Some past mistakes apparently don't go away

Published: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 03:28 PM.

The recent public dustup involving Paula Deen has me more than a little worried. Initially I paid little attention to reports about the obnoxious comments she made causing her such a firestorm of trouble.

I figured it to be just another instance of celebrity mouth running without a brain involved. Does anybody remember Mel Gibson?

So I put it out of my mind and didn’t think much more about it. I chalked the episode up to a gastro-larynx disease that’s sweeping the nation — verbal diarrhea.

She caught it and got fired but I’m all for consequences of bad behavior. It serves her right.

Oops, imagine how surprised I was to learn her transgression occurred three decades ago! That stopped me in my tracks.

I’ve done and said a bunch of bad things in my life but always figured time outran them. The thought they could follow me through 30 years of advancing years was truly sobering.

Thankfully, I’m not a celebrity so my future doesn’t hinge upon the general public’s perceptions of me. However, I still couldn’t dodge the Charles Dickens shock of being visited by "ghosts of mistakes long past," of which I have many.



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