I am sure that everyone that has ever turned on the news in the past four or so months is sick of hearing about how deadly COVID-19 is, how people are so irresponsible, and how we must keep six foot spacing at all times. This group of people would include me, and I can speak for everyone els…
Dear Editor: Are you feeling weary of this way of living like I am? I really miss my Silver Sneaker classes and that flexibility and aerobic exercise that knocks back my aging issues. I miss seeing those people. I like zooming my church worship and Sunday school classes, but the sound on zoo…
Staff members began excitedly telling the man in the wheelchair that his family members were coming around the corner. The thin man with the red T-shirt held both hands in the air, waving them, and smiling big as the car passed by with those inside waving back at him and shouting hello to him.
This week is Teacher Appreciation Week. It’s a time when teachers are usually recognized with a special breakfast or treat at school. That won’t be the case this year as teachers walked out of their classrooms in March with no idea that they would not be back this school year.
I showed up for the meeting with my hair in a tight bun on the top of my head. It might have been a few days since I had washed my hair. I didn’t have on any makeup and I had on a T-shirt with pancake syrup dribbled on the top of it.
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Dear Editor: “I ain’t lettin’ Government tell me what to do!” Someone posted on Facebook that he wasn’t going to abide by any government coronavirus regulations recommending social distancing and hand washing because he is an independent American! Shouts of liberty erupted in praise of his stance.
This spring marks 35 years that I have been in the newspaper business. It’s really been longer than that if you count the years that I was on the high school newspaper staff or the years I roamed the neighborhood collecting the community news to put in the family newsletter that I wrote, typ…
If you are a resident of the Classic City of Athens and an impassioned Bulldog fan, chances are you know all there is to know about Georgia and its championship teams along with the signature achievements of a plethora of accomplished athletes, past and present.
The following is personal, but I don’t mind sharing it with any who might be a companion with the aging process. It has to do with heartburn. That is what I heard acid reflux called when I was down on the farm. (In fact, owning to my provincial background, I first thought it was, “acid reflex.”)
I rarely wear my hair up in public but decided to go with a messy bun on Friday. With natural curly hair, you don’t have a lot of options with hair anyway. It usually does whatever it wants to do. No cute long pony tail swishing around or two long braids going down my back.
Last week, the Senate Economic Development and Tourism Committee met to discuss Senate Bill 280, which would prohibit the distribution of certain plastic bags. Plastic shopping bags have become the standard in many U.S. grocery stores. As such, they have also become a major pollutant in our …
Saturday mornings were always our favorite part of the week while growing up. Saturdays brought many things to our agenda for the day. Cartoons came on Saturday mornings only. That meant you got up at 7 a.m. to begin with Scooby Doo and end at 10 a.m. with Looney Tunes. We would be glued to …
Social media gets a lot of criticism, must of it rightly deserved, but it can also be a place where people go to for laughter, fellowship and even inspiration.
Dear Editor: I read the article about the Chimney Oaks Golf Course suing the City of Homer. This is really bad form on the part of the Golf Course - but all the owners care about is making more money. Not very Community minded, I would say. They know that the City of Homer cannot afford a pr…
ST. SIMONS ISLAND – When you take respite at a comfortable venue where the host is hospitable and qualifies as a fluent raconteur, there is a lift that makes your day which makes you eager for the next day but mindful that a long weekend is not long enough to spend with especial friends.
DRIFTWOOD BEACH, JEKYLL ISLAND – The focal point of my most recent trip to Georgia’s arresting and seductive Golden Isles, is a stretch of beach, maybe the length of two football fields, more or less, where gnarled and weathered tree trunks and skeletal-like limbs attract visitors from dista…
You likely are familiar with the term, “playing the cards you are dealt.” That is what one must do in life. If you are dealt a bad hand, you move forward, nonetheless. Make the best of it.
Keep Banks County Beautiful is giving away free Willow Oak seedlings at the Banks County Library on Saturday, Jan. 25, from 10:30 a.m. until they are gone. This is a "first come, first served" situation. We will have approximately 50 trees to give away.
NEW ORLEANS – After Atlanta, my home turf, the first major city I got to know well was New Orleans, which has a variety of pronunciations and nicknames. “New Or-leans” is commonplace as is New “Or-lee-uns.” Doesn’t matter how you say it, a party image comes sauntering to the forefront of you…
In 1978, with the help of a friend at the Augusta National Golf Club, I was approved for a credential to cover the Open championship, the first tournament in history of the game of golf, which was also the first golfing major and for years the sole tournament in the sport.
NEW YORK – You likely agree, if you have reached that station in life, that grandchildren are not overrated. While, I didn’t originate that assessment—it came from a pretty friend Suzanne Chastain—I succumb passionately to that notion.
A school teacher can never be rich except from fulfillment of helping a kid find his or her way. Few educators vacation on the Riviera, at Pebble Beach, Costa Del Sol or Bora Bora. For most of them, a corner room at a modest hotel at Destin or Hilton Head will do. Financial reward is not cen…
Dear Editor: Many of our residents are members, or have been, of Christian Churches. We claim to lead our lives with the teachings of Jesus as our compass, the basis of our morality. However, I hear more quotes from Old Testament law to support positions held against abortion, against LGBT r…
I drove to Athens to check out a sale that I go to every year. I thought I might find a few stocking stuffers for the family. I have been to this sale several years and I always find something.
LAGRANGE – This has always been an inviting town, laid back but not passive, down home but not without an appreciation for sophisticated ambience, accompanied by an accent on culture and the arts.
PIERRE, S. D. – Winter came early to the Upper Midwest this fall, but that did not cause any reluctance on the part of hunters who can’t wait to make their way here annually to enjoy an outdoor experience that brings about defining fulfillment.
It started when I accidentally typed the wrong number when sending a text. Just one number wrong and I was suddenly quickly texting back and forth with a stranger. In just a few minutes, I had sold two pies to a stranger. I didn’t even know their name.
With another presidential primary debate set for Atlanta, it is worth looking back 23 years ago at an incident which still defies all logic.
On the first day of November, the month many people pause to give thanks for things big and small, I posted a photo on social media of mother and I in pilgrim costumes and my sister in a Native American dress. I included the following commentary with the photo, “Kicking off this month of Tha…
Terry Kay, the venerated and highly regarded author, was a sports reporter and columnist before he segued to a more literary lifestyle. He experienced the strict fundamentals of journalism while on the sports beat.
Fall is the perfect time to visit the Smoky Mountains and there is no place more beautiful to visit than Sevierville, Tenn., the hometown of Dolly Parton. A statue of the iconic country music star in downtown Sevierville is Dolly’s favorite tribute. It is also the first stop of many visitors…
Agnew Peacock was a rock of a man in his days of yore. The passing years, however, brought about a decline with his health that made him compatible with the notion that sometimes it is better to leave this sometimes discordant world than to remain with agony riding shotgun in your life.
Losing a best friend is like losing a family member. Death is so abrupt and leaves one with such emptiness. You reflect on the happy times you remember when there was never any resignation that there would be an eternal separation. You are always aware that finality eventually comes about, b…
Freshman Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York made an interesting statement over the weekend when she tweeted, “At this point, the bigger national scandal isn’t the president’s lawbreaking behavior — it is the Democratic Party’s refusal to impeach him for it.”
After working full time in the print journalism business for almost a quarter of a century, questions are still directed at me from time to time about the future of print media.
In the feature article this week, Ted Studdard reflects on the people who were an influence to him growing up. I think we can all remember wonderful people if we just take the time to do a little reminiscing. Thanks to Mr. Studdard for reminding me of this.
After working full-time in the print journalism business for almost a quarter of a century, questions are still directed to me from time to time about the future of print media.