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Morgan: Schulz takes fitness to heart

Nancy Schulz is many things to many people. We know her first and foremost as District 3 commissioner on the Newton County Board of Commissioners. The lone female voice, she's serving her second four-year term.

September 12, 2013 | Barbara Morgan | Columnists


Choices can make life simpler

Our friends had a wonderful home in the country nearby. Everyone loved to go there. The property dropped gracefully away from a pasture with road frontage down several descending levels until it reached its lowest point, another open pasture. Just where sky-scraping hardwoods grew that divided the property, front from back, their home was nestled. On their screened back porch, we would sit looking out into the treetops.

September 05, 2013 | Barbara Morgan | Columnists


Morgan: Are gun 'facts' off target?

Much of what passes for ancient and infallible wisdom comes from oral history traditions, some credited to "old wives."

August 29, 2013 | Barbara Morgan | Columnists


Morgan: Book makes you stop, think

Champagne, anyone?

August 22, 2013 | Barbara Morgan | Columnists


Morgan: Adversaries salute Shipp

If you ever had one of Bill Shipp's finely honed pens lodged between your shoulder blades, you would never forget it. I write from personal experience and from having worked for a governor who regularly suffered public excoriation at the hands of arguably the most powerful political reporter and commentator in the state's history. In fact, the New Georgia Encyclopedia calls him "one of the country's premier political commentators."

August 16, 2013 | Barbara Morgan | Columnists


Adversaries salute Shipp

If you ever had one of Bill Shipp's finely honed pens lodged between your shoulder blades, you would never forget it. I write from personal experience and from having worked for a governor who regularly suffered public excoriation at the hands of arguably the most powerful political reporter and commentator in the state's history. In fact, the New Georgia Encyclopedia calls him "one of the country's premier political commentators."

August 15, 2013 | Barbara Morgan | Columnists


Morgan: Do animals have rights?

Animal activists in June praised the decision by the director of the National Institutes of Health to retire 300 of this country's 360 chimpanzees used for medical research to sanctuaries in the next few years.

August 08, 2013 | Barbara Morgan | OPINION


Morgan: Covington's days gone by

In years gone by, anything the heart desired could be found around our bustling square.

July 25, 2013 | Barbara Morgan | Columnists


Life is lived in the gray area

If you try hard, you might recall the beauty of a bright blue sky studded with big, puffy white clouds, both missing for weeks. But look around and revel in the rainbow of colors that summer brings, rain or shine: lemony daylilies, rosy crepe myrtles, shiny red tomatoes, bold yellow squash, massed purple petunias and verbena, golden marigolds, the look-at-me colors of Gerbera daisies, inky blue blueberries, the quietly alluring pink, blue and lavender of heavy-headed hydrangeas, and the let-me-have-a-taste-red of fresh-picked strawberries. The unrelenting rain makes the variegated greens of shrubs, lawns and trees more luscious than ever.

July 18, 2013 | Barbara Morgan | Columnists


Many uses for SPAM, not spam

If you were SPAM, you'd be 76 years old this year, and plenty of jokes suggest that what comes out of a can of SPAM is about that old.

July 11, 2013 | Barbara Morgan | Columnists


Morgan: Time for long-term planning

The July 16 meeting of the Board of Commissioners may be packed with vociferous anti-tax crusaders objecting to the expected majority vote to adopt a rollback millage rate.

July 04, 2013 | Barbara Morgan | Columnists


Morgan: Chickens, garden go hand in hand

I went looking for a story about urban chickens, but I found a whole lot more.

June 27, 2013 | Barbara Morgan | Columnists


We can't leave mysteries alone

"Nature abhors a vacuum," said the Greek philosopher Aristotle, who lived from 384-322 B.C. Nature, he posited, insists that every space be filled, even just with air.

June 20, 2013 | Barbara Morgan | Columnists


No more Smithfield at Mamma's

Sumptuous Sunday dinners - meaning lunches - are a legend in Southern culture. Moms who could ready themselves, husbands and a household of children - eight in our family - for Sunday school and church, plus prepare a table full of Southern fare to be eaten right after church, were multitasking before the word was invented.

June 13, 2013 | Barbara Morgan | Columnists


Morgan: Good obits say it all

Just shy of her 99th birthday, Elizabeth Ellis of Oxford died Monday.

June 06, 2013 | Barbara Morgan | Columnists


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