Sometimes the best advice can come from the strangest places. Jackie Cushman has a new book out entitled, “Our Broken America: Why Both Sides Need to Stop Ranting and Start Listening.” Such advice could not come at a better time. Ranting has become our national pastime and it is hard to list…

“Did you ever have one of those days, boys? Did you ever have one of those days when nothing was right from morning till night?  Did you ever have one of those days?”

This weekend as we were driving to Atlanta, Larry and I stopped and visited his nephew in Stockbridge, Georgia.  Bill and his wife Kris are some of our favorite people, and we visit them as often as we can.  Both avid gardeners, Bill and I love swapping stories.  Fascinated by unusual plants…

We have once again been spared the damaging impact of a hurricane for our area.  I am certain that this was the result of many prayers, not only for us in Charlton County, but also for the United States.  The storm could have been worse, and it was devastating for the Bahamas.  Don’t neglect…

If you are up to your gullet with all the mudslinging in Washington, you have come to the right place. I am right there with you. I have spent enough time in and around D.C. to know the impeachment controversy involving Donald Trump is partisan political posturing by Democrats and Republicans.

I stopped by Walmart on Thursday last and did a few minutes of shopping.  I went in the store for bread and milk, a grand total of 2 items, and came back out with about 10 or 12, about par for the course.  As I walked across the pedestrian section right in front of the store, I saw out of th…

Monday, September 16, 2019:  American Legion posts across the country are celebrating a century of helping veterans this year and Saturday I was honored to greet members from the area, as well as active military and local JROTC, as Post 9 in Brunswick held a parade downtown.  This great orga…

Monday, September 9, 2019:  I’m in our Savannah office this morning and my first meeting is with the McDonald’s franchisees owners in the Savannah area as we discuss an inadvertent omission from the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) that will adversely impact them and the steps we need to ta…

We have once again been spared the damaging impact of a hurricane for our area.  I am certain that this was the result of many prayers, not only for us in Charlton County, but also for the United States.  The storm could have been worse, and it was devastating for the Bahamas.  Don’t neglect…

We are no strangers to hospitals, my bride and I. Over the past several years we have dealt with her broken leg (twice) and my almost having bought the farm or kicked the bucket or some other clever way of saying I nearly died from septic shock.A return visit to the hospital is never out of …

Every Sunday afternoon of my childhood we spent visiting relatives in the country—until my grandmother died that is.  Funny how one person sometimes holds a family together. Grandma and Grandpa lived in an old shotgun-style house.  In other words, one could stand at the front door and shoot …

We are in the beginning of the hurricane season and right off, we have a whopper coming in and threatening the State of Florida, and continuing up the East Coast of the U.S.  I pray that this storm will move to the northeast and just meander out to sea and give the whales and large fish some…

Today I listen to my students and marvel that they could be so naïve about life.  And then I remember . . .  

Monday, August 26, 2019:  I begin my week with a meeting at our Savannah District office with the Georgia Citizens Climate Lobby, an advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change.  As a member of the Select Committee on Climate Change, this group is interested …

I usually refrain from commenting on the topic de jour in the media. I’m not much of a “bandwagon” person. Let everyone else have their say and when the dust has settled, I will have mine. Otherwise, you risk being lost in the noise.

In so many past fall seasons, I’d step out the door into the first nip of fall.  Beneath my feet the hand-sized sycamore leaves in my yard crinkled pleasantly.  The outside thermometer registered 69, and my watch, 6:30.  I reached back inside for my trusty blue sweater, for I knew I’d be col…

On Sunday, February 9, I attended a graveside service for a young cousin. He shouldn’t have died so young; no one really expected him to.  We all take life for granted until it is snatched from us or from someone we love.  Psalm 90:10 says that “the days of our years are threescore years and…

Employee loyalty begins with employer loyalty. Your employees should know that if they do the job they were hired to do with a reasonable amount of competence and efficiency, you will support them. Harvey Mackay, businessman, author and syndicated columnist.

There are two issues I would like to offer some clarification on, those being the proclamation of support for the Twin Pines mining proposal and how the public comments were handled at the last Board of Commissioners meeting. I have received many questions about both so hopefully I can answe…

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. 

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