February 29, 2017: A Salute to An Olympic Champion and His Pursuit of Excellence

Dr. Melvin Pender, Jr. is a bona fide American hero: An Olympic gold medalist (4 x 100 relay in the 1968 Mexico City Games at 31 years of age); a Bronze Star recipient with two tours of duty in Viet Nam, retiring as a captain after having joined the Army at 17; a college graduate; […]

December 17, 2012: I Wish I Could Have Been There In Bethlehem

This column was a favorite of my friend, Otis Brumby, Jr., publisher of the Marietta Daily Journal and Neighbor Newspapers, who passed away earlier this year.  It is dedicated to his memory. I wish I could have been there.  In Bethlehem. I wish I could have witnessed the birth of the baby Jesus in that […]

November 28, 2011: Reflections on a Life Well-Lived

Today, I ask for a moment of personal privilege.  It was two years ago this week that I wrote about the Three Wise Men that have so greatly influenced my life:  Roy Hodnett, a real estate magnate on Saint Simons Island;  Dr. Raymond Cook, my college professor, now residing in Valdosta and John W. Jacobs, […]