Opinion/Editorial

I didn’t realize this until recently, but this year is the last of the decade. I also didn’t realize the year was 2019 until recently.

In the first seminary course I had, we read Luke 1:38, “Here I am, the servant of the Lord. Let it be to me according to your word.” I had always read this passage as though Mary demurely and unquestioningly acceded to the angel Gabriel’s news.

As I look back at things that happened to me while I was on the police department some of the memories are sad, some are funny and others make you wonder how it could happen. I remember this one like it was yesterday.

The news is still fresh and a lot of people are weighing their options, but the question is this — if we don’t field a local candidate, do we even deserve our seat in the U.S. House of Representatives?

Who says I do not know how to set the stage for a fun Christmas? I did exactly that, December 3rd after work. First I went to Starbucks, in Calhoun, and got a peppermint mocha latte. Then I headed to Rome for the Christmas parade. All the way to Rome I was delighted with the beautiful fiery …

When my brother was born in Monterey, Tennessee, in 1941, he was blessed with six living grandmothers. Three generations of grandmas who all resided in the same small town! By the time he was 3, he had renamed his favorite grandmother so that she would not be confused with the others. He cal…

When the Christmas Season comes, I am always glad that I don’t have sermons to prepare. There are so many directions one might take to speak about this season so overburdened with all kinds of expectations and interpretations. What does one say that has not already been said, perhaps more ef…

My friend Margie will be spending this Christmas with a brother whose existence was kept from her all her life.

If you are reading this and you haven’t either hurt someone’s feelings or had your feelings hurt by someone in the last month, will you give me a call? We need to talk about how you have pulled that off.

Back in the days when I was a police officer I had what I called a queasy feeling in my stomach when a certain kind of call would come to me.

I have always enjoyed Thanksgiving. Far more than a platform from which to propel us into Christmas, Thanksgiving is to be savored. It is a time to be in the moment and be with your family and friends. This year, as always, I did exactly that. I had a delightful Thanksgiving holiday.

Here’s an interesting story of one of the Salmon family that you might never have heard. One of my daddy’s brothers was William, who was called Uncle Bill. Uncle Bill married Florence Josephine Gray, who was a sister of Uncle George Gray, who had married my daddy’s sister Annie. Simply, dadd…

Well folks, Thanksgiving is over, and so is November! I have a problem with the way the calendar treated us this year. Thanksgiving Thursday fell too late in the month, causing most of us to join in a sprint to Christmas. With such little time, how in the world am I going to get the weight o…

The U. S. Constitution is the crowning political achievement of the Judeo-Christian culture. It created the oldest government still in existence and has served America well for over two centuries. Many have praised it as a work of political genius. The Constitution and the Founding Fathers h…

She is a very private person. She’s going to be mad that I wrote this column. This one is being filed under the “better to ask forgiveness than permission.”

I hope that as you read this, you are basking in the afterglow of gracious feasting and luxurious and loving time with family and friends. The holidays can be stressful if we let them, and I wish for you and yours the patience and wisdom and love that allow us to navigate this festive time a…

There are some things in this old life that are hard to believe. I have come across some odd and peculiar things. One of the strangest was back in my young days when some friends and I would go ghost hunting. We would load up a friend’s car with girls and on Saturday night head for a place t…

As I reflect on former Thanksgiving days, how well do I remember those tremendous special dinners.

Searching the other day, not for anything lost, but for something I could not find, I slowed enough to allow clarity to answer my search. I’ve done my best to remind myself as age intrudes I do not have a memory problem. I have a retrieval problem. On this day, retrieval seemed more problema…

As it is with so much in our lives, we understand little and practice even less, the essentials of engagement that lead to successful relationships. We either communicate in a way that tears one another apart or we can build each other up, which is the best possible option.

Today is Thanksgiving Day. That glorious American holiday when we annually consider all the things for which are thankful. I am thankful, most of all, for my family.

Have you ever noticed that most of us remember our worst Thanksgivings? The time the turkey burned, or the time when we were so ill on turkey day, we could only stomach a cracker? The truth is some folks will experience their first worst Thanksgiving this year. However, I pray they keep hear…

Generally, when something is wrong with our body, we seek evaluation from a healthcare provider. Some symptoms, however, are perceived as just too embarrassing to talk about to friends or even our most trusted healthcare providers.

I returned to Georgia from South Florida several weeks ago to find most all of the beautiful fall colors gone.

I remember back when I was growing up that there always seemed to be an old drunk in the neighborhood. The ones that I am writing about were some of those I met while on the Police Department.

One of the few things that separates men from women is the ability to grow a beard — unless your lineage includes carnival folk (and whose doesn’t?).

First fire of the season. I’ve seen a lot of those posts on Facebook recently as the thermometer has taken that first plunge below the freezing mark.

I needed a cable for my home recording studio so I drove up to Albuquerque to the Home Depot of music stores, Guitar Center. Remember the sign in the music store featured in “Wayne’s World?”

Today’s column is a potpourri of subjects. Some of the subjects are serious, and other subjects are about heartbreaking, distressing days in American history. Featured in today’s column you will find information on the Great American Smokeout, a brief commentary on the assassination of Presi…

Most Monday mornings, I head to my office with my cup of wake-up coffee to start my column. Usually, a theme has been percolating in my mind all week, so when I type the first sentence, the words begin to pour onto the page.

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