I open my eyes every morning to black canine eyes staring back, urging me to rise.  

COVID-19 is wreaking havoc on lives across the planet. In addition, people who have contracted coronavirus disease as a result, are suffering tremendously. A couple that Amy and I know well in a neighboring county has coronavirus and they reported, “It is rough!”

Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten. British author Neil Gaiman.

I have a special affinity for underdogs. Maybe that’s because I have been one myself. So my interest was piqued when I heard that a political novice from Baxley (pop. 4,400) by the name of Dr. Kandiss Taylor is running for the United States Senate seat vacated by Johnny Isakson.

When the world screeches to a halt, we rarely raise our heads to notice because the catastrophe is usually somewhere else far away.  Perhaps a tsunami has decimated India, or a tornado ripped up some town we’ve never heard of out west. We might whisper a prayer, but the calamity soon slips f…

Monday, March 10, 2020:  After an early flight from Savannah this morning, I’m at the Capitol and immediately head to the Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) where I have the opportunity to review the recently completed U.S.- Taliban Draft Agreement. The draft agreement will …

I’ve lived on this earthly plain for 71 years now and never once have I seen anything close to the current corona virus debacle.  Over the years, we’ve closed schools to allow flu viruses to abate.  We’ve worried about various illnesses and thought we’d have to close, but much of this countr…

With a chance to choose a presidential candidate to oppose Donald Trump this November, Democrats have had the opportunity to pick among a diverse list of 29 candidates. There were six female candidates, including a (cough! cough!) Native American. There were five black candidates, a Taiwanes…

Politics is a dirty business.  People lie, cheat, and steal to attain a public office, and sometimes I wonder why.  Does power corrupt people to such a degree that we no longer recognize them, or is it that politicians must live in glass houses with the Cyclopean eye of the media on them?  T…

Sometimes I hear the name of an Arabic country and become frustrated with myself because I can’t call up an instant mental map with that country on it.  My geography skills are weak, but I recognize my weakness and work to improve them.  When I am working on American geography, watching the …

As we move into the season of political activities, leading up to the election in November, we should try to be as informed as possible about the differences espoused by the different candidates.  Not only should we be concerned about what they say, but we should be tuned into what they don’t say.

Monday, February 3, 2020:  I’ve always said that my favorite part of this work is interacting with students and that includes college students.  This morning I have the pleasure of speaking at the Armstrong campus of Georgia Southern University to the health care systems and advocacy class, …

I would not be able to ascertain how many people watched the State of the Union address, given by President Trump, on Tuesday night.  I think that interest might have been peeked because of the pending vote in the Senate concerning the Presidents Impeachment Trial.  Frankly, I was proud of t…

Sundays are hectic at my house, especially when I’m the designated teacher in my Sunday school class.  I like to prepare my Sunday dinner on Saturday evening or night, but sometimes that just doesn’t work—like yesterday, for example.  So, I arose at 7:15 this morning to put a hash brown cass…

A state senator from coastal Georgia is calling for a closer examination of the potential impacts of a planned titanium mine near the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.

My sister and I grew up in chenille robes. Mama called them housecoats, and we used them as such. The heavy flamingo pink chenille covered us from chin to ankles and was as warm as our winter coats. We jumped out of bed in a cold bedroom, slipped those heavy robes over our homemade flannel p…

Walking into Bob Shaw’s home in suburban Atlanta is like walking into a slice of Republican Party history. On one wall of his study are pictures of Shaw with the Who’s Who of the GOP: Barry Goldwater, Richard Nixon, James Baker, Gerald Ford, Newt Gingrich, George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan and…

Are we, as citizens, supposed to accept the actions of our United States Congress and expect those who participate in an action that is nothing more than a “strike” to remain in office?  I suppose that may seem a little bit strong, but if a company ceases production, to change working condit…

Back in July of 2019, my grandson Stuart had a minor accident on I-20 in Atlanta in one of my fleet of cars.  It seems that a suburban in front of him crammed into a wrecker in front of it.  Not having allowed himself enough time to stop, Stuart slid into the middle vehicle—the suburban--and…

Whether you support Donald Trump or think he is guilty of nefarious deeds regarding Ukraine, he is not going to be removed from office unless Republicans have a death wish. This, despite ponderous pontifications by liberals that at least 10 Republicans senators will turn on him and provide a…

Last week, as I sat down at my computer to write an article, I realized just how agitated I was concerning the situation with the Congress and the Administration of the United States. I was so demoralized by the stupidity exhibited by seemingly intelligent people, intent on destroying the ot…

Years ago, I had 2 dear lady friends in Hazlehurst.  We visited often and enjoyed each other’s company.  One of them was a former teacher of mine; the other, her mother. I came to know the mother through the daughter and through circumstances.  One sad day the daughter, who had just visited …

He sat on the front steps when I opened the door that Monday morning and looked up at me with lively dark eyes.  His black coat and eyes shone in the morning sun, his pink tongue hung out, and his tail wagged good morning as if he belonged there.  Actually, his whole body seemed to be waggin…

Now that we are into a new year, a new beginning, as some would say, we can look back on 2019 as a year in flux.  Flux is defined as a continuing change and last year was certainly one where one day was seldom like the former.  This has been a pattern on the national scene and as far as I ca…

Gadzooks! Can it really be 2020? That sounds more like what I wish my vision was than an actual year. Wasn’t it only yesterday when we sat holding our breath awaiting Y2K and wondering if all the computers in the world would go crazy and die? The only thing that happened was that a bunch of …

A new year is upon us once again and I think that the year 2020 will bring many surprises to us as a nation.  I do want to start off the year by wishing all of you a Happy New Year and hopefully, a healthy prosperous year for all of us.

Depending on when you receive this newspaper, you will probably have crossed the threshold into 2020. Let me first take this opportunity to thank you for supporting the Charlton County Herald over the last decade and ask for your continued support in 2020.

My father, Max, had a long-standing tradition every year around the Gardner household. No matter what was happening he would make cease all secular Christmas celebrations, gather the family in one room and remind us what the season is truly about. Dad would pull out his Bible and simply read…

The fir tree has a long association with Christianity and began in Germany almost 1,000 years ago when St. Boniface, who converted the German people to Christianity, was said to have come across a group of pagans worshipping an oak tree. In anger, St Boniface is said to have cut down the oak…

Monday, December 9, 2019:  I’m on beautiful Jekyll Island in Glynn County bright and early this morning as I am honored to be a keynote speaker at the 82nd Annual Georgia Farm Bureau convention being held at the Jekyll Island Convention Center.  According to the University of Georgia Center …

This column was a favorite of my friend, Otis Brumby Jr., publisher of the Marietta Daily Journal. It is lovingly dedicated to his memory and to all believers.

Christmas is just a few days away now and I can tell you that I am no closer to being ready than I was six months ago.  I am ready for Christmas – I’m just not ready for all the hullaballoo that goes along with this season.

The blue, red, green, and orange lights on the tree twinkle, mesmerizing me, and carrying me back, far back to another time and place. The lights on my childhood cedar tree were large by today’s standards, but so was the perfume from the tree itself.  The tangy smell of pine in my living roo…

  Now that the regular football season is over, except for Conference Championships, we can all relax and anticipate the bowl games.  The SEC Championship between LSU and Georgia will be interesting, and just so you know, this “ole Gator” is pulling for the Dawgs.  Mark that down.  The Army/…

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