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. 

When the telephone rang, I knew who it was. It was Skeeter Skates. The phone just sounds different when he calls. He can be intimidating, even to a telephone.

When I prepare carrots to cook, Larry teases me about my chopping methods. Whether for a stew, soup, salad, or even a side dish of carrots with butter and chives, I never cut the carrots into rounds. Oh, no. They must be long or diagonal—never the typical rounds. Why? Who knows? I just don’t…

In the May 5 The Times-Union opinion section, Another View by Mathew Corrigan. “A special hotline needed to help prevent violence, note to readers; this excepted letter was sent to the City Council Task Force on Safety and Crime Reduction.”

Last week I met my sister Sarah Nell in Hazlehurst, our hometown, and we then drove together out to Union Springs Church for a funeral. My cousin Ronnie’s wife had died suddenly, leaving the whole family in a state of shock. As we turned right on Kirkland Still Road, I looked for signs of my…

Let me get straight to the point: Georgia Speaker of the House David Ralston is skating on thin political ice. Ralston holds the second-most powerful position in our state and has for almost two decades. But those days may be coming to an end.

Even when I stand in my front yard, I can smell the Confederate jasmine blooming out back on its own private trellis. It towers above my head. It grows on the fence beside the hammock, too, and disappears among the leaves of the oaks up overhead. If it’s blooming, you’ll know it. Years ago, …

If anyone wonders why we have so little faith in our government and those within it, consider the obsession with the Mueller Report. It is about the only thing the Inside-the-Beltway crowd is talking about these days. Russian collusion. Impeachment. Impact on 2022 elections. Meanwhile, farme…

During a conversation with a friend the other day the subject of how busy and fast life is now, other than how it used to be. I can certainly relate to that as well as the rest of you, regardless of politics, religion, or personal preferences concerning life. We are busy – even if you don’t …

You never know where you are going to find good friends. Maybe it is someone you grew up with or met at school or worked with. Or maybe it was just a guy walking up the street, like Tom Horton.

I know this is late, as usual for me, but Happy Easter to everyone. I have a problem keeping up with dates now that I don’t work and have no specific schedule to adhere to. That sometimes creates tension for me because I am accustomed to the discipline needed to hold a job, and I suppose I r…

Now that the Senate and House have adjourned Sine Die, we’ve had some time to reflect on legislation passed, as well as some of the bills that didn’t make it to the finish line but are still on the table for consideration next year. There were several big pieces of legislation that passed th…

Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. John 12:24 KJV

I heard some news over this past week which set my nerves on edge, and that is not easily accomplished, since I, along with a whole bunch of you, have come to expect almost anything in the past couple of years. Well, in the past twenty years. 

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

On Tuesday, April 2, we returned to Capitol Hill one last time for Legislative Day 40 before we adjourned Sine Die for the 2019 legislative session. Under the Gold Dome, Legislative Day 40 is our longest day of the year and is often referred to as “Sine Die,” which is a Latin term meaning “w…

Something in my brain malfunctions frequently, especially when I try to operate on automatic pilot. I realize that I am aging, but I cannot blame this condition on advanced years. I was born with my case of senility. It grew right along with me and is quite mature by now. 

In 1922, Margery Williams, an English-American author, penned a classic, The Velveteen Rabbit, the most popular selection of the 30 children’s books that she wrote. It is the story of how a child’s love for a specific toy - in this case - the velveteen rabbit - grows until the toy is as real…

The Senate has officially adjourned Sine Die, completing the 2019 legislative session and leaving us nine months away from the next opportunity for the legislature to meet and consider changes to our state’s laws. Over the course of the legislative session, 271 Senate bills were introduced, …

“Georgia values life. We stand up for the innocent and speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. The legislature’s bold action reaffirms our priorities and who we are as a state. I thank these lawmakers for their leadership and applaud their undeniable courage.” – Georgia Governor Bri…

March 17, On a beautiful day by nature and for the citizens of Charlton County, with the dedication of the new Board of Education building, open house event. The Board of Education as well as all citizens of Charlton County should be very proud.

We returned to the Gold Dome on Monday, March 26 for Legislative Day 36 and the 11th week of session. With Legislative Day 40 just days away, the House worked diligently to pass several key bills before the 2019 legislative session comes to an end.

In a massive college admission scandal the FBI is calling Operation Varsity Blues, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts has released documents revealing that some rich and influential parents have paid huge sums of money — huge to you and me but evidently chicken-feed to them …

My family’s major lesson in patience lived right next door to us. My father’s aunt, Jincey Gaskins, was delightfully eccentric and one reason my sister and I learned to exhibit patience. My parents insisted that we be polite and patient, no matter what she did or said. 

On Monday, March 18, my colleagues and I resumed our legislative business on Capitol Hill for Legislative Day 33 and the start of the tenth week of this legislative session.

There was an article last week released by the Associated Press regarding approximately 50 students in Union County (Blairsville) that were caught at their high school sharing naked photos of themselves with classmates, on their cell phones or through texting and/or social media. The superin…

Ever since my first trip to France, I have been a fan of Brie, a creamy French cheese that pleases my palate and cannot be found on the shelves of the local grocery stores, either of them. When we planned a trip to Richmond to visit our youngest son, I planned a side trip to a larger, more c…

Saturday morning last—Peaches to Beaches Day, to be exact—I drove down to the public library and joined some fellow readers in a fundraiser for the library. We were selling books that various generous people had donated for that very purpose. On the way to town as I crept down Hwy 341, I pro…

Sunday, we changed our clocks again. It’s a pretty easy chore. Now comes the difficulty in becoming comfortable with the change to our bodies.

Last week, the Georgia General Assembly reached Legislative Day 28, also known as “Crossover Day.” Crossover Day is a crucial deadline for the House and Senate as this is the last day for bills to pass out of the legislative chamber from which they originated in order to remain eligible for …

Marlan Wilbanks is a man on a mission. An Atlanta attorney, Wilbanks is the driving force behind the Wilbanks Child Endangerment and Sexual Exploitation Clinic the nation’s first legal clinic dedicated to representing survivors of child sexual abuse. The clinic is a part of the University of…

Only a couple of weeks separate us from the official beginning of spring, and I can hardly wait. Actually, I haven’t waited. I’ve been out digging in the dirt every time I get half a chance. If you look closely, you might see under my fingernails a bit of dirt that simply wouldn’t wash or br…

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