In the early 70s I accepted a job in Vidalia teaching eighth grade. Granted, the situation was a strange one; they hired me to teach math and Georgia history, but I am certified in French and English. My math skills were pretty good back in high school, so teaching math didn’t scare me much.…

My fellow Americans (Yea! Clap! Clap! Clap!). I come today to submit to you my annual State of the Column address. It is with great pride that I tell you that the state of the state of this column cannot be overstated! (Thunderous roar!) 

This week in the Senate, we heard our first two pieces of legislation on the Senate floor and worked on vetting several bills in Senate committees. The committee process is vital to reviewing and passing thorough language that won’t have any unintended consequences, and though some of the bi…

As our fourth week at the Capitol draws to a close, committee meetings are convening regularly and bills are passing through the Senate. I am enthusiastic about the work we have already achieved and look forward to all we will accomplish this session.

In the early years of my life, I’d don my red flannel pajamas that Mama made for me and climb into Daddy’s lap for a story. After he finished The Gingerbread Man, I could usually talk him into reading The Three Bears and maybe even one more—unless Mama came along and interrupted our reading …

Now this is a movement I could get behind. Emile Ratelband, of Arnhem, Holland, recently petitioned the local courts to allow him to become officially 20 years younger. He told the court that he suffers from being 69 years old and thinks that being 49 would help him getting dates online. Ble…

The peaceful natural beauty of George L. Smith State Park and the serene, cypress filled water of the mill pond offer you a tranquil escape where a small town, down home atmosphere provides both recreational and historical experiences. Georgia State Parks.

See the picture above. This is a happy, joyful looking bunch, right? This is a picture of New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signing legislation last week. You’d think as happy as these people are this is an important piece of legislation that will do much for the citizens of New York. Cuomo,…

Every year at Christmas time, Larry and I really struggle over what to get the other for presents. After all, as adults, if we really want a particular item, we usually find some way to obtain it without waiting for someone else to buy it for us. Some years we just tell the other what we wan…

Long ago, 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. The right arm of each chair lifted to reveal a box for magazines, ti…

Without knowing the force of words, it is impossible to know more. Confucius

I get accused of being too serious lately. My wife, kids and friends have all told me that I’m getting grumpy in my old age. I tell them, “No, there are just more idiots in the world today that irritate me.”

The tree’s down now and packed away in its giant box in the back closet of the back bedroom. The ornaments are carefully stored, some in tissue paper. Every snowman sits or lies along with the nutcrackers and ceramic trees in the cedar chest that Mama gave me years and years ago when I was i…

This place ought to be visited in the summer by every poet and painter in the land.  William Cullen Bryant at Lake Pepin.

I am not very good at prognostications. But I am always full of hope.  There are a number of events I would love to see happen in 2019; so much so that I have already written a short release on each should they occur. That way, I will look very smart and since I will already have told you ab…

Well, we can pretty much stick a fork in the Year of our Lord 2018. By the time you are through roasting chestnuts on an open fire or eating the last of the leftover turkey, 2019 will come knocking on the door. This has been a very good year in one respect: I did not read my obituary and I a…

The little snap of frosty weather came tripping by a couple of weeks ago and froze the rest my flowers that we hadn’t taken inside. We stored as many as possible in the house beforehand. My son tells me that houseplants make the air healthy; if so, we are in great shape for the winter.

What do you think about when you hear the word Christmas? Do you think about all the holiday traditions that have grown customary? Is it the turkey and dressing, the exchanging of gifts or beautiful decorations? While I see nothing wrong with these traditions, I believe that these traditions…

Can you recall a movie, TV show or book when Christmas occurred without snow? I’m sure there are some, but the image of a snowy Christmas symbolizes the season. Falling snow at the end of a movie proclaims all’s right with the world. And, Bing Crosby croons, “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas…”

Larry and I prefer our entertainment local and in an easy chair, for the most part. We rarely even go out to eat or to a movie, but Saturday morning found us Atlanta bound. We’d been warned. “This is no time to go to Atlanta,” a friend told me in Walmart. “The weather’s supposed to be terrib…

To have less is more…smaller, tighter, cleaner, simpler… Stuff is not salvation….There is so much responsibility to stuff…Everything that was once the right size for five people is too big for two. Anna Quindlen, Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake

My recent conversation with Gov. Nathan Deal covered a lot of ground. In last week’s column, we talked about some of his accomplishments over the past eight years of which he is most proud, including criminal justice reform that is a model for the nation. We talked about the HOPE Grant, a sc…

In 1621, after the Pilgrims’ first corn harvest was successful, Governor William Bradford organized a feast to celebrate. The Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast and festival, which lasted three days. Nobody knows for sure what the original menu included, …

Twenty years ago when Bob and I decided to give up tent camping, we purchased a small camper.  After some  research, we traveled to Minnesota, “land of 10,000 lakes” to pick up our new Scamp  from the manufacturer. With the 16 ft. trailer in tow, we camped a few days in the state. During tha…

How can it be Thanksgiving already? Didn’t we just celebrate the New Year. This year has passed quickly. 

Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses gratitude, humility, understanding. Georgia author Alice Walker.

Any mention of Thanksgiving — which I am about to mention — must first include a caveat that no one ever has or ever will write a Thanksgiving column like Furman Bisher, the late and great sports editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He owns that category like Ray Charles Robinson, of …

When I was younger, so much younger than today, I planned never to marry, but if I did, I promised myself that I’d never have children. Never, ever, ever. I wanted my freedom—freedom from responsibility of any kind. I’d wipe no runny noses, change no diapers, and worry about no one but me. I…

Just when you think there is no place left in this politically toxic, mudslinging, in-your-face world for any goodness, along comes 17-year-old Jordyn Moore, a teenager from Forsyth County, to happily prove us wrong.

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 J…

According to historians, corn was probably on the menu at the First Thanksgiving in 1621. The source for that belief lies in a letter that Edward Winslow, a founder of the Plymouth Colony, wrote in December of the same year. He said that the settlers had planted some 20 acres of Indian corn …

In sundry small towns across the Heartland, murals, one, two or even three stories tall, decorate the entire outer wall of an old building. Most are a collection of vignettes - farmer, merchant, railroad worker, wheat, corn; the painting tells the history of the community. No two murals are …

On Sunday, November 4, my sister Sarah Nell celebrated a birthday.  Since neither of us is getting any younger, I thought long and hard about some unusual way to celebrate.  One day as I was browsing on Facebook, I saw an ad for the Blue Ridge Scenic Train ride and knew immediately that I’d …

It’s that time again. Time to go to the polls and cast your vote. Hopefully by now you have done your homework and will cast an educated vote on November 6. There are many important races on this year’s ballot. 

As a public service, I want to share with you the latest political data in order to help you decide for whom to vote in next week’s elections. If you have already voted, hopefully it will confirm the wisdom of your decision or let you bang your head against the wall for being such a dimwit.

In The Swerve, Stephen Greenblatt entitles chapter 4, “The Teeth of Time.” In this book about discovering some ancient manuscripts, he describes the perils facing literary works of old. In addition to man’s desire to destroy that with which he disagrees, the paper or papyrus not only disinte…

Saturday afternoon was so beautiful that I spent the most part of it outside. Temperatures hovered in the 70s and for the first time this year, Fall really made its presence felt. I’d even donned a sweater that morning when I took the dogs out to take care of their early morning canine busin…

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