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Ask Father Paul: Does God determine the time of our death

DEAR FATHER PAUL:  Growing up I often heard a lot of my elders  say when someone (a believer) we knew died, something like this,...

Being Mom

While my three brothers, The Sister, and I experienced a magical time for those seven years growing up on Flamingo Street, a big part...

Mother’s Day 2019

One of Mama’s constraint refrains was, “None of y’uns realize how much I do for this family. When I’m gone, y’all will all realize...

Making college affordable

The end of another school year is at hand and many of our proud and hard-working high school seniors are displaying the colleges they...

An open letter to high school graduates — Part 1

After what must seem an eternity, you are graduating from high school. The truth is, your life has barely begun and the steps you...

A book on grandparenting worth reading

“When are you going to write a book on grandparenting?” is a question asked of me by lots of folks, most of whom —...

It’s still the economy, stupid

How long can Democrats continue to claim the roaring economy should be credited to the Obama administration? How many, except the self-deluded, actually believe...

Is income inequality fair?

Some Americans have much higher income and wealth than others. Former President Barack Obama explained, “I do think at a certain point you’ve made...

Medicare for all, quality care for none

Medicare for All has emerged as a defining issue in the race for the White House. Several contenders for the Democratic nomination for president...

Screen time for children

Since I first started this column in 1994, I have written several times about the amount of time children spend in front of the...

The Tooth Fairy will be arriving

Little One, our soon-to-be 6-year-old granddaughter, yelled for her Big Papa as she bounded down our basement steps yesterday. Covering her mouth with her...

Once, kids enjoyed freedom

My wife and I spent two days in my hometown of Charleston, South Carolina, recently. As we always do, we walked around my boyhood...

Impeach Trump anyway

Objectivity, like Elvis, long ago left the building in Washington and so the report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller is being read and interpreted...

Hyper-democracy rears its head

Periodically, those who do not think that the U.S. Constitution is “democratic” enough set out to repudiate the document’s genius. The Electoral College is...

Millennials for socialism

If one needed evidence of the gross ignorance of millennials, and their teachers and college professors, it’s their solid support for socialism and socialist...

Georgia needs earnest effort at tax reform

Nearly a decade ago, Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue created the Georgia Special Council on Tax Reform and Fairness, “to examine the tax code of...

What to do about refugees at our southern border?

We just can’t kick the habit. Or the media can’t, which comes to the same thing, given the media’s habitual deference to its customers...

Daddy sang bass

When I was a child of 5 or 6, I loved my little record player but other than children’s storytelling albums, I owned only...

A woman’s view of ‘Heartbeat bill’

As a woman and a mother, it is difficult not to feel connected to all the stories about recent states passing laws regarding abortions....

No one understands . . .

“Forsaken,” (adjective), “abandoned or deserted.” Most of us, somewhere in our lives, have been forsaken — abandoned ... deserted — by those we thought...

Best friends

Hallmark-type stories from a long, long time ago on that old familiar street not so far away have, for years, made up the bulk...

How’s ‘parenting’ working for you?

There is child raising and there is “parenting.” America replaced the former with the latter in the 1970s and it’s been downhill ever since. My...

The crack-up of Christianity

“(T)here is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so,” said Hamlet, who thereby raised some crucial questions: Is moral truth subjective? Does...

Google-Facebook-Twitter are unelected censors of America

Many people, years after they graduate from high school and college, have nightmares about taking exams for a course for which they have done...

Travels with Foxfire

Tink is like a child with the mail. He can’t wait to get it. Since there’s always a chance that there’s something in there...

Spring break vs. Easter break

If the nation was like it was when I was in public school so many years ago, we would be in the middle of...

My life of crime

As you remember from last week, Dear Reader, my three brothers and I had “borrowed” a discarded coconut from the church. Finding it out by...

What the legislature did

On April 2, just before midnight, the Georgia General Assembly adjourned sine die. This concluded the first part of our 2019-2020 biennial session. Over...

Video game addiction unlikely to be cured by a pill

Julie Jargon is a reporter with the Wall Street Journal. Heretofore, she has written about food companies like Starbucks and McDonalds. As of April...

God and the Democrats

For the last 27 years, Democrats have been trying to win over evangelical Christians who last voted in large numbers for their party’s presidential...

The new beginning that begins with Easter

Easter is arriving just in time. I want the new beginning, symbolically and emotionally, that comes with Easter every spring. It is true that I...

When faith went to school

Back in the days before God got expelled from the public education system, the attitude toward religion, and the Christian faith specifically, was much...

Collectively lying

Fabricator, fibber, storyteller, or deceiver — call it what you may. Not telling the truth by any other name means you are a liar....

With kids, attitudes, not techniques, matter

“We’ve tried everything!” is one of the more common testimonials I hear from parents who’ve just described persistent and highly vexing discipline problems with...
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