April 21, 2011
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Have you ever gotten a whole movie stuck in your head?
I make it a point to be happy with what I get, even when I don't like what I got for Christmas.
Anticipation. What a wonderful thing. Often the buildup and the wait are better than the event itself.
Why do we have to wait for the season of advent to sing joyous songs about the birth of Christ?
I can't help but laugh at the commercials the big box department stores have been running lately, the ones encouraging everybody to "winterize" their houses.
Former Covington Mayor Sam Ramsey calls Clara Lett "Newton County's Mother Teresa."
I like going to church. Always have. I especially like listening to good preachers. I have to say here that church services for me are sometimes like a spectator sport. I love the music -- especially the old gospel hymns -- and I love critiquing the preachers, although I probably
Remember color crayons? Close your eyes and imagine opening a fresh box.
Memories of the Olympics are etched in my mind.
Common sense, a rare commodity. May common sense rest in peace.. We have seen it coming for a long time now. We have become a society bound more and more and more by inflexible rules and regulations. I's are dotted and T's are crossed and we are constantly referred to
There have been dozens -- or even hundreds -- of landmark cases that changed the course of history of the United States.
I have a brand new favorite number and I think it will remain my favorite number for a long, long time.
Last week I had the great honor of being invited to speak at Union Point First Baptist Church by Dee Lindsey, who is as fine a fellow as anyone would ever want to meet.
I was already interested in becoming an Egghead. Now I am committed to being one.
Day in and day out there is a steady stream of news about people shooting and killing other people and murder has become so commonplace that we are becoming desensitized to hearing about it.
Summertime was a long succession of endless days -- days of being out the front door at first light and not having to be home until the streetlights came on.
My mama used to always tell me to behave myself, wherever I went, because, according to her, "You never know who might be watching and wherever you go you will run into someone who knows you -- even if you don't know them."
Vacations, Huckaby-style, are exhausting, understand. This year I could not afford to be exhausted. I couldn't afford a vacation, either, but that is another story for another day.
Here's a story you ain't going to believe.
Playing baseball has never been a problem for Tyler Austin. I think he is the person Robert Redford was trying to portray in the movie "The Natural."
Craig Hertwig was one of the best buddies I ever had growing up.
I have never been compelled to take up a serpent in order to test my faith in the Lord.
There is a tomb in Arlington National Cemetery that is guarded 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year by sentinels from the Third United States Infantry Regiment Old Guard.
About 250 Georgia college students will be taking part in the Send Me Now program this summer that is sponsored by the Baptist Collegiate Ministries.
The breaking news on the ABC morning news show -- the story that put Newton County in the national spotlight -- was about dog poop.
While I have more blessing than I could possibly count, I seem to find myself focusing on things I don't like rather than things I do.
Our schools have been asked to do more and more with less and less for years and with Sam King's leadership, we have done just that.
I have never needed a special day on the calendar to remind me to think about my mother.
We already have too few authentic barbecue joints in this world and Harold's has long been one of the best.
Goober Pyle was solid as a rock, as honest as the day is long and had a heart of gold.
I am a huge fan of Mr. T.K. Adams and his family.
May will be full of momentous occasions.
We need to return to our prayerful roots.
When I was in high school our proms were held in the school gymnasium. It was a big deal, but not in the same way proms are a big deal now.
I can always tell when one of my students doesn't get one of my idioms by the puzzled expression on his or her face.
PTA night was big deal back in Porterdale.
I am not against helping people who need help. ... I am merely against the government taking money from hard-working individuals and giving it to deadbeats.
The best visiting took place around my mama's kitchen table.
I love athletics and I love visiting stadiums. I've been to at least a hundred.
April 12, 1945, was a big day in our state's history.
When I was growing up Wayne Doster was somebody I looked up to.
I have a hard time going anywhere that I don't run into someone from home or someone whose path I have crossed.
The New York Board of Education came out with a long list of words that it intended to ban from any and all test questions, for fear of offending someone's sensitivities.
My tryout for 'Jeopardy' a few years ago was a disaster.
The U.S. Supreme Court will decide the most important contest of all.
Jekyll Island will have to wait until next year to see the Huckaby clan.
Furman Bisher's death marks the end of an era.
The Cherry Blossom is our own community festival and it is run by local folks who put a lot of effort and elbow grease all year long into making it one of the best in the South.
This weekend I will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of my 10th birthday.
Political ignorance and political apathy have brought our once great nation to the edge of disaster.
What I love is the perfection of the game, as remembered in black-and-white from the 1950s and early '60s.
To spend four days at Jacksonville Beach with family and friends was as close to heaven as a little lint-head boy could get in 1959.
It seems like I have been to an unusually high number of funerals as of late.
On Ash Wednesday I hope that I managed to say something that made a difference in somebody's life.
Sunday night is Oscar Night. They will roll out the red carpet in Hollywood and all the beautiful people will show up, hoping against hope to go home with one of the golden statuettes.
Washington was perhaps the perfect person to serve as the first president, because of his lack of ambition and his high character and sense of duty.
In the age of cell phones, wrong numbers aren't as common as they once were.
Despite all the warning signs, the world was not quite ready to hear the news of Whitney Houston's death.
Despite all the technological advances we have made in education, we are also faced with tremendous challenges.
Finding the right grill requires an investment of time -- and money.
I am not a huge NFL fan. But the Super Bowl is different. The Super Bowl is an event, a happening, a chance to throw a party.
Emulating the men in the Bible can get you into trouble.
I love Wheeler Davidson. He is one of my heroes. He is larger than life.
February is being ushered in today and it couldn't have come at a better time.
If you are familiar with Paula Deen's recipes you know that she likes to cook with butter. Lots and lots of butter. What's wrong with that?
For years and years and years the powers that be in the Disney Corporation forbade facial hair for all park employees.
I’m going to ring that bell. I wasn't at first, or at least I didn't think I would.
Throughout the ordeal of the sinking of the Costa Concordia, Capt. Francesco Schettino maintains that he did nothing wrong.
I hadn't been so excited about a political cause since Zell Miller wanted to give me a pay raise and pay my children's tuition at UGA.
The government is hard at work in their never-ending efforts to protect us from ourselves.
There's no real evidence that Friday the 13th is unlucky.
Cross-curriculum instruction is useful -- when it's done right.
Recent events show that the future is in good hands.
Billboards addressing childhood obesity are stirring up controversy in Georgia.
Iowans have weathered the cold to make their preferences known.
My personal history indicates 2012 will be a very, very good year.
You've heard the lyrics from that old Christmas carol that goes "fast away the old year passes?" Well the current "old year" can't pass fast enough for me and I'm making sure that sucker leaves right on cue. I am done with 2011 and don't want it to show its ugly face again.
Modern comedians have made careers of cracking jokes about the people we elect to lead our country. Let's face it. There is lots to crack on, and always has been.
The stories in comic book pages are about to take a strange turn.
During that time, while Jamie and her friends have been enjoying their life and liberty and During the past nine years, nearly 1.5 million men and women have put their lives on hold to fight to protect the rights and safety of 300,000,000 of us at home and to liberate the entire population of Iraq from the hand of an evil dictator.
Me and mine usually hang around the house when it gets close to Christmas. One year, however, I got a wild hair and decided it would be fun to light a shuck and head out of town exactly a week before Christmas Day.
It's time to take note of the standouts of 2011.
What do you give the celeb who has everything?
The Southern Baptist Church is contemplating a name change, but they may be focusing on the wrong thing.
Christmas shopping can turn a holiday mood blue.
For my entire life, books have been a big deal at Christmas time. My parents always made sure there were books under our little Charlie Brown Christmas trees when I was growing up in Porterdale.
Just what makes an ideal Southern Christmas?
There are currently about 70,000 "centenarians" in our country and those who reach the century mark traditionally receive a mention on the "Today Show" and a letter from the president. My daddy would have loved to have heard his name called on the "Today Show."
It' time we Tweeted some good news.
It's the time of year to express my thanks.
The South Georgia pecan has a worldwide following.
I'm not real big on the political statements some of the Hollywood shows try to make and easily tire of the acceptance speeches.
We've all known a few "Bubbas," but Bubba Hendrickson is special.
Yard sales can give you an idea of how the economy is doing.
No cable TV service is cause for great concern.
Weekend plans sometimes come to a screeching halt.
Road trip through Reidsville brings back memories of an influential educator.
I have been accused, from time to time, of being a wild and crazy guy, if I may borrow a phrase from the classic Steve Martin Saturday Night Live skits of a bygone day. At least I was in my younger days. I have done some pretty stupid things on a dare. I would tell you about a few of them, except my children read this column from time to time and I’m not sure how long the statute of limitations is on some of the stuff I did, particularly while I was a college student at UGA.
Like most dictators throughout history, Moammar Gadhafi did not go quietly into the dark night of death.
There's nothing better on a cool fall evening than a good pot of chilii.
While we weren't looking the radio lost its relevance.
Halloween a is a favorite time to celebrate.
Even on sleepless nights we know a better day is coming.
These protesters have some pretty bewildering ideas.
Steve Jobs' contributions made modern life a lot more convenient.
It's time once again for the Taste of Home Cooking Show.
Thirty years ago I married into a hay-hauling family. I knew about sweating it out in a cotton mill and growing row crops out in the country and various other forms of manual labor -- but until I got hooked up with my wife's family I had never picked up a hay bale or been closer to a cow than the meat counter at the Big Apple.
October reminds us to keep up the fight against breast cancer.
Larry Munson -- still the best of the best.
For most of my life I have seemed to have a nearly indelible memory -- at least in some areas. Ask me about a random conversation I had with a buddy on the playground in 1962 and I can tell you virtually everything that was said. If, on the other hand, you ask me what my lovely wife Lisa asked me to pick up at the grocery store last night ... well -- I might be a bit fuzzy on that.
The voice on the other end of the line sounded so innocent and sincere that I almost said yes without thinking.
The eyes of the football-watching world in the North Georgia Piedmont will be on Conyers tomorrow night. At least until Mississippi State and LSU kick off at 8 o'clock. Heritage and Rockdale County High schools will renew their 30-some-odd year-old gridiron rivalry at 7:30 in Reid Stadium -- and the game will be televised on WSBR TV--Comcast channel 248.
I've said it many times before. Sometimes writing a newspaper column can be tough -- especially when you do it year after year and make an effort to keep things topical.
I'm a big fan of higher education. I have a couple of degrees. My son is making a career of college and my youngest daughter is in her second year. Their big sister earned a doctorate from UGA Like I said, I believe in higher education.
Me and Moby been working on a project this summer and it's a humdinger, if I do say so myself. Now before you get your drawers in a bunch, I know "me and Moby" is improper English. Get over it. I say ain't sometimes, too, and as Dizzy Dean said to the critics who threw him under the bus for butchering the Queen's English during the Great Depression, "Lot of folks ain't sayin' ain't, aint eatin'."
She was still Pat Head when we first met. I had just secured a job coaching girls basketball, of all things. It took. I did it until 2002. But this would be my first rodeo, so to speak, so I began looking around for a clinic geared toward the women's game, which was only a few years removed from six-on-six and rovers.
Consider the certainty of the seasons of the year in the North Georgia Piedmont. Summer, no matter how hot and humid it might be, always gives way to fall. Granted, fall may be brief or late in arriving, but it always gets here--and it is always followed by winter, which may, in itself, vary greatly in degree of frigidness and duration. As surely as the infrequent snows will melt into the red clay hills, spring will follow winter and be followed by another summer.
Diana Spencer's oldest boy got married Friday. The queen was resplendent in yellow. The groom was dressed in a red uniform, with a royal blue sash -- and when I say royal blue, I mean "royal." The bride, of course, wore white. Yes, I woke up at the crack of dawn and watched the royal wedding -- and I wouldn't have missed it for the world.
So there is about to be a big wedding across the pond and the whole kingdom is abuzz! Prince William finally popped the question and everyone is ready for a fairy tale ceremony, the likes of which haven't been seen since William's dad and mum got hitched back in 1981.