Posts Tagged ‘serving the burned side down’
March 26, 2012 by Alison Grisham
Almost two years, and now 85 columns ago, I began writing Serving The Burned Side Down. I didn’t set out to enlighten anyone or change the world, but I hope I’ve made you smile once or twice. A few people have asked me about the title of the column, so I thought I’d take a minute to answer as I say goodbye to the Washington County Observer. A few years ago, I decided I didn’t want to write in silence anymore. So I started to look for writing opportunities of any sort. The first one I came across was a contest at Nightbird Books, in Fayetteville. It was a six-words memoir contest, and two hours before the con- test deadline arrived, I flew in the door and submitted my entry. If you’re not familiar with it, a six-word memoir is just as it sounds. It’s a description of life in 6 words. Legend has it that it began with Ernest Hemingway, who was once asked to write a story in just six words. His response was: “Baby shoes for sale: never worn.” Leave it to Hemingway. Just a few poignant words that manage to say so much. And so began …Read More...
February 24, 2012 by Alison Grisham
I’m not much of a sports enthusiast. I mean, sure, I enjoy events like March Madness as much as the next girl. But that’s re- ally more about gambling than it is about sports. I can’t resist a bracket. If someone started running brackets for, say, on-deck shuffleboard, I’d probably be on a retiree’s cruise to St. Kitts right now, just to get a piece of the action. In terms of regular sports though, I’m just not that interested. I don’t know who won the World Series last year, or when the next Olympics is starting. I’m not sure if Pete Sampras still plays tennis and I’d be hard pressed to tell you which team Peyton Manning plays for … although my son just screamed, “the Colts, dummy.” So color me enlightened. Here’s what I can tell you. I know that Chris Evert and Greg Norman were married for about 18 months, that Wade Boggs is a sex addict, and that Tonya Harding was responsible for an assault on skater Nancy Kerrigan more than a decade ago. I know that Pete Rose was banned from baseball, that Tiger Woods cheated on his wife (a lot), and that beloved golfer, Payne …Read More...