• January 27, 2020

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.
Sunday 01/26/2020
MILLER: A mental vacation in the palm of my hand
Posted: January 26, 2020 - 4:00 am

Digging another hole, I kept praying my shovel was finally going to hit the jackpot.

Sunday 01/12/2020
MILLER: Quitting is an option?
Posted: January 12, 2020 - 4:00 am

At some point in our lives, we’ve all wondered what it must mean to be a member of England’s royal family.

Sunday 01/05/2020
MILLER: Here’s hoping everyone gets 2020 vision this year
Posted: January 05, 2020 - 4:00 am

Waking up with a clanging in my head from ringing in the new year a bit too enthusiastically, I walked out of my bedroom to see my better half running down the hallway with a panicked look in her eyes.

Sunday 12/15/2019
MILLER: People still hate “The Last Jedi” for some strange reason
Posted: December 15, 2019 - 6:00 am

If you would have told me 10 years ago we would be getting ready to see the final movie in a new “Star Wars” trilogy, I would have laughed right in your face.

Sunday 12/08/2019
MILLER: Santa doesn’t need a fake cam
Posted: December 08, 2019 - 6:00 am

In “The Dark Knight,” Batman is trying to track down the Joker, but unable to do so through conventional means. It’s frustrating, and not being able to find the Joker means putting millions of lives at risks.

Sunday 12/01/2019
MILLER: Good-bye to where the sun doesn’t shine
Posted: December 01, 2019 - 6:00 am

Some people can talk out of both sides of their mouth. Some people can talk up a storm.

Sunday 11/24/2019
MILLER: Another hater’s guide to the Grammys
Posted: November 24, 2019 - 6:00 am

In this same space seven years ago, back when I was a young punk, I wrote a column about the Grammys and how I believed they were a trash award.

Sunday 11/17/2019
MILLER: Let Legend be the sexiest man we deserve
Posted: November 17, 2019 - 5:00 am

In the film version of “Fight Club,” there is a scene where Tyler Durden and the unnamed Narrator are riding on the bus, when the Narrator starts commenting on a Gucci ad on display.

Sunday 11/10/2019
MILLER: My beard is still in the research and development stages
Posted: November 10, 2019 - 3:00 am

While at the grocery store last week, I decided to reward myself with a nice six pack of cold beer because after a long week of being adult, I deserved it.

Sunday 11/03/2019
MILLER: A bundle would be better
Posted: November 03, 2019 - 3:00 am

While watching the World Series this week, a commercial came on that immediately grabbed my attention.

Sunday 10/27/2019
MILLER: Movies are art, and art is subjective
Posted: October 27, 2019 - 3:00 am

I like to consider myself a cinephile, but without being pretentious.

Sunday 10/13/2019
MILLER: An orphan of the American Dream
Posted: October 13, 2019 - 3:00 am

The other day, a colleague of mine said Millennials were the most entitled group of people she has ever met.

Sunday 10/06/2019
MILLER: Not every broken watch is correct twice a day
Posted: October 06, 2019 - 3:00 am

When was the last time someone asked you for the time?

Sunday 09/29/2019
MILLER: Life, death, and the Dallas Cowboys
Posted: September 29, 2019 - 3:00 am

The clock on the wall had just hit 3:25 p.m., and the sound of kickoff from the football game confirmed it was indeed, Sunday afternoon.

Thursday 05/12/2016
MILLER: Don’t worry, this column isn’t trending either
Posted: May 12, 2016 - 5:00 am

The party of wanting less government intrusiveness regarding business practices is now trying to intrude on the practices of a social media website and its business practices.

Thursday 04/21/2016
MILLER: And golf is just a good walk spoiled
Posted: April 21, 2016 - 4:30 am

There’s a joke I like to tell when my significant other or our friends want to take a hard-earned weekend away from me by dragging us all out into the woods and go camping.

Thursday 04/07/2016
MILLER: Don’t read, it’s a column about nothing
Posted: April 07, 2016 - 8:00 am

Please don’t say I didn’t warn you with the headline.

Thursday 03/31/2016
MILLER: When being bribed, make sure to go all out
Posted: March 31, 2016 - 5:00 am

You have to give it to teachers and school administrators. They probably work some of the most difficult jobs on the planet.

Thursday 03/24/2016
MILLER: I really wish I could tell Nielsen I watch television
Posted: March 24, 2016 - 5:00 am

If there is one way to get my attention, I can tell you the easiest way to do it is with money.

Thursday 03/17/2016
MILLER: Putting shame on those doing the shaming
Posted: March 17, 2016 - 5:00 am

In an area such as West Texas where the residents consider themselves staunchly pro-life, it is amazing how some do not value the well-being of children.

Thursday 02/25/2016
MILLER: Being the oldest sibling sure is wonderful
Posted: February 25, 2016 - 10:23 am

I would like to start this column off by thanking my mother for having me first.

Thursday 02/11/2016
MILLER: It’s almost the greatest show in America
Posted: February 11, 2016 - 5:00 am

While watching “Family Guy” the other day, I stumbled across one of my favorite episodes that I had not watched in years.

Thursday 02/04/2016
MILLER: Surprise party, for two
Posted: February 04, 2016 - 5:00 am

It was a conversation that almost ruined a friendship.

Thursday 01/28/2016
MILLER: In four years, the 90s will have started 30 years ago
Posted: January 28, 2016 - 4:00 am

It’s around 9 p.m. on a Friday. The wife and I, sitting on our patio at our apartment complex, open what is probably our fourth or fifth alcoholic drink of the night and scroll through the lists on the music streaming service we use.

Thursday 01/14/2016
MILLER: Powerballs, bounce my way
Posted: January 14, 2016 - 4:30 am

The largest Powerball drawing was last night and one of two things have happened: One, someone is the luckiest son of a gun on the planet, or two, we wait a few more days to see if the pot will grow bigger.

Thursday 01/07/2016
MILLER: Yes, let’s talk about simple gun reform
Posted: January 07, 2016 - 4:00 am

Yesterday evening, as I sat at my desk finishing up my daily stories, I got an email from Gov. Greg Abbott.

Thursday 12/31/2015
MILLER: Hard to believe 2015 is already coming to an end
Posted: December 31, 2015 - 4:45 am

It’s hard to believe that 2015 is finally coming to an end.

Thursday 12/17/2015
MILLER: Somewhere in a column far, far away
Posted: December 17, 2015 - 5:00 am

Two days from now, I’m predicting a great peace that will calm most of humanity.

Thursday 11/19/2015
MILLER: It’s a mad, mad, mad, maddening holiday weekend
Posted: November 19, 2015 - 5:00 am

During the Thanksgiving holiday, which is a week from today believe it or not, there are only a few fights that are acceptable to take on.

Thursday 11/12/2015
MILLER: Remember the coffee store cry, Dolce et decorum est
Posted: November 12, 2015 - 4:00 am

War. War never changes.

Thursday 11/05/2015
MILLER: Till death do us part, or if the new couch never arrives
Posted: November 05, 2015 - 5:00 am

On Monday, my wife and I took a moment to realize it had been exactly six months since we took our vows.

Thursday 10/22/2015
MILLER: Maybe we don’t deserve contact with aliens
Posted: October 22, 2015 - 5:15 am

While everyone was celebrating Back to the Future Day Wednesday (and complaining about the lack of Hover boards), there was other exciting science news released earlier in the week.

Thursday 10/08/2015
MILLER: Let’s order the steak, with a side of ear plugs
Posted: October 08, 2015 - 5:00 am

The other morning, I was sitting down outside my apartment, drinking my morning coffee, and reading the news when I came across a story that really upset me.

Thursday 09/24/2015
MILLER: When I’m gone, please keep my tattoos
Posted: September 24, 2015 - 5:00 am

My mom, as much as she’s proud of me and my sister, still hates the fact that we are always talking about needing more tattoos.

Thursday 09/17/2015
MILLER: We managed to survive Jade Helm
Posted: September 17, 2015 - 5:00 am

My dear readers, it is with great relief that I write to tell you that now that the military takeover of Texas known as Jade Helm 15 is now over, I have been freed from my cell at the Midland Walmart.

Thursday 09/10/2015
MILLER: Let’s boycott the NFL
Posted: September 10, 2015 - 5:00 am

Today is the start of the National Football League’s season and with it, will come the months-long, trumped up promotion of their 50th Super Bowl.

Thursday 09/03/2015
MILLER: Let James Bond be whoever he wants to be
Posted: September 03, 2015 - 6:00 am

When my wife and I first started dating, I can remember her looking at my movie collection one night trying to decide what to watch while dinner was cooking.

Thursday 08/20/2015
MILLER: A little fear can help you go a long way
Posted: August 20, 2015 - 5:30 am

I’m not exactly sure at what point I finally let fear engulf my entire body, but it was probably around the fifth or sixth time I ran and hid in the closet.

Thursday 08/13/2015
MILLER: Don’t panic! Scientists say the universe is dying
Posted: August 13, 2015 - 6:00 am

Thursday 07/23/2015
MILLER: Looking for love in all the wrong places
Posted: July 23, 2015 - 6:00 am

Thursday 07/16/2015
MILLER: Letter from a FEMA prison camp
Posted: July 16, 2015 - 6:00 am

Thursday 07/09/2015
MILLER: The unrealistic cookie standard
Posted: July 09, 2015 - 6:00 am

Earlier this week, Mondelez International Inc. announced they would be adding a new Oreo cookie to its U.S. lineup.

Thursday 07/02/2015
MILLER: You’re never too old to want to be a superhero
Posted: July 02, 2015 - 6:00 am

When I was a child, a period of my life my family insists I never grew out of, I had decided I wanted to be a superhero.

Thursday 06/25/2015
MILLER: Love it or hate it, the Confederate flag has to go
Posted: June 25, 2015 - 6:00 am

Every time I go to cover a city council meeting, a commissioners’ court meeting, a school board meeting, or any meeting of any kind, the audience is asked to stand up and take part in a sacred ritual.

Thursday 06/11/2015
MILLER: Social media negates the idea of high school reunions
Posted: June 11, 2015 - 6:00 am

Last week was great for Odessa’s high school seniors as they finally got to celebrate graduation and start moving on with the new and exciting chapters in their lives.

Thursday 05/28/2015
MILLER: It sure feels like America won the World Cup
Posted: May 28, 2015 - 6:00 am

Thursday 05/14/2015
MILLER: Voting is a right, unless the Texas Legislature votes otherwise
Posted: May 14, 2015 - 6:00 am

Thursday 04/30/2015
MILLER: What we talk about when we talk about love
Posted: April 30, 2015 - 6:00 am

There’s an old saying asking how many roads a man must walk down before he can call himself a man.

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

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