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On January 25 at 9:00 a.m. Larry and I reported as instructed to the health department for our first of the long awaited COVID-19 vaccines. We’d been imprisoned by this virus far too long and were ready to do anything we could to escape its constrictions. We arrived a few minutes before our …

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I blush as I write this (well, not really) but things are going well at the University of Georgia, the nation’s oldest state-chartered university, located in Athens, the Classic City of the South.  UGA President Jere Morehead’s State of the University address notes among other positives that…

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When I prepare carrots to cook, Larry teases me about my chopping methods. Whether for a stew, soup, salad, or even a side dish of carrots with butter and chives, I never cut the carrots into rounds. Oh, no. They must be long or diagonal—never the typical rounds. Why? Who knows? I just don’t…

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The topic of this week’s opinion is one that has been debated virtually since the beginning of time. With Adam and Eve being the only people in existence at the time of their union, they were probably the only couple who ever lived that didn’t have to make a choice. It’s one with which most …

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When I was a child back in the dinosaur age, customer service meant something. When we went as a family to the grocery store on Friday afternoons, clerks and bag boys were underfoot to help with anything the customer needed. My 5’2” mother always needed help reaching the top shelf. Even once…

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If this world operated on poetic justice or Karma or whatever you choose to call the principle, we’d have instant appropriate payback for our sins. What a way to train mankind to behave! For example, if a bully stole another kid’s candy, it would immediately give him a world class stomachach…

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I had just hung up from a robocall wanting to extend the warranty on a car I no longer own when the phone rang again. I assumed it was some helpful robot offering to consolidate credit card debts I don’t have or trying to sell me a back brace I don’t need.  You can imagine my surprise when I…

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The following is the opening testimony/statement presented by Nick Tomboulides, of U.S. Term Limits, at a United States Senate hearing on term limits back in 2019. I am sorry I had not discovered and shared this with you earlier. There are many who continue to make the argument that we need …

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Without question, these are some of the most trying times witnessed by the United States and the world at large as has been recorded throughout modern history. It would seem that every adverse or contrary set of circumstances is amplified to such a degree each particular concern holds the gr…

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Long ago and well before Gibson McDonald Furniture closed its first Baxley store, I bought two “Big Man” recliners. My father was a big man and I wanted chairs he’d be comfortable in when he visited. Furthermore, the chairs were super comfortable with their big padded arms and soft blue fabr…

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Democrat Joe Biden is now President of the United States.  Two Democrats defeated two Republican incumbents to represent Georgia in the U. S. Senate, swinging the balance of power in the Senate to the Democrats who already control the House of Representatives.   Therefore, you would think Ge…

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I just today finished a very pleasant interview with a Bacon County historian. As we talked of genealogy, traveling to famous places, and passing plants along to other people, I thought again of the interconnectedness of generations. When I was younger, I never thought much about history in …

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This week’s opinion is one of the most troubling I’ve had to share in all the years this privilege has been extended to me. Over the course of the past week, virtually every news outlet reported, inquired of, and or investigated the factors concerning what is being listed as a domestic terro…

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She wasn’t thrilled when I told her I had been invited to write an occasional column for a local publication. After more than three decades in the Bell System and three arduous years as part of the staging of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games, she thought it time to enjoy a long-awaited retirement.

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Last week, I sat in the Lazy Boy reading a book when the phone rang. It was Trey, my 18-year-old grandson, who happens to think I’m the best cook in the world. I admit I like his thinking that, even though I know better.

Hello, ladies. Let us hope that 2021 brings us back to the bridge tables, eating our fish and bidding our little hearts out. In the meantime, here’s a little memory for us.

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A good friend sent these questions to me a few weeks back and I agree with him; these are some great thoughts to ponder.

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In the cake plate a single piece of homemade fruit cake stands in its crumbs. The last of the wrapping paper has been incinerated—the smiling Santas, the golden bells, the green wreaths decked with holly will soon melt into the flames. The hambone from our Christmas feast will flavor the sou…

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This is typically a generally festive time as the holiday season comes to a close, the current year is extended salutary wishes, and the New Year anxiously anticipated. In just a few short days, survivors of what has proven to be a very challenging twelve month cycle will ring in another opp…

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My faithful readers out there know about the wonderful relationship I had with my father. He read to me practically from the day I was born until I could read to myself and even for a while there after. My favorite book when I was very young was The Gingerbread Man. We wore out several copie…

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This column has become a Christmas tradition. I share with you once again this year. It is dedicated to my beloved wife and to all who believe.

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This has been a very interesting year as 2020 started on a relatively positive note but abruptly did an about face. Virtually everything from the economy to the country’s food supply and every major enterprise has been adversely affected by an unexpected culprit. Beginning the first quarter …

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All through the night, the late November winds howled through the limbs of the huge pecan trees, violently ripping brown nuts from the branches and slamming them to the ground. Rains spattered and speckled the nuts with grit. I lay listening in my bed, a bit frightened as the winds shrieked …

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Don’t shoot the messenger but Donald Trump has lost his bid for a second term as president. He doesn’t have enough votes in the Electoral College and that is not likely to change. Whether the election was fair or not is for others to try and prove.

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During this time of year most people hang on the edge in anticipation. “Little people” (children) become anxious about the coming of Christmas and adults begin to look forward to celebrations of the New Year for a variety of reasons.

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His name is Bernie, or so I’m told. He answers to it, but he answers to anything else we call him so long as we keep the food coming. He showed up at my neighbor’s house about a year ago on a cold, wet January night. She called me while I was proofreading at the News-Banner office and said, …

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Since before Halloween, stores have been putting out their Christmas merchandise. Red ribbons and silver bells along with trees of every shape, size, and color wait in the stores to decorate someone’s home. I actually saw a metallic purple tree in Savannah a few weeks ago. It was resplendent…

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Here we go again. The University of Georgia has another Rhodes Scholar. According to my abacus, that makes 25. But who’s counting? (Wink! Wink!) Phaidra Buchanan of Tyrone, Georgia, is the latest. She will begin her studies at Oxford University in England in October and will pursue a Master …

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This has been a difficult year for most of us. However, as we gather in the coming days to enjoy delicious food, football games or other family traditions, I encourage you to take a few moments to simply give thanks.

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When I was younger, so much younger than today, I planned never to marry, but if I did, I promised myself that I’d never have children. Never, ever, ever. I wanted my freedom—freedom from responsibility of any kind. I’d wipe no runny noses, change no diapers, and worry about no one but me. I…

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You’ve got to love Georgia Republicans. They are more fun than a roomful of puppies. What makes them the most fun is that the puppies morph into pit bulls and then spend their time attacking each other. 

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There are relatively few situations that will compel me to bother wasting the time and effort formulating an opinion about the political landscape of this country. This is one of those occasions when I have to more-or-less “go against the grain” as it would’ve been adjudicated. The biggest n…

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Veterans Day is a federal holiday and a state holiday in all states except Wisconsin. The federal holiday is observed on November 11 or the weekday closest to November 11, if November 11 falls on a weekend. In most states, it is also observed on the weekday nearest to November 11. The holida…

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“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

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As I promised last week, I contacted Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company, located in Greater Garfield, Georgia, to get his observations on the presidential election. Not only is he considered one of this nation’s foremost political analyst…

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Something about the fall revives my soul and causes a quickening within me, something lively and joyful that the summer heat has almost killed. Just before that something is completely depleted by the raging heat of summer, that first cool night comes calling. This year the temperature dropp…

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A personal choice would usually lead to avoidance of such highly controversial topics as religion and politics as those discussions rarely conclude without having altered sometimes long-standing relationships. Oddly enough, this was the subject of a conversation in which a neighbor and I eng…

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Because this column runs across the state on different days of the week depending where you may happen to be, some of you will be reading this before Election Day, on that day or a day or two afterwards. Therefore, I am going to wait on responding to the results until we can all see them at …

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If I sent out a survey to determine how many local folks have had a close personal encounter with the infamous Surrency ghost or any other ghost for that matter, I’d bet that the results would be quite interesting. I’ve never gone looking for this vaporous being myself, nor do I intend to, b…

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With all that has been transpiring throughout the country and the world, it’s easy to get caught up in the hoopla and be distracted from fundamental issues that are yet to be adequately addressed. To take a quick review of recent news headlines, one could easily ascertain that society appear…

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As you may have heard by now, a group of young men from the University of Georgia, the oldest state-chartered university in the nation, located in Athens, the Classic City of the South and home to more Rhodes Scholars than a coon dog has fleas recently engaged in a scrum with a group of semi…

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While seated at the computer last week, I searched the internet for information relative to a specific topic. Coincidentally, an individual I’ll simply refer to as “James,” with whom I’d been associated a number of years ago phoned me Thursday afternoon. He then proceeded to explain how he’d…

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My friend and fellow bridge player, Jean Lewis, is leaving town, moving off to Augusta to live near her children. Saturday I was at her house loading books into my trunk - books she hauled down from her second floor and gave to me - wonderful books like Don’t bend over in the garden, Granny …

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I suspect we’d all be surprised to know the number of elderly people who live alone right now, trapped inside by COVID-19. I don’t know the number either, but the U.S. Census Bureau reported that twenty-eight percent of U.S. citizens over the age of 65 live alone - that’s about 11 million, a…

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I try not to write about whatever all the ponderous political pundits are pontificating about at the time. I am just not a “me too” kind of guy. But, I am going to have to make an exception this week and mention the recent presidential debate. To call it a debacle is being too kind. To the c…

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Saturday afternoon was so beautiful that I spent the most part of it outside. Temperatures hovered in the 70s and for the first time this year, Fall really made its presence felt. I’d even donned a sweater that morning when I took the dogs out to take care of their early morning canine busin…

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From the time we are born until we die, we must deal with rules. First our parents provide the rules. Very early in life those rules consist of things like don’t put that in your mouth and don’t pull the cat’s tail. Dirt is not for eating; give me that spoon. Later the rules change a bit. Do…