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Darrell Huckaby

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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.

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Darrell Huckaby: It's hard to part with the 'stuff' of life

All good things must come to an end. I haven't really gotten tired of teaching. I just don't have the energy to do it all day any longer.

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Darrell Huckaby: Always cherish your mother

If you still have your mother this Mother's Day, cherish her. If you do not, cherish her memory.

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Darrell Huckaby: We've lost a lot of color from the words we use

Words. We all have the same ones at our disposal but many of us seem determined to use the same ones over and over.

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Darrell Huckaby: Even in heaven, Hazel Parish is the belle of the ball

If they had a yearbook for towns Hazel would have been best-dressed in Covington's for the past 88 years running.

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Darrell Huckaby: Saying goodbye to the cafeteria

The lunchroom was one of the best things about having the privilege of being educated in Porterdale.

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Darrell Huckaby: Special Collections Library houses Georgia treasures

Last week I stumbled across a place I had never been -- and it is a place so filled with the types of treasures that are near and dear to my heart that I will have to keep going back.

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Darrell Huckaby: May 1 brings a Porterdale rite of spring

May 1 was a day we all looked forward to when I was a little linthead growing up in Porterdale.

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Darrell Huckaby: Watching reruns, eating TV dinners

Sometimes Southern sandwiches made frozen TV dinners look good.

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HUCKABY: Slavery not only issue of Civil War

Confederate Memorial Day is for remembering those who fought and died for a cause they believed in.

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Darrell Huckaby: Every hair in place

Huckaby takes a trip down memory lane via hair products.

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Darrell Huckaby: Memorial event helps lighten a sometimes dark world

Kate Caruso was a bright light in a world that seems to be growing darker with each passing season.

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Darrell Huckaby: My youngest asks: "Where's God in these tragedies?"

When I learned of the attacks in Boston on Monday, I sat down and pounded out a column full of anger and belligerence. The next day, my youngest child, Jenna -- after taking time to reflect -- sat down and penned the following words.

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Darrell Huckaby: In the wake of tragedy, America must unite

I had such a warm and wonderful column planned for today ... That story will have to be postponed until Sunday.

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HUCKABY: Another ho-hum day, or a landmark in history?

The thing that separates normal ho-hums from days that live forever, of course, is the fact that on certain days monumental events take place

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Darrell Huckaby: High school basketball has been a love affair through the years

I have been having basketball withdrawals.

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Darrell Huckaby: Teachers, students held to the wrong standard

Somebody has got to realize that there has to be a better way to evaluate the success of a student, a teacher, a classroom, a grade level, a principal, a school, a school system and, yes, a superintendent of schools than the almighty standardized test scores.