I asked my friends on Facebook to tell me the most fun they had ever had without breaking the law or taking off their clothes and discovered many of them have lived really exciting lives.
I have seldom been as moved at such a function as I was last Wednesday evening when I had the high honor of keynoting the 24th annual banquet to recognize the heroes of the Northeast Georgia District 10 Emergency Medical Service. When I say heroes, I mean heroes.
Perhaps you’ve noticed that I avoid referring to leftists as “liberals,” a term that suggests open-mindedness and generosity. Not to be unkind, but those are not qualities I normally associate with the left, unless you count being generous with other people’s money.
There are toys all over my living room floor — in the corners, under the desk and right smack dab in the middle of the floor, on a direct path between me and the remote control. We are talking about large, elaborate, die cut compilations of plastic in bright primary colors.
I heard about it first on Facebook, speaking now of the horrifically tragic accident that occurred on Interstate 16 between Statesboro and Savannah Wednesday morning.
Even if the story is old and somewhat familiar, I enjoy retelling it if it contains poetic justice. A French reporter named Henry Samuel Paris told this one about a jewel thief named Pierre. I suppose you could say that Pierre was a bad guy, but at least he had compassion, something not always displayed by thieves.
Why, during a recent visit here — while asking some trusted Wisconsin sources for their candid assessment of Scott Walker, the state’s governor, an undeclared but leading 2016 Republican presidential candidate — did I keep thinking about a conversation I’d had 17 years ago with one of my favorite American politicians and the most recent Democrat to win the Texas governorship, the late Ann Richards?
What is the world coming to? I can’t imagine how things can get much stranger or people more ornery.
I love to travel. I love getting home even more.
I am happy to report that we had a safe visit to Ephesus and Istanbul and are, or will be, by the time you read this, safely on American shores.
Everyone knows police have a dangerous job and are often verbally and physically abused not only by politicians and criminals but by some members of the community. Unfortunately, in the heat of battle, some officers make mistakes in judgment and this reflects adversely upon police everywhere.
“April is the cruelest month,” wrote the poet T.S. Eliot, and indeed it is—but not, perhaps, for the reasons he envisioned.
About the time the Dodgers abandoned Brooklyn for Los Angeles, my savvy precinct captain drilled into all her workers this rule: A week is a lifetime in politics, and a month is an eternity.
I never visited big cities when I was growing up in Porterdale — unless you count Macon. I don’t.
Obama imagines that this deal will bring Iran in from the cold, tempering its territorial ambitions and ideological radicalism. But this defies logic.
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