Moving forward in the Season of Advent, Sunday’s focus was on the word “Peace.” My focal Scripture for my column this week is Philippians 4:6-8:  “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace…

In 1957 the freshman Senator from Massachusetts, John F. Kennedy, wrote ‘Profiles in Courage’ using a ghost-writer, Ted Sorenson, his campaign speech writer. The book gave short biographies of eight Senators honored by Senator Kennedy for their individual acts of integrity and bravery in the…

It’s hard to believe that six years ago my wife and I packed up our two dogs, one parrot, and made the final move to Thomson, Georgia.

The Georgia Bulldogs finished off an 11-win regular season for the third straight time with a record-setting 52-7 dismantling of Georgia Tech last Saturday. After taking a 17-0 lead the Bulldogs fell asleep in the second quarter, allowing Tech to get excited and hold the halftime score to 17…

Sunday, December 1st, was the first Sunday in Advent 2019.

The holidays are a wonderful and hectic time of the year. It is great to get together with family and friends to celebrate. It is also a time when we get caught trying to get things done a little quicker due to time change. It gets dark quick, so let us take a little time and think about saf…

Sixty-eight years ago this Saturday, the most underhanded, deplorable act of modern warfare took place in what’s fondly known as ‘America’s Paradise.’ On Sunday, December 7, 1941, immediately after the infamous Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, U. S. Navy Rear admiral Chester Nimitz was at ho…

“What shall I return to the Lord for all His goodness to me? I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord. I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of all His people.” (Psalm 116:12-15 NIV) The King James Version says: “What shall I render unto the Lord for …

Col. John Dooly was Georgia’s first folk hero; a man who lost a brother in an Indian attack, then led Patriot forces to victory at the Battle of Kettle Creek, and finally died as a martyr to the American cause. When Georgia’s colonial government ceased to exist in 1775, John Dooly formed a v…

Happy Thanksgiving! I am thankful for your readership and your many comments that I receive. After 16  years I’ve learned my audience and strive to keep you informed.

Benjamin Franklin was 26 when he began “Poor Richard’s Almanacks” in 1732. Almanacs at the time were calendars and road-books with lists of places to stay and descriptions of the highways. They predicted the weather and were full of interesting history and facts. Franklin published his alman…

As I suggested last week, don’t assume anything with the GHSA reclassification process. Richmond Academy appealed their placement into Class AAAA and by a 9-7 vote from the reclassification committee were indeed dropped to Class AAA. It was likely a just decision as ARC has only 1,102 actual…

Although Veterans Day has passed, I want to recognize those who have served and are still serving in the U. S. Military.  The occasional acknowledgments we give them don’t come close to giving them the thanks they deserve.

When the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) released reclassification figures for 2020-2022 last week the assumptions immediately began. If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years, when it comes to the GHSA and reclassification it is wise to never assume anything. Appeals, waivers …

Although Veterans Day has passed, I want to recognize those who have served and are still serving in the U. S. Military.  The occasional acknowledgments we give them don’t come close to giving them the thanks they deserve.

In 1952, in New York City’s PS 164, three 4th grade classmates shared a love for hand ball and black music. The youngest, Paul Frederic Simon, was born October 13, 1941, the middle boy, Arthur Ira Garfunkel, was born November 5, and the oldest boy, Perry Miller, was born November 22. Only 40…

As is too often the case, the biggest news in sports last week was made off the field. In case you missed it, and I don’t see how you did, The NCAA Board of Governors voted unanimously to permit student-athletes the opportunity to “benefit from the use of their name, image and likeness in a …

Every spring it seems like you can walk into any farm store or farm feed store and see a wide assortment of chicks. I always go over and check out what different species they have, plus they are cute to look at.

On Monday morning I’m meeting with members of the Basil Llewellin Neal family whose ancestral home was in Winfield, Georgia. Two sisters are driving from middle Alabama to graciously make a gift to the museum of the 1911 quilt made for their grandparents’ wedding at Shiloh Methodist church. …

Even as a young boy I used to enjoy word games and studying vocabulary roots and word origins. Simple things, like ‘octo.’ In Greek and Latin it is the number ‘eight.’ In Spanish it’s spelled ‘ocho.’ So, octo means eight, as in an octopus has eight arms, an octagon has eight sides and eight …

Halloween traditionally means it is time to head to Jacksonville for the Georgia-Florida game. Cue the obligatory opinions about why the game should or should not be played in the city too far north to be Florida and too far south to be Georgia. Jacksonville has been rolling out the red carp…

“Revival” isn’t a few nights of meeting in a building to preach, pray, and sing. The true meaning of revival is what God does for His people when they come to Him after realizing their need to be restored and revitalized spiritually. It starts within us and spreads to our churches, communiti…

Americans will be spending another $6 billion buying candy for Halloween this year, making it the second largest commercial holiday after Christmas. One quarter of all candy purchased each year in America is consumed during Halloween. Today, Halloween is celebrated at adult-supervised partie…