The wall

Once in a great while, I will try an experiment in church. On the appointed Sunday morning, I will ask for a volunteer from the congregation. When the victim, er, the volunteer, comes to the front, I ask him or her to stand in a corner with his/her nose touching the wall. That, done I […]

Why we did it

When a young man or woman, around the age of 18 or 19, joins the military, sometimes the reasons are not quite clear in their own minds. If pressed for a reason, they may say, “to serve my country,” or “to travel and see the world,” or “to have a career.” Often, however, the answer […]

Our violent humanity

I have been a consumer of documentaries and programs focused on historical events for many years. I fancy myself as an amateur historian in some areas and here is my conclusion: the world is, and always has been, an intensely violent, barbaric, and dangerous place. The evidence abounds. All one has to do, if one […]

Scented candles and manly men

I have to admit, I like fragrances. The sense of smell, after all, is one of the five senses that most people have. The other day, as I rode my motorcycle past a newly-mown athletic field, the scent transported me back to the days of fall and victory and defeat on the high school gridiron. […]

Alphabet soup

Many of us are aware of the alphabet soup of the United States government. There’s the FBI, CIA, DHS, NCIS, NASA, USAF, USN, USCG, USA (army), and the USMC. There are probably hundreds, if not thousands, of other initials that stand for some agency or organization. Even in the sports world there’s the NBA, MLB, […]

Those I would like to thank

As I reflect upon the year thus far, I realize that I owe a debt of gratitude to certain individuals, groups, and organizations. You have helped to make my life simpler, have reduced my stress levels, and have added to an overall sense of increased calm. I shall list these in no particular order: The […]

The fog of fear

Someone recently asked me, “If you had it to do over, what would you do differently in high school?” Although I would do a great deal differently, my first response was, “I’d run for student council.” “Why didn’t you?” the person inquired. “Fear,” was my simple response. A few years ago I read a book […]

Discovering Northern hospitality

Much fuss has been made over what we in the southeast part of the nation call “Southern hospitality.” Southerners especially are proud of their Southern hospitality. In fact, we tend to spin it as if we have all the hospitality and other regions of the country have come up woefully short. We — we believe […]

Universal healthcare?

Senator Bernie Sanders has advocated a “Medicare for all Americans” as a solution to the insurance crisis in this country. First of all, I agree that there is a crisis. I am personally aware of people who cannot obtain insurance for a variety of reasons, the high cost being among those reasons. It’s not just […]

Memories of an angry lady

During the storm that finally hit our area, formerly known as Hurricane Irma that degenerated into a tropical storm by the time it made it to north Georgia, I had flashbacks, of a sort. Maybe it was the wind that uprooted thousands of trees across the state, multiple inches of rain, floods and flash floods […]

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