing feds don’t control weather

David McCoy is taking a break. This column originally ran Feb. 12, 2010.

November 30, 2013 | David McCoy | Columnists


Pecan Pie for the Mind: Hold fast to things that mean the most

Editor's note: Columnist David McCoy is taking a break. This column was originally published in July, 2011.

November 16, 2013 | David McCoy | Columnists


Swallow this with some 'writer water'

It's been almost five years since I started Pecan Pie for the Mind, and I've finally succumbed to the classic "writing about writing" device that so many use to rattle off a quick column.

November 09, 2013 | David McCoy | Columnists


Use noise to your advantage

It's really hard to hear people sometimes, isn't it?

October 26, 2013 | David McCoy | Columnists


Leave it to the professionals?

My recent "do-it-yourself" oil change debacle brought me to a painful crossroads: Do I keep fiddling with this myself, or do I let a professional help me?

October 12, 2013 | David McCoy | Columnists


Too bad we can't return government

The U.S. government has stopped working, and that really ticks me off.

October 05, 2013 | David McCoy | Columnists


McCoy: How to be nice

I've met some nice people in my 53 years: people who are specialists at making others feel good about life and good about themselves. We've all come across these folks, and I'd like to share some of their actions that have impressed me.

September 28, 2013 | David McCoy | Columnists


Feeling a little ‘scent’-imental

We find powerful scents all around us, don't we? Go to the mall, and you can almost see the pink clouds rising from the perfume counter. Visit the grocery store, and you'll be bombarded with scented detergents and shampoos and soaps. Sit in any meeting, and you'll whiff dozens of perfumes and aftershaves, if you're lucky. Toilet water, colognes, deodorants, detergents - it's a treasure trove for the nose, everywhere we go.

September 14, 2013 | David McCoy | Columnists


You can't measure love in horsepower

Back in the mid-seventies, my Uncle Jack took me "window shopping" at a huge car auction out in the Georgia countryside.

September 07, 2013 | David McCoy | Columnists


Time to swear off expensive watches

Editor's Note: This column by David McCoy was first published Sept. 17, 2010.

August 31, 2013 | David McCoy | Columnists


Let sleeping ancestors lie

Could you explain our present day to one of your ancestors?

August 24, 2013 | David McCoy | Columnists


Why did the armadillo cross the road?

"Why did the armadillo cross the road?" is a trick question, if I judge armadillo road crossing skills by what I've seen on the interstate this summer.

August 10, 2013 | David McCoy | Columnists


Cleaning? Use dirty tricks

I'm not trying to move in on Heloise's turf, offering snappy "household hints" to my readers, but we're chasing dust bunnies and candy wrappers with our vacuum cleaner, and I wanted to share a few of my own cleaning tricks.

July 27, 2013 | David McCoy | Columnists


I’m a don’t-do-it-yourselfer

I had a bit of time to burn last week and wasn't totally sure what I'd do with my short taste of freedom, so one of my friends asked, "Don't you have a 'Honey Do' list?"

July 13, 2013 | David McCoy | Columnists


McCoy: Summer, when defenses and tops are down

She was a beauty, resting just a few feet away from me on the main drag that goes through downtown Athens, sitting there soaking up the warm summer rays.

June 29, 2013 | David McCoy | Columnists


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