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Have you ever met someone you would describe as an eternal optimist? Someone for whom the glass is always half-full, who seems to let trouble roll off his or her back? Maybe you know someone whose positive attitude caused you to comment, “Wow, nothing ever seems to get you down!”

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As we look and experience an ever changing world, I cannot help but wonder what is the solution to the pollution? It seems to me that those things we depend on the most are letting us down. We continue to have a divided government and a racial divide. The Covid pandemic continues to negative…

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Sometimes I doubt. Searching the other day for two AA batteries, I found a couple of loose ones in the tool drawer. Of course, I wondered about the remaining life each possessed. I kept digging until I found a new package. My confidence rose when I found it. Believability demands proof.

A lie doesn’t become truth, wrong doesn’t become right, and evil doesn’t become good just because it is accepted by many.

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I knew they were coming. The house was neatened. Sheets and bed clothes were washed and changed. Furniture was dusted and polished and floors and rugs were vacuumed. Even some windows were cleaned. Well, the ones over the kitchen sink. Sinks in a kitchen should always have a window or two in…

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HURTSBORO, Ala. – If you are a football fan, you probably enjoy following your favorite team on the road. You can make the trip more than “Gameday” with just a modicum of enterprise and effort — provided that you have friends who can accommodate and make your day.

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I remember a church on North Broad at the corner of the street that ran down to the railroad tracks by Jennings Funeral Home. I grew up in North Rome on Reece Street. I used to walk to town down North Broad and on a Sunday mornings there would be people in the church. A car wash now occupies…

Oct. 12—After a recent visit to two Chicago exhibits (one showing two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Bill Mauldin and the other a display of dozens of Chicago's comic artists), I returned to find a modest treasure: a copy of 1952's "The Herblock Book" autographed by a cartoonist hero: Herblock. "Chicago Comics: 1960s to Now" (which recently closed at the Museum of Contemporary Art) ...

There is a western wear store on the outskirts of the suburb I live in. I think it’s called Western Wear World or something like that. The kind of place where you can get cowboy boots and shirts with embroidered roosters on the back, blue jeans so starched they take your leg hair off, and saddles.

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Today’s column is one of those that allow this writer to string a number of random thoughts and ideas in what is hopefully an entertaining manner. Here we go.

I despise COVID for many reasons. It kills, maims, harms and destroys, but we can radically alter its ability to do so if we collectively try. So many other diseases do not come with such an option.

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On Sept. 15 my father, Bob Josey, drew his last breath. He was an extraordinarily ordinary man by any measure.

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Walking into the bookshop, the man asked the proprietor, “Do you have a Bible?” “Yes. Try the next room on the middle shelf. However, there is only one in stock, and because of store policy, it is not for sale. But you may read it while in the store.”

An old friend’s stalwart observation has risen to the top of my thoughts lately. The concept I speak of is both challenging and comforting, and I’m finding that it stands the test of time. When I can accept it as constructive, it brings about self reflection and patience. When I’m unable to …

They went down with the ship and did not resist.

About 15 years ago I mapped out a clear image of what I wanted for my life. It involved a small cottage, in a small town, near a body of water somewhere in the United Kingdom.

Social media has drawn considerable attention this past week. Facebook and Instagram have been the focus of attention from everyone in the national mainstream media to elected officials in the halls of Congress. Quite frankly, there was very little that was a surprise in the so-called “whist…

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I was pregnant from 1973 to 1983 — or so it seemed. I became pregnant with our daughter in 1973 and after that, three sons followed in 1977, 1979, and 1983; thus, I felt like I was pregnant for 10 straight years.

The days after you take possession of a new car are emotionally intoxicating — blissful days. You drive more carefully, you don’t want it to rain and see mud flick up on the tires and fenders.

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Just about my entire adult life, until I moved to Rome, like most people I had cable TV. I had Comcast and, like most people, complained it was too expensive. I gradually upgraded my cable package until I had basically every channel they offered.

The Flint River begins south of Atlanta and runs away from that metropolis through some of the most beautiful rural counties in the state of Georgia. As it moves south, the Flint meets the Chattahoochee in Lake Seminole and from there the combined waters become the Apalachicola River, which …

Since 1965, the Appalachian Regional Commission has collaborated with local and state partners to transform communities, create jobs, and strengthen the regional economy. Since becoming the ARC federal co-chair in May, I take seriously my responsibility to work collaboratively with ARC’s 13-…

She sat in a rocking chair on an outdoor balcony, gazing at the twinkling stars splashed across the sky. A bright, large October Harvest Moon cast a warm glow of light around her. The white caps of the ocean waves gently kissed the shore below as she watched them melt into the sand. The sea’…

Hallmark movies have become as much a part of the holidays as Christmas trees and Thanksgiving dinner. They’re a part of our culture now. Here’s why. Hallmark movies are saccharine sweet and all about feel-good vibes.

I need reminders. I need assurance. My fears and insecurities are often greater than my confidence that I have a Father who will never abandon me and who loves me unconditionally.

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The preacher settled in for his first sermon at his last church. He had reached an age when life imparted its truth and he now felt compelled to be direct in his delivery. He decided he would choose for his last appointment the text from John 14: 6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No…

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The Maasai in Africa greet each other with “Kasserian Ingera” meaning, “And how are the children?” Tribal members, even those without children, respond, “All the children are well,” indicating the society has prioritized protection of the young, which reflects the community’s wellness. I’m a pediatric critical care physician and the chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on ...

One morning while completing my early morning devotional concerning the collateral damage caused by Adam and Eve as was described by the Hebrew in the Book of Genesis, I began to sweep around our front door. The Hebrew writer was speaking of the collateral damage that Adam caused by letting …

It’s been a real hoot this week, watching visitors from across the country wandering around Rome hunting for hidden items as part of the Going Caching event. We’ve got a pretty vital town and this week the whirlwind of activity has been even more amazing.

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Last week, National Daughter’s Day was celebrated. If you are on Facebook, you would know this. Our first born was a girl. My husband told me our first child had to be a girl. I heard in some circles a wife must obey her husband. I had the daughter he wanted, and she was a beautiful work of …

LYNCHBURG, Tenn. – This community of 6,336 is “small town USA” in the most graphic of terms, such as only one traffic light. It has been a sleepy little place dating back to the life and times of its most famous resident, the diminutive Jack Daniel, who got the most fortuitous break a busine…

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Back when I was growing up money was scarce. There was a few who had it but most didn’t. Some kids didn’t know what toys were at Christmas. Cowboys and Indians was played by boys carrying stick guns and wooden knives. Most of the boys learned how to make a stick gun.

A couple of weeks ago I was thinking about the events of Sept. 11, 2001. I’m sure many of you were doing the same thing. I thought about the initial shock and horror that turned into outrage for most of us. Then I thought about the unity in our country that followed — a unity that allowed us…

Mosquitoes and chiggers have been an arch-enemy of mine since before I can remember. Georgia would be an absolute paradise if it weren’t for these two insects. I’d trade every one of them for a new species of tick, even if it exclusively targeted one’s nether regions.

Well, shoot. As hard as I try to ignore it, someone always yells “Happy Birthday” this time of year. Yes, I just aged another year ... thank goodness! Now, if I ignore the mirror and pay better attention to where I put my car keys, I’ll be fine.

A couple years ago, Sandy Davis read my columns and insisted to her husband, Randy, that he have me on his morning radio show.

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Sep. 21—This week marks the eight-year anniversary of when I quit — cold turkey — my fantasy football leagues. I realized I'd hit rock bottom on Sept. 23, 2013, when I found myself, well past midnight, sitting on our couch, watching the end of a meaningless Monday Night Football blowout. I was a grown man screaming at New Orleans Saints' quarterback Drew Brees to throw the ball to his tight ...