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My thoughts on facebook tests and online voting

TestsIf you’re a facebook fan like I am, you’ve probably run across some of the “tests” that you can take to see how much you know. I was on my lunch break the other day and took four of them. Then I got to thinking about my results.What does it say about me that I got 100 percent right knowing 1950’s and 1960’s TV shows like The Adventures of Superman, The Real McCoys, Have Gun-Will Travel, Leave It To Beaver, Gilliga...

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Our imperfect system is the best on earth

Every year Upson-Lee North Elementary School has a celebration on Constitution Day. The students dress up in costumes and reenact the Constitutional Convention. Last Tuesday they did it again.I wish you could see them. When the delegates are disagreeing about a matter, the students point and wag their fingers at each other. When George Washington calls for a break in the proceedings, students perform a little dance. The chorus sings patriotic songs.When the program is ov...

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Getting in the 90’s

I’m getting in the 90’s. And I don’t mean speeding in a car!With my 98th Birthday coming up in the Spring next year, if I make it, I am consoling myself with knowing that many others have similar “aches and pains.”When I was teaching in Nashville, Tennessee, and a member of the Metropolitan Nashville Education Association, we received a newsletter regularly. I have kept the following from one of those newsletters:

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I get by with a little help from my friends

The moment I sat down to write this column, my mind checked out on me. This is inevitable. Each time I try to work on a column this happens, so you think I would be used to it. Instead I often think, or rather hope, that each time it will be different. Since it wasn’t, as per usual, I paced around my office and tried to come up with something interesting to say. I thought and I thought hard. In fact, I thought so hard that I gave myself a headache and therefore I decided to take a break...

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Two heroes of September 11

Like you, I spent a little time reflecting on September 11. I still get a lump in my throat when I think about the tragic losses so many experienced that day 13 years ago.But, the memory that is most vivid for me involves the heroes. Ordinary citizens on an airliner who called their loved ones and stormed the terrorists. The plane crashed, but they thwarted the plan and the jet missed its intended target. The phrase “let’s roll” will always send chills up my spine...

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Your abuse is not appreciated

Much has been written in the last several weeks about men’s physical abuse of women. Former Baltimore Raven Ray Rice’s videotaped knockout of his girlfriend and the initial two-game suspension he received from the NFL prompted both outrage and, of course, an outpouring of fan support for the abuser. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell seemed to realize the gravity of the situation and changed league policy to include harsher sanctions for convicted abusers. Then, when TMZ released foot...

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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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