Dear God, It's me again. I think of myself as your good and faithful servant, and I certainly hope you see it this way, especially when my time comes. It seems that there are a lot more folks who claim to be speaking for you. They invoke your name on everything. I had someone come and see me who was running for office. He said he was running because you told him to. I'm not ...
In 1983, my mother fell off a ladder and broke her hip. In time, it would heal and because of the break she was sensitive to changes in the weather.
One of my colleagues asked this week, in a sort of rhetorical way, why people make the annual pilgrimage to the mountains to look at leaves. It's a good question.
Cathy Cox wanted to be governor, but ended up as president. Cox, 51, was inaugurated July 25 as the 21st president of Young Harris College. I was invited and went. If you haven't been to a college presidential inauguration, there is a lot of pomp and circumstance and a good number of academic types in big robes. Nobody said anything in Latin, or anything like that, but it was pretty impressive. Cathy Cox and I ...
The former "Bubba" McDonald has been a friend of mine for many years. He hasn't asked me for any political advice, but I'm going to offer some today.
I'm not quite ready to go and change jobs, but I had a glimpse this week of a potential career that I might have pursued.
The Optimist Club in Forsyth County invited me over this week to be their speaker. I knew it was a group of optimists because of the sign and the fact that they meet at 7 in the morning. You have to be an optimist to be willing to listen to someone speak that early in the morning.
Technology, in my opinion, has ruined the road trip. Now, there are some improvements I've gladly accepted, such as air conditioning and FM radio. But the guy who invented that DVD player for the car should be punished. A kid younger than 10 can't ride in a car for more than 20 miles without playing a DVD. What's worse, you can now get two DVDs built into your SUV or minivan. If Johnny likes action ...
The network morning shows only have news for about the first 30 minutes. From that point on they launch into everything from how to cure a hangnail to picking a couple to have a wedding on a New York street corner.
Two score and eight years ago, a fine doctor and my namesake, Thomas Harris, debuted me at the Georgia Baptist Hospital.
The name of Earle Hagen may not ring a bell, but you more than likely know his music. Hagen was the composer of "Fishin' Hole," the theme from "The Andy Griffith Show." Not only did he write it, he whistled it, too. His son did the finger snaps. Hagen, who died last week at the age of 88, wrote the theme songs for a number of classic shows from 1953 to 1986, including "Make Room ...
The old girl died in a fire in February. We finally buried her this week. She was laid to rest in a landfill.
My earliest business venture was operating a shoe-shine box in Johnny O'Kelly's barber shop in Social Circle. It was two-chair shop with Johnny and Mr. Aub McClain.
Each week, I write this column by Thursday around noon. Newspapers have deadlines and I just can't send this out on the information superhighway at the last minute.
Hugh Jarrett was quintessentially cool. Hugh died May 31 from injuries he sustained in an auto accident in March. He had a life that had brushes with greatness. He also had his fair share of dry spells. But the stylishly hip patter that made him a star in the early days of rock 'n' roll kept him ever cool. Hugh was a member of the Jordanaires, the legendary gospel group that became Elvis Presley's first ...
Some of the savviest advertisers know how to play on our emotions during the holidays.
This week, I am celebrating the 49th anniversary of the first time I wore a paper pilgrim hat and paper buckles on my shoes. I am pretty sure that was the same year I traced my hand to make a turkey.
The people who issue phone numbers say we have run out of numbers again.
I'm not sure how it happened, but many Americans don't know the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day.
Television now offers repeats of the same shows, sometimes in the same week. If that's not enough, service providers offer all sorts of repeat plays of everything from sporting events to sitcoms.
I remember seeing a man with a tattoo on his arm when I was about 7 or 8. The man was in a barber shop, where my dad and I were getting a haircut. I later asked him about the strange drawing on the man's arm.
If civility was a patient on a TV medical show, it would be on the operating room table with its chest open and a doctor trying to keep its failing heart beating.
The first aerosol air fresheners appeared in stores after World War II. The technology had been used first for spray insecticides during the war. Some bright individual came up with the idea that spraying a fragrant aroma in an indoor space would make things better.
My earliest memory of vacation was staying at places with names such as the Sand and Surf or the Seashell Motor Inn. They were V-shaped motor lodges with parking right in front of your room.
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