Thomaston Times- RSS OPINION Feed Sat, 23 May 2015 23:09:03 EST 1800 Ten thousand steps If I were giving a speech at a graduation this year, I would tell the graduates another Paul Ballard story.As you may know, Paul is our 18-year-old son. He has autism. And he continually amazes me. Sat, 23 May 2015 03:35:51 EST Penny Ponders: the Road to Tara There is nothing like standing next to a handsome, smoldering Clark Gable as Rhett Butler. There I stood, my hand on his back, he with his hands in his pockets, casually looking back over his shoulder. Sigh! Okay, he was in black and white, a... Fri, 22 May 2015 03:30:51 EST (No heading) To the Thomaston community: Sun, 26 Apr 2015 07:00:51 EST Updating the fridge… and the space My grandmother used to tell me of life in the south before electricity and modern conveniences. They kept some of their food in a well in summer to keep it cold. We could have used a well this week. As always, there's a story behind... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 06:20:51 EST The right shirt can make everything satisfactual “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah, Zip-A-Dee-A, my oh my, what a wonderful day…” the cheerful song followed us as we made our way to the gift shop, wringing out our soaking wet clothes; it was July of 1993 and my family and I had just ridden Splash... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 06:25:50 EST We’ve got seagulls to feed On Easter Sunday at Inman United Methodist Church we had Communion. So the sermon was about remembering God's sacrificial love for us. Rev. Jim Hanna shared a story that you may have heard. I had not. Thu, 23 Apr 2015 06:30:51 EST Saying goodbye to Chief Greathouse Saying goodbye is one of the hardest things to do when it is of such great importance to the Community. Chief Dan Greathouse has been with this force for over 40 years which is over half of my lifetime. Please do not write in and ask my age, you will... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 04:30:52 EST Penny ponders: A little adventure to check off Here was a photograph flashing on my Facebook page posted by my oldest son. Unique. In the photograph, his head is wrapped with some type of red head scarf. He is sitting in a circle on a tiny chair with other men before a fire blazing in a round... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 04:20:51 EST Georgia’s transportation problem has a clear solution As a rule, engineers are rational, logical, problem solvers. They see challenges, analyze options, and ultimately offer solutions designed to achieve a specific goal. Sometimes, the solutions are evident while others require extensive research to... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 03:15:54 EST Better to try and fail than never trying at all I hope my high school English teacher didn't read last week's column. If she did, I can expect her to “slap me nakid' and hide my clothes” the next time she sees me. Both Jilda and I missed a goofy grammar error. It also... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 03:40:52 EST Things I’ve learned from ‘Shark Tank’ I'll admit it: I am a 'Shark Tank' junkie. And I'm not talking about sharks that swim in a tank in aquariums. I'm talking about the TV show. Tue, 31 Mar 2015 03:15:52 EST I hate being stuck on an elevator Have you ever been stuck on an elevator? Sun, 29 Mar 2015 05:10:51 EST Anti-terrorism: A better solution By almost any standard of measurement, American military operations in the Middle East and North Africa have been successful. Yet, the insurgency has expanded and threatens to destabilize the entire region. Sat, 28 Mar 2015 05:15:51 EST Bana: The meaning of love I will never forget the day we got her. It was a warm day in early May 2004 and Daddy was in the market for a new truck. So, the entire family set out to see one he had heard about while listening to The Trading Post on WKEU… or so we... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 05:05:51 EST A wild goose chase When I came home, my oldest daughter came to meet me. “Daddy, you have to do something about the geese. They think they're dogs, and they chased us when we came home from school today.” Thu, 26 Mar 2015 05:05:51 EST March is Peanut Butter Lover’s Month March is Peanut Butter Lover's month. Now there's a holiday I can sink my teeth in to. Jilda and I love peanut butter. Wed, 25 Mar 2015 05:05:52 EST