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Rob Jenkins

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JENKINS: Of two minds on homeowners' associations

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

JENKINS: Of two minds on homeowners' associations

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.

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JENKINS: How good are online classes?

They can work well, but are mostly for more mature, motivated students.

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JENKINS: Atlanta's passion for pro sports pales next to Boston's

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.

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JENKINS: Atlanta's passion for pro sports pales next to Boston's

Sports talk in Boston will burn your ears.

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JENKINS: Cellphone use exemplifies "new etiquette" — or lack thereof

Got manners? Probably not when it comes to talking on your cellphone.

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JENKINS: Dear Yankees: Sorry if I misjudged you

Trip to New York City brings new view of Yankees.

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JENKINS: You might be a helicopter parent if...

Some parents hover a little too closely over their children.

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JENKINS: The hidden cost that comes with a 'free' education

The cost of a "free" education can be a bit high.

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JENKINS: Excessive homework holding our family hostage

Teachers, please consider lightening the homework load.

JENKINS: Snow brings irrational behavior

It's always interesting to observe how extraordinary occurrences affect otherwise rational people. And no, I'm not talking about the Falcons being in the playoffs.

Rob Jenkins - 11/01/09 Random observations on the news of the day

I read recently that the Dalai Lama is donating $50,000 to Emory University. Really? The Dalai Lama has $50,000? Didn't he have to take a vow of poverty or something?

Rob Jenkins - 10/25/09 A modest proposal (or two) regarding health care reform

I have an idea. You know those folks in Washington who ran the "Cash for Clunkers" program? The ones who kept running out of money and changing the rules about which cars were actual clunkers and which were just American made?

Rob Jenkins - 10/18/09 Don't call it the Redneck Riviera. . . aw, go ahead

Take a furlough day (for me), add two days off from school (for the kids) and three weeks' worth of millennial flood-induced depression, and what do you get?

Rob Jenkins - 10/11/09 Cell phone use exemplifies "New Etiquette"--or not

Is common courtesy on the decline, as many seem to think? Personally, I'm not so sure. I never thought it was all that common to begin with.

Rob Jenkins - 09/27/09 In (grudging) praise of Tim Tebow

Let's be clear: Tim Tebow is the best college football player I've ever seen. He's the best player you've ever seen, too, even if you won't admit it.

Rob Jenkins - 09/20/09 High school students in my college classes? Who Knew?

I went into college teaching partly because I didn't want to deal with what I saw as the hassles of high school teaching: the helicopter parents, the immature students, the Jonas Brothers ring-tones.

Rob Jenkins - 09/13/09 Living an environmentally-friendly lifestyle is harder than it sounds

If you're wondering who's been hogging all the Earth's resources, well ... that would be me.

Rob Jenkins - 09/06/09 Titles for our time

In honor of this weekend's Decatur Book Festival (which is still going on) I'd like to recommend some of my favorite reads. Other than this fine newspaper, I mean.

Rob Jenkins - 08/30/09 Decatur Book Festival has something for everyone

For all its success over the past three years, the Decatur Book Festival has been guilty of ignoring one large but historically underserved demographic: book lovers who are also professional wrestling fans.

Rob Jenkins - 08/23/09 Pens, pencils, and a little Marxist theory

The first lesson of the new school year is delivered even before classes convene, when Mom and Dad download the kids' supply lists. Call it Socialism 101. If the course had a textbook, it would be Hillary Clinton's "It Takes a Village."

Rob Jenkins - 08/16/09 The time to repent and go green is now

"Though I speak with the tongues of men and angels, and be not green, I am nothing" (Book of Gore, 32:15).

Rob Jenkins - 08/09/09 Double standard leads to bruised ribs

When it comes to objectification of the opposite sex, society definitely has a double standard.

Rob Jenkins - 08/02/09 Speaking young adult is a must for grown-up Facebookers

If you like to spend your leisure hours prowling Facebook, as a startling number of grownups apparently do these days - and not just perverts, either - you're going to have to learn how to speak young adult.

Rob Jenkins - 07/12/09 Script of new Harry Potter movie found in trash

(Author's note: The following was found in the dustbin outside a certain British author's home, then smuggled into the U.S. by a pair of Wiccans disguised as University of Florida football fans.)

Rob Jenkins - 07/05/09 Fictional characters sometimes preferable to real people

Whatever adventure you've had this summer - cruising the Caribbean, backpacking across Europe, trying to sell your home - I think I can top it. The first few weeks, I divided my time between London and a remote Scottish castle. Then I hiked several hundred miles to climb an active volcano. Lately, I've just gotten back from Mars. Of course I'm not talking about "real life" - why would I? It's depressing - but about books. Specifically, I'm talking about some of my favorite books, which I've been revisiting this summer. I say "revisiting" because that's the way the best stories always seem to me: places to visit, like Hogwarts or Middle Earth or Malacandra. In many ways, these places are just as real to me as some of my favorite non-fictional destinations, like New York City or the Lawrenceville-Suwanee Target. And it's not just the places I love. It's the people. I know this sounds weird, but some of my best friends are fictional characters. In fact, I'd probably rather hang out with Harry, Ron and Hermione, or with Frodo and Sam, than with most of the non-fictional people I know.

Rob Jenkins - 06/21/09 We must raise boys to become good fathers

I've complained before about the short shrift fathers get in the popular media. I don't even know what a shrift is, but you can bet that if Hollywood is involved, fathers will get a short one.

Rob Jenkins - 06/12/09 Marriage doesn't stink, just me

When I was a teenager, I thought maybe when I grew up I'd start to understand women. Well, here I am, some 30 years later, and I still don't know anymore than I did back then. Or maybe I just never grew up.

Rob Jenkins - 05/22/09 Voice of experience offers advice for college-bound graduates

If there's one thing I know - and there may, in fact, be only one thing - it's higher education. I've been teaching college students for 25 years, or long enough to retire if my 403b weren't worth less than a pick-up-bed full of GM stock.

Rob Jenkins - 05/17/09

A teenager's take on parents

Rob Jenkins - 05/01/09 Zen and the art of Lawn maintenance

I'm not exactly a yard guy. I know I've mentioned that before, but now, on the cusp of summer, seems like a good time to reiterate the point. OK, it's also a good time to aerate, but I'm not even going there.

Rob Jenkins - 04/10/09 What I learned at the ball park

A recent trip to the ball park reminded me of the years I spent as a Little League dad - 12 years, in fact, during which I served as a head coach, a hitting coach, a pitching coach, a base coach, a scorekeeper and an umpire, all without leaving the comfort of my folding chair behind the backstop.

Rob Jenkins - 04/03/09 Depressed over economy? You're in the right place

If you're wondering where to invest your money in these dark economic times - assuming you have any to invest - you might want to consider drug companies that market anti-depressants. Unlike banking and automobile manufacturing, depression is a growth industry these days.

Rob Jenkins - 03/27/09 Listening to classic rock has its drawbacks, too

My youngest son's musical education - OK, indoctrination - seems to have hit a snag.

Rob Jenkins - Avoid giving an arm and a leg for a bargain

Contrary to what your mother told you, the most dangerous thing you can do during the holiday season is not venturing out on New Year's Eve, when the highways are full of drunk drivers, including some who aren't local politicians. Oh, no.

Rob Jenkins - Halloween important for adults, too

A lot of people have the wrong idea about Halloween: they seem to think it's mostly for kids. The truth is, it's as big a holiday for adults as Super Bowl Sunday or the "American Idol" finals.

Rob Jenkins - Writing horoscopes not too difficult

As writing gigs go, penning the daily horoscopes has got to be one of the best. I mean, it's not hard to predict what's going to happen to people. They're going to fall in love, break up, get raises, lose jobs, find happiness, wallow in misery.

Rob Jenkins - Decatur Book Festival not just for Decatur

Don't let the label fool you.

Rob Jenkins - Life imitates art for father of the bride

My daughter was four years old when the movie "Father of the Bride" came out back in 1991. That's probably why I enjoyed it so much.

Rob Jenkins - New rules for 21st century etiquette

Etiquette, they say, is the oil that lubricates social interaction. Unfortunately, like oil, most people these days seem to be trying to use as little as possible.

Rob Jenkins - In praise of marriage

Twenty-five years ago next Thursday, my wife Bonnie and I were married. I've never regretted it. Can't speak for her.

Rob Jenkins - Equal time: Shopping with a man no picnic, either

"Equal Time" by Bonnie Jenkins

Rob Jenkins - Quarter pounders are for sissies

When I read that the house specialty at Big Judd's Diner in Ririe, Idaho, is a hamburger made from a whopping 1 pound of ground beef - appropriately known as the "Big Judd" - I could think of only one logical response:

Rob Jenkins - Please, just give us Sunday

You don't have to be particularly religious to recognize God was onto something with that work-six-days-rest-on-the-seventh idea.

Rob Jenkins - Racism, prejudice, and big scary me

You might not know it from reading this column, but I'm a pretty scary dude.

Rob Jenkins - The magic of joint enrollment

On May 10, Brooks Mosley will graduate from the University of Georgia. Next October, she'll turn 21.

Rob Jenkins - Of dead hawks, chubby kids, and pot-smoking castaways

No less a philosopher than Theodore Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss) once hypothesized that human beings may be little more than microbes on some giant's dust speck. Me, I sometimes wonder if we're not just a bunch of extras in a "Seinfeld" re-run.

Rob Jenkins - Confessions of a field tripper

So I finally went downtown with my son to see all those old fossils. And no, I'm not talking about the state Capitol. I'm talking about the Fernbank Museum of Natural History.

Rob Jenkins - Why growing older is a losing proposition

Getting older is not for weenies - although it's certainly true that weenies get older, too. Have you seen Al Gore lately?