The beauty shop and the beast

Every trip to the beauty shop is, for me, an adventure in some way. And, without fail, it’s immensely entertaining. First of all, Sandy, my hairdresser, is one of the most delightful women in the world. She is fall-down funny so it’s worth the visit just for the sideshow. Then, there are all the stories […]

PTC owes a great debt to its 2nd mayor, Ralph Jones

[Editor’s note: The following is an appreciation of Ralph Jones, the second mayor of Peachtree City. Jones died Nov. 24.] The year 1965 was a period of phenomenal transformation. The country was experiencing unparalleled change on all fronts, President Johnson establishing Medicare and Medicaid, passage of the Voting Rights Act, wading into the Vietnam War. […]

Me & Zell, 2 old souls

Sometimes two old souls can find each other and form a friendship that is anchored in rock-solid respect and like thinking. Such is my friendship with one of the greatest Southerners of modern time – Zell Miller. We understand each other and, quite simply, we speak the same language, the language of the Scotch-Irish who […]

Black Friday

Well, it looks like you’ve made it another year — almost. The hurdle of the holidays, overstuffed with physically unhealthy portions of food and fiscally unhealthy credit card bills, still must be jumped. In this economy the bar of self-control has been set really high as we watch our waistlines expand almost as fast as […]

Teaching dogs to dance

A few weeks ago, I was visiting with family in northeastern Tennessee. Out to dinner with my brother and his wife, we were joined by their 7-year-old granddaughter, Annie. Annie is smart (“I’ve never made anything less than an ‘A’ in school.”), pretty, affectionate, and a chatterbox. At one point, I asked, “Annie, what do […]

Lions and Christians

The perceived necessity of a Manhattan Declaration would have jarred the Pilgrims from prayerful contemplation of game birds and the like at harvest festival time, 1621. What — religious liberty so uncertain a thing as to warrant, five centuries later, a 4,700-word document justifying Christian defense of Christian principles? Even so. On Nov. 20, a […]

Solving whose problem?

No one will really understand politics until they understand that politicians are not trying to solve our problems. They are trying to solve their own problems — of which getting elected and re-elected are number one and number two. Whatever is number three is far behind. Many of the things the government does that may […]

Sarah Palin and the Future of Conservatism

I’m sure I would like Sarah Palin if I got the chance to meet her. We share many things in common. She is still married to her first spouse, as am I. She has a Down syndrome son. I have a brother with Down syndrome. We share the same faith and we both like the […]

Voluntarism or self-interest?

How many things in our lives would we like to depend upon the generosity and selflessness of our fellow man, and do you think we would like the outcome? You say, “Williams, are you now putting down generosity and selflessness?” No, I’m not. Let me ask the question in a more direct way. Say you […]

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