As I write this, it has been 113 days since the first COVID-19 case was identified in my home county. Within an hour, the school system announced schools would be closed for two weeks in order to give classrooms a thorough scrubbing. Little did we know.

“Though we speak in this way, yet in your case, beloved, we feel sure of better things – things that belong to salvation. For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do. And we desire each one of you to s…

After the ballgame that settled the election campaign between Bear and Eagle, and Eagle settled in to serve his term as Principal Chief, things settled down somewhat. Life returned to something like normal around Rabbit’s place. We all returned to our regular routines. Old Man Otter returned…

From the time we are 2 years old or so, human beings have dreams. I’m not referring to sleep dreams. These dreams we have are what we wish for in our lives. You might not believe that a 2-year-old has dreams like this, but you would be wrong.

I think most parents want to leave an inheritance to give a better financial life to their children and grandchildren. But should that wealth transfer happen haphazardly? Or should there be some real forethought as far as how the inheritance should take place?

Throughout much of your working life, you contribute to your 401(k), IRA and other investment accounts to help ensure a comfortable retirement. However, once you do retire, you’ll need to shift your focus somewhat from building these investments to using them – in other words, you’ll have to…

The announcement that the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry will reopen for business starting July 1 is big news for Georgia 4-H and FFA members actively involved in youth livestock exhibitor projects. The fairgrounds are our site for our largest youth livestock shows and is one of the b…

The third chakra is usually called the Solar Plexus chakra. Strangely enough, though, it really is not located in the anatomical solar plexus. This chakra actually is roughly halfway between the navel and the breastbone, so it’s about in the middle of your gut area.

If historical and ongoing racism, prejudice and discrimination have compelled African Americans in communities across the U.S. to rise up in protest, those injustices have also taken a toll on African Americans’ mental health, individually and collectively, and long before now.

“For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, and then have fallen away, to restore them again to repentance…

As we discussed last week, the campaign for Chief between Eagle and Bear was getting more and more heated, and the tension was invading every part of community life. Things were developing to the point that the election might not solve anything. Some folks were starting to wonder if the divi…

We batted around since January about going on our annual family vacation on Amelia Island in Northeast Florida. This pandemic was causing everyone to rethink plans. Things were closing down.

I’m often asked what my typical day looks like as a real estate investor. And I am often at a loss on how to answer that question because, well ... let me tell you about a recent day.

This will be the second column in a series on bigleaf hydrangea. Some people may know the bigleaf hydrangea, Hydrangea macrophylla, as either French, Japanese or even snowball hydrangea. I think the overall popularity of this plant is the ability of the owner to change the bloom color from e…

This week, we continue talking about the chakras but move up the line to the Sacral chakra. The Sacral chakra is sometimes referred to as the second chakra, since it is the next one up the centerline of the body from the Root or Base chakra.

I have written several columns about suicide. Since suicide is one of the leading causes of death for individuals between ages 10 to 34, and for the first time the leading cause of death for teenagers, I feel it is time to address one of the real causes of suicide.

“For by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food.” — Hebrews 5:12

It had been a rough week. Eagle and Bear were in the middle of a very aggressive campaign for Principal Chief and their supporters were taking to the street in a very real way.

A child is born to a young couple. He is a big strong boy, 9 lbs., 3 oz. He has a little trouble at first with some amniotic fluid getting into his lungs, but that rights itself and he is fine. He has a bit of jaundice, but he comes home doing well and the jaundice clears up.

I was talking with an investor the other day who had just received some really great news. His portfolio of rental properties had an equity value of over $1 million. I asked him how he found this out, and he told me he’d been working with a financial advisor who had challenged him to find fa…

There’s certainly been plenty of volatility and uncertainty the past few months, but one aspect of your financial picture has probably remained stable: your need for insurance. And since National Insurance Awareness Day is observed on June 28, now is a good time to review your overall insura…

Carpenter ants are known by many to be the largest of the ant species that homeowners will encounter. In Georgia, there are two carpenter ant species. In our part of the state, we will see more of the black carpenter ant.

I have lived more than six decades in different cities and states. I grew up from age 3 to 11 with a black in my home and witnessed racial discrimination first hand. I saw the brutality of police against Martin Luther King’s march. Today racial discrimination is minute compared to what it was then.

“Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered. And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him.” — Hebrews 5:8-9

The COVID-19 pandemic is at a bizarre stage for most Americans who are torn between a desire or a need to return to normalcy, and concern that it may not be safe yet. Different states have begun relaxing restrictions, yet it’s too early to tell what the consequences of this may be.

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Story telling has been a strong tradition among Native people going back to the dim recesses of the “Long Ago Time.” History and tradition, as well as theology and social mores, were communicated by means of stories.

When you own rental property, there are a lot of expenses you should plan for. Most people understand making payments on their mortgage and property taxes monthly, but there are sporadic expenses you should be saving for monthly as well. They include things like vacancy and repairs. The savi…

Typically, this time of year is filled with graduation ceremonies and celebrations. But with the coronavirus pandemic, not much has been typical lately. Eventually, though, things will return to normal and schools will reopen for in-person learning. And if you have young children, you may wa…

The bigleaf hydrangea can be a popular plant in both the florist and landscape areas. The bigleaf hydrangea, Hydrangea macrophylla, is also known by the name French, Japanese or snowball hydrangea.

The Calhoun Times’ parent company, Times-Journal Inc., published the following column written by TJI Vice President of Content J.K. Murphy, who has spent 40 years in the newspaper business. It explains the challenges all newspapers face in the digital age.

“So also Christ did not exalt himself to be made a high priest, but was appointed by him who said to him, ‘You are my Son, today I have begotten you.’” — Hebrews 5:5

Throughout history, human societies have found various way to govern themselves. At different times, this governance has taken different forms; some take the form of written legal codes with prescribed rewards and punishments.

He didn’t come riding up all dressed like a knight in shining armor on a mighty black stallion, but he did drive up to my little blue and white trailer in a white 1968 Corvette. I had a penchant for Corvettes. The car could have been any color and I would have itched to drive it.

One popular bird that many people like to attract to their property is the purple martin. For many decades it was common to see boxes, gourds or other house options on poles at a home site used to attract purple martins.

Wow. What a month it has been! Because of social distancing, I have been trying (unsuccessfully) to teach a free online course, Introduction to Meditation, through various online platforms.

There are two main factors that influence people’s behavior. The first one involves what is stored inside the person and the second factor involves the environment and the situation.

“Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let …

My husband had a “Frasier” chair. It didn’t start out that way. My mother and father gave it to Bill because he likes a good lounge chair. It was old when he got it and had been recovered several times.

I’m running on fumes this morning. That’s to be expected with a newborn, but the last couple of days have been exhausting, especially for Ashley.

During the coronavirus pandemic, our health concerns – for ourselves and our loved ones – have been at the top of our minds. But financial worries have been there, too, both for people whose employment has been affected and for investors anxious about the volatile financial markets. And one …

Owning and operating a business is never easy and it’s not for the faint-hearted, but when it is consistently done right and done well it can lay a foundation for success that benefits not only those who own and operate it but the community in which it flourishes.

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