• May 6, 2015

Odessa American: Nathaniel Miller

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Nathaniel Miller

Nathaniel Miller

  • Unlike other Odessa American columnists, Nathaniel Miller is actually not a West Texas native but a transplant from San Antonio. Miller graduated the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2009 with a degree in English, focusing on professional writing.
Thursday 04/16/2015
MILLER: It’s a sad day when you finally realize your parents were right
Posted: April 16, 2015 - 6:00 am

I was probably about 5-years-old when the game Mortal Kombat was first released in the arcades and for the longest time, my mother refused to purchase the game on our home console.

Thursday 04/09/2015
MILLER: Call Chris Carter, I have an episode idea for him
Posted: April 09, 2015 - 6:00 am

Wednesday 04/01/2015
MILLER: Actions by teacher deepen color of Permian’s already blackened eye
Posted: April 01, 2015 - 8:00 pm

The saying goes why let one bad apple spoil the whole bunch. But when the fruit coming from the tree keeps coming up rotten, shouldn’t it be time to start looking at what is wrong with the tree?

Thursday 03/26/2015
MILLER: If people kill people, why do we still need more guns?
Posted: March 26, 2015 - 7:30 am

Last week, it was reported that a police officer with the Ector County Independent School District accidently discharged his service weapon while trying to clean it.

Thursday 03/12/2015
MILLER: Daylight Saving Time is a bad practical joke
Posted: March 12, 2015 - 7:30 am

The whole purpose of Daylight Saving Time never made any sense to me.

Thursday 03/05/2015
MILLER: Being lazy does not always mean being right
Posted: March 05, 2015 - 7:30 am

A few years ago, a couple of my college buddies and I decided to take a trip to our favorite watering hole and have a few to blow off the steam from a long week.

Thursday 02/26/2015
MILLER: Not even your best work will get recognized
Posted: February 26, 2015 - 7:30 am

I’d like to start this column off by pointing out that I have no formal training when it comes to film reviews, other than I’ve watched a lot of them.

Thursday 02/19/2015
MILLER: Believe it or not, people are not mind readers
Posted: February 19, 2015 - 7:30 am

I was never a believer in the end of days, but there are things happening in this world that sometimes makes you scratch your head.

Thursday 02/12/2015
MILLER: Remember, the Alamo is not going anywhere
Posted: February 12, 2015 - 8:30 am

A couple of months ago, I threw a bachelor party for my best friend back in San Antonio and dragged one of my coworkers with me because he had never been to the greatest city in the state.

Thursday 02/05/2015
MILLER: I wrote this column. What my editor did after was outrageous
Posted: February 05, 2015 - 8:30 am

We’ve all seen those type of clickbait headlines before. A friend on social media posts some video about how something you never expected will blow your mind.

Thursday 01/29/2015
MILLER: The real controversy is next Monday is not a holiday
Posted: January 29, 2015 - 8:30 am

During the dead week that leads up to the Super Bowl, the national media has done nothing but talk nonstop about New England Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady, their coach Bill Belichick and deflated footballs.

Thursday 01/22/2015
MILLER: This one is all about the cookie
Posted: January 22, 2015 - 8:30 am

There are defining moments in people’s lives where they realize they have to put away childish things and start being an adult; moments that really test your willpower and resolve.

Thursday 01/15/2015
MILLER: Greg Abbott seems determined to protect Texas from itself
Posted: January 15, 2015 - 8:30 am

I might get a lot of flak for this, but I believe that Gov.-elect Greg Abbott and President Barack Obama have more in common than the former would care to admit.

Thursday 01/08/2015
MILLER: Sorry for all of those who have teenagers in their lives
Posted: January 08, 2015 - 6:00 am

This past week was the first time in my life that I’ve driven across the state with a 12-year-old and I do not plan on doing it again anytime soon.

Thursday 12/25/2014
MILLER: There’s only one film that’s acceptable to watch today
Posted: December 25, 2014 - 6:00 am

It’s only acceptable that I start this column off by wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas.

Thursday 12/18/2014
MILLER: Texas A&M sets these jokes up all by itself
Posted: December 18, 2014 - 7:00 am

It was announced earlier this week that outgoing governor Rick Perry could be honored by his alma mater, Texas A&M, by getting a building named after him.

Thursday 12/04/2014
MILLER: Don’t just go and Netflix your children’s name
Posted: December 04, 2014 - 8:00 am

Growing up, I always hated my name.

Thursday 11/20/2014
MILLER: If there’s no rest for the wicked, why am I so tired?
Posted: November 20, 2014 - 8:00 am

Thumbing through this edition of the Odessa American, you probably saw a story I wrote about spending two hours as a volunteer bell ringer for the Salvation Army.

Thursday 11/13/2014
MILLER: Cue up Aerosmith, someone landed on a comet
Posted: November 13, 2014 - 8:00 am

If space exploration is your thing, then the past week has to have been some of the best times of your life.

Thursday 11/06/2014
MILLER: I don’t need your Civil War, Marvel
Posted: November 06, 2014 - 8:00 am

The best part of being a geek in this day in age is that all the other geeks out there are finally getting their say into what is now cool.

Thursday 10/23/2014
MILLER: In a world of choices, there needs to be more
Posted: October 23, 2014 - 8:00 am

Just like everyone else, I’m a big fan of choices.

Thursday 10/16/2014
MILLER: Ebola is now easier to get in Texas than family planning
Posted: October 16, 2014 - 8:00 am

The latest news on the Ebola virus front is that a second health care worker in Dallas has been diagnosed with the virus after taking care of Thomas Eric Duncan.

Thursday 10/09/2014
MILLER: Supreme Court misses opportunity to make final ruling
Posted: October 09, 2014 - 8:00 am

On Monday, many Republican politicians — appropriately — responded silently to the United States Supreme Court’s decision to not review challenges of lesser courts’ rulings to overturn gay marriage bans.

Thursday 10/02/2014
MILLER: Fighting with your friends is sometimes the best way to kill time
Posted: October 02, 2014 - 7:00 am

After two hours of sitting in front of a television screen, our eyes were strained, dry and blood-shot.

Thursday 09/25/2014
MILLER: If I’m going in a coffin, it needs to at least have wi-fi
Posted: September 25, 2014 - 7:30 am

The subject of death is never an easy topic to talk about. Unfortunately, it’s one of those things that needs to be discussed at one point or another amongst family.

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