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Small town courage

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A few mornings ago, a traffic stop was executed on I-85 South near mile marker 35. The car was clocked at doing 101 miles per hour in a 70.

The driver, age 22, did not have a driver’s license and was arrested for speeding, reckless driving, and driving without a license. After the man was booked into the Coweta County jail, the police learned that the Saturn the man was driving was stolen. He was also wanted for the kidnapping and stabbing of a 23-year-old woman. Read More»

Snowpocalypse

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As far as snows go, the recent snow wasn’t much. Where I live, in Coweta County, Ga., the accumulation amounted to 2.5 inches. In northeastern Tennessee, where I grew up, the snow was 5 inches.

Compared to what the folks in the North experience on a regular basis, our local blizzard was a mere dusting. In Colorado, where I used to live, I actually got caught driving a Ford Escort in a blizzard over the Rocky Mountains between Denver and Grand Junction. That snowfall was measured in feet. Read More»

That old house

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I grew up in the Hillcrest area of Kingsport, Tenn., in the northeastern tip of the state. The home we occupied for all of my life, from the time I was 4 until I left for the Marines, was at the top of a road that used to be named Hill Street before we were annexed by the city and the name had to be changed. Seems that Kingsport already had a Hill Street. Read More»

Lone Survivor

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“Lone Survivor,” the film adaptation of former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell’s bestselling book of the same name, had a historic weekend at the box office.

“Lone Survivor” finished the weekend as the number one movie in America, bringing in $38.5 million. It bested Disney’s “Frozen,” which came in at number two, earning $15 million in its eighth weekend, and Paramount’s “The Wolf of Wall Street,” earning $9 million in its third weekend.

The opening weekend marked the second biggest January opening ever after the $40.1 million debut of 2008’s “Cloverfield.” Read More»

The marijuana hoax and the hard truth

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After Colorado legalized recreational use of marijuana, an article appeared in the Daily Currant, a website. The article got a great deal of traction. Apparently a spoof, the article reported that 37 deaths occurred in one day from people overdosing on marijuana. The whole thing was a hoax. The deaths never occurred. Read More»

Southern superiority

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A few years ago, during October, I was attending a meeting in the great state of New York. During a break, several of us from the South (and, yes, I capitalize “South”) were discussing college football.

Lending to the discussion were men representing Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, and the Carolinas. One man, not from the South, and, in fact, from that dark domain known to Southerners as “the North,” said, “You guys from the South sure talk about college football a lot.”

“Yes, we do,” I replied.

“We don’t do that up here,” he responded.

“No,” I shared, “why would you? Read More»

Decisions and regrets

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I have been told that, when we look back over our lives and the paths we have taken, we do not generally regret the things we have done but the things we have not done. I think, for the most part, that is true.

Some of the decisions I made that I do not regret include:
• Playing football in junior high and in high school.
• Taking up the martial arts at the age of 15.
• Enlisting in the U. S. Marine Corps.
• Returning to college and graduate school.
• Getting married and having children and, eventually, grandchildren.
• Going into the ministry (usually, but there are days ...). Read More»

Traditions and memories

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The earliest Christmas tradition I remember in our family was the pilgrimage to my mother’s parents’ house on Christmas Eve.

My grandmother, Pashia Tunnell Luster Duckett, gave birth to three daughters, Blanche, Kathleen, and Ruby. Their father, Roy Luster, died at the age of 26 of a fever that would have easily been cured by antibiotics a few years later. Later, Grandma met Charles Daniel Duckett who became her husband, the stepfather of the three girls, and my grandpa. Read More»

'One thing I can do!'

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In the December 2013 issue of U.S. Catholic, the cover story is “Real Presence — What Catholics with developmental disabilities bring to the table.” On the inside of the magazine, there is a photo of a teenager with Down Syndrome leading the processional and carrying the processional cross. To me, it is a beautiful photo and brings back both memories and lessons. Read More»

Santa Claus, USMC

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Once again this December, I plan to pull at least one four-hour shift, and hopefully more, sitting or standing behind a table at a big box store on a Saturday or Sunday smiling at people passing by, wishing them, “Merry Christmas,” and offering lollipops free to kids.

I do that because I want them to give new toys or donate some money. I won’t pressure them to give, I won’t use guilt, and the kids get the lollipops free whether their folks give or not. Read More»