Opinion/Editorial

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As I have previously explained, I am a city person through and through. Cities are where I have lived all of my life, minus the past four years. Cities are where I am most comfortable. Practicality certainly plays a part in this, as does just being comfortable with what I am familiar with.

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The sun had not yet peaked over the New Mexico mountains when Captain Frank Vilorio gunned his giant Mercury motor. The boat leapt as we rocketed across Elephant Butte Lake. Sitting beside me was my New Mexico fishing buddy, and more importantly, my Los Lunas, New Mexico, veterinarian, Dr. D…

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I wonder sometimes what children’s experiences are of us as parents. What do they see when they look at us in the middle of a family crisis? What do they hear when we speak to them each day? What messages do they hear, if not from our words, then from our actions?

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Jesus really knew how to “get the goat” of the religious and political authorities! Heal a man on Sunday – OMG! Touch a dead girl – horrifying, so unsanitary! Dine with prostitutes – sinful!

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In County Lincolnshire, in the village of Spilsby between the Lincolnshire Wolds and the Fenland, for centuries told there lived a peace-loving people. Spilsby has been and will always be a market town.

We’ve heard a lot over the course of the last several years about the expansion of downtown Rome across the Oostanaula to the River District. I’ve heard even more talk in recent weeks about the River District becoming Rome’s entertainment district and I, for one, think that’s a grand idea.

Across the nation celebrations are being planned for June 19, 2021, because of what the General Orders, No 3 demanded.

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I’m a folk music lover, and I’ve been revisiting my Simon & Garfunkel albums of late. “The Sound of Silence” never gets old, and there is so much to be said for those first two lines alone:

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Earlier this week I had the pleasure of talking to several groups of kids about bees at the Second Avenue Baptist Church’s Vacation Bible School.

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As some of you have learned from my columns, I moved around a lot in my childhood, having a father in the Air Force. No matter where we lived, the first place my mother looked for was the library.

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On the first day of June, I had an epiphany. I was overwhelmed with the realization that this year soon will be half over. How did we get to this point with such alacrity? We began the year still shackled by COVID’s bondage. The pace was benign, the long days racked with melancholy.

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Before the hospital or any other buildings went up on Redmond Road, there was a two-lane road through a wooded area from the last house to the main gate at Battey Hospital. From there to Battey Hospital was nothing but a railroad that ran to Berry College. This was where the ghost sighting t…

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“We are the grandchildren of the Indians you were not able to remove,” so goes a popular social media meme.

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Jonathan Carlyle of Toledo, Ohio, had every intention of getting a COVID-19 shot — someday. The Amazon delivery driver was so busy that he kept putting it off. Then he learned that his state was launching a weekly lottery that would award $1 million to some lucky person just for getting vaccinated. "As soon as I heard that, I was like, 'Yes, I need to go do this now,'" he said Thursday during ...

On the first Sunday in June in Monterey, Tennessee, where I was born, citizens celebrate Decoration Day. There are two main cemeteries in this small town, and most of us whose heritage dates to the pioneer days honor the remains of those we love by decorating their graves with flowers.

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On the floor of the United States Senate, which modestly proclaims itself “the world’s greatest deliberative body” on its own website, we are now watching a great debate that will surely be unlike anything that stately chamber ever hosted. Today’s debate features the Senate’s most powerful critic of ex-President Donald Trump vs. the Senate’s most influential advocate of all Trump-backing ...

Sometimes, I sit with problems for days. And most of these problems aren’t really problems. They are just scenarios. Things I’ve made up in my mind.

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In the first hour of amazing grace, when the sweet sound appears and we know God is true, a seed is planted within. And if in that first hour we are unable to give rise to any coherent expression of this knowledge, when our joy overrides such attempts, the seed within takes hold, rooting and…

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On a Tuesday in January, at that glowy pre-dinner hour when kids take their final turns around the backyard, my 11-year-old son stepped through the living room with blood pouring from an open flap on his right knee. "I'm fine," he insisted. He has perfected an admirable nonchalance under the guidance of my anxious mothering. "Go show your dad," I said, relieved that my husband, a pediatrician, ...

Since writing about the legacy of Five Points and its relationship to Gibbons Street, I have had many individuals reach out to me. Some in support of the statements and others not supportive. Some were calling for additional information on people who need to have their names mentioned becaus…

Those with an abiding passion for farming are in a minority, but we may be nearing the time when that could change dramatically. By 2050, estimates are that the world’s population will be 9.7 billion.

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I remember back when I first started on the police department and was put into the car with the Whizz. On Sunday there would be local people playing baseball in the park at Hardy Avenue. Whizz and I would pull in and watch as much of the game as we could. Being on a Sunday, most of the time …

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Strange things have been happening in the Republican Party. Our understanding of them might be served by a brief review of the traditional meanings of the terms “conservative” and “liberal.” The story of American politics has always been about the tension among citizens with different opinions about how big the federal government should be. Founders such as Alexander Hamilton and John Adams ...

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With all due respect to barbecue, Ben & Jerry's and TikTok's baked feta pasta, the way to humanity's heart is not just through our stomachs. The heart needs nutrients. The brain requires refreshment. The soul must be sustained. Fortunately for the portion of humanity that is hooked on food TV shows, Netflix has delivered a new series that is not content to wow us with fabulous food and ...

Have you ever embarked on a project only to realize too late that you were overly invested? That’s where I found myself the other night. I’m going to relate the experience to you now in hopes that you can learn from my mistakes or possibly just get a good laugh.

While I was an undergraduate student at Warren Wilson College, I had the opportunity to participate in the Georgia Governor’s Honors Internship Program. I was a History major and was placed at the Atlanta History Center in the library and archives.

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What are the gifts, or special talents, that are within each of us? Think for a moment.

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Mary loved going to church. At the end of maturity for six-year-olds and the children’s sermon, Mary loved the stories. Though she didn’t fully realize she was getting too old, she listened attentively.

Men are accused en masse of being emotionally shallow and I just wanted to declare it ain’t so.

It’s really been a remarkable week. Allow me a few moments to reflect upon the events leading up to this big Memorial Day weekend.