I realized the other day I have now reached the point that I have lived more years without a father than I did with him.
Every year, I take lots of vitamins, get a flu shot and wash my hands in hopes of not getting sick. It's not getting sick that scares me. It is the prospect of having to stay home and watch the stuff they have on TV during the day.
I think the goal of each generation is for the generation that follows to have better opportunities. It generally has been true. There are seemingly limitless opportunities to learn, be entertained and to see and do things that were out of reach for the preceding generation. But will they ever have summers like we did? I don't think so. The fear-filled ...
I remember the day I asked my dad to take the training wheels off of my bike. I had the feeling I was ready to go on two wheels.
The landscape of Hall County is minus one sturdy magnolia this week.
Pop culture plays an increasing role in how people arrive at names for their offspring.
I'm back and just in time to opine about Mother's Day. Quite frankly, Mother's Day is a commercial creation designed to stimulate sales. Folks want to sell you something to give to your mama. I'm not against it; I just have an aversion to any seasonal event that can have the word "sale" affixed to it. We first started honoring George Washington's birthday because he was the father of our country. Now they have a ...
For the past few years, we have gathered at this same spot for a weekly visit. I've looked at it as a friendly chat over the back fence.
Now that the final moment of Christmas is over and radio stations are no longer playing songs by Bing Crosby and Dean Martin, the focus now moves to the New Year.
In 1992, I had a temporary loss of mental stability and decided to run for the Georgia House of Representatives.
On one occasion in my life, my mama stuck bar of Ivory soap in my mouth for a verbal transgression I committed. I still think about it when I say something regretful.
Naming schools is an interesting thing. Some get directional names, like north or south, other get names for communities or streets. But then there is that old standard of naming schools for people.
People magazine, the arbiter of all things sexy, has declared Ryan Reynolds as the "Sexiest Man Alive" in a recent issue.
When it comes to being thankful, my basket of gratitude is pretty near full. I am thankful that for the third Thanksgiving in a row, we have a lake that is close to full. It wasn't but a few Thanksgivings ago that we were en route to one of the lowest levels on record. I'm happy that there are leaves falling off the old maple tree in the front yard. That old girl has seen ...
There is an interesting fascination with idea of getting something free. A storm is brewing over fast food restaurants offering free toys inside of kid's meals. Occasionally, I will order a kids meal because it is cheaper and is just enough food. I am not buying it because a 2-inch toy from the latest hit movie is inside. In fact, the toy usually ends up with the hamburger wrapper in the trash can. But all ...
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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