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Words fail me as I try to come to grips with what happened a week ago today in Washington. Many of the first adjectives that come to mind seem to begin with “D”: Deadly. Demented. Disgusting. Disgraceful. Disastrous.

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Carol A. Golly now lives here in Southern Pines. But when she read my Dec. 16 column, headlined “Reindeer, Round Virgins, and God’s First Name,” it reminded her of something that happened when she lived in Florida.

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If you thought I liked David McCullough’s writings, you should sample the several responses I got to my April 29 column, headlined, “Need Some Distraction? — Try a McCullough Book.”

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This column originally appeared May 2, 2007, in the wake of the Virginia Tech mass shooting, which was carried out by a disturbed man and resulted in 33 deaths. (The writer also touched on the subject in a different column on Aug. 28, 2016.)

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Though I can’t improve on the most recent edition of The Pilot’s much-awaited annual Best of the Pines section, please allow me to add an admittedly arbitrary list of some of my own favorite things.

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