This week, my mother called around 10 a.m. one morning to chat for a minute and catch up. During our conversation, I realized that she was still in her bed, waiting for an aide to help into a wheelchair.
This is the story of courage. This is a story of tenacity. This is the story of Hill Daniel.
I wrote a column not too long ago bemoaning the fact that my grandchildren were growing up. Well, I have more proof.
The liberal world vision and reality are often at variance, as, for example, with equal pay for equal work.
My wife and I have been vacationing the past week in south Florida. On the first night of the eight-day trip, we took the hotel clerk's dinner recommendation and headed to the restored riverfront in historic Fort Myers.
As a kid, I hated Sunday mornings with a passion I now reserve only for unimaginable evils such as genocide and raw onions. Sunday - "the day of rest" - was far from restful for me, and I blame it on a weekly ritual, "dressing up for Sunday school."
There are many ways to describe the enormous gap between the American people and their elected politicians.
I grew up with hamsters, so when my kid decided he wanted one for his birthday in December last year, I was totally OK with that.
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.
Humans have long reached toward heaven. I don't know whether this desire represents an attempt to get away from the ground, an attempt to associate with God, or an attempt to peer over the balcony and look at all the little people below. But the desire to go higher and higher has long shaped the skylines of our cities.
Since I last wrote a column about my husband's cabin, he has made additions.
When I finished high school, I left my childhood behind. It was an unconscious decision, but one I recognize now was necessary for me to evolve into the person I was meant to be.
Over the past 10 years, I have written columns variously titled "Academic Cesspools," "Academic Dishonesty," "The Shame of Higher Education," "Academic Rot" and "Indoctrination of Our Youth."
Let your mind wander back to kindergarten, and think about those simpler times and all the fun you had. It doesn't matter where you come from; you have to admit that kindergarten was fun. You played with toys, sang songs, colored pictures of fire trucks, and learned radically new concepts like sharing and the letter Q.
February 11 is now known as the Day of Departure among Egyptians. Mubarak's ouster represented a victory for those Egyptians demanding 'the fall of the regime' and turned their uprising into a revolution. A spirit of cooperation, cohesiveness and national pride pervaded the population from that momentous day. But as the dust settles, the major challenges of a post-Mubarak Egypt are becoming apparent. In the recent constitutional referendum, 41 percent of eligible voters showed up ...
I discovered quite by accident that this was nurses' week. One of the nurses at Riverside, a skilled nursing facility here in Covington, had on a different colored uniform, and it caught my eye. When I asked about it, that is when I found out it was nurses' week. My wife and I spend a good bit of time at Riverside visiting her mother. So we have gotten to know a number of the nurses. ...
Wasn't it all just too beautiful? Wasn't it just perfect? Aren't they a handsome couple? Doesn't she have the most winning smile? And didn't that Irish Guards uniform fit him grandly? I am, of course, referring to last week's wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Millions around this country, I among them, got up excruciatingly early to view the royal vows. I'll concede here and now to a fascination with all things about the ...
The granddog Sophie takes me to some interesting places. I hold the long leash in as much of an iron grip as I can muster these days, but my control is tenuous at best as the Huskie comes out in her and she pulls me mightily along. Sometimes she inadvertently takes me back. One recent morning I watched her longing after a squirrel studiously going about its business two or three leash lengths away, and ...
Osama bin Laden is deader than a doornail and sleeping with the fish. May he rot in Hell and may those who danced and burned American flags after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, which killed more than 3,000 innocent people end up there with him, minus their virgins. Applause to President Barack Obama, who changed a lot of opinions about his personality and his leadership abilities. It was on his orders that a ...
Last week the White House released a long-form official Hawaiian birth certificate purporting to lay to rest ongoing controversy regarding Barack Hussein Obama II's qualification by birth to fill the office of president of The United States of America. At the heart of the matter has been rampant speculation that the conditions of the birth of the 44th president did not satisfy requirements set forth in the supreme law of the land, The Constitution of ...
"Every society produces its own cultural conceits," Jack Weatherford wrote in "The Secret History of the Mongol Queens," "a set of lies and delusions about itself that thrives in the face of all contrary evidence. The Mongols believed that they could not be completely defeated."
A lot of press, including this publication, has been dedicated to trying to figure out why gas prices, already high, are headed further upward due to an increase in state and local sales taxes, effective Sunday.
The ghostly visage of a grand four-columned, two-story home alone in a broad field of alfalfa appears in a photograph likely taken sometime in the first quarter of the 20th century. It sat beyond the eastern edge of Covington, now at the end of Floyd Street and behind the Newton County Library, but at the time the house was built -sometime between 1910 and 1918, it is thought - Floyd Street went only as far ...
I feel like a failure. For years, I have told you what a privilege it is to live in Georgia. We have beautiful mountains, pristine beaches, the oldest state-chartered university in the nation, Vidalia onions and more concrete fishponds than you can count. And we are unhappy. Where have I gone wrong? A survey by Gallup-Healthways called the Well-Being Index released last month says Georgia is only the 31st happiest state in the nation. For ...
Our cottage in Oxford is once again a woodsy retreat, lush with fresh greenery and new growth.
In case you missed this, there is a bill calling for the governor to be able to remove members of the Atlanta School Board if they keep chicken fighting among themselves rather than doing their job.
This year's legislative session is at last over. We saw the usual surge of bills and resolutions in the last week, as well as many reconciliation reports between House and Senate versions of some of those. Overall, we voted on 99 measures. SB 33 is the Senate's version of zero-based budgeting. Zero-based budgeting requires that an agency justify its budget request from the ground up, rather than simply requesting a continuance each year and merely ...
If change were the criteria for judging school improvement, many school systems would be way down the road towards greater student learning. And, while "first order change" (an extension of the past consistent with existing knowledge and skills) is hardly the same as "second order change" (a break from the past requiring new knowledge and skills), both types are at work in Newton County School System as we seek continuous improvement.
Settle back friends, 'cause I'm about to tell you a story that may leave you slack-jawed and dumbfounded.