• October 22, 2019

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 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

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.

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