If you're a school teacher, I hope you get an extra measure of patience this week.
My mama was not cool. She mispronounced the names of rock groups in front of my friends, which made them giggle. She referred to The Beatles as "those old beetle bugs."
In my childhood, there were many of those milestone events when you moved up to the next level. For some reason, we assigned the adjective "big" or "real" to them.
UNADILLA - Everybody has their dream of their perfect getaway. For some, it is the mountains. For others it is the beach.
WARWICK - Every year about this time, the folks of Warwick gather to pay homage to the Georgia's official processed food: grits.
If you watch commercial TV for more than an hour, you're likely going to see commercials for various pharmaceutical products.
If you're reading this in a part of the world where they serve sweet tea, you can pull out your white shoes, your white pants and your linen suit.
On the first day of spring, before the snow returned, I had visions of grandeur. As I have in years past, I dreamed of becoming physically fit.
I have some friends in the Augusta area who are devotees of The Masters golf tournament. They are pretty excited that a player by the name of Eldrick is going to play in their upcoming tourney.
When it comes to snow, I have passed the point where I want to go out and play.
I was in fifth grade when the announcement was made that a meeting of the 4-H club was being held that day.
We've got a gang problem in my neighborhood.
STATESBORO - I have visited 157 of the 159 counties in Georgia. They all have a courthouse. Some are big and stately, others are rather plain.
I am a fan of the eternal optimist. The person who sees the glass half full rather than half empty.
I'm not against Valentine's Day or any of those other commercially oriented observances on the calendar. I just think we should show our love and appreciation on an ongoing basis.
Page 17 of 27
Billie Van Dyke's life in the restaurant business has been a bit like riding a roller-coaster.
A few weeks ago, I was standing on the porch of someone's home in the mountains. As the sun was going down, I looked out at the beautiful peaks that decorate the northern part of our state.
There is no battle between the observance of Easter and Christmas. But if you're taking a vote, I'm an Easter person.
I married into a family that has generational roots in Gainesville. They go back long before the War of Northern Aggression.
Page 1 of 1