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Rick Ryckeley's picture

Got an urgent phone call from The Boy yesterday. The serious tone in his voice immediately captured my attention. So much so that the ribbing I was going to give him about Little One kissing a duck while feeding them out at Twin Lakes that very morning would obviously have to wait.

He said, “Dad, I need your advice about what to do.”

I must say, hearing those words made me feel good. Not because The Boy was asking for advice in his time of difficulty, but because he had asked ME for it. Read More»

The lesson of corporal punishment

David Epps's picture

According to a report in GOPUSA, “Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson says he never intended to hurt his 4-year-old son when he hit him with a tree branch (switch). But experts in childhood development said the intent doesn’t matter — striking a child is never appropriate.” Apparently, my parents never got the memo.

I was, what was called in my neck of the woods, a “precocious” child. One definition of “precocious” is “ahead in development, such as the mental development of a child.” Read More»

How important are people to you?

Dr. David L. Chancey's picture

Bubba was always bragging about people he knew. One day his boss confronted Bubba and said, “Bubba, it’s impossible for someone to know all the people you claim to know.”

Bubba said, “Well, name someone, anyone.”

The boss wanted to prove his point, so he said, “How about Tom Cruise?”

Bubba said, “Oh, yes, Tom and I know each other well.” Read More»

War — A matter of semantics

Dr. Earl Tilford's picture

“Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind.”
— President John F. Kennedy

For most people, war is an unthinkable horror. While generals must think realistically about war, an important duty for a political leader is to inspire others to do the unthinkable.

Modifiers attempt to qualify war with words like limited, total, defensive, preemptive, just, unjust, good, bad, glorious, tragic, legal, illegal, etc. Read More»

What Jack Ma can re-teach U.S.

Cal Thomas's picture

In the fairy tale “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves,” Ali Baba, a poor woodcutter, is in the forest when he hears a group of robbers approaching on horseback. Afraid, he climbs a tree and hears one of the men say, “open sesame.” A door opens in a rock and the men go in, the door shutting behind them when another says, “close sesame.”

When they leave, Ali Baba climbs down and approaches the rock. He says, “open sesame” and it opens for him. Inside he discovers jewels and gold, which he takes, becoming rich himself. Read More»

Who wants war?

Thomas Sowell's picture

Some pundits are saying that President Obama has been floundering in his response to the ISIS crisis because public opinion polls show most Americans don’t want another war.

In all my 84 years, I cannot recall a time when most Americans wanted war. That is something we should be proud of. But wars are not always optional. Read More»

History is better than fiction

Ronda Rich's picture

Several weeks ago, I wrote about moonshine runner turned stock car champion, Lloyd Seay, who was murdered in a dispute over sugar purchased to make illegal whiskey. Read More»

Irony continues to abound

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

It was just too ironic.

Late last fall, Dave asked me to come with him to look at a trawler for sale in New Bern, N.C. He had seen it advertised in Soundings, the monthly wish-book for boat-lovers, and had spoken several times with the owner. It sounded like Our Next Boat.

You must understand that for the nearly 60 years we’ve known each other, Dave has spent most of his free time scoping out boats, marinas, or navigable waterways. Read More»

Cats in socks

Rick Ryckeley's picture

An expectant mother placed a picture of three kittens above the changing table. She had purchased the item from a garage sale in the neighborhood.

The kittens dangled from a huge limb of a grand old oak tree. A unique picture for a room that housed a changing table full of diapers, wipes, assorted lotions and creams.

Each of the kittens filled a sock that left just their faces exposed. The first was white with brown spots — the kitten’s face, not the sock. All the socks hanging from the tree limb were white. Read More»

Vince Dooley, Devil Dog

David Epps's picture

Anyone who has been around Georgia and the University of Georgia football is familiar with the name of Vince Dooley.

Dooley spent his entire 25-year head coaching career at the Southeastern Conference school in Athens, Ga. He was the head football coach from 1964 through 1988 and was athletic director from 1979 to 2004. Coach Dooley compiled a record of 201-77-10, won six Southeastern Conference championships, and won the National championship in 1980. After the 1980 season, he was named “Coach of the Year” by several organizations. Dooley’s Bulldogs played in 20 post-season bowl games Read More»