A few days ago, I went by the hospital to visit with a close friend whose mother was ailing something terrible.
Editor’s Note: This column first appeared in GwinnettForum
One of the benefits of being a Washington insider, from the president of the United States to the lowliest bureaucrat, is never having to admit your policies are wrong.
In Georgia, outside of urban jurisdictions, district attorneys typically operate across multi-county jurisdictions, and the Prosecuting Attorney's Council of Georgia provides continuing education and training, as well as serving as an excellent information source and case exchange, and defacto professional trade association. However, there is no agency, other than the State Bar Association, with any direct oversight or disciplinary authority related to prosecutorial misconduct.
You won’t find anyone prouder of their Southern heritage than me. Heck, I even wrote a book called “Volunteer Bama Dawg,” celebrating my connections to Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia, the states in which I’ve lived all my life.
California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom recently announced the state will not do business with the Walgreens store chain "or any company that cowers to the extremists and puts women's lives at risk." Notice the familiar buzzwords — extremists and putting women's lives at risk.
I am definitely a product of the great American melting pot, but on both sides of the family, a Scots-Irish ancestry is prominent.
I’ve led teams large and small, and I’ve coached leaders in a huge variety of situations. The lessons I find myself drawing upon again and again, aren’t the things I learned in business school (Sorry, University of Georgia).
In our kitchen, the large round table is often embarrassingly messy, covered with mail, packages, newspapers and magazines.
Antonio Brown, 23, was recently indicted for the brutal stabbing and killing of 77-year-old Ellen Bowles last December inside a gated community in Northside Atlanta. He faces a host of felony charges in connection with that horrific event.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson recently aired on his show portions of the Jan. 6th video footage he received from House Speaker Kevin McCarthy. Carlson claims the previously unseen video shows a broader picture than the narrow one crafted by the House Select Committee.
There already is a small city called Buckhead, Georgia, about an hour east of Atlanta just off I-20. The bucolic burg has a population of just under 200.
I try to avoid getting personal when writing a column. For one thing, why should I burden you with my problems? But as Ernest Hemingway (allegedly) defined writing, “You sit at a typewriter, open a vein and bleed.”
All my father ever wanted as a young man was to marry my mother and start a family — plans that were interrupted when he was drafted into the Army during the Korean conflict.
President Joe Biden has announced he will raise "some taxes" in the budget he is proposing this week to Congress. Biden again claims no one making less than $400,000 a year will pay more taxes.
If you want to get promoted, grow your career, or even make a bigger impact in your current role, your boss will play a crucial part in either propelling that future or holding it back.
The Beloved Woman Who Shared My Name used to tell her grandsons, “You are free to make any decision you wish. Just remember that with those decisions come consequences, good or bad.” I thought about those wise words while pondering some very bad decisions that have cost two people their lives and have cast a pall over my alma mater.
Before he became host of "The Tonight Show" on NBC, Johnny Carson hosted a show on ABC called "Who Do You Trust?" The grammatical error aside (WHOM do you trust would have been correct), it's a question many are asking when it comes to their government, scientists and politicians. Perhaps an updated version might be whom CAN you trust?
John Fetterman’s announcement that he has checked himself into a hospital was met with bipartisan praise. Far right politicians from Texas senator Ted Cruz to fellow Pennsylvania centrist representative, Susan Wild, to New York left wing congressmen Richie Torres lavished support on the sena…
It was a truly joyous occasion to behold, watching a combination of family reunion, church laity day service, and practically a 21-gun salute all rolled into one. When a longtime community favorite son returns home, carrying a new honor or accolade, it can be inspiring to witness them reflec…
Do these names mean anything to you? Zayre. Western Auto. Woolworth's.
After a year of supporting Ukraine in its attempt to push back the Russian invasion and hold Vladimir Putin accountable for what Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has charged are war crimes, it's time to ask some hard questions.
Tink and I attended a holiday dinner party, preceded by a cocktails, in a fancy high rise hotel in Atlanta.
When Skeeter Skates calls, you had better put everything on hold. He just did and I just did. For those of you who may not be familiar with Skeeter, he is the proprietor of Skeeter Skates Tree Stump Removal and Plow Repair in Ryo, Georgia, and a legend in his field.
There is a tendency, well-documented by historians and military experts, of defending and preparing for the next enemy of the United States with the tools and techniques that worked well in the prior war.
Last week's symposium in Washington, D.C., that marked the beginning of a year-long observance commemorating the 100th anniversary year of Calvin Coolidge becoming president contained too many important reminders of what the past can teach the present to be included in a single column.
I just heard about a local business losing a major customer over a trivial misunderstanding.
Oh, those mistakes you hear on the news. Like the reporter who said “The man was electrocuted, but not seriously.” (Don’t try that at home, please.)
How people understand history largely depends on who writes it and from what perspective.
Last month I was talking to a friend who teaches an undergraduate course at Harvard. He shared an interesting phenomenon: When someone is accepted into Harvard, they’re typically at the top of their class. Compared to their high school peers, they had better grades, more extra circulars, and…
It was two years ago, around 11 in the morning on a Thursday. I was in our bedroom where, more often than not, I tuck in to write.
Please read this slowly. Read it alone. Read it with someone. Read it not just once. Read it several times. Then read again. These are not my words. These are the words of the famed astronomer Dr. Carl Sagan.
A forthcoming biography of Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) reportedly includes the former presidential candidate’s view that his party is sliding toward “authoritarianism.”
Though admittedly I have led a somewhat blessed life and have so much to be grateful for each day, I was not unhappy to say goodbye to 2022.
My wife and I have been catching up on episodes of “The Mysteries of Laura,” the 2014-2016 NBC series starring Debra Messing. Forget murders and chases. The real reason the show resonates with me is because as Laura Diamond juggles the duties of a single mother and police detective, she’s understandably a slob with her car.
After the astounding national security breach last week in which a Chinese espionage balloon flew unimpeded across the United States, it is now time to reassess our very open relationship with the People’s Republic of China.
I often write on how America has changed in my lifetime. Someday I will focus on the ways it has changed for the better.
While the military is focused on foreign objects flying over American and Canadian territory, a more disturbing threat to our national security is occurring on the ground.
Whether you have a great boss, a terrible boss, or a well-intended (but overwhelmed) boss, the relationship you have with your boss has a major impact on your career trajectory.
For some unknown reason, the other day, I began adding up the number of funerals I’ve attended since moving to the South.
As any person who has run a business can tell you, it’s impossible to cut expenses enough to make the business viable. The company’s ability to, first, continue to exist and then, hopefully, thrive is a function of its ability to generate revenues. If the business can’t generate enough reven…
I am struggling to come up with just the right word to describe the trip two lame-duck politicians and their posse took to Europe this past November on your and my dime (aka, taxpayers.) Boondoggle, which is defined as “an activity that is wasteful or pointless but gives the appearance of having value,” is about the best I can do at the moment. But "arrogant" and "insensitive" wouldn’t be far behind.
We’ve heard it all before. In fact, a recording of last year’s State of the Union could have been replayed, saving President Biden a trip to Capitol Hill.
Baby Boomers and even Generation X'ers of a certain vintage may well remember a catchy jingle, which can easily become an earworm, celebrating the work of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union (ILGWU) urging Americans to buy clothing manufactured in America, by American workers.
Forty years ago this week, I was doing my radio show when I heard that Karen Carpenter had died.
Not everyone does Valentine’s Day well. A significant number of people are too unromantic, lazy, cheap or unimaginative to make the best of the occasion.
Say the words "espionage" and "communism" to a younger generation and they might think you're talking about spy novels and Cold War history.
Of course, I occasionally encounter rudeness in folks. Usually, I’m in a bubble of some kind when I’m jolted right out of it by rudeness or, in some cases, as Mama would say, “Downright meanness.”
I know you are very busy and I don’t to take up a lot of your time, but I think you need to see this.
While most of the public and media attention the past two years has been focused on high prices and inflation, these issues take second place behind the public’s top concern, which is big government, according to a new Gallup poll. Concern over the uncontrolled southern border is in third position