05/08/2021

April 25, 2021: Some Reflections on Standing In The Need Of Prayer

“Not my brother, not my sister, but it’s me, O Lord, standing in the need of prayer. It’s me, it’s me, O Lord, standing in the need of prayer.” Can I get an amen? I have had that old-time spiritual on my mind since friend and former colleague Susan Larson wrote to inform me that […]

April 18, 2021: To Noah Sumner Wansley: Welcome to The World

Dear Noah: Welcome to the world.  As information, you are great-grandchild number six, following Cameron Charles Yarbrough, Hayden Rose, Hadley Ann and Harper Grace Yarbrough and brother Henry Sanford Wansley.   However, in the case of great-grandchild rankings numbers are irrelevant.  All are Number One with me and you will be, too. I must tell you […]

April 11, 2021: Delta and Coca-Cola Caught in Middle of Voting Controversy

Despite their billion dollar balance sheets, large public corporations have the backbone of a jellyfish.  Put enough pressure on them and they will fold like a tent.  I offer into evidence S.B. 202, the voting rights bill passed by the General Assembly this past session and signed into law by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and […]

April 4, 2021: Discussing Georgia’s New Voting Law with The Ryo Coffee Club

Just as I was about to pick up my flugelhorn, the phone rang.  It was Skeeter Skates, owner of Skeeter Skates Tree Stump Removal and Plow Repair in Ryo, Georgia.  He sounded concerned.  That’s not like Skeeter.  Of course, he would never admit it.  I have found that those in the tree stump removal and […]

March 28, 2021: Needing to Remember What Easter Is All About

In memory of my beloved wife with whom I shared many joyous Easters I wish I had been there. In Jerusalem. With Jesus. I wish I could have witnessed the events of a week that changed the world forever. I wish I could have accompanied Jesus into the city as he rode astride a donkey […]

March 21, 2021: From Birdfeeders to Poets, There Is Always Something to Celebrate

We are winding down the first quarter of 2021 and I am holding my breath.  After all, it was the first quarter of 2020 when the world as we know it became a world we didn’t know at all and one we are still trying to come to terms with. So far in 2021, we […]

March 14, 2021: A Son of The South and Proud of It

I am a Son of the South and proud of it.  Born here, raised here and, God willing, will be planted here.  The South is and always will be my home. Have we always been a perfect place?  Far from it.  The notion of separate-but-equal was anything but in the South in which I was […]

March 7, 2021: Texas Power Debacle Not Likely in Georgia Says Public Service Commissioner

  Would you like to hear an encouraging word?  How about “No!” That was the succinct reaction from Georgia Public Service Commissioner Tricia Pridemore when I asked her if what happened in Texas where hell and most everything else froze over, could happen here.  Pridemore, a member of the state’s utility regulator since 2018, gave […]

February 28, 2021: Legislature Has Chance to Help Those That Can’t Help Themselves

In the midst of the cacophony over election reform, vaccination policy, sports betting, Trump’s grumps harrumphs and another unconscionable private school voucher scheme, a piece of much-needed legislation is quietly wending its way through the legislative maze this session and maybe will finally become law.  It is long overdue. It is called the Child Victim […]

February 14, 2021: Some Random Thoughts on Some Random Subjects

I blush as I write this (well, not really) but things are going well at the University of Georgia, the nation’s oldest state-chartered university, located in Athens, the Classic City of the South.  UGA President Jere Morehead’s State of the University address notes among other positives that U.S. News and World Report ranks my alma […]

February 7, 2021: Some Final Harrumphs on Trump’s Grumps

My column suggesting to Republicans that, like it or not, the presidential elections are over and for those crying ‘foul’ they might want to take out their anger on the Democrats and not each other brought some interesting and some predictable responses.  There was, of course, the “Fergit, Hell,” group who think they can garner […]

January 31, 2021: Talking Current Events with Skeeter Skates and the Ryo Coffee Club

I had just hung up from a robocall wanting to extend the warranty on a car I no longer own when the phone rang again. I assumed it was some helpful robot offering to consolidate credit card debts I don’t have or trying to sell me a back brace I don’t need.  You can imagine […]

January 24, 2021: Can Trump Supporters Identify the Real Enemy?

Democrat Joe Biden is now President of the United States.  Two Democrats defeated two Republican incumbents to represent Georgia in the U. S. Senate, swinging the balance of power in the Senate to the Democrats who already control the House of Representatives.   Therefore, you would think Georgia Republicans have figured out by now who the […]

January 17, 2021: Some Thoughts to My Great Grandson in A New Year

To Cameron Charles Yarbrough: I am a bit late in getting my annual letter to you this year.  Losing Grandma Jane just before Christmas was something none of us were expecting even though she had been pretty sick.   Some worthwhile lessons came out of that sad experience that are worth remembering.  First, life is […]

January 10, 2021: Requiem for the Woman Who Shares My Name

She wasn’t thrilled when I told her I had been invited to write an occasional column for a local publication.  After more than three decades in the Bell System and three arduous years as part of the staging of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games, she thought it time to enjoy a long-awaited retirement.  But if […]