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.
If you have two or more kids, ages 6 and up, you already know how their activities can dominate your life.
The first lesson of the new school year is delivered even before classes convene. Call it Socialism 101.
One of the most significant issues in any marriage, aside from who gets to take the first shower, is who's in charge.
For the true sports fan, the subjective nature of many Olympic sports just doesn't cut it.
I find Panama City Beach, as a vacation destination, to be superior to Myrtle Beach in almost every way
In the United States today, poverty is largely preventable. It's simply a matter of knowing what behaviors lead to poverty and avoiding those behaviors.
I have established an account on that legendary social network known as Twitter, and I have begun to share with the world my innermost feelings, fondest dreams, darkest fears, and other random inanities, all in 140 characters or less.
This year I decided to write my Father's Day column a week early, as a service to all the fathers out there, including myself.
The Gwinnett area offers many options for access institutions.
My family loves to go to movies. Unfortunately, we also love to pay our mortgage, and the two things aren't necessarily compatible.
Ever since my daughter went off to college seven years ago, I've felt an incredible sense of loss.
The best policy is for the happy couple to please themselves, whether in the naming of their children or anything else.
Don't call me "bad-tempered" unless you want a punch in the nose.
When it comes to keeping kids in college, having them on a real campus is better than connecting them by the web.
Say what? People talk a lot but don't really say much these days.
My son's question put me in an awkward positon of explaining what is so bad about pornography. Quite a bit, I told him, durng an uncomfortable but necessary discussion.
When it comes to finding the man of your dreams, ladies, it's best to leave a little to the imagination.
The leftist indoctrination of our youth continues unchecked.
Ideas on how to make a French connection.
True leadership requires humility, a willingness to listen, to admit that others might know more about a given area or situation, to acknowledge that one might actually be wrong on occasion.
Nose hair is one. Constantly searching for a restroom is another.
My take on real-life questions.
Team has made marked improvement but needs to take the next step toward being great.
To be honest, the Christmas season doesn't always live up to its hype.
For one, don't make eye contact with kiosk attendants.
It's never too late to create a fascinating, informative letter or email portraying immediate family members in ways that are both flattering and largely fictional.
Here are a few of my better deeds from the past year.
There may actually be some good things about having an HOA.
I have mixed emotions about neighborhood homeowners' associations, or HOAs. I don't really want anybody telling me what I can and can't do with my own property. On the other hand, I definitely want someone telling my neighbors what they can and can't do.
They can work well, but are mostly for more mature, motivated students.
Think we take our sports seriously in Atlanta? I'm talking about professional sports, not your 8-year-old's rec-league game. I know you take that seriously. So do all the people who watched the YouTube video of you taking it seriously.
Sports talk in Boston will burn your ears.
Got manners? Probably not when it comes to talking on your cellphone.
Trip to New York City brings new view of Yankees.
Some parents hover a little too closely over their children.
The cost of a "free" education can be a bit high.