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Relearning good habits

The cold winter, followed by spring monsoons, teamed up to help me form some new habits. Had they been good ones, I would be as happy as a clam in a gin and tonic, but the habits I developed were only suitable for slugs.The habit of walking each morning was the first casualty, but the list is long and slothful.At first, I couldn’t tell a difference in the way I felt, but then I began to realize my energy level was down, and my belt seemed to be shrinking. My guitar...

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Do _______ value life less than we do?

During the Vietnam War, my mother, an otherwise sweet and compassionate person, said “they” (Vietnamese) don’t value human life like we do, suggesting that I be more comfortable killing them. I never was comfortable with the idea of killing them, and so I didn’t.However, I still hear some people say that an “enemy” doesn’t value human life like we do. Over the years, the enemy changes, but the refrain is the same: some people on “our&...

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And a little child shall lead them

I have said many times before, my favorite part of this job is getting to meet interesting people and share their stories with our readers and that is a fact that remains true to this day. In the past five years, I have had the pleasure of interviewing many wonderful members of this community, who through events in their lives have sometimes made me laugh, sometimes made me cry and often restored my faith in humanity. Even once the interviews are over and the articles are written, I am able t...

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What Ray Rice teaches us about civilization

The public outcry over Roger Goodell’s failure to adequately punish NFL running back Ray Rice for knocking out his girlfriend in an Atlantic City hotel elevator is an encouraging sign that some vestige of civilization remains. It has been heartening to hear from talking heads that even in 2014 some things are still not tolerable. And, that one of those intolerable things is a man hitting a woman.

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Splitting the circut doesn’t change my job

People are talking again about splitting the circuit.This comes up every once in awhile.In case you don’t know, there are 159 counties in Georgia, but only 49 judicial circuits. There is a district attorney’s office and a public defender’s office for each of those circuits. And, of course, there are judges and the number of those judges varies from circuit to circuit.So, most of the circuits are comprised of more than one county. One has eigh...

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Karoake singing is fun for everyone

I love karaoke singing. I got started doing it about nine years ago, after a friend in a bar dared me to get up and sing. My first karaoke song – ‘Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)’ by Big & Rich. Since then, I’ve sung probably hundreds of songs in all different genres.I’ve been singing most of my life, but usually just in church and school. I started out in children’s choir in church, moved up to junior choir, youth choir, and eventually the adult ch...

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‘California Dreaming’ is stuck in my head

Have you ever had a song to stick in your mind like a sonic tattoo? The other morning when stepping out to feed the chickens, the grass was so thick with dew that my shoes looked as if I’d waded in a creek.After filling the feeders with cracked corn and laying mash, I walked over to the fence to survey the morning sky. I stood there a long time lost in thought, when I realized I was humming the tune to “California Dreaming.” I hummed or whistled it all day long....

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A logical answer

I was walking down the hall to my office when I heard someone call my name. I turned and saw a young couple coming quickly toward me. As they came closer, I recognized them. They had been my students a couple of years earlier. They had worked in the same group, and I thought they kind of liked each other. As they hurried toward me, hand in hand, it was quite obvious I was right.When they reached me, Pamela blurted out, “Professor Howard, do you remember us?”I...

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Penny ponders: Personalities and pets

Even short weekend vacations leave us to decide what to do with the animals. The animals: two dogs, one cat, and one goldfish. The two dogs have their own vacation; they are boarded at their favorite place. The cat, Sallie, and Goldie, the goldfish, were given lots of attention (well, maybe Sallie was) by a friend who fed, petted and even watched T.V. with Sallie snuggled on her lap; her kitty arm hugging her foster human. (Face it; there is only so much attention you can show a goldfish.) Ho...

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The moral decay is spreading

It troubles me to see the moral decay spreading across our land. I once read the book “Prayers Of Our Presidents” by Jerry MacGregor and Marie Prys. America was founded by those who believed in Christian principles, by those who had a belief and faith in God.79% of Americans claim to be Christians, but we aren’t fighting that good fight.President Gerald Ford once said, “A government big enough to give us everything we want is a government big enou...

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Don’t stop pursuing your passions

It’s time for school to start.Dusty alarm clocks will ring. Traffic will increase. Routines will change.And hundreds of teachers around this circuit will return to the task of challenging young people to learn.The focus will be upon the mind. That’s good. All of us need to accumulate essential knowledge.But the truly excellent educators will go the extra mile. They will stir the passions of young people and lives will transform....

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Their lack of logic astounds me

Sometimes the logic, or lack of logic, of computer manufacturers astounds me. For example, in the early 90’s, we bought a Macintosh from Apple. It was a package deal and came with a printer. I was all excited to get it hooked up and working. I put the hard drive on the little computer table we had bought, put the monitor on top of it, and the keyboard and mouse on the slide-out shelf in front of it, Then I ran all the wires wherever they needed to go.

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Life is full of bumpy roads

Life is messy. The view from the highroad is more scenic, but there are always detours, and I find myself on bumpy roads more than I’d like.One part of doing right is being kind to Mother Nature’s critters. A good example is when I wrote recently about relocating the chicken snake caught in the nest of the henhouse, instead of hacking his head off with a hoe.Oftentimes doing the right thing isn’t cut-and-dried. This past week I caught an opossum (possum...

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Don’t swing a dull axe

There is an old Irish story about two lumberjacks. One was huge, muscular, and used a big axe. The other was much smaller, but more efficient with each swing of the axe, utilizing a more surgical approach. Each of the men far surpassed all of the other lumberjacks in the area in terms of the amount of land they could clear.Soon a debate began to sweep the countryside. Which lumberjack was the best? There was only one way to settle the matter. The two champion lumberjacks squared of...

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Thoughts on the hubbub around Tobin

The protest and debate over the incident in which Thomaston Police Officer Philip Tobin tasered Kelsey Rockemore is continuing as the city waits for the investigation by the GBI into Tobin’s actions to be completed. The Times has tried to present the events as they have happened, while covering both sides of the issue in what we hope is a fair manner. But that doesn’t mean we don’t have our own opinions on some of the issues. Here are a few of my opinions. They are mine only...

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