Well here we are, right smack dab in the middle of the summer - and a holiday weekend to boot. Hope you all are enjoying the Fourth of July weekend. And I hope you don't mind if I interrupt your holiday festivities to present a short history lesson. After all, once in a great while all of us could stand a little reminder as to why we are grilling all those hamburgers and hot dogs. Besides - school starts in about three weeks so I need to get back in the swing of things, historically speaking.
OXFORD - Oxford's annual Fourth of July parade Saturday was showcased in perfect weather and the city of Oxford took the opportunity to honor its Citizen of the Year - even in his absence.
ATLANTA - Sammy Kitwara of Kenya won the 40th Peachtree Road Race with a time of 27:21 in his debut in the annual 6.2-mile event through the streets of Atlanta.
COVINGTON - Local golfers have the pleasure of being able to play one of the best holes in the Atlanta area, as the par-4 No. 17 hole at The Oaks Course was part of the Lexus Dream 18.
WASHINGTON - A mammoth milestone home run by Adam Dunn was upstaged by his simple single that helped Washington rally to beat Atlanta.
CONYERS - Conyers motorcyclist Dick Hopkins wants drivers to actually obey the bumper sticker that tells them to "Look twice - save a life!"
CONYERS - Area adults interested in enrolling in an MBA program soon will have a nearby opportunity.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Former NFL quarterback Steve McNair, whose most noted drive was the final one of the 2000 Super Bowl, was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head Saturday afternoon in a downtown condominium. Police said a woman was also shot dead.
WIMBLEDON, England - Serena Williams kept telling herself she was facing just another foe in the Wimbledon final Saturday, just another woman who hits the ball quite hard, just another player trying to deny her a Grand Slam title.
Eastside wrestlers Jonathan Palmer, second from left, and Michael Green, second from right, sign with Mercer University. Looking on were, from left, Lisa Duckett (Palmer's mother), Eastside wrestling coach Brandon Blakeman and Kelley Green (Green's mother).
Among the many participants in the annual Fourth of July parade in Oxford was a contingent of dune buggies that were decked out in patriotic regalia for residents to enjoy.
Whatever adventure you've had this summer - cruising the Caribbean, backpacking across Europe, trying to sell your home - I think I can top it. The first few weeks, I divided my time between London and a remote Scottish castle. Then I hiked several hundred miles to climb an active volcano. Lately, I've just gotten back from Mars. Of course I'm not talking about "real life" - why would I? It's depressing - but about books. Specifically, I'm talking about some of my favorite books, which I've been revisiting this summer. I say "revisiting" because that's the way the best stories always seem to me: places to visit, like Hogwarts or Middle Earth or Malacandra. In many ways, these places are just as real to me as some of my favorite non-fictional destinations, like New York City or the Lawrenceville-Suwanee Target. And it's not just the places I love. It's the people. I know this sounds weird, but some of my best friends are fictional characters. In fact, I'd probably rather hang out with Harry, Ron and Hermione, or with Frodo and Sam, than with most of the non-fictional people I know.
PORTERDALE - City Council members were able to view plans for reconstruction of the burned out Porter Memorial Gym at a work session on June 25.
BETHESDA, Md. - Anthony Kim finally gets a crack at Tiger Woods, and when he says he has been practicing for a moment like this all his life, Kim isn't kidding.