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Pieces of life’s puzzle

Ronda Rich's picture

This happened years ago. Mama was alive then so it’s been seven or eight years. I hadn’t thought about in almost that many years but when it came to mind the other day, I took to studying on it and how the circumstances and opportunities of life’s journey can be so fascinating.

It demonstrates how life is a puzzle waiting for pieces to be clicked into place. Read More»

Kitchen Conservation

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

The honeymoon is probably over by now for this summer’s crop of June brides.

Figuratively as well as literally.

The honeymoon is definitely over by the time you start having to deal with leftovers.

Despite my bragging some time ago that sending Dave to do the grocery shopping has resulted in reduced spending and fewer leftovers, there are still enough to keep me searching for room to put them in an already overloaded freezer and refrigerator.

I don’t know who came up with the idiotic dimensions of the standard refrigerator. It had to be a man. Read More»

Light up the Night

Rick Ryckeley's picture

Last Monday it happened, and it was one of the biggest things I’d ever seen in the night sky – except of course when Bubba Hanks let us catapult him off the top of Cliff Condos. It was a Double Dog Dare, and he was the only one brave enough to actually go through with it. Luckily for Bubba, he landed in a giant mound of loose dirt from our three-year dig. If he’d gotten hurt, his dad would’ve throw us all off the cliff. Read More»

The thrill and agony

David Epps's picture

Years ago, ABC’s Wide World of Sports advertised its programs presenting the “thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.” But what about when the thrill of victory comes and, having done nothing wrong — in fact, having done everything right — the agony of defeat comes anyway?

A short time ago, a team from Peachtree City won the Little League state championship for the first time in history and was slated to begin play in the Southeastern Regional Championships that were to be televised on ESPN. Read More»

Surviving ‘back to school’ week

Bonnie Willis's picture

With my kids back in school, it seems we survived yet another year of back-to-school madness.

The “summer” went so fast. As soon as July ended, I knew the school year was upon us, but I just wasn’t ready. Within one week—as if I did not have the previous month—we had to buy clothes and school supplies. Read More»

Confronting ISIS: ‘It takes an army to defeat an army’

Cal Thomas's picture

When liberal Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and the conservative former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich agree on something, attention should be paid.

Feinstein, who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, said last Friday that the U.S. must confront the jihadists who call themselves the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL). “It takes an army to defeat an army,” she said, adding, “I believe that we either confront ISIL now or we will be forced to deal with an even stronger enemy in the future.” Read More»

Bringing accountability and success back to the VA and our veterans

Johnny Isakson's picture

Our country’s veterans have risked life and limb to protect our freedoms and ensure our way of life. For too long the Department of Veterans Affairs has failed our nation’s veterans by operating under a culture of corruption and neglect that lacked accountability or leadership. Veterans deserve better than that and with the sweeping reforms put in place by the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014, I am committed to personally seeing to it that we have a better VA health system deliver for our veterans. Read More»

Who owns the future?

Pat Buchanan's picture

At the end of the Cold War, Francis Fukuyama famously wrote that our world may be at the “end of history” where “Western liberal democracy” becomes “the final form of human government.”

A quarter century on, such optimism seems naive. Consider the United States, the paragon of liberal democracy. An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll finds that only 14 percent of the people approve of Congress and only 19 percent approve of the GOP. Seventy-one percent believe America is headed in the wrong direction. Read More»

Obituary call tree

Ronda Rich's picture

Yes, I know that I am, occasionally, prone to embellishment. But trust me when I say this is the law and the gospel: I have a long-time friend who only calls me when someone dies. Most times, I know the person but sometimes I don’t have a clue the person ever existed.

“Oh,” she’ll said disappointedly. “I thought you knew him. But you know Sadie, don’t you? Her third cousin worked for him for years. So, you have a connection.” Read More»

These “Turtles” should have stayed in the shells

The Citizen's picture

By KEVIN THOMAS

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Childhood is an interesting time. We are young, inexperienced, and easily entertained. When we are children, all we need is a talking animal and we like what is right in front of us. That was the case for me at least.

I remember seeing “Shrek” in the movie theater when I was six years old, being entertained by a fast-talking donkey and an ogre with anger issues. I also loved anything having to do with “Scooby-Doo” because there was a talking dog who solved mysteries. Read More»