Penny ponders: A secret garden

On those days you just want to get away from everything, I propose the “Secret Garden.” It’s not really called the Secret Garden, but it is a close to one in Middle Georgia as you can get. Massee Lane Gardens is the perfect get away. Be sure to take a picnic lunch with you.Located in Fort Valley, this floral gem is maintained by the American Camellia Society and has been its headquarters since 1968. Massee Gardens must be one of the most peaceful places we have be...

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Things always break when we need them

How is it that machines instinctively know the absolute worse time to break down? I think they have a type of mechanical intelligence that we humans can’t comprehend.We have out-of-town company coming tomorrow, and our air conditioner decided to take vacation.On Monday morning, I was in the yard tending to our new baby chicks when I heard something that was a cross between a howl and a moan. Stopping in my tracks, my sonic radar zeroed in on the source. It was the ...

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The filtered truth

During one of the several trumped-up trials of Jesus, Pontius Pilate asked this question: “What is truth?”Since he ultimately decided to condemn an innocent man to death, it is clear that the question was not prompted by a driving need to know the truth. I think Pilate asked the question to emphasize the irrelevance of truth to the decision he was required to make. Today he might phrase the comment, “What difference does the truth make?”PilateR...

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Is our judicial system using terrorist tactics?

While an elevator security video, the struggling economy, immigration, and ISIS invading Iraq grab national headlines, four Americans and their attorneys are fighting for their lives in a federal courtroom in Virginia. The four, who worked for the private security firm Blackwater at the time, are accused of killing 14 Iraqi civilians and wounding 18 others in 2007. Prosecutors allege they opened fire on the civilians without provocation, while their defense attorneys claim they were being fir...

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Amidst the reality of today’s economy

The wife and I took a Sunday drive in mid-August. We had planned on going to a festival in Shelbyville, IN. that weekend.That Festival was a shell of what it once was. Three or four food vendors, one center stage with a few rusted metal chairs, and eight or nine vendors selling their wares on the streets, comprised the event.The reality of today’s economy was on full display in that town. The chairs in the barbershop were long gone and the plaster was falling off t...

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Do sharks eat the loud people first?

Trips to the beach are one the many reasons I love summertime. I was only three months old on my first beach vacation and I believe it was that trip that got me hooked on the great elixir of the salt and the sand. Since that time I have made the trek to one of Florida’s many beaches at least once a year and gained a lifetime of memories on those trips.

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Global Thomaston

To the Editor:If the words “Global Thomaston” sound like an oxymoron to you, you wouldn’t be alone. The old mill, the art-deco theatre, the stuck-in-time courthouse, and our good ole fashioned please-and-thank-you attitude (what Wikipedia calls our slow-paced southern charm) all make it a little difficult to think of Thomaston as the center of a cosmopolitan makeover.

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Abuses of power need to stop

On Wednesday we took 54 cases to the grand jury in Fayette County. One of the grand jurors told me about a scam somebody attempted on her. I think I have discussed this particular scam before, but it won’t hurt to touch on it again.She said a caller claimed that she had missed grand jury and needed to pay a fine. The caller was very convincing. He knew the name of the Clerk of Court. He knew the judge that is presiding over this grand jury.The caller said that she ...

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This is the way it is supposed to be

I just got off the phone with my daughter. I listened while she shared the joys and challenges that young mothers go through. She is a strong woman; protective of her boys and will never let anyone walk over her. That’s good as she is NASA’s Life Support engineer. I thought, “This is the way it is supposed to be, raising your children to be independent gradually, and then they are gone, raising their own children.” Now my oldest daughter goes to soccer games, school ac...

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Finding honor in sports

Every summer, many of the different churches, congregations, and small communities form youth softball teams for a big tournament. It is a big event. But the year when I was 14, there was an abundance of young men in my small, rural community. The older boys decided that they didn’t want us younger boys playing with them.“You insist that everyone gets to play,” David, the leader of the older boys, said to the community leaders. “The younger boys are no good ...

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Thank you Randy Coggin!

I’m about to lose my Chief Assistant District Attorney.At the end of August, Randy Coggin will retire.If you know Randy, you understand what a blow that will be to me.Sure, Randy has his faults. For one thing, he’s an Auburn fan. He clutters his office with tacky War Eagle items and wears orange and blue shirts. I haven’t confirmed this, but the rumor is that he has one of those striped tiger tails streaming from the back of his car trunk....

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Who is your favorite college football team?

I’m now the proud owner of two Georgia Tech ballcaps. I’ve always wanted them, but it wasn’t until recently that I found a hat store online that has the fitted hats in the size I need. They are both “old-school” with the curved bills. One is dark blue with a gold GT in front, and the other is golden yellow with a Yellow Jacket on the front. You can see me wearing them, usually turned around backwards, anywhere I’m outside taking photos.Despite ha...

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