Listening to music is good for the soul. Every evening as I try to fall asleep, I plug my headphones into my iPad and allow some tunes to permeate my being. It helps relax me — even if I am listening to Lynyrd Skynyrd rocking the house and not the soothing sound of Elvis singing “Peace in the Valley.”
College football is a Southern tradition and so is poking fun at rivals with good-natured jokes.
I had always wanted to attend a destination wedding, and now I have actually hosted one — and it was magical. The destination was Porterdale, and there is no other place I would rather have been last Saturday night than awash in a flood of memories on the banks of the Yellow River in the North Georgia mill town that I will forever call home.
My buddies and I were standing in line outside the Georgia coliseum, waiting to trade in our football ticket coupons for actual game tickets for the upcoming weekend. That’s the way they did it back in the day, and if you think obtaining football tickets was complicated without computers you should have seen registration.
I came home from the golf course Thursday afternoon and the beautiful Julie Hinton Rogers was sitting cross-legged in the floor of my basement man cave, helping my lovely wife Lisa create flower arrangements out of baby’s breath, roses and cotton bolls. When you are preparing for a wedding there is no telling what you might find.
It is Aug. 19, I think, and on this day in history in 1968 I got off a Trailways Silver Eagle motor coach in the Peachtree Christian Church parking lot after the adventure of a lifetime.
But God is still in control. Thieves have stolen all of my child’s stuff. I pray that, somehow, they will not steal the joy from her wedding week. If you want to join us in that prayer, feel free.
Southerners wave. That’s all there is to it. Doesn’t matter if they know you or don’t know you, or whether they like you or don’t, Southerners wave at folks.
Columbo always got his man — or woman— by stopping to find out “just one more thing” as he was leaving the room. Could he have been as good a sleuth with today’s technology?
You really did need a scorecard to keep up with the candidates in the Republican presidential debates Thursday, beginning with the most petite candidate, Texas-born Carly Fiorina in the junior varsity event during happy hour and finishing with heavy-weight Chris Christie, of New Jersey, in the main event, which kept me up way past my normal bedtime.