With the colder temperatures of late, it has been a good time for hot soup. Soup in the winter months must be accompanied by saltine crackers, which happen to be good during any time of the year, in any setting, on any occasion.
I celebrated my one year anniversary as the superintendent of Rome City Schools back on Jan. 16. I had done my homework on RCS prior to my arrival, and I knew I was coming to a very good place. I have not been disappointed.
There has been some publicity in the papers recently about House Bill 875 sponsored by Rep. Rick Jasperse, R-Jasper, which would allow weapons in the houses of worship. As columnist Dick Yarbrough wrote, “It is making its way through the Legislature faster than a speeding bullet.”
The Georgia General Assembly is a strange place. The saga of Senate Bill 213, the so-called Flint River Drought Protection Act, is a prime example. This bill that could harm farmers is supported by the Georgia Farm Bureau.
When I appear at book festivals or give readings, lots of folks want to know what the Founding Fathers would do or say about our currently dysfunctional Congress. There seems to be an unspoken but widely shared assumption that the most prominent members of the founding generation represent the gold standard in political leadership, and our contemporary politicians are the epitome of debased currency. As one commentator put it, “Once you compare then and now, you’ve got to believe that Darwin got it exactly backward.”
There are things that happened early in life that you wonder about for years to come. One such incident happened to me when I was in the seventh grade, going to Neely School at the foot of the city Clock Tower.
Recently I wrote a column about my first car, and ever since then I have had cars on my mind.
“I SAW YOU LAST WEEK IN the grocery store,” I told my former friend Bobby Kane. “But you didn’t see me and went hurrying off in the other direction.”
IT IS NOT so much a solution but an invitation to start a conversation that Rep. Katie Dempsey, R-Rome, has proposed in sponsoring the Family Care Act.
BLAKELY — The farmland, which has lain fallow for months, is about to be readied for planting in these parts. It is the beginning of another cycle that is most pronounced in our state in South Georgia, where producing a good crop is welcome news — even by those who have no direct link to a harvest.
Last Friday night I sat in an auditorium in Savannah, spellbound by the stories Mitch Albom was spinning. As you probably know, Mr. Albom authored “Tuesdays with Morrie,” a book that figured on the New York Times bestseller list for four years. Not having read the book, I was surprised to learn that he wrote it to pay for Morrie Schwartz’s end-of-life medical bills.
It always amazes how someone can completely turn your day around simply by being themselves. I suppose we all have the ability to smile and be pleasant to our neighbors or those with whom we come in contact on a daily basis, but I’ve noticed that there are a few people whose personalities really shine and who appear to make a difference in one’s day simply by being themselves.
Black History Month reminds me of a really great golden oldies station, always blaring the same handful of terrific tunes. Every February, it plays Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and Harriet Tubman soul — with a chorus or two of the George Washington Carver blues.
The 2014 Winter Olympics will soon be winding up in Sochi, Russia, and I have to admit that I have mixed emotions. On the one hand, I’m not as big a fan of the Winter Olympics as I am of the summer equivalent, because to be honest, some of the winter sports are kind of, well, unusual, so I won’t miss the sporting aspect of the spectacle all that much.
It has been my good fortune to become acquainted with dozens of passionate University of Georgia fans over the years. Those whose loyalty and devotion warm your heart. Not those who paint their faces and scream into cameras, but those who display unrestrained passion for their favorite team, those who celebrate with pride and affection in good times and who are tolerant when good times don’t roll.
Evidently fed up with accusations that their “repeal and replace” plan for Obamacare has consisted of a whole lot of “repeal” and not even a tiny bit of “replace,” Senate Republicans have unveiled an actual, detailed healthcare reform proposal.
“It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.” — Lewis Grizzard
I did a lot of thinking on this one before writing it. There are things that people do not like to see or read about. I felt that I would go ahead and write it up.
Conservatives shouldn’t be having a fit over Coca-Cola’s Super Bowl ad.
I don’t work at the bank or for the post office, and I don’t live in Washington, Ga., or Lincoln, Neb., and I am not a direct descendent of either Honest Abe or The Father of Our Country, so I won’t be enjoying a leisurely Presidents Day later this month while contemplating the sorry state of affairs with respect to holidays in February.
THE CONSUMER portion of the Rome economy is getting increasingly difficult to explain, particularly in a way the chamber and economic-development folks might appreciate hearing. Yet there is no denying that on the retailing side — the most visible portion of the economy — there is a rising tide of bargain, discount, get-it-cheap merchandising taking place.