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Thursday, September 18, 2014

T.J. Ray

Yik Yak, don’t talk back

Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a closer look at the Yik Yak concern and how school officials are urging parents to talk to their kids about the problem and dealing with it. (April 10, 2014, Page 4A)

Going, going, gone

Local columnist T.J. Ray compares today’s LOU community to one he wrote about six years ago, noting that many of the changes are probably not quite what most people expected in the name of progress and suggesting that you might want to snap a few pictures of your favorite Oxford scenes before they’re gone. (April 4, 2014, Page 4A)

Culture shock

Local columnist T.J. Ray wonders about the world we’re living in today — is there too much superficiality, too little reality — and what it will mean for future generations. (March 27, 2014, Page 4)

Words of warning, alarm and comfort

Local columnist T.J. Ray passes along some tidbits of information and advice, some of it humorous and light-hearted and other serious and also comforting. (March 13, 2014, Page 4)

Learning, teaching and the grades we get, give

Longtime professor and current local columnist T.J. Ray takes a closer look at grades, their importance, what they signify and how they are often determined. (February 27, 2014, Page 4)

Good habits

Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a look at his routines, the advice he’s received from some well-meaning folks and some of the habits that we all make part of our routine. (February 20, 2014, Page 4)

Singing the national anthem

Local columnist T.J. Ray, with the Super Bowl coming Sunday, takes a look at how the national anthem is often sung before big events as well as how it is intended to be sung. (January 30, 2014, Page 4)

Vulgar language becoming more widespread

Looking for signs of the rapid degeneration and trashing of our society? Turn on your television and watch and listen, local columnist T.J. Ray writes as he warns about changing times and norms. (January 9, 2014, Page 4)

Thoughts of cakes, candies make Christmas special

What do you recall about past Christmases, particularly those when you were a youngster? Local columnist J.T. Ray thinks about the sweets his folks made – amalgamation cake, pineapple fudge, fruit cakes, et cetera. (December 23, 2013, Page 4)

Defining moments in sports

Local columnist T.J. Ray recalls a couple of defining moments in sports for him and admits they do affect his perception of and reaction to some of the quirks of the games and announcers. (December 12, 2013, Page 4)

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