Sunday, March 18, 2018

Many people are in the practice of giving up something for Lent. This is a Christian exercise that takes place over a period of approximately six weeks leading up to Good Friday, typically associated with the 40 days Jesus spent fasting in the desert in preparation for His earthly ministry. …

One of the iconic images of World War II happens to be Rosie the Riveter representing thousands of women who entered the work force at a time when most Americans felt a woman's place was at home. It took a strong woman to become a Rosie. She had to be a fighter, and one Georgia native, Helen…

Sunday, March 11, 2018
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One of the more picturesque scenes from the recesses of my mind is from a Saturday morning drive across Lake Murray Dam in Lexington County, South Carolina. Having lived there for several years, driving across that bridge was a common occurrence which, even during the week, offered a portrai…

Sunday, March 04, 2018

When I’m looking through a family tree to verify birth and death dates, marriages, and lists of offspring I can generally count on two certainties — most of the early pioneer families in old Campbell County/Douglas County migrated to Georgia out of North and South Carolina, and at some point…

As recently as 50 years ago, couples depicted by sitcoms as being married slept in separate beds. In prime time television today, however, the viewers are exposed to bedroom scenes, shower scenes, vulgar acts, and obscene language. Whenever Hollywood pushes the limit to another level of libe…

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The Douglas County Sentinel reported in its Feb. 25 edition on a peaceful protest staged by high school students, asking for stronger gun laws and standing up against gun violence. The student walkout elicited a reaction from both sides of the gun control issue. The Sentinel was alerted, as …

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Little is left to be said about the life, character, and faith of Dr. Billy Graham. News and social media have lauded and applauded this spiritual giant whose public evangelistic ministry reached more than 2 billion people. The tapestry of influences on his life, even from the earliest of hi…

One of the phrases I see repeatedly when I review the history of a church is the section regarding the donation of land for a church building and a burial ground by some good and faithful citizen -- a practice that was repeated across the country and right here in Douglas County.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

The world became a much scarier place in August 1945 when two nuclear bombs codenamed Little Boy and Fat Man were dropped on Japan ending World War II. Even though the decision to drop the bombs had been made, very little was understood about them except the degree of destruction they could …

In the early 1970s a stellar marketing strategy led to a breakthrough for the 7Up company. Featuring actor Geoffrey Holder as a Caribbean planter, the "un-cola" quickly enjoyed a rise in popularity with its lemon lime taste pleaser.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

When Arthur Meadows was re-elected in 1952 to serve as Douglas County's Commission chair, it was his second term to serve in that position, but it was the first time the commission chair was elected by the people. Up to that point, the commission chair had been selected by the entire board o…

Two hundred years ago a well-known encyclopedia contained four lines on the topic of the atom, and devoted five full pages to the subject of love. A more recent edition of that same encyclopedia used nearly five pages to cover information on the atom, and completely omitted the matter of lov…

Sunday, February 04, 2018

It truly is an amazing and incomprehensible thought: that a creature weighing approximately 15 pounds with a life expectancy of only 6 years is actually 131 years old! It sounds crazy, no doubt, but more than 40,000 people saw him in "person" last week.

Arthur Meadows was born on Sept. 30, 1898 near what was then considered to be a village at Brownsville to John Milton and Jessie Harriet (Arnold) Meadows. When Arthur was five years old his father purchased 80 acres off Maroney Mill and Bearden Roads. Later, another two hundred acres would b…

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Coming off a successful first year as Douglasville's mayor in 1917, Vander R. Smith announced in January 1918, he wanted to serve a second term. Back then the term of office for mayor was one year, so without any opposition whatsoever, Mayor Smith was beginning his second term by February 1918.

It has been said that people grow wiser with age. On the other hand, I have also heard that the wealth of my knowledge decreases in direct proportion with the aging of my children -- I felt smarter when they thought their dad knew everything! Is it possible that both of these statements poss…

The greatest innovations of the past century were possible in large part due to advancements in the field of material science. The Space Race, for example, was defined by the introduction of new materials such as metal alloys for the space-ship hull, silicon for the electronics, and carbon c…

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Even if you are not a huge fan of the cold white stuff, there is something quite picturesque about new fallen snow covering the ground and dusting the trees. Many people in our area would say that we have received more than our share of snow this season, especially when it is accompanied by …

There's a chapter in my book, "Every Now and Then: The Amazing Stories of Douglas County," where I discuss Douglasville's first theater, the Kozytorium, built and opened in November 1914, where Fabiano's is located today. I thought it was time I discussed the man who built the theater a litt…

Sunday, January 14, 2018

It was baby blue with a white convertible top, and I replaced the front "bench" type seat with two bucket seats from a Mustang. My first car was a 1963 Ford Falcon. I loved that car, and the one that replaced it was certainly a step downward in my eyes. I have owned a couple of other vehicle…

I guess it depends on how old you are, but in the whole scheme of things 68 years ago doesn't seem like that long, does it? I can see why someone younger, a millennial, for example, would consider 1949 a long time ago while someone closer to my age or older would think it was just a blink in…

Sunday, January 07, 2018

It was not a planned layover when Rudolf, Yukon Cornelius, and Hermie the elf landed on the Island of misfit toys. A colony of sorts for unwanted and unloved toys, our trio of unlikely friends felt welcome there.

Douglasville's City Cemetery has always intrigued me. It's hard to miss as you drive around town sitting at the corner of Rose Avenue and Church Street. The vista of granite markers, some tall and ornate and others a mere slab on the ground beckon the living to explore and walk among the dead.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

The end of one year and the beginning of another is always an occasion for looking back at all the momentous events that occurred in the previous months. Since there are plenty of others who will be giving you the scoop on the now expired 2017, I'll provide a recap of 1962 regarding national…

Out with the old, in with the new! That practice seems to have a dual application at this time of the year. We all like to have new things. There is something inspiring and refreshing about the newness. I even feel a bit inspired when my journaling takes me to a new set of pages, usually in …

I read in a recent Douglas County Sentinel article about the "No Buses" movement in our county. Last year, the Douglas County Board of Commissioners approved the bus service expansion plan. Bus expansion is a plan whose time has come. This expansion will allow the citizens of Douglas County …

Sunday, December 24, 2017

I would imagine some of you have children or grandchildren who have written a letter to Santa Claus within the last couple of months. You probably remember some of your own letters to Santa. They were as much a rite of Christmas as looking through the "Sears Wish Book," riding the Pink Pig a…

These recent weeks have been filled with shopping, seasonal music, pageants, programs, Christmas goodies, cantatas, lights, trees, decorations, special parties and meals. Thinking about family traditions of the season, complete this thought: "It just would not be Christmas without ..."

Sunday, December 17, 2017

At the end of November 1893 there was a meeting in the Atlanta offices of E.W. Marsh, the owner of the Sweet-water Park Hotel. Across the desk from Marsh sat H.T. Blake, a man well known in the hotel management business. That day the men would finalize a deal where Blake would take over the …

I love to sing the carol, though I am uncertain as to the accuracy of the title. Nothing about the night itself was holy; except that God chose that time to enter the world with the ultimate solution to the sin and degradation that had disrupted the peace it was created to enjoy. He brought …

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Many years ago, there was a Western singing group named Sons of the Pioneers who sang a song titled "You'll Never Miss the Water 'Til the Well Runs Dry." I could have paraphrased it a few days ago to sing, "You'll Never Miss the Electricity 'Til Your Power Goes Off."

Sunday, December 10, 2017

There was a gathering, young and old, at the Campbell County courthouse on June 6, 1861. There was great excitement as it had only been a few weeks since Fort Sumter, and the Confederacy was riding high regarding the Union surrender of the fort. The romanticism of war was in the air. The hor…

Are you old enough to remember aluminum Christmas trees? They were popular in the early 1960s and may have been the first artificial trees that were not green in color. A rotating lighted color wheel provided the appearance of a color-changing tree, perfect for those people who could not dec…

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Francis Marion Duncan was born in Powder Springs in 1839 or 1840 depending on the resource consulted, and was the son of William Watts Duncan (1800-1847) and Mary Polly (Barnwell) Duncan. F.M. Duncan grew up to serve in the Confederate army, and afterward he finished up his education at Bowd…

The process of redrawing political boundaries, or redistricting, has major implications for our democracy. Redistricting in such a way that favors a party or group is known as gerrymandering. The precision of new social science models has led to increasingly ambitious gerrymandering that und…

WAIT! ... So, how did you do? Generally speaking, our society performs poorly when it comes to waiting. During the summers of my college days, most of the correspondence with my girlfriend (the lady I eventually married!) was by written letter; addressed, stamped, and mailed via USPS. By the…

Sunday, November 26, 2017

I can remember at an early age driving by the Holbrook Campground off of Georgia 20 in Cherokee County where my ancestral roots run deep. The place always intrigued me especially during "meeting time." Large crowds, wooden cabins, singing, shouting, saving through the Lord's grace were all t…

Is there a difference between a house and a home? According to the authorized dictionaries, these two terms are synonymous. In my mind, however, there is a distinction. Before we moved into our current residence, we walked through the 'house.' The walls were bare, cabinets were empty, and th…

Sunday, November 19, 2017

1923 was the year transcontinental airmail service began, and folks in New York City would be the first to watch a movie they could not only see, but they could hear, too! In 1923, Warren G. Harding was the first U.S. President to visit Alaska, but by August that year, he would be dead, and …

1923 was the year transcontinental airmail service began, and folks in New York City would be the first to watch a movie they could not only see, but they could hear, too! In 1923, Warren G. Harding was the first U.S. President to visit Alaska, but by August that year, he would be dead, and …

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Like it or not we have capital punishment in Georgia. From 1735 to 1931, the legal method of execution was hanging with the first death sentence carried out in 1735. You might find it surprising to know the first person executed in Georgia was a white woman named Alice Riley, an Irish indent…

There is a story from long ago about a little boy who lived out in the country. Having heard that the circus was coming to the nearby town, the boy asked his dad if he could go see it. After all, he had never been to a circus, and this was such a rare opportunity. His dad promised that if he…