Pilgrimage to the monastery

When I first moved to Georgia in June 1983, it wasn’t too long before I discovered the existence of the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, Ga. I visited once during the day and there discovered that one could stay overnight at the guesthouse for a modest fee. I don’t remember when it began […]

The mad summer scramble

Across this town there is a whiff of anticipation in the air. Days on the calendar are being marked off, and the hands of the clock slowly tick around the dial. Yes, the end of the school year is fast approaching. Schools around this fair town of ours are full of two kinds of folks […]

Totalitarianism in colleges

Parents, taxpayers and donors have little idea of the levels of lunacy, evil and lawlessness that have become features of many of today’s institutions of higher learning. Parents, taxpayers and donors who ignore or are too lazy to find out what goes on in the name of higher education are nearly as complicit as the […]

Mr. President, stop the insults

During an interview last June in his New York office, I asked Donald Trump about his use of language that many considered insulting and divisive. “Will there be a pivot for you from the primaries to the general election campaign?” The candidate said “I agree” about the tone of the campaign and that he intended […]

Rodney teaches me to bush hog

After Sunday dinner, while the others cleaned, talked or dealt with children, I sat down in a recliner matching the one that Rodney was in. I inhaled deeply and leaned forward, my elbows resting on my knees. “Rodney, I hate to ask you this.” Clearly I did. It was hard. “I know you’re so busy.” […]

Are you like a city broken down without walls?

Recently, The Atlanta Journal Constitution website ran: “Vacuum cleaner used as a weapon in DeKalb road rage, cops say.” (www.ajc.com, April 24, 2017). Chamblee police said a 24-year-old woman used a Dirt Devil vacuum cleaner as a weapon against a driver who approached her car and banged on the window. As he fumed about her […]

Plaques on the square

In 1995, the county decided to put in a fountain on the town square by the gazebo. You may not know this but the small patch of ground on the corner across from the old courthouse building is owned by the city of Fayetteville. At one time the city swapped a piece of land they […]

A matter of desire

At the present time, the tuition for in-state students at the University of West Georgia is about $4,080 a year. The tuition is scheduled to increase slightly in the coming year but, when compared to many others schools, and especially private universities, it’s a steal. Still, to me it seems like a lot. When I […]

Moms are forever

She has always been there, reflected in the peaceful faces of your children each night as they lay sleeping. Her influence and guiding light shines through your life, your children’s and, one day, theirs. She is a constant influence whether living across town, across the nation, or long gone from this spinning blue globe. She […]

Life without norms

What you end up with when the moral barriers topple is, not least, the end of due process at American colleges and universities. It’s a dreadful prospect you likely wouldn’t imagine without having scanned some of the stories on the rape crisis said to be spreading across American campuses. Supposedly, college women are at immense […]

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