Opinion

I know a great majority of my readers are not in the cattle business. Keep in mind that we estimate Gordon County has approximately 10,000 brood cows. The great majority of those producers are in the cow/calf business, where weaned calves are sold at local sale barns or sold in group loads.

You know, I get a lot of questions about energy therapy possibly being evil. And there is a lot of misinformation “out there” about Reiki, meditation and other forms of energy work being evil or non-Christian.

Summer is far from over in Georgia and it’s still very important to make sure you don’t get overheated or dehydrated in the heat that is still plaguing us.

Mental illness is more common than people realize and it does not discriminate. Approximately one in five people – 20 percent – will experience a mental illness in their lifetime, and those affected by mental illness include people of all socioeconomic groups, all races and ethnicities, and …

The stories and myths of the Cherokee culture are rich and deep. One could spend a lifetime exploring and still not understand the full depth and breadth of these stories and the lessons they offer.

Never in a million years did I think I would ever live in the same place for 50 years, but it’s about to happen.

We had something happen for the first time this month that had to do with an outbuilding located at a property we had recently purchased. It was a great learning lesson, and I’d like to share it with you.

Wait, think about that question. The sports stations in Atlanta are evangelizing fans for the Atlanta Falcons for the upcoming season. They are constantly talking about our season getting ready to start.

Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to …

There arrived on my desk this week a letter — an actual letter, printed on paper, stuffed in a lovely marbled envelope — that did not meet a couple of basic requirements to be printed as a “letter to the editor” but that I felt compelled to write about anyway.

It would probably be an amazing number if you could get an accurate count of wells in use in Northwest Georgia. There are many citizens that use the groundwater that a home well can provide.

It is very easy to assume that the current state of personal and community interaction is worse than it has ever been. What with the prevalence of social media platforms and the general decline in good manners, one could be excused for thinking that the world has gone to hell only recently.

I have been a fan of soccer for over 50 years. Yes, folks, that long. It started back in my college days when the small Baptist college I attended had a team. A couple of my friends played, so I decided it would be a good thing to support them in this game. I literally knew nothing about the…

I got a call from an investor recently needing some help with structuring a deal. He was in the process of buying a property and wanted to do “one of those lease option, lease purchase things” as his exit strategy.

This week, I would like to continue on the topic of cover crops in the home vegetable garden. The use of cover crops can be an important tool in increasing overall vegetable production, help build your soil and can also help protect your garden area.

Have you ever experienced that psychological phenomenon where after reading or saying aloud a word way too much it begins to lose meaning?

This week we Americans have once again paused in the midst of the hectic pace of modern life to commemorate our nation’s independence and freedom. The Fourth of July reminds us that liberty is precious and that our country is a very special, indeed uniquely blessed, place.

Dealing with a recent health issue for myself, brought to mind this question I have heard a few times from skeptics: If Reiki works, why do Reiki practitioners ever get sick?

Soon we Americans will once again pause to celebrate our nation’s annual Independence Day. Amidst the picnics and fireworks on this Fourth of July, I sure hope that lots of people will take some time to truly think about freedom, about what it really means and about the great price that has …

The term “medicine” among the Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island and their descendants can mean a couple of different things, depending on the context.

We came out of the hurricane relatively unscathed. The only thing I can remember that was destroyed was a heavy oak bench. It was shattered into just a heap of broken and splintery wood. We sailed past the Azores Islands owned by Portugal.

I’ve never been one who particularly enjoys change, but at the same time, change can also be exciting and adventurous. As I’ve been considering what to write for this column, I’ve thought over some of the changes I’ve made in previous summers and thought I would share some of my experiences.

Truly I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:3-4

Vegetable gardening is a popular activity in most all Georgia counties. The ability to produce fresh vegetables for family and friends is a rewarding goal.

Symbolically, the blanket represents different things in different cultures. Depending on one’s perspective and background, the blanket and the symbolism around it can be used to analogize many different lessons and principles.

When we lived at Schilling Air Force Base near Salina, Kansas, I used to sit in a field across from the air base and watch the planes take off and land. I’d do this for hours sometimes. My favorites were the B-47s and the newer B-52s, jets that made my heart beat faster when they revved up t…

Soon the country will celebrate the birthday of the United States of America. There will be festivities and fireworks all over the land. It will be fun for people of all ages.

Ashley and I were presenting at a Real Estate Investor Association (REIA) recently, where the topic was talking to sellers. During the presentation, we made mention that Ashley goes door knocking without me.

Picture this – a bus full of children and a handful of chaperones park their luxury travel bus in downtown Calhoun, taking up approximately five parking spaces along Wall Street. As they file out of the bus, loud laughter spills onto the sidewalk and local residents scatter to avoid the grow…

Sometimes people ask me, “Does energy therapy cure/heal (insert your illness of choice here)?” I usually take a deep breath and try to figure out how to address the difference between “cure and heal.”

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation. Hebrews 11:1-2

Meat goat production is Gordon County is approximately 1,500 head of goats with various breeds being represented. Some people prefer goats as pets, while others like their ability to eat brush that other livestock do not consume, while others will raise registered or show goats.

It’s Saturday morning, June 15, around 6:10 on Amelia Island in Northeastern Florida. The sky in one small area on the horizon is a deep, almost-purple pink. I sit in the deck chair holding my breath. I know what’s coming ... and ... wait for it ... there it is!

Many youth groups take mission trips each year. What is a mission trip? You could say that it is a trip with a mission, or a purpose.

Regardless of what stage of life you’re in, you must make financial and investment decisions that will be with you for the remainder of your years. But the moves you make when you’re just starting out in your career may be quite different from when you’re retired. So, let’s look at some of t…

Ashley and I saw something last month and again this month that we haven’t seen in a long time. While out door knocking on the pre-foreclosures, we saw realtor signs in front of some of the houses being foreclosed on.

When I was a sophomore in college, I visited my roommate over winter break in her hometown of Colorado Springs. I hadn’t been to Colorado before, and waking up to look out the window at a snowy Pikes Peak was an experience I can’t put into words – I didn’t know views like that existed in real life.

This week I would like to shift gears. Most of my columns are topic specific, but this week I would like to give more of a general up-date on things I am seeing in the area agriculturally or reminders. I would also like to make clients aware once again of some of the resources that we provid…

The Bible is the foundation for the beliefs of the Christian. It is not a history book but it has correct history. It is not a science textbook, but it does have correct science. Learn more about this in vacation Bible school.

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