I write because I can’t sleep.

Sometimes I can't get things off my mind and they keep me up at night. Here are some things I've wanted to stop thinking about....

1st Rule of Trump Club Is: Never Stop Lying

By Paul Thomas Zenki

Because the fight is never over … Damned if I didn’t stumble across yet another article today by yet another befuddled onlooker wondering why in the hell Matt Gaetz doesn’t just hang it up and go home. Nobody likes the guy, even in his own party. And after all, it costs a person exactly nothing […]

Southern Pecan Pie: A Personal History

By Paul Thomas Zenki

This recipe is easier than it used to be … When I was a little boy, a pecan pie was a helluva lot of work. Especially for the kids. I was born on the Florida panhandle in what used to be a fishing village, but grew up in a Georgia mill town. Our house stood […]

What “Bless Your Heart” Really Means in the South

By Paul Thomas Zenki

If you think you know, you don’t … Lord have mercy, if I have to hear another Yankee say that “bless your heart” is Southern for “you’re an idiot” — or worse — I think I might just blow a gasket. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t entirely blame non-Southerners for this misunderstanding. I have a sneaking suspicion […]

How to Roast Savory Sweet Potatoes

By Paul Thomas Zenki

Everyone asks for this recipe … There’s this one dish that I know, if I haven’t made it for someone yet, they’re gonna ask for the recipe once they taste it. It’s that good. And you can serve it with just about anything, frankly. It’s totally vegan but makes a great side for meats, a […]

Bet You Can’t Name Half the 10 Commandments

By Paul Thomas Zenki

No peeking, now … How much would you bet you can name at least 5 of the 10 Commandments? I’ll give you two-to-one odds. Tell you what, let’s bust it down to three. Only three. You don’t have to get them verbatim, either, the general idea is close enough. Think you can do it? OK, […]

This Pick-Your-Bean Dish Goes with Most Anything

By Paul Thomas Zenki

It’ll become your go-to, trust me… My older brother showed me this recipe sometime back in the ’90s and since then I must have cooked it hundreds of times. Thing is, it’s easy enough to fix as a home staple — I like to make a sizeable batch on the weekend and use it as side through […]

The Epstein Murder: Anatomy of a Conspiracy Theory

By Paul Thomas Zenki

Why we often crave more than mere reality … A wealthy financier playboy, accustomed to a life of jet-setting and cavorting with young women on his own private island, is jailed for underage sex trafficking. He’s been busted before and set free, more than once. This time, he knows he’s staring at a possible life […]

This Cool Potluck Dish Takes Just 10 Minutes

By Paul Thomas Zenki

It’s tasty, healthy, good looking, and almost sinfully easy … There’s times you really want to pull out the stops for a potluck and fix that specialty dish everyone asks for — rum cake at Christmas, three-tier dip for the Super Bowl bash, hot and spicy deviled eggs for the family reunion, that sort of thing. Then […]

How to Make Authentic Piedmont Style BBQ

By Paul Thomas Zenki

Careful, though — it might spoil you for everything else … In the Appalachian foothills of Georgia and North Carolina, it’s easy to spot a good barbecue shack — you smell it before you see it. It’s that unmistakably intoxicating blend of hickory smoke, pork, and spices. Inside, you likely won’t find beef or chicken or ribs, […]

Who Really Killed Jesus? And Why?

By Paul Thomas Zenki

What the gospels got right, and wrong, about history’s most famous execution … Pontius Pilate was not in the best of moods. If not for these backward people and their festivals, he would be enjoying a glass of wine at his villa on the Mediterranean coast at Caesarea. Instead, he was stuck in dusty, sunburnt […]