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Friars Hill Traffic Report By Sarah Mansheim Managing Editor • Mountain Messenger

Bon Mots from the TwittersphereI don’t Tweet. This is one of the many things that differentiates me from our president elect, Donald Trump.What I do instead, is quake in fear every morning when I...

Rotating the light bulbs and other chores

What a shame that Bill Cosby turned out to be a serial sexual predator (allegedly), because I really miss his parenting advice. Honestly, I used to make a fair amount of my choices based on...

Soccer mom

So, what’s new with you? (dramatic pause) You may be unaware of this, but I am expressly forbidden to discuss politics in the Friars Hill Traffic Report anymore. Which is Such. A. Shame. Because, I would...

Getting it wrong

Remember that time, oh, about a week ago, when I was extolling how busy I was, but it was okay because I knew everything? Yeah. Me too. But here’s what I forgot to tell you: that...

In which the bar gets lowered all the way into the ground

Man, I miss Molly Ivins. Ivins was a Dallas, TX, based political humorist who wrote for the Texas Observer, The New York Times, the Dallas Times Herald and finally, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. She died...

Wash your face with kerosene

I love cosmetics! Ever since I was a little girl, pretending a rhododendron leaf dipped in water was a makeup brush dusted with opalescent fluid, the power of beauty products has never been lost on...

Keep On and Ya Don’t Stop

I’ve got the musical taste of a 14-year-old. This is a good thing, because my daily travel companion is also 14. We get down. What’s great about an hour-long daily commute from Friars Hill to Greenbrier...

Gossip with Sources

Sometimes, when I’m feeling flip, I like to refer to the work I do as “gossip with sources.” In a way, it’s true, but it’s also pretty reductive and doesn’t really reflect the nuance...

Happy camper

My husband doesn’t know me. I swear, he thinks I’m a princess and our mattress has a pea underneath it. You know, he thinks I’m a delicate, feminine flower.My mom thinks the same thing...

Howling at the Moon

Y’all want some dogs? How about some cats? This morning, I was driving my teenager to school and I turned to her and said, “Do you realize that there are nine living things in our...