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Before dodgeball was banned

Rick Ryckeley's picture

I was invited to speak at a gathering on Monday, and to be honest I was shocked. Not being asked to speak, mind you, but rather by what I heard when I got there.

The person who gave the introduction told the audience that I wrote stories – stories about childhood before dodgeball was banned. His introduction almost made me speechless. So much so, I changed the title of this story. Read More»

President Obama’s ‘social gospel’

Cal Thomas's picture

For 60 years the National Prayer Breakfast has been a nonpolitical event where speakers put aside their earthly biases and focus on a Higher Authority. On Feb. 2, President Obama departed from that tradition to claim the endorsement of Jesus for raising taxes. It beat the endorsement of Mitt Romney by Donald Trump.

In his remarks, the president quoted Luke 12:48: “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” Read More»

Schools now 1-way partnership

James P. Kelly's picture

By James P. Kelly, III and Benjamin Scafidi

Unless and until the Georgia Constitution is amended, the era of direct or indirect state control over public K-12 education is over.

For decades, the state has invested billions of dollars in local public schools. In doing so, the state assumed that the State Board of Education and local public school boards were partners under the Georgia Constitution for providing the adequate public education to citizens required under the Constitution. Read More»

The best tellers of stories

Ronda Rich's picture

Out of the blue one day, I got an email from an old, beloved friend from my NASCAR days. In the days when first I met him, Jim Freeman was the public relations director at the Talladega track. That was when the publicity at all the tracks was run by men, some college educated, some not, who were amicable, back-slapping and well-liked. Read More»

Refrigerator woes

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

If you’ve read this column over the past few years, you might have noted that I vent my frustration with episodes of having to replace every household appliance in the nearly 30 years since we built this house.

It’s easy to forget that actuarials estimate the replacement of household goods to occur roughly every eight or ten years. By that standard, we should be grateful we haven’t had to replace them more often. Read More»

God’s promises are clear and certain

Dr. David L. Chancey's picture

Ann Landers told about a man who, every time he got paid, would stick $50 in a shoe box in the back of his closet. He did this for years and accumulated quite a bit of cash.

When he got sick and realized that he was reaching the end, he had a request of his wife.

“I want you to promise me something.”

“What is it?”

“I want you to promise me that when I die, you will put that shoebox of cash in my casket. I want to see if I really can take it with me.”

She said she would be sure his money was in his casket. Read More»

The old friend

Rick Ryckeley's picture

I saw an old friend the other day. Although his face now sports mostly gray hair, it was still a familiar one to me.

For you see, he and I have known one another for what has seemed like a lifetime. Even though we’re years apart in age, we have an unspoken bond, one that goes beyond words, and one time can’t erase.

Growing up at 110 Flamingo Street, Dad taught us many lessons – lessons that, if we were wise enough to follow, would make our lives easier. One of the most important: if you don’t have anything to say, don’t say anything at all. Read More»

Semper Gumby

David Epps's picture

It is Wednesday morning and I am in northeastern Tennessee where I did not expect to be. Yesterday, I awoke in Champaign, Ill., to a temperature of 28 degrees and, by 2 p.m., my flight had brought me home to a balmy spring-like 67 degrees.

It was warm enough that I rode my motorcycle in search of a podiatrist who would alleviate the pain of an in-grown toenail.

While there, I received a call from my wife that her mother had been admitted to the hospital and transferred to ICU and was informed that we would be making the trip to Tennessee. Read More»

Your children are safe with us

Justin Kollmeyer's picture

Your children’s safety and wellbeing are first and foremost with you, of course. And I know I speak for all of the churches in our community when I say that your children’s safety and wellbeing are also first and foremost with those of us who care for them when they are in our churches, Sunday Schools, Vacation Bible Schools, children’s ministries, and youth ministries. Read More»

Annual ‘thank you’ comes from the heart

Judy Fowler Kilgore's picture

I thought I might not get a chance to write this this year ... what with other things taking up space and my trying to frantically get out of here on Mondays by dark ... I’m like Mr. Magoo after dark and, if it’s raining after dark, I am a menace on the road. Read More»

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