Opinion

“Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.” — Hebrews 10:22

First, a correction for last week’s column on mindfulness meditation: I misquoted Gandhi. In the column, I quoted him as saying, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” But I didn’t research it, and just took someone else’s word for it. What Gandhi DID say was very close. He said:

Near the end of a recovery rally last month in Polk County – one of the 12 northwest Georgia counties served by Highland Rivers Health – staff member Lydia Goodson dragged a backpack filled with bricks onto the small stage where earlier she and others had shared their personal stories of recovery.

As if 2020 has not been bad enough, with just a few weeks before the presidential election, the beloved Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away. Not only did we lose a judicial icon, but her death caused a vacancy on the high court that is turning into one of the biggest fights…

For many years, as far back as anyone can remember, Old Man Buzzard and the Crow brothers have handled garbage disposal in our little corner of the Cherokee country. Whenever Possum or one of his cousins got themselves run over by a pulpwood truck, Buzzard or the Crows would go out and clean…

Gossip: Casual or unconstrained conversation or reports about other people, typically involving details that are not confirmed as being true. (From Google: Oxford languages.)

I went to a good funeral yesterday. I can’t believe I just wrote the words “good” and “funeral” in the same sentence, but it really was. It was for Ashley’s great-aunt on her mom’s side, whose name was Carrie Holcomb. She and her husband of over 60 years, named John, lived in Chatsworth.

If you’re a caregiver, possibly for a loved one dealing with an illness such as Alzheimer’s disease, you’re probably already facing some significant emotional and physical challenges – so you don’t need any financial ones as well. Yet, they are difficult to avoid. What steps can you take to …

No other democratic republic that I know of has a supreme court with the authority to interpret their constitution as we do. Our Supreme Court was intended to be completely independent of the executive and legislative branches and as divorced from politics as possible. But has it turned out …

This week, I will put on my animal science hat and promote the Georgia HERD Program. This state program is a collaborative effort between many groups such as UGA Extension/College of Ag and Environmental Sciences, UGA College of Veterinary Medicine, Georgia Cattlemen’s Association plus numer…

Godfrey and Julia Barnsley had two daughters, one of whom was Julia. In 1864, Julia married Capt. James Peter Baltzelle. Restoring and finishing Woodlands was a job of gargantuan proportions and there was never enough money. In 1865, Barnsley moved to New Orleans in an effort to rebuild his …

This year will go down in history as one of humanity’s most challenging moments in time. We started 2020 with a strong economy, and in the blink of an eye we were crippled by a global pandemic. Needless to say, this year we have witnessed extreme highs and lows; yet, we are still here, still…

Author’s note: A version of this story was originally published by Benjamin Franklin in his “Poor Richard’s Almanac” in the mid-eighteenth century. What follows is my re-telling.

We have an unfortunate tendency, as humans, to think in binaries. All/Nothing. Rich/Poor. Black/White. Democrat/Republican. Our limited thinking can prevent us from seeing full spectrums, possible solutions, and even humanity in our neighbors.

And the pandemic continues. And politics are just as nasty as ever. I could write about both these topics, but they’ve been written about ad nauseum. I don’t want to write about this. Y’all know how I feel about both these subjects if you read anything I’ve written.

Last week we talked about a seller I encountered who was in a precarious position. She was thousands of dollars behind on her mortgage and in active foreclosure. She was older and couldn’t afford to take care of the house physically or financially.

When you retire, you’ve learned a lot about all sorts of things, helping you avoid some of the mistakes you made earlier in life. However, you may still be susceptible to financial missteps specifically related to your retirement years. How can you dodge these errors?

Recently, I shared a column about lady beetles that centered more on what you can do in order to make your home more lady beetle proof. Keep in mind that lady beetles are beneficial insects because of the ability to control damaging insects of certain crops and plants.

You may think I’ve been writing a lot about mindfulness and meditation for the last few months. And I have, but there is a reason. This is a very stressful time! This is an election year, never the most peaceful time in America, and people often allow themselves to get caught up in the aggra…

As much as we increasingly recognize the benefits of diversity in our workplaces and communities, there is one population that may be overlooked in discussions of diversity: individuals with disabilities. This year, as we mark the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)…

Whether it’s a world-class automobile, a Peabody Award-winning film or television show, life-saving medicine or a secure payment processing system – there’s a good chance it was made in Georgia. The diversity of Georgia’s economy has always been something the Georgia Department of Economic D…

Agrarian cultures, from Abraham to Selu, have always celebrated the harvest season. Around October, to me at least, the moon has always seemed a little closer and a little brighter. It is a time of plenty, and of sharing, and of thanksgiving.

I watched her slowly get out of her car. She would take a few steps and stop for a bit. She had the Atlanta Journal in her hand. She had come up for coffee and for me to read the paper to her. Her vision was failing because of macular degenerative disease, and she missed reading her paper.

I was out door knocking recently, and I came across a seller in a precarious position. You see, she was thousands of dollars behind on her mortgage, she was older and the house was too much for her to take care of. Oh, and she was two and half weeks away from being foreclosed on.

Right now, the pandemic is causing chaos and uncertainty for colleges and students. But it won’t always be that way. And if you have children who will be heading off to school in the next few years, you’re probably thinking about more typical concerns – such as expenses. How will you pay for…

Recently, I shared a column about lady beetles that centered more on what you can do in order to make you home more lady beetle proof. Keep in mind that lady beetles are beneficial insects because of the ability to control damaging insects of certain crops and plants.

Early in his first term George W. Bush, in tune with his right-wing backers, tried to scare us into privatizing at least part of our Social Security trust fund. He claimed Social Security was “going flat busted” if we didn’t.

“For since the law has but a shadow of the good things to come instead of the true form of these realities, it can never, by the same sacrifices that are continually offered every year, make perfect those who draw near. Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, since the worshiper…

In the old days it was not uncommon for folks captured during war to be adopted into the families of their captors. The Cherokee in particular had a strong tradition of adoption, not just of persons captured during conflict but also of persons found wandering through the Cherokee country wit…

On Saturday, Sept. 19, I received a text from a friend asking if our family would like to pick apples with them. After I responded I noticed the first part of her text mentioned grieving over RBG.

Ever since this pandemic hit, I feel like I’ve been in some kind of time warp. It’s been strange and disconcerting. I mean, it is almost October and I have yet to see my beloved Bulldogs from Athens, Georgia. I have yet to wear my University of Georgia colors of red and black. I have not yel…

The other day I was having some alone time with my 8-year-old, and he wanted to play a game of checkers. As we got the game out, which was one of those nice wooden ones, I noticed that we didn’t have all of the wood playing pieces.

Of the many ways the American public is being taken for a ride by their health care establishment, the price gouging and profiteering by the prescription drug industry (Big Pharma) stands out.

Within the last decade we had a couple of winters that brought cold and snowy weather. I can remember in a recent December our area receiving maybe six inches of snow in one event. I can also remember one spring after one of those cold winters where I received many phone calls and conducted …

If you have been around yoga practitioners, or people who meditate regularly, or lately, people who are trying to greet you politely without physical contact, you may have heard the word “Namaste” and have seen the person look at you with a smile, while pressing their hands together in front…

If it seems I write about some topics frequently – such as recovery, children’s mental health or, this year, the impact of a global pandemic on mental wellbeing – that’s because those topics are not only important but priorities for behavioral health treatment providers such as Highland Rive…

“Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.” — Hebrews 9:22

This week we are taking a detour from our series on Cherokee stories to discuss an incident which took place a week or so ago. We will return to Cherokee stories next week.

Some years are better than others. Some are not good at all. But all years come and go at a phenomenal rate of speed. One day it’s Jan. 1 and you’re sporting a hangover from a killer party or you’re eating a second chocolate covered doughnut already forgetting your first New Year’s resolutio…

We are selling a house right now and it’s not a normal situation for us. It’s not a flip or a rental property. Instead, it’s the house my grandmother owned until she passed in 2013.

There’s a popular saying I’ve heard more in the last four years than my entire life: “Follow the money.” During the 2016 election, it was suggested we follow the money to learn more about the Clinton Foundation and the fake Russian dossier.

If you’ve recently become a widow or widower, you’re obviously dealing with an enormous emotional burden, and coping with your grief can seem like a full-time struggle. Unfortunately, the business of life must go on – and the financial moves you make at this time can have a big impact on your life.

I was grabbing a couple of sausage biscuits, and witnessed a couple of old codgers arguing over their coffee. One was a bit on the heavy side, with wild hair and a loud voice. The other was silver-haired, more soft-spoken, and would occasionally seem to lose his train of thought.

Tall fescue is the lawn grass of choice for many in Northwest Georgia. Much of the popularity of this cool season grass can be traced to the ability of fescue to stay green when the warm season grasses are dormant and brown.

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