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Think about that for a minute. T-h-i-n-k spells think. You can not spell think without thin, so I think about everything I eat. I keep a food journal in which I write down everything I eat. That is, for me, a very effective way to remain focused and be aware of what I am eating.

Although three weeks late, the Southeastern Conference began football this past weekend. That is not breaking news, however. It was generously welcomed in most circles. All interested parties have their fingers crossed that there will not be a hiccup, no backlash as the season moves forward.

In meteorological terms, autumn encompasses the months of September, October, and November. It is also one of four seasons we experience throughout our lives. Most of us call it the fall, but that is not the accurate term for this time of turning.

I, along with many, are bone tired and weary of the year 2020. We are all about ready to chunk this year into trash cans everywhere, from the killing rampage of a virus to fires, natural disasters, and turmoil. Excluding babies being born, weddings, and occasional eruptions of kindness, 2020…

I have, of course, known this for a very long time but have been hit between the eyes this week by the fact that our lives are intertwined with one another.

Have you ever thought that in the whole scope of life we are just stewards? The biblical view of a steward is defined as: “Being a servant of God, utilizing and managing all resources God provides to honor Him and for the betterment of His creation.”

I want to start this week by personally thanking Mac Eubanks for his Letter to the Editor, printed in the Wednesday, Sept. 16, edition of the Rome News-Tribune. It was a wonderful example of how people can disagree in both a civil and thoughtful manner.

Last week, the Rome community lost someone who was very special to a lot of my friends, and I’m truly sorry that I never knew her.

It is very important for all of us to take time to rethink some of our positions on various topics and or ideologies.

The wanton Sept. 13, 2020, firing on two uniformed Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies while they sat in their marked police vehicle was an outrage. Other affronts emanated from that disgraceful attack: A witness to the assault is recorded cackling with delight after the gunfire. Outside t…

It takes around 11 hours to drive from Los Lunas, New Mexico, to the “Little Apple” – Manhattan, Kansas. A brand new baby boy provides plenty of motivation for two excited grandparents.

I have heard all kind of excuses in my time on the police department.

I have become very interested in textile mills in 19th century north Georgia. What were the working conditions in the mills. What did the mill workers earn? What kind of hours did they work? Was there a school for the children?

Many Georgians have heard Walter Reeves on radio, seen him on television and have read his gardening column. He is as omnipresent and rife as a television evangelist.

Several columns ago, I wrote a story regarding the “Healing Power of a Homemade Pie.” This little story about pie seemed to travel from coast to coast, and when it did, it blessed me with new friends.

Floyd County commissioners spent some more than half an hour during their caucus this week discussing Berry College’s request for $1.72 million in Tax Allocation District financial assistance to bring a Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott hotel to property adjacent to the Rome Tennis Cent…

I miss faces. I miss lips and smiles and full expressions. I miss the beauty of cheekbones, chins, freckles, beauty marks, and dimples. Those seemingly small details that set us apart. And noses! Who would have thought we were taking noses for granted?

This week in Northern England, 80-year-old Harry Harvey went missing during a heavy hailstorm while he was hiking in the Yorkshire Dales. Four days later, he walked into the very pub where his family was preparing for a news conference about his disappearance.

What great noise we hear around us these days — noise about the pandemic, noise about social injustice, noise about the economy and noise about the leadership of our country. There is so much noise and other negatives that one might be led to think the way the Jebusites wanted King David and…

Never Forget: For the generation who watched the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, it’s a mantra to remember the world is smaller and that America is no longer isolated from terrorism.

Down through the years I have found out that there are some things that money can’t buy. Someone does something out of their heart, money is not in the question. But there are two words that go a long way: Thank you.

In 1864, General Sherman ordered the Roswell mills burned, and the 400 women mill workers arrested for treason. Lucinda Wood, her sisters, her mother and grandmother were among those mill workers. Lucinda was 18 years old.

The scene was terrifying; the kind of fear that tingles and crawls up slowly until the body senses danger and alarms then sounded. Drivers were running into the smoke, converging on some sort of chaos on the other side of the road. I could see a small blaze in front of a truck that sat lopsi…

With each passing day, there is more reason to think that President Donald Trump’s Food and Drug Administration may issue an emergency use authorization for two or more COVID-19 vaccines in late October.

We all have experienced a fleeting moment that stops us in our tracks, shakes us up a bit and, perhaps, causes us to grow. I had such a moment Sunday. It was so quick, so sudden, and now that I think about it, it just might have been a divine event.

It is bad enough that the dastardly virus has brought about so much pain and suffering. Too many people are hurting, which is why we should not let our emotions about the loss of entertainment make us fret foolishly. Helping those in need should take priority over frustration stemming from t…

I’m starting to regret ever telling Randy Davis that I wanted to relearn the mandolin.

Just a couple of weeks ago when I saw several of my friends going back and forth verbally with each other, I thought that maybe they had not read about the killing of Uzzah. One of my friends had touched something he should not have touched.

With COVID-19 continuing to dominate the news, I found myself wondering if I could somehow draw upon our growing knowledge of this disease as a point of reference for an article recognizing National Recovery Month. It turned out to be fairly simple, really, especially as some people who have…

It is said that there’s no such thing as a free lunch. However, I receive free return address stickers without asking.

I lived in Roswell for many years and am well versed in its history. Of particular interest to me has always been this story of the Roswell Mills and the deportation of the Roswell Mill women in July 1864. Here is the story.

If Donald Trump loses the upcoming election, he is threatening to disregard the outcome. It will then fall to Mike Pence, as president of the Senate, to certify the Electoral College results. This process has been in place since 1804.

There comes a time when one realizes with certainty that there is a timer on life. I can’t tell you exactly when you’ll start to hear it ticking but be grateful when you do.

Most of my preteen years were lived in nagging fear. I was secure in a loving, two-parent home. We had plenty to eat. I was not bullied. I was not sick. I had no obvious reason to be afraid, but the reality of my situation was lost in worry about terrible things that might happen.

Dressed in black shorts and red T-shirt underneath his finest black, pinstriped blazer and sporting a braided black fedora on his head to shade him, Ben Sower walked along the road. Miles behind him, Ben found the strength to place one foot forward again, and then again, searching for what h…

If you’ve ever had to work on a project with someone, you know that it doesn’t always go well.

If there is any one thing many of us share during this COVID-19 pandemic, it’s a sense of cabin fever. For some it’s a mild case, for others it’s much more serious. I think I fall somewhere in the broad middle ground.

Less than six months ago, Georgia reported the first positive cases of COVID-19. Since those first two cases on Feb. 29, over 250,000 people have been infected, and over 5,000 deaths have occurred here in Georgia. For those of us who have not yet been personally impacted, the numbers are inc…