Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Not only have we begun a new year, but we have also begun a brand new legislative session. I can't believe how quickly the last year has flown by. As the old saying goes ... time flies when you love what you do! I am truly blessed to do exactly what I love and feel is part of my life purpose…

Sunday, January 29, 2017

In my high school senior year, my parents moved us into a new house. With an older brother in college and another one married, I was the last baby bird in the nest. Some of you may jump to the conclusion that I had it easier than my older brothers, and that is probably true.

I could declare the time period between 1883 and 1927 as the Era of the Duncan Brothers, and I seriously doubt anyone would call me out on it because during those years John T. and Napoleon B. Duncan were connected in some way to almost every business or industry in Douglasville, and were he…

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

It's an interesting story. How every President since George Washington tried to get a federal agency whose purpose was to support and promote the arts and what the 36th President did that was different and ultimately successful.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

The sign on a recent Facebook post declared, "I do what the voices in my wife's head tell me to do." I am uncertain exactly what that says about the husband, but we all have voices in our heads. We live in a noisy and visual world that clamors for our attention.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

They said it was safe. They believed it was secure. The expert engineers vowed that it was unsinkable. An unidentified crew member went so far as to tell Sylvia Caldwell, a passenger on the R.M.S. Titanic, "Even God cannot sink this ship."

Sunday, January 15, 2017

As some of you know one of my current book projects focuses on the Lithia Springs Resort time period which will tell the story of the Bowden Lithia Water Company, the Sweetwater Park Hotel, and the Piedmont Chautauqua.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Sunday, January 08, 2017

Every story we tell represents a light. That light, your story, represents you. But what about all the light we cannot see? What about other people's story and stories? What about their lives?

Roads are wonderful things, aren't they? A road gets us from point A to point B in our daily lives. Roads hold promise, too. They can take us to places we've never been for a great adventure, and roads make it possible to take us to a new life, if that's what we want.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

The weather for Christmas weekend was beautiful, wasn’t it? So much so I didn’t really mind the rainy Monday morning that greeted me the day after Christmas. I thought it was a small price to pay for the warmer than normal and beautiful day.

It has been reported that by the month of March 40 percent of Christmas gifts given will no longer be in use, and by next December that number increases to 75 percent. There are several variables behind that statistic, but does it make you think twice about the gift you give or how much mone…

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

The chorus is growing: it is so much fun to hear other people tell the story of the value of the arts! Especially when it happens in unexpected places.

Sunday, December 25, 2016
Saturday, December 24, 2016

Google some basic information regarding Douglas County and you quickly discover the county, prior to 1870, was part of Campbell County. Google a bit further and you see Campbell County formed 188 years ago per a legislative act on December 20, 1828.

Gag gifts were a tradition in my family at Christmastime. My dad started it all, and though it has dwindled a bit since he passed away, there will still be a couple of pranks under the tree each year for some unsuspecting victims.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Back in April 2016, I published an article at my website ( titled "Campbell County's Participation in the Indian War of 1838." At that time I had located a roster of Campbell County men who volunteered to go to assist in rounding up members of the Cherokee Nation to send t…

Thursday, December 15, 2016
Sunday, December 11, 2016

In 1882, about a mile and a half from Villa Rica on the Dallas Highway, a road turned to the right and led over the hills for about a mile, where in the midst of a dark and unfrequented forest and upon the crest of a knob among the hills was a copper mine shaft known as the Hill copper mine …

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Maybe it should have been broadcast on April Fool's Day rather than as a Halloween episode. News reports of an alien invasion by Martians were aired in 1938 titled, "War of the Worlds," based on the H.G. Wells 1898 novel by the same title. A radio drama directed and narrated by Orson Welles,…

Sunday, December 04, 2016

In August 1906, the Georgia General Assembly had been in session for a few days. One morning Dr. Thomas R. Whitley, the representative for Douglas County, walked into the Georgia Capital, entering the House chamber at 9:45 a.m.

In August 1906, the Georgia General Assembly had been in session for a few days. One morning Dr. Thomas R. Whitley, the representative for Douglas County, walked into the Georgia Capital, entering the House chamber at 9:45 a.m.

Let's stop this debate. It seems that every day we hear more about climate change; some say its manmade while others argue the science is inconclusive. I see the great deception returning, that big tobacco used, to keep America addicted to their deadly product. Millions of dollars were spent…

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Everyone knows that green is green and red is red. Unless you are color blind. Then the difference may be hard to distinguish. So, how do you change someone's view of the world when what they see is completely different from what you see?

Sunday, November 27, 2016

How do you get ready for Christmas? For many people it begins with the shopping. It can be quite an involved process. Some begin with a gift list of people's names, and then go out to the stores in hopes of seeing something each one on the list would appreciate. I call that the "shop 'til yo…

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Every now and then I like to provide a snapshot regarding the news Douglas County citizens were reading at various stops along our historical timeline. This week I'm focused on November 1919. Though it had been one year since the end of World War I certain aspects of the war were still in th…

Sunday, November 13, 2016

I volunteer at the Douglas County Museum of History and Art a couple of days each month. During that time I'm honored to provide tours and show off the large collection of items that "tell" the Douglas County story.

Friday, November 11, 2016
Sunday, November 06, 2016

The current U.S. presidential campaigns have certainly stirred the emotions of the American people. Accusations and scandals are in the headlines constantly. Truth seems to be obscured, and both of the main parties have had their share of embarrassing moments. The candidates, their staff and…

Moonshining in this area goes back to a time before Douglas County existed and even precedes old Campbell County, but don't worry I'm not going to try and provide a history of moonshining in this area in one column. The subject is just too broad, but I do want to provide an examination of on…

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Earlier this year, we urged voters to pass a new Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (ESPLOST) to provide money to improve conditions for our children and their teachers, and voters did so overwhelmingly on March 1.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Halloween is tomorrow! It wasn't that long ago those words would send me into a frenzy trying to make sure both of our children had "the" perfect costumes they wanted, the treats had been delivered to their respective schools, the Mister had been reminded a dozen times to get the pumpkin car…

Seated in a waiting area recently, I overheard a conversation taking place between a customer and the receptionist. She had asked him how he enjoyed the cruise, and he spent the next few minutes comparing his experience to a previous tour he had enjoyed. Apparently this one did not quite liv…