Monday, November 9, 2020:  Last week was election week and, although much of my time was spent with the campaign, I had a number of great visits throughout the district including a tour of the Ford Plantation and other developments in Richmond Hill led by Downtown Development Authority Chair…

Pardon me for stating the obvious, but 2020 has been a dumper of a year and I can’t wait to see it in the rearview mirror.

Mama cried for a week when she moved away from the Gill Street house.  She’d been happy there.  Her chickens and turkeys strutted about in their pens in the back yard, clucking and scratching for juicy worms in those pens that Daddy had built for them in his spare time.  The huge pecan trees…

As I promised last week, I contacted Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company, located in Greater Garfield, Georgia, to get his observations on the presidential election. Not only is he considered one of this nation’s foremost political analyst…

Veterans Day is a federal holiday and a state holiday in all states except Wisconsin.   The federal holiday is observed on November 11 or the weekday closest to November 11, if November 11 falls on a weekend. In most states, it is also observed on the weekday nearest to November 11.  The hol…

As you may have heard by now, a group of young men from the University of Georgia, the oldest state-chartered university in the nation, located in Athens, the Classic City of the South and home to more Rhodes Scholars than a coon dog has fleas recently engaged in a scrum with a group of semi…

If I sent out a survey to determine how many local folks have had a close personal encounter with the infamous Surrency ghost or any other ghost for that matter, I’d bet that the results would be quite interesting.  I’ve never gone looking for this vaporous being myself, nor do I intend to, …

The time has finally arrived. After what seems like an eternity of squabbling between the two candidates, you now get to decide on November 3 who you would like to have as your next President of the United States. There are also a number of local and state elections that are very important d…

Monday, October 5, 2020:   After a busy morning that includes our daily all-staff conference call, I have a meeting with my good friend, Michael Moorman, who is an active member of the Forest Landowners Association and is familiar with the challenges of forest owners throughout the southeast…

I suspect we’d all be surprised to know the number of elderly people who live alone right now, trapped inside by COVID-19.  I don’t know the number either, but the U.S. Census Bureau reported that twenty-eight percent of U.S. citizens over the age of 65 live alone—that’s about 11 million, an…

From the time we are born until we die, we must deal with rules.  First our parents provide the rules.  Very early in life those rules consist of things like don’t put that in your mouth and don’t pull the cat’s tail. Dirt is not for eating; give me that spoon.  Later the rules change a bit.…

I don’t know about you, but I find the political ads on television these days refreshing. At least we have something to look at beside ads for ambulance-chasing lawyers. (I try to find the silver lining in every cloud.)

I’ve been in church much longer than I can remember, but Mama and Daddy told me stories of my early church attendance.  It seems that they took me to a revival at Southside Baptist in Hazlehurst when I was about three years old.  After the singing was finished, I changed from the angel child…

No, this isn’t a Mother’s Day column in September. Or is it?

We are now into September of what has so far been a bummer of a year. My colleague, David Carroll, a Chattanooga TV anchor with whom I share the editorial page in several papers, calls 2020 “ the Edsel of years.” I wish I had thought of that line. I hate it when TV anchors are funnier than I am.

Mama used to tell me that bad things come in threes and then they are gone.  Not so, or not for me this weekend anyway.  Saturday night I put a chicken in the crock pot so I could get up Sunday morning before Facebook church and make said fowl into a luscious pot pie.  I wanted to sit and ac…

“It’s the new normal,” people say on television, the radio, and in seemingly every conversation I hear or engage in.  “The old normal is gone with the wind and will never come back again in this lifetime.  Mark my words.  COVID-19 came along and brought us this normal, whether we like it or not.”

Remember the Tina Turner hit, “What’s Love Got To Do With It?” In the lyrics, love is referred to as a “second-hand emotion.” That song popped into my head as I watch what is happening to our country.

I am a blessed individual. God watched over my family tremendously in August. I am happy to report we have officially survived COVID-19.

It’s a jungle out there and Kandiss Taylor is trying to hack her way through it. We are talking about Georgia’s “jungle primary,” a euphemism for a special election on Nov. 3 to fill the remaining two years of U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson’s term. Isakson, a Great American of the first rank, chos…

For the last few days, our dog Charlie has been constantly scratching.  He wakes me up at night scratching, so I get up and spray him down with flea spray on the chance he’s picked up a flea or two from the strays outside.  Then I check him from head to toe for any sign of a flea.  I haven’t…

The apocalypse is truly upon us. Somebody has made the decision — I don’t know who, I know it wasn’t me — that the Georgia-Georgia Tech football game will not be played this year for the first time since 1924. This hallowed event, which dates to 1893, is commonly referred to as “Clean Old Fa…

“Lose 20 pounds in 6 weeks,” the magazine article proclaims, “while eating whatever you want and doing no strenuous exercise.”  The key to the diet is grapefruit it seems.  According to the esteemed doctor who wrote the article, there is a little-known miraculous ingredient in grapefruit tha…

In these days of discontent and destruction, hate and harangue, we could really use Roy Rogers. And Trigger, his Golden Palomino. Dale Evans and Bullet the Wonder Dog. Not to mention the Sons of the Pioneers. I believe if we could get this group back, we could find our kinder and gentler selves.

On my bedroom wall hangs a picture that has given me much pleasure over the years.  When I walk by it, I can’t hold back the smile that automatically leaps to my face in response to the smiling boy in the picture.  I’m so glad now that I let him talk me into having the picture drawn that hot…

Women instinctually know how to nourish each other, and just being with each other is restorative. Tanja Taljaard, dancer and author.

Larry’s green thumb has impressed me this year.  Until now, I never knew he had one.  Actually, there was that one year that we grew so many white acre peas that we didn’t know what to do with such bounty, but that was just one year.  This year he’s grown an incredible and varied garden.  Fr…

Monday, July 13, 2020:  I’m headed down to Brunswick in Glynn County this morning and my first meeting is at our district office as I meet with Tom Harrold with Miller & Martin to discuss my Manufacturing Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API), Drugs and Excipients (MADE) in America Act…

I could tell by the way the phone jumped straight up when it rang who was on the line. It could be none other than Skeeter Skates, owner of Skeeter Skates Tree Stump Removal and Plow Repair, located in Ryo, Georgia. Yes, phones jump where Skeeter is involved. I do, too.

In the wee hours of Friday morning, June 19, Larry came to bed shivering.  

Has it really have been 24 years since the Atlanta Centennial Olympic Games? Sunday will mark 8,766 days since that dramatic night when Muhammed Ali,  hands, shaking with palsy, lit the cauldron signifying the beginning of 17 days of Olympic competition and the culmination of years of hard work.

One Saturday morning, I found myself in Hazlehurst doing an interview for the upcoming issue of Mature Living Magazine in the Southeast.  When I arrived at my destination, the sky was overcast and a fine mist was falling, creating a hazy view through my windshield.  As most everyone who had …

For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa.

When I was a child, I considered myself my mother’s slave and knew her to be the cruelest task master on the planet.  She rarely left me alone so I could read to my heart’s content.  Before I could finish one task, she’d be calling me to do another.  “Mary Ann, aren’t you finished with those…

If you are still watching television news (I rarely do these days), you will notice that the protests across the country seem to be as much generational as racial. There are a lot of young white kids marching with blacks.  That tells me these protests are going to be with us awhile.  What yo…

I have expounded on this subject many times, but I believe our society is suffering due to a lack of personal responsibility and I will continue to write about this issue.

Let us pause a moment from the endless angst and anguish over racial issues, the uncertainty of the status of COVID-19, faulty voting machines and who is to blame, political campaigns that seem to have no end, a hemorrhaging state budget and no Major League baseball. Sunday is Father’s Day. …

I sat in church one morning listening to Dr. Smith talk about the role of fathers, a subject quite appropriate for Fathers’ Day.  And though I sat attentively listening, my mind kept straying back to my childhood.  God blessed me with an extraordinary father, Luther Tatum Nichols, one of the…

These thoughts on the current upheaval in our country come courtesy of an unusual array of sources: The late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy; Larry Savage, a candidate for chairman of the Cobb County Commission; and Hayden, Cayden and Jamaya (more on them later).

With horror I read stories of people looking on as other people are beaten and even murdered.  I watched the George Floyd video.  Four times in a month, riders on Chicago’s transit system witnessed singularly brutal acts of violence: two murders, a rape and a slashing, each of them carried o…

My column last week on a radio commentary by the late Paul Harvey drew a lot of reader response from across the state, all of it positive. As you will recall if you saw the column, some 55 years ago Harvey penned a piece entitled, “If I Were the Devil,’ that was frighteningly prescient.

The Coronavirus that held us all captive for the last two or three months still lurks in the background as the cities of this country go mad.  Masked people riot in the streets, burning down cities, all in the name of protest.  A black man, George Floyd, died last week at the hands of a whit…

The time has finally arrived. After what seems like an eternity due to COVID-19-related delays, on June 9 you finally get to decide on your picks for a number of local, state and national partisan and nonpartisan races. 

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