In those days - the ones of my cherished youth - my cousin, Ronnie, a year older than I, worked for my daddy. Ronnie had cotton-colored hair and a face that, like mine, was smattered with freckles. He had what the lucky ones on Daddy's side of the family inherit: a quick-thinking sense of humor that is succinct, clever and smart.
It's Memorial Day weekend, and that means summer is officially here. With the warmer months come opportunities for outdoor fun - trips to the playground, picnics and, of course, swimming.
Which group to fall in? Now that is the question. I was talking to my neighbor and he said that a "crew" from Jacksonville was coming. This was sure to draw a large "group." Kanye and Jay-Z were going to be there along wit their "posse." Yo, yo! Justin Timberlake and that Bieber kid were dragging an "entourage." It was sure to be a "fraternity" soirée to end all fraternal soireeseseses. ...
Want to know what's causing a lot of people in Washington to work long hours right now? Here's a hint: it's not immigration reform or gun control or, for that matter, any other legislation coming down the pike. Instead, it's a pair of 3-year-old laws.
I always have liked print newspapers. Partly what inspired me was an American Girl movie about a 9-year-old girl living in the 1930s during the Great Depression. Her name is Kit Kittredge.
Another member of the U.S. House of Representatives has introduced yet another bill in a futile attempt to limit how long members of Congress can stay in office. The measure, authored by Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., would limit House members to three terms, or six years, and senators to two terms, or 12 years.
Dear public-school teachers in Georgia: It looks as if you have survived another year of underwhelming support from state legislators, many of whom would kiss a tree toad, if so instructed, by the anti-public education crowd. I know it is frustrating, but as my daddy used to say, "Consider the source." One reader recently harrumphed that I should make my bias about public-school teachers more evident and let it be known that I have four ...
Editor, I am writing to express my shock and dismay over an incident I witnessed on May 9 in the early afternoon as I was leaving a hardware store. A young mother - and I use that term loosely - was severely and literally beating a small boy with a strap that looked like it had been made from a radiator belt. The child was screaming in pain and terror, and I felt compelled to stop and say something to the woman.
Last weekend, my husband and I toured the 2013 HGTV Smart Home in Jacksonville Beach. I am kind of a house-and-garden junkie, and I avidly record shows on HGTV to watch when I have time.
I'm finding it hard not to compare my child to others her age. Reese is healthy, communicative, active and right where she needs to be developmentally. At her 1-year checkup, our pediatrician was pleased with her growth and progress. He assured me she is hitting all of her milestones right on target. That news was music to my ears because, just like every parent on the planet, all I want is for my little girl to live a long, healthy, happy life.
MOULTRIE - Most of us have seen the Chick-fil-A signs that urge us to "eat more chicken." So would you ever expect to see one that says, "eat more crickets?"
Editor, I would like to extend my heartfelt apologies to those citizens who had planned to conduct business before the Midway City Council, others who were in attendance and to the citizens of Midway for the unprofessional conduct of the mayor pro tem and another Midway councilman at the May 13 council meeting. These two elected officials left the meeting in protest over a legitimate request for an oral reading of previous council minutes as ...
Editor, Midway Councilman Levern Clancy Jr. and Mayor Pro Tem Curtis Roberts Sr. should resign immediately from the Midway City Council. I was at the monthly council meeting Monday when past council meeting minutes were due to be read, which is the procedure according to "Robert's Rules of Order" - the rules that govern Midway's meeting procedures.
Editor note: This is the second of a three-part series. It is not running three consecutive weeks but over a four-week period.
Editor, Parents should be able to send their children to school with the peace of mind that they will remain safe and healthy. Given that today's children face more chronic health illnesses - asthma, diabetes, food allergies, etc. - than ever before, I take my role as a licensed, professional school nurse very seriously. I am grateful for the teachers, administrators and professional support staff with whom I work each day. They help to create ...
While much of the media attention over the past two weeks has been focused on the government shutdown, the real story is why it was shutdown: We have a spending problem in this country.
Democrats and Republicans in Congress finally compromised Wednesday to end the shutdown of the federal government and to prevent the nation from being pushed into default.
For nearly 30 years, I have held elective office in Georgia and been involved, at one level or another, in shaping and implementing public policy.
Question: Which of these three natural risks is the most costly and prevalent in the United States?
Editor, The U.S. government has cut back troop strength to World War I levels, which means there should be enough on-post housing for all 3rd Infantry Division troops to live on Fort Stewart. Commanders need to make it mandatory for all their troops to live on post when on-post housing is available.
Bummer. I just learned that I did not win the Nobel Peace Prize again this year. This is getting old. I was so confident this time that I had my tuxedo pressed and new laces put in my Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star high-top sneakers.
If you love playing in the dirt, I have a treat for you.
As it turns out, all my worrying last week about how my toddler would deal with a flight from Georgia to Missouri definitely was not for nothing. In fact, probably the only thing that would have made the journey worse would've been a plane crash. And, sadly, it was my own meticulous planning that did me in.
When Peggy Sue went away, just fell off the face of the Earth with no warning or even a holler, we all wondered where she had gone.
The American public has lost patience with Washington. The question is, now what?
A letter to Georgia's citizens: An estimated 26,000 visitors participated in dozens of events and service projects at Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites on Saturday, Sept. 28. The occasion was "Your State Parks Day," a celebration of National Public Lands Day hosted by Friends of Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites. Our Friends organization sponsored service projects with approximately 3,000 volunteers and underwrote the cost of parking at state parks and admission to state ...
After more than 53 years in the newspaper business. I have learned that there are three guaranteed ways to avoid criticism. First, you can say nothing. Second, you can do nothing. And third, you can be nothing.
Editor, What's wrong with our education system, our educators?
After a friend told me she recently waited three and a half hours to get her Georgia driver's license renewed and then had to deal with a clerk who could have passed for a robot - and an unhelpful one, at that - I thought this to be a typical example of a bunch of government bureaucrats who don't care because they don't have to.
I apparently did not learn my lesson two weeks ago with the debacle in involving an explosion of Gerber puffed-wheat snacks in church.