Some of you will be reading these words before, some during and several after Thanksgiving Day (like the old British Empire, the sun never sets on this column.) So, we need to set some ground rules: Let’s remember to express our thanks on days other than when our mouths are stuffed with turk…

Every year as Thanksgiving approaches, it isn’t food that dominates my thoughts. It’s cleaning the house.

I don’t like confrontation. Who does? Well, I suppose there are some individuals who thrive on the excitement a good verbal spar brings, but I think most shy away from it when possible.

Gov. Brian Kemp unveiled part 2 of his health reform plan recently. Consider it just that: a piece that complements the first part.

You might be interested to know that there have been only 12 lieutenant governors in Georgia’s history, going back to 1947 when the position was created. Four went on to become governor. One became lieutenant governor after having served as governor. Four others tried for the state’s highest…

As often I say, it is enlightening to see the South from a non-Southerner’s perspective. Mainly, it reminds me that what is normal for us is sometimes out-of-the-ordinary for others.

A couple of years ago, Tink and I had the opportunity – which turned out to be an honor and a privilege – to work with Dolly Parton on a television project.

Jeremy and I live life wide open, running full steam ahead every minute to keep up with all that’s happening. It’s a wonderful ride even if a bit hectic at times, and I wouldn’t trade anything for it. 

I enjoyed Saturday afternoon’s Georgia-Florida game immensely. Autumn finally arrived after a late last hurrah of summer that saw us reach 90 degrees in October. 

I bow to no one in my love for and loyalty to the University of Georgia.  I bleed red and black.  I have served as president of the National Alumni Association, have been named the university’s outstanding graduate and today endow a professorship as well as fellowships at my beloved Grady Co…

Before Jeremy and I married, we read two recommended books on achieving a strong, successful marriage. Five years later one concept still stands out for both of us  — Always believe the other person has your best intentions in mind.

The projections for metro Atlanta’s growth over the next three decades point to some hard truths not only for people who live there, but also for people who live in Georgia’s other major cities and its rural areas.

Sometimes the best advice can come from the strangest places. Jackie Cushman has a new book out entitled, “Our Broken America: Why Both Sides Need to Stop Ranting and Start Listening.” Such advice could not come at a better time. Ranting has become our national pastime and it is hard to list…

October is the month for scary stories, right? Well, here’s mine: Last Monday I nearly died of fright, and to make matters worse, my pants were down.

Pierce County motorists traveling to Waycross next week will have to find an alternate route around town as Morningside Drive will be closed for railroad crossing repairs.

As if we need more proof that the impeachment cacophony is Inside-the-Beltway blather between Republicans and Democrats, cheered on by wingnuts and navel-gazing pundits, consider how important that issue is to families whose loved ones may have been abused in some of Georgia’s senior care fa…

Nothing feels better than checking items off your to do list. But, nothing feels worse than watching the list grow longer with every item you cross out. I’ve been reminded of this lately as Jeremy and I head into a busy Fall season. 

We all have those people who we make an instant connection with when we meet. You just click, many times making lasting friendships. Those connections can come suddenly or can be made over time. 

Student debt remains one of the most potent issues in America today. Most of the political focus – unsurprisingly, as we enter a presidential election year – is on forgiving debt and/or making public college tuition free.

As my children, Mattie, seven, and Makenzie, four, grow older I am amazed at how fast they are growing. Makenzie will turn five August 27 and I recently joked with her that she could not turn five because I needed her to stay four. She replied, without skipping a beat, that she had to turn f…

This past Saturday afternoon Carrie and I had the pleasure of attending the annual Dancing with the Southern Stars event at Waycross Middle School. The annual event is a fundraiser to support The Magnolia House Shelter for the Abused and Hospice Satilla. 

Over the past month, I have had a few opportunities to reflect. One of the things foremost in my mind has been legacy. One of the ways Webster’s Dictionary defines legacy is, “something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor or from the past.”

These past few weeks I have had the privilege to meet several people around Pierce County and I look forward to meeting many more over the coming days. 

The first time Obamacare supporters had their day in court, the law largely survived. Could another lawsuit to overturn the law prove more successful? And would that be a good thing, at this point?

“It’s the end of an era,” I thought as I peeked in Robert’s bare office last Monday.

It’s been 12 years since I graduated from high school, and nearly as many since I’ve attended a Pierce County graduation  — until this year. Working at The Times gave me reason to be on the field, capturing memories that will last a lifetime for the now-graduated class of 2019.

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