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Rob Jenkins

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Rob Jenkins: Bracketology for the poetically inclined -- or mathematically challenged

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.

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Rob Jenkins: What the federal government can learn from household budgeters

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.

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Rob Jenkins: Confessions of a Girl Scout cookie addict

At my house, the day Girl Scout Cookies arrive is kind of like a holiday.

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Rob Jenkins: How to be a guy: Finding a babysitter

As a husband, one of your responsibilities vis-a-vis dating involves finding a decent babysitter.

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Rob Jenkins: If Blank wants to take Falcons to L.A., let him

The response “Don’t let the door hit you on the way out” applies to professional football teams as well as to significant others.

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Rob Jenkins: Questions remain about Sandy Hook

It's clear from conflicting and incomplete news reports that we're not getting the whole truth about the Sandy Hook tragedy.

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Rob Jenkins: State militias easy answer to gun debate

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.

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Rob Jenkins: Observations on the college football season past

Allow me to share some of my observations on the college football season that just ended.

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Rob Jenkins: That frog in the boiling pot? It's us

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.

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Rob Jenkins: Stupid things I have said, 2012 edition

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.

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Rob Jenkins: Finding that old Christmas spirit

Here are four strategies to invoke the Christmas spirit.

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Rob Jenkins: In memoriam: Ernesto McCausland, journalist and filmmaker, 1961-2012

I first met Ernesto in August of 1978, when we were both 17 years old.

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Rob Jenkins: An exclusive interview with the author

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."

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Rob Jenkins: Richt's character and record should silence the haters

Will the Mark Richt haters please shut up now? What more does the man have to do?

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Rob Jenkins: Thanks, Big Box Stores, for ruining Thanksgiving

Apparently FIBBS (the Federation of Intergalactic Big Box Stores) has decreed that this week, Friday will fall on Thursday.

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Rob Jenkins: How to be a guy: kitchen clean-up 101

If you wish to have a truly harmonious marriage, you're going to have to do some housework, including cleaning the kitchen.

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Rob Jenkins: What to do if your guy loses on Tuesday

The aftermath of a presidential election is never pretty.

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Rob Jenkins: Charter school debate comes down to turfism versus choice

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.

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Rob Jenkins: Don't be ashamed to take a stand against pornography

So, parents, when was the last time you talked to your 4-year-old about porn?

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Rob Jenkins: How to be a guy: basic family meal preparation 101

Most family men are capable of at least elementary food preparation: boiling, thawing, toasting, microwaving, dialing.

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Rob Jenkins: Simplifying presidential economics for non-geniuses

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.

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Rob Jenkins: How to be a guy: Public restroom etiquette

This is the first installment of what I hope will be an ongoing, occasional series on how to be a guy.

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Rob Jenkins: Wonder what happened to your life? Watch the video

If you have two or more kids, ages 6 and up, you already know how their activities can dominate your life.

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Rob Jenkins: Another new school year, another lesson in basic Socialism

The first lesson of the new school year is delivered even before classes convene. Call it Socialism 101.

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Rob Jenkins: Husbands and wives must learn to share the pants

One of the most significant issues in any marriage, aside from who gets to take the first shower, is who's in charge.

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JENKINS: Olympic Games are sports for non-sports fans

For the true sports fan, the subjective nature of many Olympic sports just doesn't cut it.

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Rob Jenkins: Will the real Redneck Riviera please stand up?

I find Panama City Beach, as a vacation destination, to be superior to Myrtle Beach in almost every way

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Rob Jenkins: Recognizing out-of-wedlock births as a risk factor for poverty

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.

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Rob Jenkins: Elvis was right, and I'm not feeling so bad myself

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.

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Rob Jenkins: Forget the tie, here's what Dad really wants

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.

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JENKINS: For high school grads, it's not too late to go to college

The Gwinnett area offers many options for access institutions.

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Rob Jenkins: Summer blockbusters can become rainy fall Saturday fare

My family loves to go to movies. Unfortunately, we also love to pay our mortgage, and the two things aren't necessarily compatible.

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JENKINS: There's nothing quite like the pure love of a child

Ever since my daughter went off to college seven years ago, I've felt an incredible sense of loss.

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Rob Jenkins: Family pressures can lead to naming disasters

The best policy is for the happy couple to please themselves, whether in the naming of their children or anything else.

Rob Jenkins: I'm not really a curmudgeon; just annoyed

Don't call me "bad-tempered" unless you want a punch in the nose.

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JENKINS: To increase college completion, online classes may not be best solution

When it comes to keeping kids in college, having them on a real campus is better than connecting them by the web.

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JENKINS: If it's worth saying, it's worth saying so nobody can understand

Say what? People talk a lot but don't really say much these days.

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JENKINS: What's so bad about pornography?

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.

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JENKINS: This one's for all the single ladies

When it comes to finding the man of your dreams, ladies, it's best to leave a little to the imagination.

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JENKINS: Black conservative meat eaters need not apply

The leftist indoctrination of our youth continues unchecked.

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ROB JENKINS: From Paris with love: More unique ideas for Valentine's Day

Ideas on how to make a French connection.

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ROB JENKINS: Leadership and control are not the same thing

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.

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JENKINS: Sure signs that you're on the downhill slope

Nose hair is one. Constantly searching for a restroom is another.

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JENKINS: Combining math with other subjects isn't necessarily a bad idea

My take on real-life questions.

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JENKINS: For Falcons, 'pretty good' may not be not good enough

Team has made marked improvement but needs to take the next step toward being great.

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ROB JENKINS: Three uncomfortable truths about the Christmas season

To be honest, the Christmas season doesn't always live up to its hype.

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JENKINS: Lessons learned from decades of Christmas shopping

For one, don't make eye contact with kiosk attendants.

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ROB JENKINS: Create your own holiday newsletter with handy template

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.

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Rob Jenkins: Getting a head start on the 'nice' list

Here are a few of my better deeds from the past year.

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JENKINS: Of two minds on homeowners' associations

There may actually be some good things about having an HOA.