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Yarbrough: A salute to an Olympic champion and his pursuit of excellence

Dr. Melvin Pender Jr. is a bona fide American hero: An Olympic gold medalist (4x100 relay in the 1968 Mexico City Games at 31 years ...

February 26, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Irwin: Evidence of the prehistoric sources of humor: A rejected thesis

(Originally published in Storytelling Magazine, January 2016)

February 26, 2017 | | Columnists


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Dupree, Graubart cook up another gem

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.

May 09, 2013 | Barbara Morgan | Columnists


Moms can embrace change at any age

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.

May 09, 2013 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


College grad is a lesson in tenacity

This is the story of courage. This is a story of tenacity. This is the story of Hill Daniel.

May 07, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Children older than their years

I wrote a column not too long ago bemoaning the fact that my grandchildren were growing up. Well, I have more proof.

May 07, 2013 | Paula Travis | Columnists


Political correctness

The liberal world vision and reality are often at variance, as, for example, with equal pay for equal work.

May 04, 2013 | Walter Williams | Columnists


It’s not nice to forget Mother Nature

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.

May 04, 2013 | Maurice Carter | Columnists


Clip-on tie is the devil’s work

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."

May 04, 2013 | David McCoy | Columnists


Americans want choices, not policies

There are many ways to describe the enormous gap between the American people and their elected politicians.

May 04, 2013 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists


Cats and hamsters don't mix

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.

May 04, 2013 | Amber Pittman | Columnists


Morgan: Fairies add whimsy to weekend

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.

May 02, 2013 | Barbara Morgan | Columnists


Cushman: Men reach toward heaven

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.

May 02, 2013 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists


Big Bird gets flustered, too

RING! RING!

April 30, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


“Art” installations to cabin

Since I last wrote a column about my husband's cabin, he has made additions.

April 30, 2013 | Paula Travis | Columnists


Butterflies remain free through turmoil

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.

April 27, 2013 | Maurice Carter | Columnists


Potential donor takes stand

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."

April 27, 2013 | Walter Williams | Columnists


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