In years gone by, a woman in America who wasn't married between ages 18 and 25 was known as an "old maid."
I have some good news and some bad news. I read in the paper recently about a proposed venture to send people to Mars. The good news is that it will be a one-way trip. The bad news is that the launch isn't scheduled until 2022, meaning anybody dumb enough to consider the idea of going to Mars and staying there will be hanging around for another nine years on our planet and lowering the collective IQ for the rest of us. Bummer.
He is probably the most recognized veteran in the state of Georgia. His accomplishments and awards would fill a newspaper. One hundred or more hours is a typical workweek.
Many news stories have noted the importance of getting young, healthy people to sign up for insurance on the exchanges created by President Obama's health care law. The Washington Post's Ezra Klein reported that the White House considers this the single most important factor in making the law work.
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.
From my Spanish-speaking friends, I have learned about the Day of the Dead, a Mexican holiday that is celebrated not only throughout Mexico, but also around the world and in other cultures.
Ring! Ring! Ring!
As I've documented in the past, many leftist teachers teach our youngsters to hate our country.
Many reporters caught up in the bizarre world of official Washington have written extensively on political tactics and implications of the so-called government shutdown and disastrous launch of HealthCare.gov. Typical was a New York Times headline that blared ''Republicans, Sensing Weakness in Health Law Rollout, Switch Tactics.''
It's really hard to hear people sometimes, isn't it?
I've written extensively over the past several weeks that we, the voters, need to be vigilant and suspicious of the current political atmosphere.
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.
When our oldest child was an infant, I talked to her nonstop. It was an ongoing monologue, a narrative of her life in progress. Topics included what we were doing, where we were going, what I was dressing her in, what the weather was like and what was happening next.
You've got to give it to Bill Hoosen. He's a bold, well-spoken retiree and Newton County resident who's unafraid to stand up to the Board of Commissioners when he thinks they're about to vote into law a budget that he believes will harm the county.
You would think designing a license tag would be relatively simple, wouldn't you? Not in Georgia. Our state is sucking wind financially. Schools are a mess. Speaker of the House David Ralston thinks paying one's taxes is for plebeians. We can't find anybody to pick our cucumbers - if the drought hasn't already killed them - because those who would have picked them are mad at us. Now if all of that wasn't bad enough, ...
Her name was Lady, and she was lost, alone and afraid, far from home and friendless. The little stray German shepherd turned up at the right doorstep, though, the home of Doug and Sheri Bolton. The Boltons live away from it all, but seem a magnet for strays. Maybe they can sense when someone cares. They already have two stray dogs they've adopted, and a stray cat, too. Sherri's usually the one who takes a ...
Elected officials and would-be elected officials like to march in parades. At the Fourth of July parade in Oxford, a shout of "Save the library" rang out. A local politician looked around for the caller and asked, "Why?" For the benefit of elected and would-be elected officials, here are five reasons why we should save the library: No. 1: One of the places on the Chamber of Commerce visiting list for prospective businesses (read employers) ...
Somewhere, in one of your closets or in your basement, do you have a big box of "sentimental" items that you just can't part with? Until last week, I had three big containers of cards, letters, articles, drawings, awards, and all the trappings of a history that I wanted to keep for posterity. And there were more photographs than I could count. I suppose I could have kept the tubs in a closet until I ...
What a, uh, surprise. The investigation into the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal revealed there were a lot of people involved, including those in the very top positions of the organization. Initially the standard line from those in charge was that incidents of cheating and manipulating test scores were isolated incidents perpetrated by singularly misguided individuals. We now know this was not the case and cheating was not only widespread and indicative of a systemic ...
Three recent sports biographies, two about baseball stars Stan Musial and Hank Greenberg, and another about boxing great Joe Louis, are not only interesting in themselves, but also recall an era that now seems as irretrievably past as the Roman Empire.
"It is what it is." The line may not have been original, but when a character played by Leonard DiCaprio in the movie "Blood Diamond" uttered it, it seared itself into my consciousness. It was one of the "Aha" moments that Oprah has popularized.
The phone rang the other day and on the other end of the line was Gay Blade, the world's flaming liberal. Gay spends a lot of time trying to raise my sensitivity toward liberal issues. So far, Gay has not had a lot of luck.
I'm finding it hard this week to work up the will to take the granddog out into the sultry still morning for a walk, however piteously she looks with that sad blue eye and that even sadder brown eye.
With the announcement she is running for the Republican nomination for President, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachman appears to have emerged as the primary point person for the Tea Party and will make great waves during the campaign, assuming she does not continually step on her tongue.
When did moving become so difficult? In college, I could pack everything I owned in my little MG and move from dorm to apartment to home with no sweat. Fifteen years later, I packed the barest of necessities in a new Volvo and moved to Tennessee. Well those easy days are gone. We just moved, and it took two huge trucks and more boxes than I could count. We packed, we packed some ...
The media has focused on the Atlanta Public School cheating scandal. How the media loves a scandal. It will pass on to the next scandal, criminal trial or "wake up call" soon enough. Before it does, though, there are some valuable lessons in the Atlanta scandal. First, the number of educators charged cheating is 178, of which some 82 have confessed to cheating. That sounds and is bad. But that's a small percentage of the ...
I remember the sunrise on a crisp, cold Tuesday some 25 years ago. My wife and I were both teaching at old Sharp Middle School, and were renting one of our fondest memories at 6107 Floyd St., next door to one of the grandest couples who ever graced Covington, the late Charlie and Audrey Smith. My wife had already gone to school in our 1971 Oldsmobile Delta 88, the springs of which had long since ...
It was my freshman year of high school. My mother, sister and I had recently moved back to Carrollton, Ga. It may have been social studies, or it may have been biology, the subject does not matter, it was the life lesson that I learned that does.