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Darrell Huckaby

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DARRELL HUCKABY: Help the Marines — and a child — this Christmas

As Christmas fast approaches children are inundated with television commercials showing all the shiny new toys that all the cool kids will be getting for Christmas. Television specials tout Santa Claus and the magic he performs on Christmas Eve. We used to have the Sears-Roebuck catalogue. Today’s kids have the airwaves, but other than that, little has changed.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Friendship brings calm to hectic season

I had a lot on my mind last week when I put on my long overcoat and Greek fishermen’s hat and started the long cold trek up my long driveway.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Thankful for my blessings, big and small

This big blue marble we call Earth has made yet another trip around the sun with yours truly as a passenger. For that I am very thankful, and because of that I have a long, long list of blessings to count — including having the opportunity to do so in this very public forum.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Breaking ties with the teaching profession

I have just about finished my first half-year of retirement. You have to understand, the last year I hadn’t had school every day was 1957. To tell the truth, it hasn’t been bad. If I had known I was going to enjoy staying at home this much I might have tried it years ago.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Memories of fateful day 50 years ago do not fade

Fifty years ago today. I can barely recall what I did last Friday — in fact, I can’t — but I can recall every detail of the events that unfolded on Friday, Nov. 22 in 1963. If you are of my generation, so can you.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Hearing country music's poetry on Georgia's back roads

I’ve been spending a lot of time in my car lately — especially at night. Nothing is lonelier than a Georgia back road a long way from home.

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DARRELL HUCKABY: Fighting the losing battle of fall

I have been fighting a desperate battle the past three weeks. Unfortunately, I am losing — badly. Not to worry. This particular battle is not health-related. God and my doctors seem to have my health problems under control right now. No, I am fighting the battle of the autumn leaves, and I am losing ground every day.

DARRELL HUCKABY: True education is more than just the facts

Common Core Curriculum. It is becoming the most politicized educational issue since the Blue Back Speller.

DARRELL HUCKABY: One day a year doesn’t do justice to our veterans

We cannot do justice to our veterans simply by setting aside one day a year upon which to honor them, but it is at least a start.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Change ain't easy for a man of tradition

I have gotten used to change. People tell me that change is good. Some is. Some isn’t. I’m not a big fan of most change.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Food tour of the state builds up an appetite

There used to be a publication called “Brown’s Guide to Georgia.” It was as much a travelogue as anything else and if a restaurant was lucky enough to get a favorable review in “Brown’s Guide,” they were fixin’ to be busy. It was up to them to maintain that business.

Huckaby: Funerals not what they used to be

I went to a funeral the other day of a good friend who was alarmingly close to my own age. It was a simple dignified service at a funeral home in his hometown.

Huckaby: What's on the menu for fall?

I walked outside to get the papers Tuesday and there was an unmistakable nip in the air.

Huckaby: Leave your cares behind when you reach Mile Marker Zero

The self-serving nincompoops we elected to Congress may have shut down the government of the United States, but the Conch Republic is open for business.

Huckaby: Another one for the Bulldog Nation's record books

It was one for the ages and can’t be ignored. Those of you who don’t like it when I “write about ball” are excused until Friday, if you so choose.

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Huckaby: Sights I never dreamed I'd see

Huckaby says, “I have seen the United States. Now, I am so thankful to be able to see what the rest of the world has to offer.”

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HUCKABY: Attic cleaning brings back memories of Mom

This week I found myself with a bit of spare time on my hands and thought I might earn a few brownie points by attacking the accumulated clutter of the past three decades. After all, the holiday season is just around the corner. Imagine Lisa’s delight when she trudges upstairs to get the Christmas wreaths this year and finds that order has replaced chaos. That’s what I told myself, but alas, it was not to be. This time it was quilts.

Darrell Huckaby: Heading down the aisle with precious memories

Despite all the planning and parties and preparations — and check writing — it has just hit me this week that the day is upon us. You really are getting married.

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Darrell Huckaby: Advice for a long and happy life together

For almost 28 years now I have prayed that Jamie Leigh Huckaby would grow up to be intelligent, well-rounded and happy. Those prayers have been answered many times over.

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Darrell Huckaby: Searching for 1963 in the grocery aisles

On a recent trip to my favorite grocery store, I decided to play a little game with myself. I pretended that it was 1963 instead of 2013.

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Darrell Huckaby: I won't miss teacher training

I was feeling a bit melancholy as I sat on the front porch Friday morning, reading the paper and enjoying my morning coffee.

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HUCKABY: Authentic country store worth the trip

I took a drive down memory lane last week and about half way through my trip decided to turn into and old country store and rest a spell.

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HUCKABY: Hard to resist the ringing of the school bell

When my former colleagues head back to the classroom this Friday, I will not be among them

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HUCKABY: Faded program a key to the past

I found myself holding in my 61-year-old hands a 64-year-old program from a three act comedy performed on March 4 and 5, 1949, in the Porter Memorial Gymnasium — by the Senior Class of Porterdale High School.

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HUCKABY: Churning up memories at Salem Camp Meeting

Salem Camp Meeting and homemade ice cream go hand in hand.

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Darrell Huckaby: Another 'love letter' from a dear old friend

Thank you Milton for caring enough to voice your opinion.

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Darrell Huckaby: A lesson I learned after I knew it all

T.J. Stripling was one of the most highly recruited football players in the state of Georgia -- and that means in the world.

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Darrell Huckaby: Zimmerman case illustrates our country's great divide

The George Zimmerman trial has been like a train wreck to me this week.

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Darrell Huckaby: Another consequence of ObamaCare hits home

We passed ObamaCare and now we are finding out what is in it.

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Darrell Huckaby: Most tragic among week's headlines is death of 19 Arizona firefighters

News of the death of 19 Arizona firefighters deserves a moment of respect from all of us.

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Darrell Huckaby: May be time to get out the paddle

Rising water may call for drastic measures.

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Darrell Huckaby: Remembering the fateful battle of Gettysburg

If I could be anywhere in the world today I would like to be 700 miles to the north, in Gettysburg, Pa.

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Darrell Huckaby: The one thing we can't tolerate is intolerance

Tolerance. It's an overused word these days.

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Darrell Huckaby: Make the 4th more than a date on the calendar

Remember the old joke, "Do they have a Fourth of July in England?"

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Darrell Huckaby: Maybe one day we can all just be people

Can you imagine what television would look like if we banned all of the people who had used that word?

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HUCKABY: As sure as summer, it's camp meeting time

One of the summer constants in my life is camp meeting.

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Darrell Huckaby: The Mason-Dixon Line and the language barrier

I was doing really well at my new career of trip planner and tour guide. I really was.

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Darrell Huckaby: TV dads can't measure up to the real thing

My buddies and I all agreed that the very best TV dad of all time was Andy Griffith.

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Darrell Huckaby: Private conversations a thing of the past

What this country needs is not a good 5-cent cigar, but a return to the days of the telephone booth.

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Darrell Huckaby: IRS tax forms not nearly so clear as the Constitution

So the IRS is in hot water for undue diligence in evaluating conservative Americans and the taxes they owe.

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Huckaby: State has its priorities wrong on education

As I sipped my coffee Friday morning and pored over the local paper a school news item caught my attention.

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Darrell Huckaby: Trip to Boston and back a success

The "maiden voyage," so to speak, of my latest venture, Huck's Tours, is in the books and I am compelled to consider it a major success.

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Darrell Huckaby: We could all use a little reviving

Is it just me or are churches having fewer revivals these days?

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Darrell Huckaby: Time flies when a wedding is on the horizon

I suppose I knew this day would come sometime, but not this soon.

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Darrell Huckaby: Baseball, past and present, is good medicine

A baseball game and baseball memories take the sting out of a quarterly visit to M.D. Anderson.

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HUCKABY: Are we willing to take up the torch of freedom?

Are we the people still willing to take up the torch for those who have given their last full measure on behalf of liberty and freedom?

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Darrell Huckaby: Clothes make the man -- if you can find your size

As a retired Southern gentleman, who was educated a large university, I recently noted that my sartorial splendor has fallen short.

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Darrell Huckaby: Oklahoma tragedy will bring out the worst -- and the best -- in us

Words cannot express the horror that went through my mind as images of the deadly tornado that swept through Oklahoma began to be broadcast Monday afternoon.

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Darrell Huckaby: Writing this column never grows old

Sometimes when I speak I am asked to field questions from the audience.

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Darrell Huckaby: Choosing a line of work now that I'm retired

Now that I am a retired educator I guess I have to decide what to tell people when they ask me what I do for a living.