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The Great Depression

Ronda Rich's picture

Jerry and I were talking the other day. We’ve known each other since the day I was born, he having entered this earth the day before I did. It was there in the hospital nursery we first met and the friendship has endured through the years.

His dad, a man of the old school who believed in helping a neighbor whenever there was a need, had sat with Daddy in the waiting room of the hospital as Mama labored with me. Read More»

Life by the letters

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

By a quirk of fate, I’ve come upon a cache of letters that tell the story of moving our family from Haddon Heights, New Jersey, to Peachtree City, Georgia.
Payoff for finally cleaning up my office?

For years I have shrugged off the memories of that time as no big deal, thinking that everybody else who moved here had the same experience, and wouldn’t be interested in ours. That may be true, but the time frame has changed a lot since 1971, and people being what they are, I imagine we all have memories of our first pilgrimage to Peachtree City, no two stories exactly the same. Read More»

Ben Franklin's oatmeal

Rick Ryckeley's picture

What’s for breakfast around our house? Me, I like oatmeal, but I’m not on a diet and I’m not fat. I’m a little pudgy, but I’m not fat.

Just so happens that I’ve liked oatmeal ever since growing up at 110 Flamingo Street. Back then, slinging spoonfuls of the hot stuff and watching it stick to one of my brothers made eating breakfast actually fun, and I’m not alone. One of greatest men in this country simply loved to start the day off right with a steamy bowl of the hot oats. Read More»

Why the Tim Tebow furor?

David Epps's picture

I have watched with interest the furor surrounding Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow.

Few deny that Tebow is a gifted athlete. Tebow was ranked among the top quarterback prospects in the nation as a high school senior and chose to attend the University of Florida.

As a backup, Tebow helped the Gators win the national championship during the 2006 college football season.

Tebow was the Gators’ starting quarterback during the 2007 season and became the first college football player to both rush and pass for 20 or more touchdowns in a single season. Read More»

The threat

Cal Thomas's picture

LISBON, Portugal — When the Republican presidential candidates tire of bashing each other, perhaps they will start addressing the expansion of radical Islam. Only Rick Santorum raised the issue in last Saturday’s debate in New Hampshire. Read More»

The smells of home

Ronda Rich's picture

In accordance to our weekly routine, we gather at my sister’s house every Sunday for dinner following church. Normally she, who does most of the work, chooses the menu but the tradition is that each one of us gets to choose lunch for our birthday. Read More»

Goldie's cautionary tale

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

When we first encountered the little goldfinch, she (?) was on her back on the floor of the screen porch, not moving. As usual on a really cold morning, Dave had taken a kettle of hot water out to thaw the birdbaths, and nearly stepped on a tiny bundle of feathers. He called to me to bring the tissue-lined shoe box we keep for just such emergencies.

The best way to help an injured bird is to do nothing but put it in a dark, warm place for about a half hour. Almost invariably, if it is not seriously hurt, a bird will become alert, preen its feathers, and be on its way. Read More»

Priceless cargo

David Epps's picture

I rode my Harley-Davidson Road King motorcycle for over 10,000 miles before I ever considered allowing a passenger on the bike. It was easy to not have passengers for several reasons.

First of all, my wife had two requests when I took the Rider’s Course in August of 2010. The first was that I not ask her to ride with me. The second was that I keep my life insurance premium paid.

Secondly, I knew my limitations: a rookie rider has no business taking on passengers.

Thirdly, my bike did not have a passenger seat. Problem solved. Read More»

Please don't throw me away

Rick Ryckeley's picture

No one would think about spring cleaning on the first day of January. No one, that is, except The Wife.

After 13 wonderful years of marriage, I’ve come to expect the unexpected. But even I was surprised at where I found her that afternoon.

Still knee deep in her closet, with filled and yet-to-be filled bags around her, she looked up and smiled, “Sometimes the only way to get rid of stuff that bugs you is just to bag it up and throw it away.”

Okay, stop laughing – she wasn’t talking about me. Read More»

Justice’s identity problem

Cal Thomas's picture

Is there, or should there ever be, a point when a state is no longer penalized for its discriminatory past?

Not according to the Department of Justice, which last month rejected a South Carolina law that would have required voters show a valid photo ID before casting their ballots.

Justice says the law discriminates against minorities. The Obama administration said, “South Carolina’s law didn’t meet the burden under the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which outlawed discriminatory practices preventing blacks from voting.” Read More»

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