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Friday 07/18/2014
COLUMN: Contemplating cursive - Is this the end?
Updated: July 23, 2014 - 2:59 am

Everybody draws their line in the sand somewhere. It’s just human nature. For each of us, in many areas of life, there is that one action, argument or belief that goes too far.

Thursday 07/17/2014
COLUMN: Bringing home the bacon: Is pig the new black?
Posted: July 17, 2014

In the past week there have been two different pigs up for adoption at Floyd County Animal Control. Two honest-to-goodness potbellied pigs.

Tuesday 07/15/2014
GUEST COLUMN: Is America’s political center out to lunch?
Posted: July 15, 2014

Dear Columnist:

Monday 07/14/2014
GUEST COLUMN: UGA’s chapel: The crown jewel of the North Campus
Posted: July 14, 2014

Kate and Kevin, delightful young friends, were recently married at the University of Georgia Chapel, which dates back to 1832 — when a bride and groom would have been spirited away by horse and buggy following a ceremony which would have been more like a sermon.

GUEST COLUMN: ‘Open your eyes instead of your mouth’
Posted: July 14, 2014

I SCREWED UP again last week. What happened was, I noted a stack of decorated paper napkins by the photo of a lady in a formal dress. I thought perhaps someone had given What’s Her Name the napkins, and with a photo of her upon it to personalize the gift. So I asked her:

GUEST COLUMN: Yellowstone grizzly bears are on the rebound and outbound
Posted: July 14, 2014

At the age of 5 in Yellowstone National Park, I saw my first grizzly. With my family, I watched a mother and two cubs walk along the shore of Yellowstone Lake. The sighting was a highlight of our trip to America’s oldest national park. It also helped launch me on a career path.

Saturday 07/12/2014
GUEST COLUMN: Remembering my wife
Posted: July 12, 2014

A great lady — what does it take to earn the right to be called a great lady? The following is a short biography of my wife, Maria Teresa McElwee. After reading this article, I ask you, the reader, to judge her for this title.

Friday 07/11/2014
COLUMN: If you snooze, you can indeed lose
Posted: July 11, 2014

Some guy who fell asleep at a Yankees-Red Sox baseball game has filed a lawsuit claiming the ESPN broadcast team belittled him during his nap in the cheap seats.

Thursday 07/10/2014
COLUMN: Gimmick appliances: Do you really need a panini maker?
Posted: July 10, 2014

I’m addicted to infomercials. I’m QVC’s target audience. They know that if they slap an “As Seen On TV” sticker on something, I’m probably going to buy it.

Wednesday 07/09/2014
GUEST COLUMN: The Rome bear-chaser and a good day’s work
Posted: July 09, 2014

During my time on the Rome Police Department, I spent a lot of time doing things that I would never do in life. One of those things was chasing a big brown bear.

Tuesday 07/08/2014
GUEST COLUMN: The laid back, low country charm of Charleston
Posted: July 08, 2014

This city, which once made South Carolina the economic jewel of the Colonial empire, has recurring emotional influences. A brief respite here leaves you pining for a return.

Thursday 07/03/2014
COLUMN: Own a bazooka? Fine with me, just keep it at home
Posted: July 03, 2014

A Reading from the Book of Armaments, Chapter 4, Verses 16 to 20: Then did he raise on high the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch, saying, “Bless this, O Lord, that with it thou mayst blow thine enemies to tiny bits, in thy mercy.” — from “Monty Python and The Holy Grail”

COLUMN: Called to spread the electronic word: How I became ordained online
Posted: July 03, 2014

I should probably let my faithful readers know that while my columns may sound like the inane ramblings of a slightly delusional person, there happens to be quite a bit of ecclesiastical weight behind the things I say.

Tuesday 07/01/2014
GUEST COLUMN: U.S. policies, national denial responsible for influx of Guatemalan migrants at border
Posted: July 01, 2014

For once the Republicans got it right. But not in the way they think.

Monday 06/30/2014
COLUMN: A Georgia connection to the Lone Star State
Posted: June 30, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas — There is a native Georgian buried among statesman, soldiers, judges — prominent men and women — along with Stephen F. Austin, the father of Texas, and author James Michener at the Texas State Cemetery.

Sunday 06/29/2014
GUEST COLUMN: It ain’t gonna turn out right no matter what
Posted: June 29, 2014

IT HAPPENED AT a meeting in Atlanta. What’s Her Name and I arrived late, and the president of the college was giving his talk to a hushed audience.

Wednesday 06/25/2014
COLUMN: Kids are selfish and eat too much – Why parenting may not be for me
Updated: June 28, 2014 - 8:46 pm

I love kids. I love babies and holding babies and the way babies smell and I like playing with kids and teaching them stuff and especially conversations with kids. They’re way more intelligent than people give them credit for and you know what? They’re really funny. You wouldn’t think they are but they really have great senses of humor.

Tuesday 06/24/2014
COLUMN: A very strange bedfellow indeed
Posted: June 24, 2014

In my years of being a policeman I answered a lot of strange calls. I have hunted everything from ghosts to snakes — even chased bears around town. Once I had a chase with a monkey.

Monday 06/23/2014
COLUMN: Fly fishing and daydreaming in the Chattahoochee
Posted: June 23, 2014

HELEN — We’ve passed the last week for fishing the Chattahoochee in these parts. If you just have to try your luck, you can fish year round in this refreshing hamlet of the state, but trout look for cool waters, and the water temperatures are not very accommodating to the beautiful and bountiful rainbow during the summer months.

Friday 06/20/2014
COLUMN: Sifting through a minefield of email clutter
Posted: June 20, 2014

My email inbox at work is a microcosm of what is good, bad and just plain weird about the information superhighway. I would settle for a boulevard.

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