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The text message flashed on my phone: “Have you seen Notre Dame?”

I am certainly sensitive and respectful of people of other religions. However, I am of a surety that Jesus is the son of God. In fact, the Holy Bible is clear that there is one God with three personalities: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

It took a while. Had circumstances meted a different outcome, The Masters golf tournament and Augusta National may have died as but a dream to its founders, Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts. Fate can be a dance partner capable of two-stepping to a tune chosen by the will of its whim.

I remember the biggest thing that was going on Saturday night was wrestling. The Rome Police Department was on West Third Street, which would be full of cars and people trying to find a place to park. We would have to get out in the crowd and keep the traffic moving. The rush would finally b…

I’m always up for having fun, new experiences and learning. A new word recently entered my vocabulary, “buskers,” a term for street performers. More about that later.

I got to visit with my daughter, Ramsey, at Georgia Tech this past weekend. She is involved in a program called Grand Challenges, a living/learning community in which students group up and choose a world problem to solve. The goal is to expand servant leadership skills required to take techn…

At the corner of Branham Avenue and South Broad Street stands a lonesome stone monument. The stone commemorates the west bank of the Etowah River as the ground where in 1793 a band of Cherokee and Muscogee warriors led by Kingfisher made a stand against the United States, and a small America…

Recently in the news there has been a lot of discussion about the impact of early childhood learning in school and what difference it makes in the lives of children who attend pre-K opposed to the children who do not. My friend Mary and I were just engaging in casual conversation about the f…

Personally, I know many who are enduring sadness and hardship as they welcome Spring. A young friend has been fighting for his life in an Intensive Care Unit for weeks. A friend’s small grandchild is struggling with a life-altering diagnosis and treatment. A grandmother fell, a fellow journa…

My mother used this word all the time when someone would use too many fancy words to explain something that was actually quite simple. This word came to mind when perusing recent magazines focused on spirituality, health and consciousness. I see more goobledy goop than anywhere else when rea…

“Two men went up to the temple to pray.”

It’s another routine morning. My alarm sounds at 5 a.m. I rise toward clarity. Prayer and devotion follow.

Back in my young days I had a weakness for fishing. To me, a fishing outfit on a creek was as good as it could get. If they were biting, that was good, and if they didn’t it sure was relaxing. I always wondered how come I was always tired after a day of fishing. Back in my young days I do be…

Everything associated with aging, it seems, sneaks up on us. Gray hair, for instance.

How can we not feel joy and hope in the spring? It is the season of love, the birds and the bees and the birth of baby critters. The trees are budding with blossoms and new leaves, flowering and fruiting plants are emerging. What’s not to love?

Let me say from the beginning, I am no expert on economic development and don’t have the information that our city and county commissioners have had in formulating their decisions to remove the program from out of the umbrella of the Rome Floyd Chamber. What I do feel qualified to say is wha…

No city in the nation was more important to the African American civil rights movement than Atlanta. There’s no denying that the “city too busy to hate” was the de facto capital of the struggle for black equality in America.

My first thought was to write about the voices in my head — but then I thought that could easily be misunderstood. Most are wary of people who claim to hear voices. So I decided that a better metaphor would be to borrow from Abraham Lincoln and talk about angels. As I thought about the direc…

In Part I of “’The Esau of Georgia,’” John T. Prior shot and killed the desperado Jack Colquitt in self defense while attempting his arrest.

Easter is coming soon, and by the time it gets here my church is going to receive a rather large donation of cash!

We’ve gone from crisis — foster care children from Floyd County sent all over the state and a loss of a mental health support system — to possibly the best news we could have for the former hospital property.

As my aunt, who lived to be 100-plus, used to say when she was tired of all the conversation about a topic, “Why so much a-talkin’?” The law about abortion is stirring up much talk, and I am now asking the same question my aunt used to ask. She was born in 1893 and had seen and heard much “t…

The primitive road leading to San Lorenzo Canyon gives the term “washboard” a vivid new meaning. We drove approximately an hour south of our Village of Los Lunas, New Mexico, on speedy I-25, and we now faced a wilderness road that would guarantee a top speed of ten miles per hour. We figured…

I have a Trek 10-speed bike of which I am very proud. I’ve had that bike for years and I take very good care of it. It isn’t a mountain bike, but a “skinny tire” road bike.

Last week I pushed a hot button by calling out the tennis court critics and asking them to get all the facts on the matter and figure out what they can do to make our town better rather than complaining on the internet.

Since I was a boy growing up I was a country music lover. When you said “opera,” I thought you meant the Grand Ole Opry. Growing up back in the ’40s meant going to the Grand Ole Opry at least once a month.

Economic development has been the talk of the town, at least in City Hall, for much of this year so far. The city and the county are working to hammer out a new strategic plan for economic development, and recently a meeting of the Rome Business Development Committee was written about in thi…

I intended to ask for a time to talk with Mike Ragland about a couple of his articles. The last time that I saw him I mentioned in a group setting that I had Cotton in My Blood, and we all laughed, but that was not the time, I thought, to get an appointment. Now that I look back at that time…

Susan and I were living in the same subdivision in 1988. I, along with other mutual friends, would often attend neighborhood parties with Susan and her husband. Niceties danced around the room to the beat of the music as chatter filled the air. Susan and I were merely social friends until th…

This phrase is most commonly referred to as the title of a popular television series. Now, I have a whole new perspective and understanding of what that actually means. My daughter and I embarked on our fourth trip into the world of wedding attire to try on yet more dresses. Wedding dress sh…

Teaching golf early in my career, I exposed my ignorance by how much information I gave to each student to validate my expertise. I thought the more information given, the more logical an argument, the more “why” a student should follow my advice, the more change would occur. Confucius was r…

The Lenten season is here, those days just before we recall the sacrifice of Christ on the cross. In some protestant churches Lent barely gets notice. In the Roman Catholic tradition the stations of the cross are portrayed. To me, the important part about Lent is not what you give up but wha…

Editor’s note: The Polk Standard Journal inadvertantly ran the second part of this 2-part series by Ross Rogers last week before running the column below. Read the fate of the Colquitt gang, Haden Prior’s remaining days and John T. Prior’s legacy at polkstandardjournal.com. We regret the error.

As extremely tiring as moving is, packing presents an opportunity to go through your belongings and see just what you have. That process can be enjoyable.

Did you know that May is National Osteoporosis Prevention month? Do you care? You might if you knew this is a condition that affects one in every two women and one in every four men over the age of 50, but has no symptoms. Guess what the first symptom is? I’ll tell you, it is a broken bone.

Kids on board

There aren’t enough words to express how much Mike Ragland will be missed.

It doesn’t seem that long ago when most of our homes included a piece of furniture some called either a cedar or hope chest. These were initially designed in the 15th century as a dowry box to store items to be given to the first married daughter.

A bright seed transplanted to Georgia needs to hold her bid and not plunge into the ever so muddy river running to Washington, D.C. Her waiting it out has nothing to do with her lack of qualifications, because she is more than qualified, but it has to do with the Word, “There is a time and p…

The showbiz news sources have been abuzz this week and one word keeps showing up in all the verbiage: Georgia.