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Darrell Huckaby: Can't say enough about 'Les Miserables'

Have you ever gotten a whole movie stuck in your head?

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Darrell Huckaby: Tuning in to a country classic

I make it a point to be happy with what I get, even when I don't like what I got for Christmas.

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Darrell Huckaby: Anticipation and appreciation for another Christmas

Anticipation. What a wonderful thing. Often the buildup and the wait are better than the event itself.

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Darrell Huckaby: Let the sounds of Christmas fill the air

Why do we have to wait for the season of advent to sing joyous songs about the birth of Christ?

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Darrel Huckaby: A Porterdale winter put a chill in your bones

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.

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HUCKABY: Pastor Clara could use some help taking care of her flock

Former Covington Mayor Sam Ramsey calls Clara Lett "Newton County's Mother Teresa."

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Darrell Huckaby: You hear the most interesting things at church

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

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Darrell Huckaby: Rainbow of colors signifies hope

Remember color crayons? Close your eyes and imagine opening a fresh box.

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Darrell Huckaby: NBC just not getting it right with the Olympics

Memories of the Olympics are etched in my mind.

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Darrell Huckaby: Common sense, a rare commodity

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

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Darrell Huckaby: Supreme Court has long history of political decisions

There have been dozens -- or even hundreds -- of landmark cases that changed the course of history of the United States.

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Darrell Huckaby: Sometimes it's all in the numbers

I have a brand new favorite number and I think it will remain my favorite number for a long, long time.

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Darrell Huckaby: Feeling at home in a new place

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.

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Darrell Huckaby: How do I love my Big Green Egg? Let me count the ways

I was already interested in becoming an Egghead. Now I am committed to being one.

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Darrell Huckaby: When did human life come to have so little value?

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.

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Darrell Huckaby: Recalling the idyllic days of summer in the South

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.

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Darrell Huckaby: You never know who's watching

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."

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Darrell Huckaby: On this vacation I'm following the wake of Christopher Columbus

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.

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Darrell Huckaby: Just when I think I've heard everything ...

Here's a story you ain't going to believe.

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Darrell Huckaby: I'll be glad to say 'I knew him when'

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."

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Darrell Huckaby: Childhood friend gone too soon

Craig Hertwig was one of the best buddies I ever had growing up.

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Darrell Huckaby: 'Pass the Rattlesnakes' won't be the basis for my ministry

I have never been compelled to take up a serpent in order to test my faith in the Lord.

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Darrell Huckaby: Pause to remember those who died on our behalf

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.

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Darrell Huckaby: Young people are answering the call: Send Me Now

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.

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Darrell Huckaby: This breaking news story worth about as much as the subject matter

The breaking news on the ABC morning news show -- the story that put Newton County in the national spotlight -- was about dog poop.

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Darrell Huckaby: These are a few of my least favorite things

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.

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Darrell Huckaby: Rockdale's loss is Virginia's gain

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.

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Darrell Huckaby: There is no comfort like a mother's love

I have never needed a special day on the calendar to remind me to think about my mother.

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Darrell Huckaby: Harold's is an institution worth saving

We already have too few authentic barbecue joints in this world and Harold's has long been one of the best.

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Darrell Huckaby: Lindsey a fine human being who could make us laugh

Goober Pyle was solid as a rock, as honest as the day is long and had a heart of gold.

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Darrell Huckaby: T.K. Adams finally getting honor he deserves

I am a huge fan of Mr. T.K. Adams and his family.

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Darrell Huckaby: A whole lot going on, and May is just getting started

May will be full of momentous occasions.

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Darrell Huckaby: A nation depends on the prayers of her people

We need to return to our prayerful roots.

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Darrell Huckaby: Prom night ain't what it used to be

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.

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Darrell Huckby: Language isn't as colorful as it used to be

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.

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HUCKABY: PTA in Buckhead not what it was in Porterdale

PTA night was big deal back in Porterdale.

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Darrell Huckaby: There's no 'right' to use drugs and take other people's money

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.

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Darrell Huckaby: Longing for the harmony of sitting around the kitchen table

The best visiting took place around my mama's kitchen table.

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Darrell Huckaby: Let's make a deal -- new stadium for a Super Bowl win

I love athletics and I love visiting stadiums. I've been to at least a hundred.

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Darrell Huckaby: Georgia's historic moments -- then and now

April 12, 1945, was a big day in our state's history.

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Darrell Huckaby: Memory of beloved friend brings Easter inspiration

When I was growing up Wayne Doster was somebody I looked up to.

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Darrell Huckaby: You never know whose path you'll cross, or when

I have a hard time going anywhere that I don't run into someone from home or someone whose path I have crossed.

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Darrell Huckaby: Is it 'politically correct' or just 'dumbed down?'

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.

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Darrell Huckaby: Holding out for another chance at 'Jeopardy'

My tryout for 'Jeopardy' a few years ago was a disaster.

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Darrell Huckaby: Most important spectator sport taking place in DC

The U.S. Supreme Court will decide the most important contest of all.

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Darrell Huckaby: This spring break won't involve basketball or beaches

Jekyll Island will have to wait until next year to see the Huckaby clan.

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Darrell Huckaby: Furman Bisher represented the best of a better age of sportswriting

Furman Bisher's death marks the end of an era.

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Darrell Huckaby: Cherry Blossom Festival is still a local event

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.

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Darrell Huckaby: Grand memories of birthdays gone by

This weekend I will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of my 10th birthday.

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Darrell Huckaby: America needs our votes -- early and often

Political ignorance and political apathy have brought our once great nation to the edge of disaster.

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Darrell Huckaby: March renews the love-hate relationship with baseball

What I love is the perfection of the game, as remembered in black-and-white from the 1950s and early '60s.

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Darrell Huckaby: A grand time sifting through memories of the beach

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.

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Darrell Huckaby: Mourning the loss of one of community's finest

It seems like I have been to an unusually high number of funerals as of late.

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Darrell Huckaby: Speaking from the pulpit

On Ash Wednesday I hope that I managed to say something that made a difference in somebody's life.

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HUCKABY: In the spirit of the Oscars, I've got a few movie awards of my own

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.

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Darrell Huckaby: Our first president set strong precedent for those who followed

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.

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DARRELL HUCKABY: Please hang up and dial again

In the age of cell phones, wrong numbers aren't as common as they once were.

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DARRELL HUCKABY: Too many bright lights dimmed too soon

Despite all the warning signs, the world was not quite ready to hear the news of Whitney Houston's death.

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DARRELL HUCKABY: Schools place too much emphasis on testing, too little on learning

Despite all the technological advances we have made in education, we are also faced with tremendous challenges.

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Darrell Huckaby: As spring approaches so does the need to cook outdoors

Finding the right grill requires an investment of time -- and money.

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Darrell Huckaby: This year's Super Bowl not one for the Huckaby record book

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.

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DARRELL HUCKABY: Bible-based living not always what you'd expect

Emulating the men in the Bible can get you into trouble.

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DARRELL HUCKABY: Wheeler Davidson is a hero among us

I love Wheeler Davidson. He is one of my heroes. He is larger than life.

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DARRELL HUCKABY: There's a lot to celebrate in February

February is being ushered in today and it couldn't have come at a better time.

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DARRELL HUCKABY: Don't kick a Southern gal while she's down

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?

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DARRELL HUCKABY: Disney policy change has me back in the game

For years and years and years the powers that be in the Disney Corporation forbade facial hair for all park employees.

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HUCKABY: Finally ready to ring my bell

I’m going to ring that bell. I wasn't at first, or at least I didn't think I would.

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DARRELL HUCKABY: Capt. Schettino off course in more ways than one

Throughout the ordeal of the sinking of the Costa Concordia, Capt. Francesco Schettino maintains that he did nothing wrong.

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DARRELL HUCKABY: Legislating sweet tea just too good to be true

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.

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Darrell Huckaby: Will the government continue to censor our TV-watching?

The government is hard at work in their never-ending efforts to protect us from ourselves.

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DARRELL HUCKABY: Friday the 13th gets a bad rap

There's no real evidence that Friday the 13th is unlucky.

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DARREL HUCKABY: Sometimes teachers are the ones who need instruction

Cross-curriculum instruction is useful -- when it's done right.

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HUCKABY: Passionate youth has the world in good hands

Recent events show that the future is in good hands.

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HUCKABY: Put down the junk food and face the issue of childhood obesity

Billboards addressing childhood obesity are stirring up controversy in Georgia.

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DARRELL HUCKABY: What's the big deal about Iowa?

Iowans have weathered the cold to make their preferences known.

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DARRELL HUCKABY: If it ends in a '2,' it's bound to be a good year

My personal history indicates 2012 will be a very, very good year.

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DARRELL HUCKABY: Looking forward to a healthy 2012

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.

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Darrell Huckaby: Presidents have given us lots of laughs over the years

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.

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DARREL HUCKABY: Comic books have come a long way since the '50s

The stories in comic book pages are about to take a strange turn.

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DARRELL HUCKABY: What did we accomplish with Operation Iraqi Freedom?

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.

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HUCKABY: Recalling a most memorable Dec. trip

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.

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DARRELL HUCKABY: Time to address the highs and lows of 2011

It's time to take note of the standouts of 2011.

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DARRELL HUCKABY: Here's how I'd fill the stockings of some celebs

What do you give the celeb who has everything?

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DARRELL HUCKABY: What's in a name really isn't the issue

The Southern Baptist Church is contemplating a name change, but they may be focusing on the wrong thing.

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HUCKABY: Gifts not enough to express true feelings at Christmas

Christmas shopping can turn a holiday mood blue.

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Darrell Huckaby: It's not Christmas without books

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.

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HUCKABY: Mistletoe and magnolia: Hallmarks of a Southern Christmas

Just what makes an ideal Southern Christmas?

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Darrell Huckaby: Pondering 100 years of milestones

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."

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Darrell Huckaby: It's about time for my first Tweet

It' time we Tweeted some good news.

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HUCKABY: Again this year, so thankful for so many things

It's the time of year to express my thanks.

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Huckaby: No matter how you say it, pecans are a South Georgia treat

The South Georgia pecan has a worldwide following.

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HUCKABY: Forget Hollywood awards, it's CMAs for me

I'm not real big on the political statements some of the Hollywood shows try to make and easily tire of the acceptance speeches.

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HUCKABY: A true friend -- by any name -- is a true joy

We've all known a few "Bubbas," but Bubba Hendrickson is special.

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HUCKABY: Yard sales a good economic indicator

Yard sales can give you an idea of how the economy is doing.

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Darrell Huckaby: It's tough to survive customer no-service

No cable TV service is cause for great concern.

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HUCKABY: This Montezuma lady really knows how to kill a party

Weekend plans sometimes come to a screeching halt.

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HUCKABY: Traveling the byways brings back fond memories

Road trip through Reidsville brings back memories of an influential educator.

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HUCKABY: Some dares ought not be taken

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.

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HUCKABY: Thoughts on Moammar Gadhafi’s end

Like most dictators throughout history, Moammar Gadhafi did not go quietly into the dark night of death.

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HUCKABY: Chilly fall evenings call for good pot of chili

There's nothing better on a cool fall evening than a good pot of chilii.

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HUCKABY: When did the radio become obsolete?

While we weren't looking the radio lost its relevance.

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HUCKABY: Halloween a magical night for me

Halloween a is a favorite time to celebrate.

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HUCKABY: Even sleepless nights can bring signs of encouragement

Even on sleepless nights we know a better day is coming.

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HUCKABY: 'Wall Street' protesters have some bewildering ideas

These protesters have some pretty bewildering ideas.

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HUCKABY: Steve Jobs a big contributor to modern life

Steve Jobs' contributions made modern life a lot more convenient.

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HUCKABY: Nothing better than a return engagement

It's time once again for the Taste of Home Cooking Show.

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HUCKABY: Still making hay the old-fashioned way

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.

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HUCKABY: Keep up the fight against breast cancer -- any way you can

October reminds us to keep up the fight against breast cancer.

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HUCKABY: Happy birthday to the legendary Larry Munson

Larry Munson -- still the best of the best.

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HUCKABY: A reminder of what true courage is

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.

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HUCKABY: The once (and future?) wedding photographer

The voice on the other end of the line sounded so innocent and sincere that I almost said yes without thinking.

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HUCKABY: Rockdale stadium's namesake loved young people

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.

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HUCKABY: Don't like Chaz? Don't watch

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.

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Darrell Huckaby: Some important lessons you don't learn in school

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.

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HUCKABY: Audiobook done -- just in time for football season

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'."

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HUCKABY: Pat Summitt -- the best at what she does

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.

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HUCKABY: Dog days prove that God is still in charge

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.

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HUCKABY: A wedding worthy of its royal participants

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.

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HUCKABY: England's got another big wedding to throw

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.

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