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 I looked in the mirror and what did I see. I saw an old Geezer looking back at me. His eyes were blue and his hair was grey and he stared back at me as if he knew. His wrinkles were deep but he didn't seem to mind for he had a smile on a face that resembled mine.

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I wrote about this incident once before, but there was a lot that was left out. I didn't know at that time how someone reading it would react. I found out that people are different. Some believe in the paranormal, and some don't. I was once told by a woman in Germany that there are those who…

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A column posted on the editorial page claimed to know that I was against medical marijuana and that my opponent in the race was for it. Such a simplistic column needs a response.

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It has got to be a sin for one group of human beings to always ascribe their sins to other people. That process is called walking with a window in front instead of a mirror.

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From Rome, Sam went to the Newberne circuit in Newton County, and from there to the Monticello circuit in Jasper County. His revivals became larger and larger. Their success turned him inevitably toward evangelism.

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I’m not an accountant, so I try and stay out of the business of offering people advice on the latest accounting practices. I’m not a lawyer, so don’t ask me to defend your case in court. I’m not a police officer or a politician so I’m not in the practice of enforcing the laws of this land or…

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What is your definition of wellness? It is defined using mostly nouns and adjectives. Wellness is said to be “the right way,” or as Oxford’s Pocket Dictionary explains it, as a “fortunate outcome.” Because I am a self-described wellness addict, I would like to describe wellness and challenge…

It’s tournament time. The alarm meets its 4 a.m. appointment. I wake with the same thoughts I took to sleep with me as though I did not sleep at all. There is no time but to focus on the day’s tasks and preparations.

It was the early morning hours when Jesus entered the Temple court and sat down to teach. As crowds gathered around to listen to him, Roman soldiers patrolled the walls of the Antonia Fortress overlooking the Temple, on guard for eruptions of violence. The Temple authorities were still burni…

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The issue of medical marijuana will be a talking point for our community in this year’s election for the state senate in District 52. Democrat Evan Ross, challenger to Republican incumbent Chuck Hufstetler, is a strong proponent of medical marijuana in Georgia. This is a topic that Ross and …

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While visiting my parents in Southwest Virginia last week, I needed a piece of rope. Not for any nefarious purpose, mind you, purely a utilitarian intention, and I went to the garage to search.

After last week's column in which I listed 13 ways to tell if you're thirsty for attention on Facebook, I got a lot of feedback from readers who said they knew someone for every type of post I mentioned.

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I have thought, literally for months, about an innocent remark I heard. I don’t remember the speaker or the exact situation, but the comment was that “we don’t talk about religion or politics around here.” The intention was to maintain a level of peace and to avoid conflict, knowing that bot…

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America has been duped, swindled, robbed and deceived by the master of lies, Donald J. Trump. Not that all Germans are terrible because of Hitler, but be reminded that Trump is from Germany. He and his father lied and said that they were from Sweden. I wonder why! Is it possible that Trump i…

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That was one of Samuel Porter Jones favorite topics to preach on, along with “I hate theology and botany, but love religion and flowers.” Sam preached those messages from Toronto to the Gulf of Mexico and from Boston to San Francisco. But hold on, I’m getting ahead of myself.

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As the summer bears down on all of us, our thoughts most often turn to possible vacation spots with our families and where those locations might be, based on finances and time off from work. I have been most blessed to be able to travel through and in over 44 states since 2012, and I am abou…

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What is more pleasing to our ears than the roar at the beach at night? The soothing wind blowing ever so gently on the eve of summer as birds chirp gaily? The sound of small insects and other gentle calls of small animals as you look up at the night sky on the softest of grasses? Is it less …

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What is it about a place so special that years later we are drawn to it? Mountain Springs is such a place for me. There were 40 farms in the community, one of which was Granddaddy Terrell’s.

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Democrats catch a lot of flak for focusing on urbanites and minorities and not caring one bit about anyone in Middle America, and that flack is often well-deserved. My family has been Democrats for a long time. I’m at least a fourth generation Democrat. My great-grandfather, my grandfather a…

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There is a time in one’s life when, like it or not, you start thinking about your own mortality and asking yourself what people will say about you when that day comes and your soul is set free to live in the minds and hearts of those who knew you.

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Maybe a country saved by leakers is America’s greatest hope. We would not be informed about the nefarious happenings in the White House if we did not have leakers. There is no transparency, just lies and cover-up. Some of us see leakers as an unnecessary evil and that is how leakers were onc…

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I’ve been doing this love thing for a long time now. Sixty years this month, or 62 if you count two years of salesmanship it took for me to convince Jackie we could make a nice feeling permanent. I have heard marriage generally described as a hopeful, generous gamble and June 8, 1958, we eac…

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A few days ago, two of my pups, Roshi and Punkin’, joined me at the big picture window that looks out over the giant alfalfa field in front of Ranchero Musselwhite. We had James Taylor on the speaker and a clear view from our house to the top of the Manzano Mountains several miles away.

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MEMORIAL DAY. Monday, May 28, 2018. We honored those who gave the supreme sacrifice in defense of this great nation of ours. Veterans such as World War I combat veteran Capt. Charles Dashiell Harris. Killed in France, Oct. 20, 1918, at 21 years of age, he was the only member of his family to…

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One afternoon in the early 1960s, my partner Whizz and I were dispatched to Hardy Avenue to see a woman about a horse in her house. I looked at Whizz and asked, “Do you know anything about horses?”

Tomorrow is the today that we spoke of yesterday. It is here, so with great urgency Americans must realize that the time is upon us to decide if this is our time to fall, as many other powerful nations have done before, or to stand tall on honor and integrity.

The aerialist was teetered precariously halfway across Rome’s brick-paved Broad Street. His wire was strung from just below the old Chamber of Commerce building to the Culpepper-Storey Men’s Clothing Co. located at 419. The year was 1914.

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In my journey for the truth and knowledge of things that have been and are now, I have discovered nature. One may see this as a very simple and primitive subject to ponder and expound upon, but I will endure those who forsake me in my endeavor. How ironic that man views nature as just a pret…

“Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill,” we always say when someone is being overly dramatic in describing a situation. We are inclined to speak in dramatic terms when describing the state of the world these days, so I often find myself thinking the phrase, if not using it. Of course, ther…

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People may think a Peeping Tom is a turkey. But to a policeman, a Peeping Tom is someone who slips around at night, looking into windows at people. For police officers one of the hardest things to do is to catch him in the act. He will usually place himself into a position where he can see t…

Recently, a friend of my wife’s (we’ll call her Susie) had to admit her husband to a local hospital due to illness. His diagnosis was a bit more serious than first thought and he was transferred to one of the large hospitals in Atlanta. There he was admitted and placed in the Intensive Care …

Are we allowing our democracy to die the slow death of the frogs? Most of us have heard about the experiment with the frogs, but we do not realize that we can learn and we can grow from stories of that nature. A researcher has said that if a frog is dropped into a boiling pot of water, he wi…

We can always find our purpose in the sea. I am reminded how we do that as I walk along the surf, sunny salty breezes grazing my face; how could we not ponder our purpose here on earth in this vital and amazing environment? It is in becoming the very-best-version-of-ourselves that is our pur…

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We can always find our purpose in the sea. I am reminded how we do that as I walk along the surf, sunny salty breezes grazing my face; how could we not ponder our purpose here on earth in this vital and amazing environment? It is in becoming the very-best-version-of-ourselves that is our pur…

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In the mid 1980s I moved to Rome from a rural Georgia mountain town where I taught college music.

“Oh, I wish it would rain, and wash my face clean,” sings Nanci Griffith in a song from her 1988 album “Little Love Affairs.” Every time a storm rolls in, or needs to roll in, I think of that song.

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While recently wasting time on Facebook, my attention was captured by a post advertising a book that addressed the issue of “a culture that is hostile to Christianity.” Certainly there is a segment of American Christianity that believes American culture is aggressively attacking Christian va…

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