Living Columnists


RICH: The yarns of life

Something the other day took me back to a time, many years ago, when I followed the tight, winding roads of the mountains to present myself at the door of my maternal grandmother’s house.

McLEOD: Five steps for creating a Noble Purpose organization

When our firm first introduced Noble Purpose, we had a concept, but we weren’t very systematic in our methodology. It was more hit or miss, getting buy in where we could and figuring things out along the way with our clients.

JENKINS: Four men’s ‘fashions’ that don’t look good on any man

The key is to men’s fashion is to think about what you would wear if you were 17 — and then put on anything else.

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RICH: There’s something about having a pick-up truck

In the South, having a truck is akin to being free.

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McLEOD: The big problem with optimists

Being an optimist doesn’t mean ignoring the facts; it means holding onto your enthusiasm in the face of them.

RICH: A father to remember

It happens all the time. Tink will meet someone new around where we live and, invariably, that person will mention my daddy.

JENKINS: This Father's Day, consider the devastating consequences of fatherlessness

The solution to much of what ails America is for men to ignore what the culture tells us about fatherhood, buck the trend, marry the mothers of their children, refrain from producing children outside of marriage, become involved in the lives of their children, and actively co-parent alongside their wives.

McLEOD: The moment I decided I was in love with capitalism

The beauty of capitalism is that it gives people the power to control their own destiny and to add value to the lives of others.

JENKINS: Raising fearless kids in a scary world

We never set out to teach our kids to be fearless, but it’s true that they are — and that’s not always easy on us as parents. Bad things can and sometimes do happen. And yet, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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RICH: Remembering the great ones like Jim Lofton

There were several of these coaches who I found admirable, albeit sometimes gruff and rough-spoken. All refused to suffer fools or encourage them. I suppose it isn’t fair to single out one, but Jim Lofton always stood out.

RICH: Enough to bury me

My grandmother had a little, black, homemade pouch that stored carefully folded money. Daily, she tucked it inside her bra. “This oughta be enough to bury me,” she’d say.

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JENKINS: What happens when we throw out the rules?

Traditions mostly reflect what the human race has discovered actually works. We abandon those time-tested guidelines at our peril.

McLEOD: Finding grace in the moment

Things don’t have to be perfect for you to make your moment wonderful. When things go badly, the universe is giving you a chance to let your grace shine through.

RICH: The yankee and the pocket knife

Out of the hundreds of columns I have written, that one is, without question, a top 10 favorite. Especially for Southern men. In that essay, I wrote that the sexiest men drive pick-up trucks and carry pocket knives.