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Falling for Vacation

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

Among the usual souvenirs of a week at the beach – suntans, shells, a few extra pounds around the middle – Dave brought home the most spectacular bruise I think we’ve ever seen.

No, no, he hadn’t been tippling. He did this himself.

We had a week in Holmes Beach, Florida, with the usual cast of characters: Jean and her boys, Mary and Rainer (Mary’s German consort), Dave and I, with Rainer’s son and his girlfriend for one night. A merry crew it was, someone always coming and going, big decisions to be made, like where to eat dinner tonight, in or out. Read More»

Dog ate my homework

Rick Ryckeley's picture

While I was growing up at 110 Flamingo Street, there was one reason that topped my list as to why I really didn’t like this time of year.

It wasn’t that it was the official end of summer for us kids – which it was. It wasn’t because the local bully somehow always ended up in my classroom – which somehow Down the Street Bully Brad always did.

The fact I had to sit for seven hours – longer if I had detention after school — was a big reason why I didn’t like this time of the year, but it still wasn’t the number one reason. Read More»

Redskins, Warriors and Indians

David Epps's picture

The University of West Georgia in Carrollton was once known as the “Braves.” Today, they are the “Wolves.” The name change was made because one or more people were offended saying that the old name denigrated Native Americans.

The University of Illinois, the “Fighting Illini,” has dispensed with the symbol of the “Chief” and people who allege to speak for all Native Americans are fighting to do away with the Redskins’ symbolism, as in “Washington Redskins.” Read More»

Back to school, back to church

Dr. David L. Chancey's picture

Oh, the sweet days of summer. Watermelon, fresh vegetables, red tomatoes, Fourth of July, beach vacation, Vacation Bible Schools, youth camp, peaches, homemade ice cream, plenty of Braves games!

I’d love a few more months of summer, but that’s not how the calendar works. Summer break is winding down and families are getting in “back to school” mode.

Pastors like back to school mode because members who have been on vacation hopefully will settle back into regular church attendance and participation. Read More»

Legacy of a reporter and a good man

Ben Nelms's picture

The legacy we live is the legacy we leave. Life and eternity offer us no alternative.

I don’t like speaking of John in the past tense. It’s the same with my coworkers here at The Citizen and I can only expect it’s the same with those of you who know him ... knew him. Yet we are left with no choice in the matter.

Coming from a family history steeped in journalism, reporting was what Munford knew and it was what he loved. Read More»

A portent of things to come?

Cal Thomas's picture

With his approval numbers sinking to 39 percent a week ago, according to the Gallup tracking poll, President Obama isn’t alone in having a bad summer. So is Hollywood. Read More»

Please stop helping us

Walter Williams's picture

While reading the first chapter of Jason Riley’s new book, “Please Stop Helping Us,” I thought about Will Rogers’ Prohibition-era observation that “Oklahomans vote dry as long as they can stagger to the polls.”

Demonstrative of similar dedication, one member of Congress told Vanderbilt University political scientist Carol Swain that “one of the advantages and disadvantages of representing blacks is their shameless loyalty. ... You can almost get away with raping babies and be forgiven. You don’t have any vigilance about your performance.” Read More»

Loving & hating cool of a/c

Ronda Rich's picture

It’s a funny thing. That’s what Mama used to say when something baffled her. Like Mama, I prefer that things make common sense. Otherwise, I’ll ponder, figure, study, and try to decipher that funny thing until it’s somewhat sensible.

In this case, it’s my relationship with air conditioning that I’m unable to completely explain to others though I seem to understand it myself.

I don’t like the icy feel of air conditioning in our home even in the smothering humidity of deep summer. It has to do with my raising, as do most things for most people. Read More»

See Grace

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

This column originally appeared in The Citizen in 1999.

Like a song you start humming in the morning and can’t get out of your mind, one word comes to me over and over again to describe events in my life.

Grace. Pure grace. Disposed as I am to want to look beyond church talk — journalistic habits die hard — I went to my dictionary to see what it offers besides a theological definition of grace: “The unmerited love and favor of God toward mankind.” Read More»

Me and my shadow

Rick Ryckeley's picture

Around 5:30 Saturday afternoon the most amazing thing happened. The entire world stopped — at least for one little girl.

Little One noticed her shadow for the very first time, and her reaction was something totally unexpected. There was nothing to be afraid of. There was really nothing there, but just try and explain that to a 13-month-old whose only words are Mommy, Daddy, kitty and — my favorite — duck. Read More»

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