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I just learned of a book called, “Say Goodbye to your Southern Accent.” Gosh dang. What is wrong with a Southern accent?

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Washington Post Editorial: Gun-happy Ga. lawmakers put public safety at risk
Updated: March 18, 2014 - 12:11 pm

THE NATIONAL Rifle Association calls it “the most comprehensive pro-gun reform legislation in recent state history.” That’s true, sad to say.

Navigating slippery slopes
Posted: February 05, 2014

Do you ever have a moment when you just realize something is going to go wrong, despite your best efforts?

The legendary Goatman
Posted: February 05, 2014

I was sadly unable to attend the Temple Grandin lecture at Berry College last week due to inclement weather, however I have come across another interesting character in the meantime.

My daughter the ball girl, a line drive away from decapitation
Updated: January 24, 2014 - 11:21 am

I am not a great traveler by car. My idea of a perfect auto trip is one with an ETA of 20 minutes.

Advice from an Old Farmer
Updated: January 24, 2014 - 11:19 am

What I wanted to write today and what I am sending your way are worlds apart. Let me explain. Way back in 1978, in a college Bible class I was taking during the summer at Harding University in Arkansas, the professor made a statement that constantly resounds in my mind. All these years it has been my intention to discuss that statement. Today was to be the day. The subject has hibernated in my mind and heart all these 35 years to a degree that I am prepared to sit and write on the subject.

What Americans should fear in cyberspace
Updated: January 24, 2014 - 11:12 am

A recent Pew poll found that Americans are more afraid of a cyber attack than they are of Iranian nuclear weapons, the rise of China or climate change. Such fears are not only out of proportion to risk; if they take hold, they could threaten the positive gains of the digital age.

Help for those with mental illness in the family
Updated: January 24, 2014 - 11:14 am

Have you ever wondered “How in the world can I better understand and help my loved one with a mental illness”?

3 car crash causing delays on I-75
Updated: January 03, 2014 - 8:18 pm

A three-car crash on Interstate 75 North near exit 312 in Gordon County is causing delays on both sides of the interstate.

Don't miss the glory of Christmas
Updated: February 22, 2014 - 12:05 am

Giving gifts is a big part of Christmas. This was central in the First Christmas. No one has ever expressed this idea more beautifully than the writer of John’s Gospel, when he wrote, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son..” God’s greatest gift to an undeserving humanity was the Christ who was born in Bethlehem.

Care of poinsettias
Posted: December 11, 2013

Last week, my article was on general care of holiday plants. This week, I will be more specific and center on poinsettias. Many people will only think about poinsettias at this time of year, while others will keep their poinsettia plant and try to re-bloom the plant the following year.

Age-appropriate gifts, please
Posted: December 11, 2013

Ring! Ring!

Are women better real estate investors?
Posted: December 11, 2013

Must start by saying: If you’re looking for politically correct, then I’m DEFINITELY not your guy.

Guest Editorial: New IRS rules are needed to curb the avalanche of undisclosed campaign funds that threaten to corrupt our democratic political system
Posted: December 06, 2013

Some of the biggest political contributors in recent elections don’t appear on any list of the usual suspects; they are neither corporations, unions nor extremely wealthy individuals. Instead, they are new nonprofit organizations that have been granted tax-exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service because of the ostensible “social welfare” activities they engage in. In truth, however, these groups have morphed into some of the nation’s most powerful backstage political actors, shelling out millions of dollars to support candidates for office without ever having to disclose where their money is coming from or who is trying to influence the outcome on an election.

Guest Columnist: Is China getting ready for major reforms?
Posted: December 06, 2013

Figuring out what’s really going on inside China is tough.

Let’s talk real money
Updated: December 06, 2013 - 3:14 pm

How much is a million dollars? Better still, how much is a billion dollars? And don’t I hear the term “billion dollars” thrown around like it is play money?

See Rock City’s Enchanted Garden of Lights
Posted: December 05, 2013

Christmastime is upon is, and it’s the time of year for spending time together, counting your blessings, celebrating the miracle of Christ’s birth and for starting new traditions (or for carrying on much-loved traditions)!

Care of holiday plants
Posted: December 04, 2013

The holidays are a wonderful time of year with many folks decorating the inside and outside of their homes and property. The Bowman’s this year have broken our trend of using our artificial tree and actually purchased a real tree for our place this year.

Real Thanksgiving
Updated: December 04, 2013 - 1:29 pm

He rose on Thanksgiving day a bit slower than in the years he fondly now remembered. It was time to get started with the day. But, first, time had to be made for exercise. He’d become convinced a decade and a half ago it was the only option for keeping mobile. Dressed, he paused at the bedroom door and whistled for his dog. The canine looked up from his bed and gave an audible grunt of protest as he rose. He too, was fighting the battle to remain ambulatory and though in human years he was by far the younger, in actual years they were neck-and-neck in the race of life.

50 years of lost innocence
Posted: November 21, 2013

This Friday it will be 50 years since I lost my innocence.

You cannot avoid trouble but you can get through it
Updated: February 22, 2014 - 12:05 am

Somewhere down life's dusty road we all have a date with destiny. That appointment with God is in everyone’s future. Here is a statement to which many are living testimonies to its truth. “The most miserable man in the world is the man who has lost God and doesn’t miss Him.” Often it isn’t until the storm breaks and the cold winds blow across the bare beaches of the soul and the night settles around you that you become aware of your need for God.

44TH Annual Calhoun Bull Evaluation Sale
Posted: November 20, 2013

In just a few weeks, the latest UGA bull test evaluation will draw to a close in Calhoun for 2013. The annual sale will be the conclusion of the five month program that began back in July with bulls being delivered to the UGA farm by consigners. The sale will be a mid-day event at the NW Georgia Livestock Pavilion.

Hilton Head: Great beach getaway close to home
Posted: November 15, 2013

Hilton Head Island, located directly off the coast of South Carolina, is a great beach location fairly close to Calhoun. The short drive to Hilton Head Island takes approximately five hours when traffic is moving well. While Hilton Head is a busy, well-developed place, it holds a natural beauty and charm and shows great care for the preservation of its natural environment.

Attracting birds to your landscape
Posted: November 15, 2013

I have stated many times that I enjoy the change into all the four seasons. I like the changes from both an agricultural sense and also from a sports background. I like our farm calving season in the fall and seeing if the mating you choose will result in a great show calf. I also like it when fall comes on because we start traveling to Athens for football games plus the girls will be in softball season and then switch gears soon after into basketball.

Gordon holiday festivities begin in November
Posted: November 14, 2013

There is a wealth of free and affordable local events this November so get out and Stop Shop Gordon.

Credit where credit is due
Posted: November 14, 2013

She was an attractive lady, seemingly well cultured and certainly fashion aware. I was sitting in a booth at a restaurant in a neighborhood where I’d once been the pastor. Now, I should insert here that we Methodist pastors vow that when we are moved we move. That is, it’s just now proper for a pastor who once served Sleepy Valley Church to return to Sleepy Valley Church unless the pastor of Sleepy Valley Church specifically invites us to do so. But, seeing as how I’d been away from that particular church for more than two-and-a-half decades, and seeing as how there had been four pastors serving Sleepy Valley Church since they chased me off, I made an exception. Besides, I had never forgotten my obsession with the Red Flannel Hash dish ( a concoction of eggs, hashbrowns, peppers, onions, and goodness knows what else went with the hot sauce ) that was the trademark of the place.

Making progress
Posted: November 13, 2013

On Sunday, October 20, 2013, I was finally able to knock a hugely important goal off of my bucket list, but getting there has been more than a year in the making.

Put people above pride
Updated: February 22, 2014 - 12:05 am

People are more important than pride. I once knew a marl who put his pride first and lost his wife and family. He volunteered the story. “I kept my pride,” he said, “and that’s all I have left. I lost my wife and family. I know I was wrong. I would go back if it would do any good.” “Why don’t you go back?” I asked. “It’s too late,” he replied, “She has married again.”

But I don’t have the money
Updated: November 12, 2013 - 3:25 pm

Is real estate a good, safe, profitable investment? Consider this: More millionaires have made their fortunes using real estate as their investment vehicle of choice over all other investment vehicles – including stocks and bonds.

Live life with no regrets
Posted: August 25, 2013

Not too long ago, I had planned to have a lunch date with a close friend of mine that had prepared a lovely dish of crock-pot Parmesan chicken for us to enjoy.

Summer container gardening
Posted: July 07, 2013

Plant gardening in containers has become a favorite hobby of many in the area. Container gardening serves several purposes.

What’s the most effective way to meet sellers?
Posted: July 06, 2013

Last week, Kim and I drove to Savannah, Georgia to speak to the Savannah REIA (Real Estate Investors Association). When teaching, in addition to presenting at a REIA’s monthly meeting, I do something most real estate investing teachers won’t do. I take the REIA members out knocking on sellers’ doors before the meeting.

I have a very high opinion of my opinion
Posted: June 29, 2013

To steal from Pete Fortunato: I have a very high opinion of my opinion. The fact is, I think that 99 percent of the time I’m 100 percent right. Welcome to Willieland! Just imagine what beautiful Kim has to put up with every single day.

I have a very high opinion of my opinion
Posted: June 29, 2013

To steal from Pete Fortunato: I have a very high opinion of my opinion. The fact is, I think that 99 percent of the time I’m 100 percent right. Welcome to Willieland! Just imagine what beautiful Kim has to put up with every single day.

Growing vegetables organically
Updated: June 24, 2013 - 10:28 am

Many people today want to eliminate or greatly reduce the amount of pesticides they use in their home vegetable garden. Some clients want to go all-organic while others want to incorporate more organic principals in their gardens, but will use fungicides or insecticides if they end up with a disease or insect issue they can’t control organically.

The most important six inches in the world
Posted: June 22, 2013

Kim and I are headed to Tampa tomorrow to attend Pete Fortunato’s Acquisitions seminar. Pete is THE BEST creative deal structurer we’ve ever met. This will be the 12th or 13th time we've taken this course.

Roach prevention for homeowners
Posted: June 16, 2013

Any homeowner at one time or another can have a problem with roaches. That may not be a pleasant thought, but you can. When you do have a problem, the best plan is to try to eliminate the issue sooner rather than later.

Dogwoods in Georgia
Posted: June 09, 2013

When you think about the native landscape of Georgia, many plant and tree items will come to the top.

Dang It – Just sold two homes
Posted: June 08, 2013

Most folks think real estate investing is about buying then selling a house, and walking away with a big pile of cash. This is known as “flipping.”

Dealing with Carpenter Ants in Georgia
Posted: June 02, 2013

Being a county agent you know that there are going to be those seasonal calls on insects. When the weather warms up in the spring or cools down in fall, you know the calls on those overwintering insects will come. You will get the calls on boxelder bugs, plus right now I get calls on the famous kudzu bug once a week.

Which real estate contract should you use?
Posted: June 01, 2013

Austin Boston Berry (aka Austin Boston) bought his first investment property about two weeks ago. It’s a nice four-bedroom, two-bath, all-brick home on Grassdale Road in Cartersville, Georgia. And here’s the best part – Austin Boston is only 24 years old.

Simple tips for rehabbing your How-to’s
Posted: May 26, 2013

In 1988, I was living in Paris, France with my brother, Sam. Sam was a fashion photographer. His job was to take pictures of lots of very pretty girls – and get paid to do it. Needless to say, I L-O-V-E-D Paris.

HERD Sale and Reproductive Management Workshop
Posted: May 19, 2013

Everyone has a comfort zone or two. I think I have two. I love to talk sports and coach and I also really enjoy the animal science or animal husbandry side of my job. I guess that love for livestock started when my grandfather, A.D. Bowman, would put me to work on the family farm. He owned a farrow-to-finish swine operation. At any time, we would have 1,000 head on the farm and would sale a load of market ready hogs a week.

How we financed and closed a deal in three days
Posted: May 18, 2013

Our last column sure brought in a ton of calls and emails. In that column, we explained how last month we found, closed and financed a home in just three days by knocking on sellers’ doors – and didn’t use any of our own money. (You’ll find that column on our website titled, “What’s Old is What’s New.”)

Mosquito control for homeowners
Posted: May 12, 2013

There is almost nothing more enjoyable than being outdoors and enjoying nice weather. This time of year, I try to stay outdoors after work as much as possible. It may be working on the family farm, going to one of my daughter’s practices or games or hanging out with family and friends.

Learning to protect yourself from ticks
Posted: May 05, 2013

Spring is such a wonderful time of year. The temperatures are fairly moderate and you can enjoy so many evenings of great springtime weather. I spend much of the spring and summer at softball games or working on the farm and you always have to be mindful of ticks in some areas.

What’s old is what’s new
Posted: May 04, 2013

April’s foreclosure auction put Kim and me on a quest. The quest was to discover where the best real estate investing deals moved to, because – due to a huge increase in the number of bidders, a significant decrease in the number of foreclosures and rapidly shrinking profit margins – the most profitable deals are no longer found on the courthouse steps.

Controlling stinging and biting insect pests
Posted: April 28, 2013

There is nothing more bothersome than to be outdoors and having a fun activity interrupted by insects.

Where we are finding the best deals
Posted: April 27, 2013

If you’ve been following our real estate investing column, you know that since the beginning of April, Kim and I have been on a quest to find out where the cheese moved.

Spring tips for home grown garden Okra
Posted: April 21, 2013

I will start my saying that home garden okra has been a Bowman family favorite my entire life. I think nothing beats having fresh okra at a meal. I am even a fan of pickled okra. If you have never grown okra in the family garden, I say give it a try this year.

Where did the cheese go?
Posted: April 20, 2013

Last week’s column – The Cheese Has Moved – was about the dramatic change Kim and I witnessed at April’s foreclosure auction. We watched investors pay a lot more for properties. Higher purchase prices ensure thinner profit margins, and thinner profit margins mean greater risk – it reminded us a bit of 2005 and 2006. (You’ll find last week’s column on our website.)

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