I received the following from a friend a few days back and had a good chuckle. I hope you will find the humor in these as well.

I am always happy to get back home after being away for a few days.  I suppose Cheryl and I are primarily home bodies, even though we do enjoy an occasional trip.  We were in Bartow last Friday, in Ocala on Saturday and Sunday, and finally home again last night (Sunday night).

My hardworking mother wasn’t always the most logical person around, but she had a soft heart for strays—cats, dogs, children, adults, no matter.  We never knew from day to day how many would be seated around our supper table, but it didn’t really matter. If Aunt Susan and Uncle John showed u…

When my momma was alive, she was a walking repository of our family’s history, not only hers but my dad’s as well. She could rattle off the names of great-aunts and not-so-great uncles, cousins, the good, the bad and the ugly.

Monday, August 5, 2019:  On Saturday I had the privilege of attending South University’s Safety-Net Conference held at their campus in Savannah and interacting with the presenters and attendees.  The goal of this yearly gathering is to provide current evidence-based data in counseling and ot…

Well, it’s happened again! El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio have been the latest recipients of gun violence. That’s just too discouraging for me.  I hear about all these senseless killings and I can’t figure out why or how someone could do such a thing.

I went straight to the computer to look up the word, “Holocaust”. I don’t know how long I sat there reading about it, but at some point, I had read enough. I leaned back and stared at the ceiling. I suppose I was in shock, but whether it was the shock of learning about something horrific, or…

The last Tuesday in July, my sister Sarah Nell and I went to the Hazlehurst Theater to see the 2019 version of The Lion King.   We bought the obligatory popcorn and cokes and settled in to enjoy what I expected to be a children’s movie.  We shared the whole theater with 4 other people. The m…

There are helpful hints; and then, there are helpful hints. There are those which require a lot more elbow grease than I want to expend; and then, there are those helpful hints which appear to work as if by magic. Recently, I’ve come across several magical ones.

Once again, it’s that time of year.  I see the signs: “Back to School savings!  Get your savings right here!  Pens, papers, pencils, backpacks—and clothes.”

I am so sick of hearing about “impeachment” that, if I were a woman, I would scream.  Being a man, I suppose I should take another action, such as playing golf and hitting a bucket of balls or something else physical to alleviate frustration.  I don’t think I will get a bucket of water and t…

I know he is a long-time reader of this space and should he be doing so this week, I want Sen. Johnny Isakson to know he is in our prayers (assuming mine gets past the ceiling.)  The senator is currently rehabbing after a fall at his residence in Washington, breaking four ribs.  In the curre…

Before I left home Thursday night for my bridge game, Trey, my 16-year-grandson, asked, “So what happens if you just don’t go to bridge, Grandma?”

Did you catch the article last week regarding members of Congress seeking a pay raise? That’s right folks, some members of Congress called for a 2009 pay freeze to be lifted so each member of congress can receive an approximate $4,500.00 annual pay increase. I feel confident in saying there …

Recently, I’ve come across several magazine articles where the interviewer asks the subject: “What’s the best advice your mom or dad ever gave you?” The question resonates. I addressed this inquiry about my mother for Mother’s Day; so it seems only fitting to tackle the same question with my dad.

As Larry and I sit watching a television show, it’s not unusual at all for him to pause the show to expound on some inconsistency he’s noticed. For example, one night we were watching “Criminal Minds.” When a character started strapping on his artificial leg, Larry hit the pause button. 

I first penned this tribute to my father in 2015. It has been 35 years since he passed away and not a day goes by that I don’t think of him, especially on Father’s Day. With a few minor edits, I present it again this year.

For the rest of his days, he sat in the tavern and smoked his pipe and told tales of the old days. Washington Irving, 1819.

Small in stature, Mrs. Baker had the biggest heart in the neighborhood. She lived in a run-down apartment, which she paid for with a sizeable chunk of her social security check, her sole source of income. She cared for her domicile as if it had been the most expensive home in Augusta, Georgi…

While designing this year’s graduation issue for the Class of 2019 this past week, I realized just how old I am. I no longer identify with graduates individually. I now identify with graduates by their last names and assume that he or she is the child or grandchild of someone I know. 

When the telephone rang, I knew who it was. It was Skeeter Skates. The phone just sounds different when he calls. He can be intimidating, even to a telephone.

When I prepare carrots to cook, Larry teases me about my chopping methods. Whether for a stew, soup, salad, or even a side dish of carrots with butter and chives, I never cut the carrots into rounds. Oh, no. They must be long or diagonal—never the typical rounds. Why? Who knows? I just don’t…

In the May 5 The Times-Union opinion section, Another View by Mathew Corrigan. “A special hotline needed to help prevent violence, note to readers; this excepted letter was sent to the City Council Task Force on Safety and Crime Reduction.”

Last week I met my sister Sarah Nell in Hazlehurst, our hometown, and we then drove together out to Union Springs Church for a funeral. My cousin Ronnie’s wife had died suddenly, leaving the whole family in a state of shock. As we turned right on Kirkland Still Road, I looked for signs of my…

Let me get straight to the point: Georgia Speaker of the House David Ralston is skating on thin political ice. Ralston holds the second-most powerful position in our state and has for almost two decades. But those days may be coming to an end.

Even when I stand in my front yard, I can smell the Confederate jasmine blooming out back on its own private trellis. It towers above my head. It grows on the fence beside the hammock, too, and disappears among the leaves of the oaks up overhead. If it’s blooming, you’ll know it. Years ago, …

If anyone wonders why we have so little faith in our government and those within it, consider the obsession with the Mueller Report. It is about the only thing the Inside-the-Beltway crowd is talking about these days. Russian collusion. Impeachment. Impact on 2022 elections. Meanwhile, farme…

During a conversation with a friend the other day the subject of how busy and fast life is now, other than how it used to be. I can certainly relate to that as well as the rest of you, regardless of politics, religion, or personal preferences concerning life. We are busy – even if you don’t …

You never know where you are going to find good friends. Maybe it is someone you grew up with or met at school or worked with. Or maybe it was just a guy walking up the street, like Tom Horton.

I know this is late, as usual for me, but Happy Easter to everyone. I have a problem keeping up with dates now that I don’t work and have no specific schedule to adhere to. That sometimes creates tension for me because I am accustomed to the discipline needed to hold a job, and I suppose I r…

Now that the Senate and House have adjourned Sine Die, we’ve had some time to reflect on legislation passed, as well as some of the bills that didn’t make it to the finish line but are still on the table for consideration next year. There were several big pieces of legislation that passed th…

Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. John 12:24 KJV

I heard some news over this past week which set my nerves on edge, and that is not easily accomplished, since I, along with a whole bunch of you, have come to expect almost anything in the past couple of years. Well, in the past twenty years. 

Not long after children start talking, they begin asking a most important lifelong question--“Why?” 

On Tuesday, April 2, we returned to Capitol Hill one last time for Legislative Day 40 before we adjourned Sine Die for the 2019 legislative session. Under the Gold Dome, Legislative Day 40 is our longest day of the year and is often referred to as “Sine Die,” which is a Latin term meaning “w…

Something in my brain malfunctions frequently, especially when I try to operate on automatic pilot. I realize that I am aging, but I cannot blame this condition on advanced years. I was born with my case of senility. It grew right along with me and is quite mature by now. 

In 1922, Margery Williams, an English-American author, penned a classic, The Velveteen Rabbit, the most popular selection of the 30 children’s books that she wrote. It is the story of how a child’s love for a specific toy - in this case - the velveteen rabbit - grows until the toy is as real…

The Senate has officially adjourned Sine Die, completing the 2019 legislative session and leaving us nine months away from the next opportunity for the legislature to meet and consider changes to our state’s laws. Over the course of the legislative session, 271 Senate bills were introduced, …

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