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A Christmas cruise from hell

One year the kids were all gone, and Molly's mother talked us into going on a cruise, so we booked one from San Diego to Puerto Vallarta with stops at other famous Mexican resort destinations. I could say this cruise was really the cruise from the deepest parts of hell, but believe me that would not even touch how bad it really was. At first I was excited to go. I was ready for a week of some Coronas and scenery watching.

December 22, 2008 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | News Columnists


Christmas traditions from me to you

I have always loved Christmas and its traditions; even as I have grown older, I find that really deep in my heart I still believe in Santa Claus and the spirit of the whole season, and I just can't wait until I see the "Frosty the Snowman" and "Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer" re-runs at this time of year.

December 20, 2008 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | News Columnists


We eat like Neanderthals

Back when we had to chase our food for dinner, calorie-dense fats and sugars were a rare find. We were (and still are) programmed to eat until satiation. This is a survival instinct that guarded against the possibility of starvation tomorrow. When we ran around scrounging for dinner in the savannah, say 80,000 years ago, food was scarce and great physical effort was required to survive.

December 20, 2008 | Kirven Weekley | News Columnists


Feverish, yet thankful

It wasn't the best week to be out of commission.

December 10, 2008 | Kari Apted | News Columnists


My first date

I was scooting about town the other day and listening to one of the "oldies" stations, when the song "Moon River" played, which got me reminiscing about my first date.

December 07, 2008 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | News Columnists


Supporting tomorrow's leaders today

Seventh graders are self-conscious, like to work in groups, and are beginning to have a greater appreciation and understanding of literature, according to a report by the Georgia Department of Education.

December 03, 2008 | By Terri Kimble | News Columnists


Cotton vs. cotton candy

"When I was a little girl,

November 24, 2008 | Terri Kimball, Guest Columnist | News Columnists


Finally Over

If you're my friend on Facebook, you saw my declaration that this week's column would be about anything but the election. But as I sat down to write, I found that was the only real topic ping-ponging around my mind. Well, that and my need to mop the floor. I couldn't build a column around mopping, so please forgive me for reneging on my promise.

November 19, 2008 | By Kari Apted | News Columnists


Making amends

Recently I revived some columns I wrote when I was in Arizona working with Hospice. If you are interested they run in the community section of our Web site covnews.com.

November 12, 2008 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | News Columnists


How to think like Einstein

Ever have one of those "Aha" moments when you suddenly see the solution to have a difficult problem, or when you gain some precious insight into an issue? Most of us have experienced that pleasant feeling when a mental light bulb goes off and something makes such obvious sense to us we wonder why we didn't notice it before. But what is it that happens in the mind that produces this eureka moment, this "click" of understanding?

November 12, 2008 | Kirven Weekley | News Columnists


I’m going as Earl for Halloween this year

I haven't been to a Halloween party in years and this year is no exception.

November 10, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | News Columnists


This little lamb went to college...

At first glance, she's an ordinary second grader.

November 10, 2008 | Staff Report | News Columnists


The American flag

 Last month, a group of local business and school leaders and Social Circle High School students witnessed a retirement ceremony for an American flag that had flown over the campus. The Redskins Battalion of JROTC, under the leadership of Major Mark Robinson and SSG Michael Marchese, conducted this educational ceremony, providing a lesson in patriotism and flag etiquette.

November 08, 2008 | Bettye Ray, Guest Columnist | News Columnists


Popular to be you

 SUVs. Muscle cars. Jansport bookbags. Izod shirts. Big hair. Letterman jackets. A popular athlete's letterman jacket. Tight rolled jeans. Low waist lines.

October 29, 2008 | By Terry Kimble | News Columnists


The walking wounded

Many of us have had a substantial thump to the head at one time or another. Maybe it was in an automobile accident that we clobbered or noggin, or when we fell off the stool changing the light in the kitchen, or we had a particularly hard hit on the football field.

October 27, 2008 | Kirven Weekley | News Columnists


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