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Darrell Huckaby

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DARRELL HUCKABY: Airline travel is great — except when it isn't

It is 792 miles from Houston, Texas, to Atlanta, give or take a tumbleweed here and a kudzu vine there. I left Houston on an airplane at 5:38 Tuesday night and one hour and 48 minutes later we had landed on the runway at Hartsfield International Airport. One hour and 48 minutes to go almost 800 miles. Time ain’t the only thing that flies.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Fast-food workers may price themselves out of a job

The free market will pay what a person is worth and if a person makes himself or herself inexpendable (which is not a word but should be) by demonstrating special talents, skills or abilities, then that person will likely work him or herself into a larger paycheck.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Dog days have their own kind of magic

In case y’all were wondering, it is dog days again. I just went for a 2-mile walk — at 9:30 in the morning — and lost about 4 pounds of water weight from perspiring. I used to sweat, back before I got so sophisticated.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Welcome to the world, Henley Walker Fairchild

This is the first letter you will have ever received from your Papa Huck, but it won’t be the last.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Some things are worth waiting for

Twenty-nine years ago, as autumn approached, my lovely wife, Lisa, was great with child.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Time for teachers to play the 'name game'

It’s almost time for school to start back and teachers everywhere will be scrambling to learn a new set of names.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Time to say a heartfelt 'thanks' for all the dreams that have come true

I never dreamed that the day would actually come when someone asked me, “What do you do for a living?” and I could answer, “Travel the world.”

DARRELL HUCKABY: Georgians have achieved Grady's dream of a 'New South'

We have just passed the 150th anniversary of the Battle for Atlanta, which occurred during the recent unpleasantness between the North and the South.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Appreciating the scents of the summer season

I was sitting on the front porch the other day and made the comment, “It smells like summer.”

DARRELL HUCKABY: What will heal a dangerous world?

We live in a dangerous world that is growing more and more dangerous by the minute.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Tribute to a 'shining example of a life well-lived'

I had been expecting the message for almost two years now. I still cried when it came.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Here are a few thoughts — agree or disagree

Well, my thoughts might not be worth a penny, but I have a few things that I want to get off my chest today, so I am going to share a few thoughts with anyone who happens to be reading my epistle. As always, they are my thoughts. I am not trying to tell you what to think.

Salem Camp Meeting means memories and so much more

I have learned that the sands that flow through an hourglass seem to move much more rapidly as they near the end. I think some guy in Rome said the same thing in fewer words.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Watermelon cutting was once a special occasion

People are always asking me, “What do you miss most when you are on the road?”

DARRELL HUCKABY: Life's pretty good out where the buffalo roam

I don’t think I went west of the Chattahoochee River until I was 16 years old and The Bibb sent me to New Mexico with Jerry Aldridge, but I fell in love with the American West long before that.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Take time for a refesher on our birth certificate

In Congress; July 4, 1776. That’s how the heading reads on the document we will celebrate this weekend. You know, don’t you, that the Second Continental Congress reached the unanimous decision to ratify the Declaration on July 2.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Some things in life shouldn't be so complicated

When did coffee get so complicated? I think it started when that topless mermaid out in Seattle started selling the stuff in cups with French sizing, but I’m not sure.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Hope for a troubled world begins with each of us

Is the world in as much turmoil as it seems or is it just me paying too much attention to the news — and the things I see around me? That was a rhetorical question. Don’t bother to answer.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Native Americans face much bigger issues than the name of a football team

When Christopher Columbus arrived in what would come to be known as the Americas in 1492 — and I don’t really care how many Norsemen may or may not have already been here — there was population of approximately 75 million people living here, including 10 million living in the area that now comprises the United States. Columbus erroneously called them Indians because he believed he was in the East Indies.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Our American pastime — every four years

Well, the World Cup is being played this month and it is time for America to pay attention to soccer again — just as we do every four years. Did you know that the rest of the world calls it football?

DARRELL HUCKABY: Hard to say farewell to beloved Methodist minister

My mother used to tell me, every so often, that I was a Methodist for nine months before I was born. She carried me — so to speak — to the Julia Porter United Methodist Church every Sunday of my pre-natal life.

DARRELL HUCKABY: We need more fathers and fewer baby daddies

So it’s Father’s Day and I know it does not have the same impact that Mother’s Day has on card- and flower-sending, gift-buying and celebrating in general — which is OK. We are just men. We get that. No, really. We do.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Experiencing the wonders of the world and all its people

So here we are, somewhere in Europe. Where, exactly, I would hate to try and guess. Don’t get me wrong — I know where I am, but it is like the old Humphrey Bogart line from Casablanca. “If it’s midnight in Casablanca, Sam, what day is it in New York?”

DARRELL HUCKABY: D-Day anniversary a reminder of the great price paid for freedom

Monday I was in Normandy. I saw Gold Beach. Members of my party stood on Omaha Beach. Some even waded into the water. I looked up at the cliffs of Point du Hoc and marveled that any human could have done what the Rangers did on that day.

DARRELL HUCKABY: If he's good enough for Herschel, he's good enough for me

Today I am ready to endorse Jack Kingston in the July 22 Republican primary runoff.

DARRELL HUCKABY: 'Big Bang' among TV's treasures

I was late to the party — but I have more than caught up. I am speaking now of the television sitcom — they do still call them sitcoms, don’t they? — “Big Bang Theory.”

DARRELL HUCKABY: Summertime brings back memories of roads I've traveled

It’s finally summertime again and folks will be hitting the road from Kalamazoo to Timbuktu for vacation trips — or, as they say in Europe, people will be on holiday.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Warm reception inside the perimeter

I broke my own rule Thursday night and I am glad I did. I accepted a speaking engagement inside the perimeter.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Never forget who paid for our freedom

Forgive me if you’ve heard this story before. On second thought, I take that back. Even if I have shared it, this one bears repeating and is probably more relevant today than it was when the incident occurred — back when I had all my hair, among other things.

DARRELL HUCKABY: There's no winning the thermostat war

My lovely wife, Lisa, and I are what you might call climatically incompatible.

DARRELL HUCKABY: McBride was a true shepherd to his Athens flock

I spoke last week at the Milledge Avenue Baptist Church in Athens — yes, I remembered to show up; can’t you let that go? — and was reminded immediately of how much I miss Claude McBride.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Are we too complacent to cast a ballot?

While rushing through the Atlanta airport Monday morning I glanced at the main headline on a copy of USA Today in the overpriced newsstand. It had to do with the eruption of gunfire at voting precincts in Ukraine. And yet people voted anyway.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Another Huckaby UGA grad ready to take flight

For the first time since the spring of 2004 I do not have a child who is a student at the University of Georgia.

DARRELL HUCKABY: The marvelous automobile has come a long way

I slid into the cockpit of my car yesterday, just like I do every morning when I go out for an hour of self-imposed torture at the local pool, but on this particular day — I don’t know, maybe it was the wind howling through the trees that made me more aware than normal — on this particular day, I saw my instrument panel, and my car in general, through brand new eyes, as if for the first time, and thought, “Wow!”

DARRELL HUCKABY: We are a nation in need of prayer

There used to be a poster that circulated during the sixties, a part of the Vietnam War protests, that proclaimed, “Suppose they gave a war and nobody came.” Nice sentiment. Didn’t work out that way.

DARRELL HUCKABY: A lifetime of blessings measured in friendships

I think it first hit me when the Counselor stepped across in front of me and took a seat beside my lovely wife, Lisa. That would be Jeremy (Manifest Destiny) Dailey, soon to be graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Walking — and singing — in the rain

I went out for a stroll the other day and got caught in the rain. Walking in the rain. What a marvelous thing it can be, assuming that it is not too cold.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Education at the mercy of misguided legislation

It’s the silly season again in U.S. education — although I am not sure there is any other kind these days.

Wherever you spend Easter, Christ is risen indeed

Easter. Christ is risen.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Some folks are just discovering the wisdom of the ages

Throughout my childhood, Good Friday was always the day upon which my daddy would pronounce it safe to plant anything that anyone intended to plant in the North Georgia Piedmont.

DARRELL HUCKABY: For some questions, there are no answers

I remember the very first time I ever set eyes on Terri Hubbard Cooper. How many people can we say that about in our lives?

DARRELL HUCKABY: Two weeks in April change the course of history

I don’t know what it is about these two weeks in April, but I know that they have always led to significant drama in the history of this great country. Some of the most memorable events in the fabric that makes up the tapestry that is the United States of America have occurred on or around the particular dates we are navigating this week or will navigate next.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Password takes on whole new meaning in the modern world

Remember the television word game, Password? I bet it has been a long time since you’ve thought about that one. I believe the way it worked was that people played in teams and one partner would give clues to try and help the other partner guess the word at hand.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Many lessons learned at pep rallies and assemblies

When I was a high school student, way back in the previous century, Fridays were special. In the fall there were football games, which meant that the players on the football team wore their jerseys to school but, more importantly, the cheerleaders wore their uniforms. Short skirts — very short skirts — were the order of the day.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Even with the pollen, life's better in the South

I went to bed Thursday night with a nice and shiny black SUV in my driveway. I woke up with a sickening yellow SUV in my driveway. Like a sneak attack from above, the pollen season is upon us.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Greatest Generation still needs to be heard

The National World War II Museum is tucked away in downtown New Orleans, on the corner of Magazine Street and Andrew Higgins Boulevard.

DARRELL HUCKABY: In the land of ducks, the Blues and blue suede shoes

The Mississippi Delta begins in the lobby of the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tenn. I indulged myself, and the group that was with me, by having Sunday brunch at the Peabody. Perhaps overindulged would be more correct.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Post-retirement reminder of why teaching matters

I have spent almost a year now trying to convince myself that I didn’t miss the classroom. Truth be known, there are a lot of things about modern education that I really don’t miss — and I have certainly enjoyed my first 10 months of retirement. Let’s just say that I have found a few ways to keep busy.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Some things about the good old days weren't so good

I spend a lot of time waxing nostalgic about the good old days, which — truth be told — might or might not have been quite as good as I recall. I do miss those days when we were a kinder and gentler society.