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.
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)!
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.