This is a story about heroes - good people doing good things. The cast of characters in this performance shares one thing in common: They are strangers to one another.
My sister is having some renovations done to her house and is momentarily out of bathrooms. So she has been staying with me intermittently.
I overheard something funny as I was munching on a sweet snack last month. I didn't catch much of the conversation, but I did hear, "I need hot fudge." I thought it was hilarious.
Another week, another controversy in official Washington.
Last week, a federal judge ordered Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to allow 10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan, who suffers from cystic fibrosis, to be moved to the adult lung transplant list. She then got her potentially lifesaving transplant.
My favorite memory of my father isn't a memory at all - or, at least it's not mine. It's a tale told years ago by his older sister about Dad's first day at elementary school in the south Georgia town where they were born.
Attention, Newton County mothers and your adult daughters: When you're out and about shopping, picking out spring plants for your garden, or maybe enjoying lunch and a little family gossip, do not be alarmed if you notice me lurking about. I have neither sinister nor larcenous intent.
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I'm old school, as you already know if you converse regularly with me Sunday mornings. So, it shouldn't be difficult for you to presuppose my position on a multiplicity of issues. It shouldn't surprise you to learn that I firmly support capital punishment. Nor would you be startled at my suggestion as to how best save tax money currently spent sustaining death row inmates: tomorrow morning, feed the condemned that last meal, then parade them out and do away with them!
When he retired as the commander of the Georgia National Guard in 2007, David Poythress could look back on a long and honorable career in military and government service. He had been Georgia's secretary of state and labor commissioner, as well as an unsuccessful candidate for governor.
During a recent football game I saw commercials for an exercise ball (it looked like a beach ball), an exercise video (no equipment), two different exercise equipment sets, a diet supplement and an exercise club. I assume someone is buying one or more of these products or else the ads would not be on TV.
The federal government spends a lot of time on labels. Getting a federally authorized label for something requiring one costs a pretty good sum of money. You have to hire a Washington lawyer, hold hearings, publish it in the Federal Register and do everything but stand on your head. I was packing up some stuff the other day and noticed the label on an insecticide designed to kill flying ...
As my close friends can verify, I am quite fashion-conscious. A regular clothes horse. I seek to be dressed correctly for all occasions. My formal evening attire, for instance, is always impeccable. For one thing, Harvey, the guy over at the tux rental place, always sees to it any cummerbund I get has no soup stains on it from a previous wearing.
As 2009 dawns, the next cycle of Georgia politics is coming into view. We already have seen coverage of the budding race for governor, with Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine preparing to run for the Republican nomination. Other GOPers considering an entry include Secretary of State Karen Handel and Congressman Lynn Westmoreland.
I know we need the rain and everyone is grateful for the recent heavy rains including me, but the cold I'm not so sure of. I can't help remembering my old circulation days and the havoc that rain caused the carriers.
Obama's invitation of the Rev. Rick Warren to speak at his inauguration has ignited a fire storm on both sides of the political aisle. For the left wing, eight years of intolerance at the hands of "incurious George" led to an expectation of payback. Toleration of right wing opinions is not part of their agenda. The right wing, who Warren is seen as representing, is also going up in flames. Their complaint is that Warren ...
I've never claimed to be a smart man. I tend to view things simply, despite my fascination with how Einstein saw things mathematically and how Flannery O'Connor described things in her unique anagogical style. I love chatting with those knowledgeable about quantum electrodynamics, but if asked to explain what European physicists are doing with their Large Hadron Collider, I just paint it simply and say they're looking for an elusive, crucial particle that ...
In any election year there will be roughly equal groups of winners and losers. Here are the Georgia political figures who can feel good (or bad) about their wins and losses of the past year.
If the federal government really wants to start fooling around with the drinking age, it should start at the other end. What I mean by this is that the government should first do something about older drinkers before it starts meddling with the younger ones. There are several reasons why I think this:
Dear Editor: Certainly no compassion here. If left up to the citizens there would be no condemnation of the Denby home until all the permits were issued to build the project. And after 10-plus years the "urgency" of this condemnation is about as lame an excuse as any kindergarten kid could come up with.   The county brought me into court on Christmas Eve once ...
Madoff's $50 billion Ponzi scheme brought down individuals, charities and damaged banks and investment funds around the world. More precisely, the exposure of Madoff's Ponzi scheme brought them down.
I remember going to Walt Disney World not long after it opened. There was just the Magic Kingdom and that was it.
Preparing for Christmas this week, I've been contemplating the familiar while relishing Dickensian flashes of Christmases past. Reverencing the past, I think, enriches the present, engenders hope and provides guidance for the future.