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. 

I have long been an admirer of the words and works of the late Paul Harvey and his radio commentaries known as the “The Rest of the Story.” I had the privilege of meeting him in New York at the Peabody Awards ceremonies, sponsored by the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications at…

How exactly does one go about deciding whom to trust, especially when all these different people with amazing credentials are giving pieces of “intelligent advice” that contradict each other?  One expert says the coronavirus is disappearing, and we need to go about our business - make some m…

If this world operated on poetic justice or Karma or whatever you choose to call the principle, we’d have instant appropriate payback for our sins.  What a way to train mankind to behave!  For example, if a bully stole another kid’s candy, it would immediately give him a world-class stomacha…

For much of my adult life, I have tried to return to my alma mater, the University of Georgia, a portion of what the institution has given me. I say “a portion” because I can never totally repay the debt I owe UGA for the honor of being a Georgia Bulldog. But that doesn’t mean I can’t try. A…

There are many lessons that have been learned over the course of the past few months since COVID-19 turned our lives upside down. One lesson that I have learned is that we shouldn’t take bare necessities for granted.

A flag-waving salute to the United States Air Force’s Thunderbirds and the Navy’s Blue Angels who roared across Georgia’s skies in tandem last week, paying tribute to our state’s heroic first responders. The event was an example of everything that is good about this great country. Hopefully,…

By choice I am the grass cutter in the family. I enjoy mowing the grass, and I cut it exactly to my specifications; the males in my family do not.  Larry’s job is to keep the mower running one more year ad infinitum.  He’s spent quite a bit of personal time with it recently.  

It seems to take a pandemic for us to get our priorities in order. With the death toll in the country having passed 60,000 and with over a thousand of those here in Georgia, suddenly we realize that those who entertain us — like actors and ballplayers — are nothing more than diversions. They…

As Mother’s Day approaches, I find myself thinking back to my own mother and the life we shared.  She was the hardest working woman I’ve ever known.  She had one speed and that was full tilt, unless she was rocking a baby, and she could calm a crying baby like few other people I’ve known.  H…

A timer sits in front of me and eats the seconds away, crunching into my day and my life, reminding me that time is relentless, ticking away as life moves along.  It stops for no man--no woman either.  During the crises of life, it seems to slow down for sorrows and the sorrows never seem to…

No, I cannot tell you why Gov. Brian Kemp decided to open up tattoo parlors and bowling alleys, but not my favorite jewelry store where a repaired watch eagerly awaits me. I do know that under his recent order, no one is required to open up and even if they do, nobody is required to show up.…

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