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.…

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

On Sunday, February 9, I attended a graveside service for a young Hazlehurst cousin. He shouldn’t have died so young; no one really expected him to.  We all take life for granted until it is snatched from us or from someone we love.  Psalm 90:10 says that “the days of our years are threescor…

I wouldn’t have Gov. Brian Kemp’s job. That’s a good thing because, to my knowledge, no one has offered the job to me. I have had readers in the past who suggested I run for public office, but I politely declined because the Woman Who Shares My Name would take a skillet to my head if I decid…

I walked into the church on that Easter Sunday in my yellow seersucker dress that Mama had made for me.  My sister wore one just like it and I fumed.  First of all, I hated the Easter dress custom because Mama never let me pick out what I wanted.  She decided what I would wear, and at the ma…

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…

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