Ruth Parsons is not a lady one can easily say no to. She called out of the blue one day to ask if I would speak at the ecumenical Thanksgiving Day program she was organizing at Lanier Village Estates, a retirement community in North Hall County.
David Hannum, a competitor of the showman P. T. Barnum, is generally credited with being the one who coined the phrase, "There's a sucker born every minute."
I love the 23rd Psalm. It resonates with believers and doubters alike. Hardly a day goes by that I don't meditate on its words, for surely I have been led beside the still waters and made to lie down in green pastures.
Dear Dr. Morehead:
Few things irritate me more than hearing a non-Southerner try to imitate a Southern accent. No man has gotten it right since Gregory Peck in "To Kill a Mockingbird." No woman has ever gotten it right. Need an example? Kyra Sedgwick in "The Closer." Case closed.
Whether he wins or whether he loses - and he's a huge underdog at this point - state Sen. Jason Carter brings something worthwhile to next year's race for governor: He will give voters a real choice in which direction they want the state to take.
I have some good news and some bad news.
You will see them in every election cycle: People who have never been elected to political office before, who have little money and who are unknown to most voters, get the idea in their heads that they can run for governor or the U.S. Senate.
You've heard of the "pain factor." It's a political term, the pressure a relatively small but impassioned group of individuals can inflict on a politician, especially around election time.
Ring! Ring! Ring!
The 12-foot-high statue of Tom Watson that has dominated the western front of Georgia's capitol for more than eight decades will be gone in just a few weeks.
I called Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company located in Greater Garfield, Ga., to see what kind of reactions he was getting from the public to the recent shutdown of the federal government.
The great shutdown of 2013 finally ended last week, with Congress voting to raise the debt ceiling and prevent the federal government from defaulting on obligations to pay bills it had already incurred.
When National Public Radio does a series on life after death, you know the question of what happens to us after we die is more than just a religious matter.
The news story was indeed shocking: A recent poll showed the U.S. Congress has an all-time low job approval rating.
The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, is one of those political issues that divides Georgians more sharply than almost anything else.
When the lights went out, I was in the bathroom sorting through the various medications I take each day - little round pills that can roll under the claw-footed bathtub if they spill, small ovals that bounce goodness-knows-where if they're dropped. One false move and I would knock the whole kit-and-boodle all over the floor and spend the next hour trying to finding them ... when the power came back on.
It is a little known fact that Patrick Henry's "Give me liberty or give me death" edict was not a spontaneous outburst verbalizing his desire for independence but rather his demanding calling card.
I wish I had been there. In Jerusalem. With Jesus.
It was around 1989 when some permutation of the Ku Klux Klan and a motley group of affiliated miscreants applied for and was - as is their right - given permission to demonstrate in Gainesville. At the time my business was located in the Jackson Building on downtown's Washington Street.
Gov. Nathan Deal currently is reviewing the hundreds of bills passed during this year's General Assembly session. He presumably will have everything signed or vetoed by April 30.
Baseball was my first love.
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month in Georgia, as proclaimed by Gov. Nathan Deal. Child abuse is a subject I don't like to think about, let alone write about and you would probably just as soon not hear about. But it is there and we need to acknowledge it and demand some solutions.
Within minutes after a Fulton County jury returned a devastating verdict against the state ethics commission last week, Gov. Nathan Deal's aides were already trying to put their own spin on the story.
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