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.
Life gives us moments forever etched in our minds. It was 23 years ago today that a baby girl came into the world and changed my life forever. I realize 23 is not a milestone birthday, but this one occurs on column day, so I decided I would write about it. I remember Dr. Thomas Jenkins commenting as she made her debut: "Look at those shoulders, Harris; you've got yourself a linebacker." About five seconds ...
Somewhere in corporate America, someone decided we needed to show some degree of pleasantness, whether it is genuine or not.
In recent days, Hall County said goodbye to the last of the lions who ushered the region into the modern era.
In the hallway of a house where we lived when I was a kid, a shelf was built into the wall for the telephone with a place for the phone and a little space underneath for the phone book. I doubt anyone has included that feature in a house built anytime recently.
You can't tell it by the weather, but the season is here. The weather is as hot as it has been all summer, but there is a great feeling when college football season arrives. It's not a completely Southern thing. The start of football is a big deal in other parts of the country, but it is the topic of many conversations right now. On a recent evening, I went to dinner with friends who ...
Arnold Dorsey is going to appear in concert in Atlanta next month. Arnold is now 77 and apparently still a pretty good singer.
During the past week or so, thousands of people made a pilgrimage to Memphis to remember the city's best-known son, Elvis Aron Presley.
Certain occupations have a predisposition to being unpopular, such as working at any kind of office that collects taxes or issues driver's licenses.
I miss the days when school started after Labor Day. I don't have kids in school anymore and it has been a long time since I was there myself, but some school systems in our state actually started classes this year in late July. I'm not saying it is wrong. I just miss the way things used to be. We used to have revivals in August. We would always have a revival preacher on a ...
During my half-century and a little change on this planet, I have been a member of 12 churches. I was a member of one of them twice. I moved away and then came back.
Harry Adams has found the elixir of life. Unfortunately for the rest of us, it does not come in a bottle.
Having lived through several years of drought, it is hard to complain about the rain. But, we have had our fair share. Perhaps, a tad more than our fair share.
I was not the best student in school. There was one school where I excelled and it was vacation Bible school. Today, Bible school comes in a box. It is packaged with everything you might need. It comes with clever names such as "Kingdom Rock, where kids stand strong for God," and "SonWest Roundup, a rip-roaring, good time with Jesus." I don't know if we had a theme, but what we did have was marching. ...
We get very excited in this country when half of the eligible voters turn out for an election. That used to bother me, but I'm OK with that. Many of those people don't know whom they are voting for or why.
NEW YORK - If you're making a Christmas trip to the Big Apple, I hope you'll stop by and see Billy Crystal.
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.
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