Since last Thursday, dozens of people have forwarded me the link to her "Britain's Got Talent" audition video on YouTube. At this moment, it's gotten 20 million hits. Boyle completely wowed cynical "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell, two other judges, and the audience with her strong, angelic voice. And now she is being discussed around the world. Even Oprah Winfrey has invited Boyle to appear on her show.
OK, I confess I am fascinated by the moon; I love to observe and photograph its surface. I really became a fan in the '50s after seeing the movie "Destination Moon." As a youngster, I would climb a ladder to the top of the garage and sit on the roof and look at the moon, planets and stars.
In a recent column I wrote that I had refused an invitation to spend a weekend in New York with friends. I didn't go. I explained I wasn't afraid of the terrorists. I just didn't want to be around that many New Yorkers for that long. In case you didn't know, if I get around a lot of New Yorkers, I suffer from a number of reactions.
Happy Easter and Happy Passover to all who are celebrating this weekend. Isn't it glorious that the warmth of spring has finally settled in, and we can spend all day outside, enjoying it?
Not surprisingly, parents who have a child diagnosed with an anxiety disorder often struggle to choose the right treatment. They are frequently apprehensive, and rightly so, about the effects of psychotropic medication. They may discover that a good therapist can be hard to find and that the costs in terms of both time and money can be difficult to bear.
There is a lot to worry about these days. Unemployment is on the rise as businesses close, retirement accounts and investments are shrinking, the government is sinking almost a trillion dollars of your tax money into shoring up failing businesses and the cost of goods keeps rising. And lest we forget, Al Qaeda and other bad guys are out there lurking, threatening the safety and security we enjoyed up until 9-11-2001.
I have an ancient laptop which thinks it is 1986 every time you turn it on. It will only come on, of course, if it is plugged in because the battery died years ago, and a new battery is more than the computer is worth.
Our final week of session saw the normal surge of legislating. We considered 42 bills and resolutions and also worked to resolve many minor differences between bills, as well as voted on conference committee reports that hashed out major differences between House and Senate versions of bills. SB 30 deals with a problem in which gasoline suppliers (read "big oil") won't allow distributors to mix ethanol with base gasoline stock. They bring in ethanol from ...
On April 3, the Georgia General Assembly adjourned after completing the 40 required days of the 2009 session. This year, the Senate took important steps to stimulate the economy, provide quality education and improve our transportation infrastructure. By passing several key pieces of legislation and approving essential funding in the FY10 state budget, the Senate has worked to benefit all Georgians. Here are some of the major initiatives we approved during the 2009 session. Employment ...
I'm looking for the Rev. Floyd Tenney. He's the pastor of a Methodist church somewhere in the Atlanta area. Somebody told me that recently, but they didn't have a name or address of the church. I knew Floyd Tenney when I was a boy. He was a young preacher at my home church, Moreland Methodist. He was the first preacher with whom I realy identified. He wasn't a somber old man in a blue suit, ...
I've spent the past three weeks discussing how the teachings of family psychologist and parenting expert Dr. John Rosemond have helped my husband and I redefine our family.
The 2009 Legislative Session ends today. This was a busy week as we focused on the economy and others areas as well.
The fiscal 2010 budget was still in the Senate's hands last week, as their Appropriations Committee reviewed the bill. However, the recently released February revenue numbers have us wondering whether this budget will have to be cut even further. State revenue during February was down an incredible 34.8 percent, compared to February 2008. Contrast this to a drop of 14.3 percent for January, and 8.9 percent in December. It's possible that this ...
As a kid, "military" meant something historical or romantic to me.
I recently purchased a parcel of land with a house on it on the banks of Lake Oconee in Georgia. A beautiful new golf course called Great Waters is almost at my door.