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 […]

The secret of a long marriage

My wife and I observed our 46th wedding anniversary last week. Or, as I sometimes say, “We completed 46 years of a life sentence without parole.” Which makes most men grin and most women give me “the Look.” Once in awhile, someone will ask what our secret is. “Well,” I respond, “when we were younger, […]

Rat poison, music and the brain

Recently, for no apparent reason at all, a song popped into my mind. In fact, I could remember both the words and the music. So, alone, I began to sing it aloud. I had not heard that song in at least 55 or 60 years. The song wasn’t a doo-wop sound, a Beatles tune, or […]

Honor to whom honor . . .

Last Saturday, my wife was one of several recent retirees from the University of West Georgia who were honored for their many years of service. There was a very nice luncheon at the country club in Carrollton, Ga., where the food was some of the best I have eaten at one of these affairs, and […]

Nazis, Communists, and Charlottesville

In the 1930s, two major groups clashed in Germany. The clashes were often violent and, at times, people were killed in these conflicts. The two groups were the Nazis and the Communists. Both sought to dominate the political conversation and, while both groups would eventually cause the deaths of tens of millions of people, their […]

Cuddling for pay

Watching television the other night, I was very surprised to learn that there is such a thing as a “certified cuddlist.” Apparently, one can hire someone who will cuddle with them for an hour or more. I fired up the computer and visited the website of the business which claims to have 75 cuddle centers […]

Beware of scammers with internet ‘ordinations’

For quite a number of years I have been aware that people could be “ordained” to the ministry online or through the mails. It really doesn’t take much. One fills out the short application, encloses a check for $35 and up and, just like that, one can either download their “ordination” certificate or it will […]

Living with danger

I used to wonder how the citizens of Israel functioned day to day. There was a time when bombings, terrorist attacks, and rockets aimed at residential areas were routine. One could be sitting at an outdoor cafe one minute and be maimed or dead the next. “What would it be like to continually live under […]