My mother never learned to drive a car, even though Daddy offered frequently to teach her, and I couldn’t understand her reluctance.  If she had realized how much faster she could have hurried in a car, she’d have learned eagerly.  Mama was always in a hurry.  She arose at 4 a.m. to start he…

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

For the past week or two, I have filled in for Herald Editor Marla Ogletree here in Folkston. My nephew Matt and his family spent time in the area and even called Folkston home for several years before moving to Blackshear to become publisher of that town’s newspaper. Matt told me several ti…

Everywhere you look, businesses are seeking help. I can’t imagine anyone having the excuse, “I can’t find a job.”

Despite their billion dollar balance sheets, large public corporations have the backbone of a jellyfish.  Put enough pressure on them and they will fold like a tent.  I offer into evidence S.B. 202, the voting rights bill passed by the General Assembly this past session and signed into law b…

Last weekend, Larry and I made a trip to Lowe’s in Vidalia so I could look for some new deck chairs. First, we browsed the store as we usually do. Lowe’s is our favorite store after all. I walked through the organizing section in the back, hoping to find some new means to help me organize my…

Just as I was about to pick up my flugelhorn, the phone rang.  It was Skeeter Skates, owner of Skeeter Skates Tree Stump Removal and Plow Repair in Ryo, Georgia.  He sounded concerned.  That’s not like Skeeter.  Of course, he would never admit it.  I have found that those in the tree stump r…

(I am rerunning this column from three years ago in memory of some Hazlehurst folks that I love and miss.  Two of the old friends that I sat talking to that night celebrated Easter this year with Maude in Heaven—L.W.Spell and Lunette Hall.  I’m sure their celebration was better than anything…

Speaking to the press after a Senate Republican luncheon at Russell Senate Office Building on March 24 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Senator Ted Cruz stated emphatically that HR 1 is the “single most dangerous bill” in Congress at the moment. This bill is labeled “For the People Act;”…

I called Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company, located in Greater Garfield, Georgia, to see if he could help me make sense of the strange political world in which we find ourselves these days.

Friday, schools were closed in many counties because the buses couldn’t get through flooded roads.  We couldn’t even get through our yard.  A friend went to Statesboro with Larry Tuesday and bogged down in the yard when they returned.  Larry trudged through the mud to get the tractor and pul…

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Monday, January 25, 2021:  After driving up from Pooler yesterday afternoon, I’m in the Fox studios in Atlanta this morning where I have a live interview on Mornings with Maria on Fox Business as I discuss the COVID-19 vaccine, climate change and President Biden’s executive order suspending …

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…

The following is the opening testimony/statement presented by Nick Tomboulides, of U.S. Term Limits, at a United State Senate hearing on term limits back in 2019. I am sorry I had not discovered and shared this with you earlier. There are many who continue to make the argument that we need t…

I had just hung up from a robocall wanting to extend the warranty on a car I no longer own when the phone rang again. I assumed it was some helpful robot offering to consolidate credit card debts I don’t have or trying to sell me a back brace I don’t need.  You can imagine my surprise when I…

Democrat Joe Biden is now President of the United States.  Two Democrats defeated two Republican incumbents to represent Georgia in the U. S. Senate, swinging the balance of power in the Senate to the Democrats who already control the House of Representatives.   Therefore, you would think Ge…

Long ago and well before Gibson McDonald Furniture closed its Baxley store, I bought two “Big Man” recliners.  My father was a big man and I wanted chairs he’d be comfortable in when he visited.  Furthermore, the chairs were super comfortable with their big padded arms and soft blue fabric. …

 I just today finished a very pleasant interview with a Bacon County historian. As we talked of genealogy, traveling to famous places, and passing plants along to other people, I thought again of the interconnectedness of generations. When I was younger, I never thought much about history in…

Our state received rather depressing recognition last week. Georgia ranked last for getting its citizens vaccinated for COVID-19. According to a U.S. News and World report last week, approximately 1.3% of Georgians had received the vaccine. Of the roughly 10 million citizens in Georgia, only…

My faithful readers out there know about the wonderful relationship I had with my father.  He read to me practically from the day I was born until I could read to myself and even for a while there after.  My favorite book when I was very young was The Gingerbread Man.  We wore out several co…

This column has become a Christmas tradition. I share with you once again this year. It is dedicated to my beloved wife and to all who believe.

On Sunday my pastor said something that stuck in my mind. He said, “A Christ-less Christmas is like counterfeit money. It has no value.”

Here we go again. The University of Georgia has another Rhodes Scholar. According to my abacus, that makes 25. But who’s counting? (Wink! Wink!) Phaidra Buchanan of Tyrone, Georgia, is the latest. She will begin her studies at Oxford University in England in October and will pursue a Master …

Since before Halloween, stores have been putting out their Christmas merchandise.  Red ribbons and silver bells along with trees of every shape, size, and color wait in the stores to decorate someone’s home.  I actually saw a metallic purple tree in Savannah a few weeks ago. It was resplende…

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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…

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…

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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’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…

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