Our society places a high priority on winning. It is a seemingly natural thing to do. Valdosta, which was the home of a perennial championship football team for many years, used to refer to itself as "Winnersville." If your team was not victorious, there is not a lot of curb appeal to a place called "Losersville." The past few days has been a convergence of seasons focused on winning. The Olympic Games, the beginning of ...
In one of my favorite Merle Haggard songs, "Okie From Muskogee," Haggard writes about the local college saying "Football's still the roughest thing on campus and the kids there still respect the college dean."
This is the season of camp meetings, a protestant religious exercise that dates back to the early 1800s when Methodists and Baptists were just beginning to set up shop here in the U.S.
We will never go back to the days of three TV channels, one wired phone and a camera that required film, but there are times I'd like to.
I was born in Atlanta and we lived there until I was 8. I was born in the middle of the time when racial tensions were rising. In my boyhood, the Vietnam War began to escalate and that created a different kind of tension.
With fresh peaches now arriving at produce markets around the region, I thought it was time for a churn of fresh peach ice cream.
In the Southern Baptist church, there once was an organization called Royal Ambassadors or "RAs" for short.
I don't know exactly at what age my baby girl blurted out something that sounded like "Daddy," but I've always loved the sound of it.
I love this country of ours. When I travel through it, I find myself loving it more. I love our flag. When I see those 13 stripes, I think one of them is for my home state and I think that's special. This week, we have a day set aside to honor our flag. June 14 is Flag Day. It is also the birthday of the U.S. Army. As the son of a decorated Army ...
Every now and then, you hear a story about someone who does something exceptionally nice for someone.
A few years ago, the TV Land cable channel erected several statues around the country of such legends as Bob Newhart, Andy Griffith, Mary Tyler Moore and Jackie Gleason.
From the day they married back in 1962, Dennis and Mildred Carpenter have answered the call to music ministry at several churches in Hall County.
I'm not sure how we acquired our first piano; it just showed up one day. My mother had visions of me being an accomplished pianist. That just didn't happen.
One of my first jobs was shining shoes in a barbershop. The going rate was 25 cents a pair. I was convinced I was going to be rather busy and purchased a change machine that mounted on my belt. I was only 12 or 13 years old and the change thing was pretty big.
I think all adults have thought at one time or another that it would be fun to go back to our high school or college years. The caveat is that we would want to return with our current level of knowledge.
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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