With mid-term elections still more than eight months off, this column might be premature. Then again, I’m already hearing political ads on the radio, so maybe my timing isn’t so bad—especially since I hope to start a grass-roots movement.
If this column seems a bit iffy, feel free to blame it on my lack of exercise.
Among the startling revelations that President Obama shared in last week’s State of the Union address was this gem: Some people make more money than others.
As someone who rooted for the Atlanta Falcons through many, many years of mediocrity—entire decades when the hapless franchise couldn’t put together back-to-back winning seasons—I’ve been gratified to see the Birds achieve some degree of relevance over the past six seasons.
Another year has passed, and ever the curmudgeon, I choose not to look cheerfully forward but to look back cringingly at some of the things I’ve written over the past 12 months that were, shall we say, less than smart.
Each era produces its own slang. Some terms demonstrate staying power and become part of the lexicon, while others are relegated to the dustbin of linguistic history.
Don’t tell me recruiting doesn’t happen in high school sports. I know for a fact it’s been part of the landscape for at least 20 years.
Our sophisticated, modern economy offers numerous options for those who wish to “eat out.” Unless, of course, you’re a parent with small children. Then there’s only one option: fast food.
When I was growing up, the fastest way to get boys engaged in learning was to make it a competition between them and the girls. The girls usually won, but at least the boys competed.
This column is not for adults. If you’re an adult, stop reading immediately.
It’s time we address the real root cause of violence across cultures.
We encouraged our kids to play rec league sports and, later (of course), school sports, and we supported them in those activities. But travel teams were always out of the question, and they understand that even if they didn’t always like it.
Heaven protect us from crusading, do-gooder education types who believe they know more than parents and are hell-bent on controlling every moment of our kids' lives.
One of those rare areas of agreement between left and right these days is over the Common Core, the new set of national standards for public schools.
According to a recent story in the UK Guardian, Facebook's meteoric rise may finally have leveled off.
Far from being insignificant, the distinction between justice and social justice defines today's warring political ideologies. Conservatives believe that the highest form of justice is for each individual to be treated fairly and equally under the law. The left has no problem treating individuals unfairly as long as "historically oppressed" groups get theirs.
Tthere are few things I know more about than fatherhood.
Evidence has been mounting lately that the so-called "Bill of Rights" has become not only outdated and irrelevant but perhaps positively subversive.
Congratulations -- you've just graduated from high school. Now what're you going to do? Besides go to Disney World. Or Panama City. Or wherever. What about after that?
I've been thinking once again about the way we parents become enslaved to our kids' activities.
Whenever I hear people use the term "red-headed step-child," I cringe. Maybe that's because I was one. Am one.
Gift-giving time is here again.
The buzziest buzzword in education these days is "bullying."
One of the best things you and your wife can do to ensure domestic tranquility is agree upon a budget.
Next time you're watching a college basketball game, and supposedly "big-time" players are clanking the ball off the rim over and over again, remember that we mainly have the AAU culture to thank.
Blaming SACS for a system's poor performance is like blaming the Bar Association for a lawyer's misconduct.
A growing trend in secondary education involves replacing traditional, face-to-face instruction with online classes.
We hear a lot these days about equity -- gender equity, pay equity, income equity.
Welcome once again to mid-March, that time of year when even people who don't care about college basketball suddenly care about college basketball.
In the week since sequestration-mandated budget cuts went into effect, I've gone out every morning to see if any bits of sky were lying in my yard.
At my house, the day Girl Scout Cookies arrive is kind of like a holiday.
As a husband, one of your responsibilities vis-a-vis dating involves finding a decent babysitter.
The response “Don’t let the door hit you on the way out” applies to professional football teams as well as to significant others.
It's clear from conflicting and incomplete news reports that we're not getting the whole truth about the Sandy Hook tragedy.
In the rhetoric that followed the Newtown tragedy, the gun-control crowd repeatedly tipped its hand, offering clues as to where the "debate" is headed.
Allow me to share some of my observations on the college football season that just ended.
We've all heard the old story about the frog who, if tossed into a pot of boiling water, will immediately jump out -- but if placed into cold water that is slowly brought to a boil will allow itself to be scalded to death.
As we bid farewell (and good riddance) to 2012, it's time once again for me to revisit some of the stupid things I've said in this space over the past calendar year.
Here are four strategies to invoke the Christmas spirit.
I first met Ernesto in August of 1978, when we were both 17 years old.
You might not be surprised to learn that I have been given unprecedented access to the author of the hit new book, "Family Man: The Art of Surviving Domestic Tranquility."
Will the Mark Richt haters please shut up now? What more does the man have to do?
Apparently FIBBS (the Federation of Intergalactic Big Box Stores) has decreed that this week, Friday will fall on Thursday.
If you wish to have a truly harmonious marriage, you're going to have to do some housework, including cleaning the kitchen.
The aftermath of a presidential election is never pretty.
If there's one point on which liberal teachers union activists and conservative school administrators agree, it's that the proposed charter school amendment would be bad for Georgia.
So, parents, when was the last time you talked to your 4-year-old about porn?
Most family men are capable of at least elementary food preparation: boiling, thawing, toasting, microwaving, dialing.
I'm not an economist, but I do know how to balance a checkbook, make and follow a budget, and live (more or less) within my means.
This is the first installment of what I hope will be an ongoing, occasional series on how to be a guy.