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“Lose 20 pounds in six weeks,” the magazine article proclaims, “while eating whatever you want and doing no strenuous exercise.” The key to the diet is grapefruit it seems. According to the esteemed doctor who wrote the article, there is a little-known miraculous ingredient in grapefruit tha…

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Near the end of June, I stood by a table of books in Barnes and Noble in Savannah. “Summer Reading,” proclaimed the sign over the stacks of books. Two ladies standing beside me were perusing the books and conversing, and I suspected that they too were English teachers. I’m told we have that …

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Oddly enough, man has been debating the presence of God virtually since the beginning of human existence. Throughout time, individuals ranging from philosophers to historians and scientists have debated the matter of an omnipotent Deity. According to popular Christian teachings, God had no b…

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“Now your mother will say I’m crazy when she hears what I’m about to tell you,” said Dr. Al Davis, our new pediatrician. “If you’re hot, then the baby’s hot. Don’t bundle him up in blankets in the middle of July. If you let him eat too much, he’ll get a stomachache. Put him on a schedule.”

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Since the Supreme Court’s ruling handed down on Friday of last week, social media and news outlets across America have been ablaze. The most commonly listed headline has been a caption about the fact that Roe v. Wade has been overturned by the mostly conservative justices currently seated on…

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Exactly twenty-nine days later, I pulled into the parking lot of the sheriff’s office in downtown Abbeyville. Extracting the ticket and a money order from my purse, I stepped out of the car.  The loose gravel of the parking lot crunched under my sandals as I strode toward the door.  Anger bo…

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(Editor’s note: I wrote this several years ago, but now and again someone asks me to rerun it. Here it is. Most of you didn’t realize I have a shady past.)

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It is a readily accepted fact that, unless you reside in some obscure part of the Rockies and are miles away from the mailbox at the end of your driveway, neighbors are just a necessary part of living. There are some that you can honestly live with and others you might prefer to live without…

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On Friday night, May 27, yet another class will don red and black caps and gowns and march across the field in Jimmy Swain Stadium to accept diplomas and become Appling County High School’s newest alumni. Families and friends will sit proudly in the bleachers, waiting to hug and congratulate…

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I didn’t want to take her class. It was required for college preparatory students, and even back then I knew that my ticket out of Hazlehurst lay in a college education. I gritted my teeth as I walked in.

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I think Marjorie Taylor Greene is a joke. An unfunny joke. She has accomplished nothing in her one term in Congress except to be denied assignment to any Congressional committee where the real work is done. That means she has no influence in what passes or doesn’t pass in Congress and is rel…

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Last week I was in Hazlehurst in the Walmart parking lot and saw an act that pleased me greatly. A policeman was calmly writing a ticket to a man with no permit parked in a handicapped space. At first I wasn’t certain that’s what he was doing, but when he finished and handed him the ticket, …

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A few years ago, I took our lab to the vet, and he told me, “Labs are great dogs, but they don’t develop a brain until they’re two years old.”

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Since Spring sashayed into town quite some time ago, I’ve been working steadily and nearly daily in my yard. You might see me on the mower when you drive by the house, and perhaps you wonder about the results of my efforts; they might not be visible from the front of the house. I confess tha…

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Great minds run in pairs. I read an interesting opinion piece in the Atlanta newspapers recently about parenting. The author, Beth Collums, has a master’s degree in clinical psychology and experience as a child and family therapist. She is also a parent.

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Well, I am going to have to do it again. Upset some people, I mean. But I can’t help it. It has to be done. I must once again extols the virtues of the Great State of Georgia and why it is Number One while the other 49 fight for sloppy seconds.

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Last Wednesday, I visited a recuperating friend where we laughed and talked for a good hour. Had I known what was going on back at my house, I wouldn’t have been laughing. If you remember, last Wednesday, quite a storm was forecast for the next day, one with high winds, rain, and thunder. Th…

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Linden Longino is a retired Atlanta banker who should have Nobel Peace Prize recipient next to his name. In 1995, Longino started a program in connection with the Carter Center called International Paint Pals, an idea simple, ingenious and oh-so needed – inspire children to promote peace, fr…

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Progress is an interesting concept. In my lifetime, we’ve moved from handheld paper fans to air-conditioning. Being cool in South Georgia summers is real progress as far as I’m concerned. The old black phones that once squatted like oversized frogs on tables gave way to portable phones. Back…

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Between the pandemic and Putin, it has been a stressful couple of weeks. Thankfully, my readers have come to the rescue. I don’t want to get into a debate with my columnist colleagues but there is no question that my readers are smarter than anybody I’ve ever seen on Jeopardy and sharper tha…

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“Did you ever have one of those days, boys? Did you ever have one of those days when nothing was right from morning till night? Did you ever have one of those days?”

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You may be interested to know that you reside in a dumper of a place called Georgia. That revelation comes courtesy of TOP Data, a market research company with offices all over the world including Atlanta, the capital city of what they consider to be the 35th worst state in the nation in whi…

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My love affair with snow began long ago when I read romantic stories of that white wonder that so entertained children everywhere. As a child, I whined to my parents because it snowed so rarely in Hazlehurst, and I wanted to build a snowman.

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My fellow Georgians: (Yea! Clap! Clap! Clap!) I come before you today to submit to you my annual State of the Column address. It is with great pride that I tell you that the state of the state of this column is in such a state that it cannot be overstated! (Thunderous roar!)

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Thursday last, my son Josh drove from Virginia home to Baxley to take me to see the Oak Ridge Boys perform in Macon at the Community Auditorium. They are my absolute favorite singers in the world, and I can’t remember a time when I didn’t listen to them - once I discovered music, that is. Th…

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He’s b-a-a-c-k. I’m talking about George. George, as in former Gov. George E. Perdue. He is back from his stint in Washington as Secretary of Agriculture in the Trump Administration and it is a foregone conclusion that the Georgia Board of Regents will officially appoint him Chancellor of th…

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I was driving much too fast that Friday night. I admit it and the fact that I was in a hurry is irrelevant. My husband Larry was asleep in the passenger seat, and we were headed home to Georgia for the weekend. Cruising up I-95 somewhere in middle Florida, I glanced over to my right to see t…

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If things couldn’t get worse in Washington, it turns out that U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is spying on members of Congress with police disguised as bowls of cold Spanish soup. That chilling news comes from none other than Georgia Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene.

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February is Black History Month. I wonder if there will be any recognition of the accomplishments of Condoleezza Rice, the first Black female secretary of state and the first woman to serve as National Security Advisor, or U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, of Pin Point, Georgia, or…

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Last Wednesday afternoon, Baxley said goodbye to one of its best-known and best-loved citizens - Clayton Dale Errett, who was born to Eddie and Linda Errett on September 6, 1991, and left this world far too early at the age of 30 years. He graduated from Appling County High School in 2010 an…

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As exciting and satisfying as it has been, there is more to the University of Georgia than a College Football National Championship. Way more. I was reminded of that fact when I read UGA president Jere Morehead’s annual State of the University address this week.

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And so South Georgia’s week of winter has set in, to borrow my friend Leslie’s terminology. It’s probably about gone too. The weather channel is promising 77 degrees next Thursday, but for Saturday night last, the promised low was twenty-two degrees. Larry took his gauges out and checked the…

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Never let people tell you that wildlife is rapidly disappearing from South Georgia. Wildlife abounds here in Pine Grove. One morning last week I was driving to town and saw at least ten cats out in a field. A black one ran across the road in front of me. Apparently, it wasn’t very smart or w…

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I received an email from a group called Cherry Digital in Portland, Oregon, or what remains of the town after being firebombed to near obliteration by denizens of the Looney Left.

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Larry and I are diligently saving our money to purchase a security system for our property. We will put several cameras out front so we can catch the criminals in action and press charges. We don’t have a lot of valuables, nor do we have money buried all over the place. We don’t need to guar…

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My mother’s old sewing machine sits in its dilapidated state in my back bedroom. The back layer of wood of the cabinet has started to peel from age. The old black pedal is worn silver where feet worked on it so many times. But if I open the top, pull the head out of its resting place, and si…

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The greater majority of people develop an “open box” view of the world at a relatively young age as they’re led to think, or actually told, the victories of life are theirs for the picking. It’s really unfortunate as those same individuals continue on the path to adulthood with a rather misa…

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Although it is tempting, there will be no New Year’s resolutions for this guy for 2022. At my stage in life, I don’t resolve stuff anymore. If I did, I would resolve not to lose weight. I would resolve to eat dessert first, starting with banana pudding. If I even thought about resolving to e…

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This morning I put my black-eyed peas on to cook and settled down at my computer to write a bit. A house full of family is not conducive to writing, even though I love having them here and want to spend time with them. When the grandsons fired up the new PS5 for a few games and the family ga…

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Only cookie crumbs collect in the cookie jars tonight. The last of the wrapping paper has been incinerated - the smiling Santas, the golden bells, the green wreaths decked with holly melted into the flames like snow when the sun comes out. The hambone from our Christmas feast has turned to s…

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This is a column I wish I didn’t have to write. It is about my friend, Johnny Isakson. You have seen, read and heard a lot about Georgia’s senior senator who passed away on Dec. 19 after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was 76-years-old.

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Do you notice a problem with this picture? A reader sent this picture to us last week and this newspaper finds it very troubling. At the top of the stop sign, there should be a smaller sign identifying the road, correct? It is missing. People are either stealing road signs or heavy equipment…

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When I was a child, my father read me The Gingerbread Man until the book wore out, but more importantly, he told me his own gingerbread story.

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

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This is the season during each year when Christians and, oddly enough, non-believers alike (that’s another issue within itself) all embrace the concept of giving as dictated by the world’s observance of Jesus Christ’s birthday. Many subscribe to the ideology that, according to Acts 20:35 of …