Another Christmas has come and gone. It has been stressful, busy and, at times, frustrating and expensive. However, it has been fun, huh? What would we ever do without such a special holiday to celebrate and spend time with family and friends?
It struck me as common sense that a professional car thief would plan each caper carefully. Having stolen before, some degree of efficiency would be expected. Even if he was a pickpocket, a shoplifter, scammer, his goal would be to plan, pull off the theft and stay out of jail.
Have you seen a copy of the new yearbook recently put out by the Newton County Sheriffs Office? I think it is a pretty neat 100-page hardback published by Peachtree Portraits.
I know it is risky writing about something you do not know a great deal about. I’m talking about flying and cell phones. Anyway, I am about to give these topics the old college try.
It is a cold, wet, dreary day with even some snowflakes reported in the local area. And, as of this writing, it is a few days before we celebrate Thanksgiving. People wonder if we should give thanks for the recent deal with Iran, where they get relief from sanctions and the world gets a promise that Iran will not develop a bomb and open up its nuclear program.
They say it was one of the most violent scenes ever recorded. I did not witness it personally, but joined hundreds of other Americans who watched on television as First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy crawled onto that trunk of the presidential limo trying to collect pieces of the president’s head.
Alvin, his mate, children, grandchildren, family and friends have taken up residence down here in south Rockdale in my yard and around the patio. Oh, it was fine for a while until these chipmunks began to outnumber me.
Hey, I’m not preaching here about the evils of gambling. Folks have to make up their own minds about wagering. What I am doing is relating my own experiences. If they offer something of value, so be it.
When you go out into the community and talk to folks you meet, you get the impression that they think our country is in a “mell-of-a-hess.”
We have some unusual rules and laws. Others do as well. Many are archaic and have been on the books for years. They haven’t been updated to make them relevant in modern society. They aren’t even enforced.
Coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan many veterans are facing new challenges.
One thing I like about Sundays around our house is reading two newspapers while we eat breakfast.
As comic Oliver Hardy used to say, “Well, this is a fine mess we are in.”
Edward Snowden has sparked debate about the balance between liberty and security.
It is becoming depressive. All this rain, day after day. Night after night. I’m sure the plants are loving it, but folks are wearing out with all the weather radio warnings given throughout the day and night.
Everywhere on July 4 those back yard grills were fired up and families were grilling steaks, hot dogs, hamburgers and all manner of red meat.
On my birthday several years ago, my family members gave me a gift of blueberry bushes. Loved ones even helped me plant them.
We recently noticed a new neighbor in the vicinity of our home down here in south Rockdale: wild coyotes.
Is Big Brother snooping for our own good?
Don't be a victim of telephone scammers.
The cicadas are coming!
Crime, corruption, racism, violence and hurricane damage has given New Orleans the reputation as a dangerous tourist attraction.
It is scary to think of the consequences if we cannot reverse the decline in bee deaths.
Just when you think nothing else will confirm your belief that we live on a crazy planet, something new turns up.
When I see a label on a product that reads "Made in the USA," I get a good feeling.
Thumbs up to the Boston area law enforcement team and the people for doing what can only be described as "one-hell-of-a-fine job" in solving the Boston Marathon bombing case.
Sears catalog houses were popular between 1908 and 1940.
When you think about it, there is a lot to be said for growing up in a small town.
He's gone, and I shall join the ranks of family and friends who will miss him.
I think it was in the 1980s. Mike was beginning a new career in law enforcement and asked if an old veteran like me had any words of wisdom I could pass on.
What an old combat soldier like me objects to is that this new medal ranks above the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.
Elders have lived through infancy, childhood, adolescence and under Obamacare are in their final stage, obsolescence.
Observers are wondering if President Obama is fighting his battle with tobacco and trying to quit.
A lot has changed in 35 years.
Let me begin by saying I'm glad Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta recently announced combat jobs will now be open to women.
In the Great Depression many stood in poverty, but in our own way we rose and endured in the face of calamity.
I'm not the slightest interested in trying to make big bucks hunting pythons.
I have come to the conclusion that senior citizens eat out a good bit.
A wise man once said, "politics is a dirtier job than cleaning toilets."
This special gift brings back many memories.
No question about it. The worst mass shooting in U.S. history is on the minds of everyone.
The time was approximately 7:52 p.m. when we got a call from Kingston, Jamaica.
Many kind words were spoken to veterans on Veterans' Day. Among them were "thanks for your service."
How many young people do you know who have college degrees and have no jobs?
Another Veterans Day has come and gone. As a combat veteran of World War II, I am thankful I was lucky enough to be around for the celebration.
A new day is dawning. We have some relief from all of those political flyers, calls during the dinner hour, television ads and campaign promises.
While driving down Ga. Highway 20 the other day, we noticed as we stopped at each traffic light, a young lady in the adjacent car was texting.
If you don't wish to discuss the record, you talk about binders.
When at the polls, voters should remember to give party loyalty when it has been earned.
His name is Jim. It is a friendly alias, but for purposes of this column will have to do.