A thinking person could easily believe we're going crazy in this country. For example, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is seriously considering lifting the ban on cellphone usage in planes flying above 10,000 feet.
You know they're coming. There's no place to run, there's no place to hide, and they'll come whether you're ready or not.
Chris Smith won unopposed in November 2009 for an East Ward city council seat. The election date, he says, was exactly 150 years after his great-grandfather Robinson won the same seat. His grandfather, Carl Smith, was next on city council, followed by Carl's son, Billy, Chris's father.
Season creep is in full swing. It's that unique point in the year when three badly timed holidays - Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas - battle for shelf space and our always-limited attention.
My sister recently had surgery for a deviated septum and came home with splints up her nose and a bandage designed by an architect. A couple of days later, her 4-year-old grandson walked in the door, took a look and said, "Looks like you had a bad day." Indeed.
Candidate debates have created many memorable moments in American history, many of them arising from the televised debates of the 20th and 21st centuries.
When was the last time you felt really stupid? Stupid, as in, "I wish I were invisible." Stupid, as in, "What was I thinking?" Stupid, as in, "I must have been out of my mind." Or stupid, as in, "I didn't really say that, did I?"
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"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.
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.
Just shy of her 99th birthday, Elizabeth Ellis of Oxford died Monday. Natives and longtime residents will remember her fondly as a fixture in two prominent shops on the square back when clothing stores thrived in Covington. She was a retail clerk in her teens and worked until her early 80s, first for Sara White Callaway at her store called Callaway's, then for the late Sutton Hardy at J.C. Poole's and for later owners Ted ...
An oft-quoted saying goes, "I want to be the kind of person my dog thinks I am." It is, in fact, a lofty goal despite sounding so simple. First, I am assuming that everyone communicates with his or her dog in some manner, and I am similarly assuming that your dog has his or her own way of communicating with you – and not just by scratching at the door. I have all the evidence ...
The Covington News office is conveniently located for its local government reporters within easy walking distance of city hall, the Historic Courthouse and the county administration building. Today Gabe Khouli holds down that beat, but before Gabe, there was Rachel Oswald, trudging those well-worn paths and developing far more friends and admirers of her work than enemies. She was back in town this week for a visit with some of those friends.
The word tax is a three-letter word that might as well be a four-letter word these days. Forget that paying taxes is what we do to receive government services - like police, fire protection, paved roads, utility services and garbage pick-up. You'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who likes to pay taxes, but believe it or not, you'd find a few willing to pay higher taxes for quality-of-life amenities like parks, trails and recreational options ...
Cook, author and TV personality Nathalie Dupree is long gone from these parts, having been carted away to endlessly charming Charleston by husband Jack Bass, chronicler of Southern history. Still, she retains devoted fans and many friends here since she ran "Nathalie's at Mt. Pleasant Village" and lived in Social Circle.
Little is left to the imagination these days. The ever deeper probing of scientists is removing any mystery from life and banishing the unknown and heretofore unknowable.
There are things - plenty of things - I just don't get. Some examples are people who leave their shopping carts in the middle of the parking lot instead of returning them to the shopping cart corrals; people who smoke next to a cigarette butt holder, yet toss their butts on the curb; people who won't walk 20 paces to put trash in a trash can, instead tossing it on the ground beside their cars; ...
Take a life, any life, even your own. Write down all the known facts and documentation of that life, much but not all of it taken from public record: birth, parents, hometown, siblings, education, college transcripts, career, titles, marriage, children, divorce, volunteer positions, achievements, military service, address, church membership, diaries, daybooks and perhaps old letters retained by the sender or recipient.
An imaginative sort who spies a bright red fire truck parked outside a church might think one of two things: Either the congregants are burning up with the Holy Spirit and keep a fire truck on hand to cool things down once in a while, or the truck is a warning the fires of hell are close unless they toe the line.
"What hath night to do with sleep?" wrote John Milton in Paradise Lost. Indeed. For many of us, there is apparently little that connects nighttime with the ability to get a consistent night's rest of the usually recommended eight hours. One in five Americans are said to suffer chronic sleep deprivation, while 1/3 of adult workers in this country, some 41 million, get six or fewer hours of sleep a night, according to a New ...
We are constantly admonished to live in the moment and decried if we appear to be living in the past. The past is behind us and cannot be changed. The future lies ahead, unpredictable and out of our control.
There are many heroes walking among us. Sometimes we know them, but many times we don't. And even if we know their names, we may not realize why they are heroes and how our community is better because of them.
Public education in Georgia is always perceived to be a case of one step forward, two steps back. Or two steps forward and one step back.