A new flag in the parade

I’m not sure if this was a first for our 4th of July parade, but it’s the first time I recall seeing a PFLAG contingent. One of the reasons I live in Peachtree City and not Decatur or Virginia-Highlands is because I prefer to be around and — more importantly — raise my children amongst […]

Intervention saves lives

Across the U.S. more than 45,000 lives a year are lost to suicide, yet it remains the silent epidemic that few seem willing to talk about. Many survivors that have lost loved ones and friends experience tremendous anger and frustration because they feel that more could be done to stem the tide. The Intervene Challenge […]

The heart of America: The military family

We rightly praise our military men and women. They are the “tip of the spear” in defense of our country. Sadly, over the past 17 years we have seen our military commitments and deployments increase to a level not seen in recent military history. It is not uncommon for young men and women to be […]

On Independence Day, slavery still exists

As we celebrate the freedom and liberty that our country was founded upon, it would surprise most Americans to know that slavery still exists. It surprised me. In fact, right now, more than 40 million people are someone else’s property — enslaved in factories, fishing boats, and brothels. On June 28, 2018, the U.S. State […]

Vote out tribalism, vote in love, ideals

America in the year 2018. Who are we? Who do we want to be? Lately these two questions have been on my septuagenarian mind. If you are not already reflecting on these questions and wondering about your contribution to the future character of our country, I invite you to do so. It seems we have […]

Culture incites more suicides

Opponents of the “death with dignity” movement have been saying this all along. When you permit and, sadly, even encourage the notion of taking your own life when faced with terminal illness and suffering, you open a Pandora’s box of life-destroying forces that spill over into all demographics, especially those most vulnerable to the deadly […]

Fayette must do more for bullied students

I read with interest the recent front-page articles about bullying and cutting. I know full well they represent many students and mothers who have not voiced their pain and frustrations. As the author/screenwriter of “The Fat Boy Chronicles,” I visit schools around the nation to talk with students about these issues. To hear the passionate […]

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