Saturday, October 01, 2016

While I’m often amazed at the way Douglas County has changed over the last 146 years, I am equally amazed at how much we have in common with citizens from the past.

Their names many not be immediately recognized, but Jeffrey Petkovich and Peter Debernardi were the first to ever survive the Horshoe Falls, going over the 176-foot-high Niagara Falls in a barrel. They came out of the feat with only minor injuries — and an arrest! They were fined for breakin…

Saturday, September 24, 2016

There is an old adage among woodworkers that serves as a timesaver: measure twice, cut once. It has also been suggested that measuring once will result in cutting twice! Are you a measurer or an estimator?

Saturday, September 17, 2016

This past week as I wrote this column, the date Sept. 15th flashed at me from the bottom-right corner of my computer screen. This prompted me to remember we are entering into an anniversary period here in Douglas County and the surrounding area — a seventh anniversary of the devastating 2009 flood.

The Oreo cookie was introduced in 1912. No changes were made at all until 1975 when Nabisco introduced a new Oreo cookie — Double Stuff. Do you understand what that means? First of all, the original cookie stood on its own for 63 years!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

I was scrolling through some 1874 newspapers from various locations the other night. I might scroll through two to three hundred stories at a time with only one or two that intrigue me enough to investigate further, but the words “murdered by zebra” and “Campbell County” stopped me in my tracks.

USA’s Brian Shaw is the reigning world champion, hoping to achieve back-to-back titles and his fourth career victory. His sport is the World’s Strongest Man competition, an international circuit league that continues throughout the year. While the sport does involve strategy, technique, and …

Saturday, September 03, 2016

Jefferson Howard Land lived a long life from 1842 to 1926 – a little over eight decades. You can find his tombstone over at the cemetery at New Canaan Baptist Church in Dallas, Georgia. He was a Confederate veteran, and he farmed a little late in life in Lithia Springs. Without a little digg…

I'm a pushover when it comes to knick-knacks. Many examples are displayed around my office. A few years ago my children gave me a clock with a golfer on it. He holds a putter and, at the push of a button, little lights indicate the movement of the golf ball and a voice says, "In the hole!" T…

Saturday, August 27, 2016

In November 1888 folks in Atlanta were saying, “Floyd Cheney, FFV, general freight and passenger agent of the Bowden Lithia Short Line, all around deadbeat, and lessee of the healing waters that gush from the bosom of the earth at Salt Springs, Georgia — Floyd Cheney, where have you gone?”

I once heard a story of a man, whose extended business meeting put him behind schedule, thus jeopardizing his arrival at the airport before his flight departed. Hailing a cab, he scurried into the back seat and exclaimed, “I’m in a hurry! Drive as fast as you can!” A few minutes later he loo…

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Though I’ve been “of age” for 36 years I’ve never served on a jury. I have been called once, but was told to go home after sitting in a holding room for an hour or so. I would really like to sit on a grand jury, but that “invitation” that so many seem to dread has never come my way.

Our USA Olympic athletes are truly racking up the medals! They are setting new records and reaching historical marks across the gamut of events in the pool, on the track, across the highways, on the court, in the field, out on the shooting range, in the ring, on the mat, on the beach, and wa…

Friday, August 19, 2016

In response to the opinion piece by state Rep. Micah Gravley in Wednesday's Sentinel headlined "Second Amendment rights are at stake," these talking points are just rehashed and repeated over and over to make the case that the NRA is promoting. The NRA is contributing to the election coffers…

Sunday, August 14, 2016
Saturday, August 13, 2016

There’s millions in it! That was the title of an 1875 newspaper article from New Orleans, Louisiana, referring to a gold discovery in Douglas County.

It was a blessing for me growing up in the same town as most of the relatives on both sides of our family. Besides the traditional holiday gatherings, we visited with my aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents several times throughout the year. We share great memories of fun times together,…

Friday, August 12, 2016

Siegfried Woldhek is a cartoonist who has drawn over 1100 faces for publication in newspaper comics. So, he is more intimate with the features and dimensions of human faces than most people.

Saturday, August 06, 2016

“What we need in education is a much better understanding of students and learning from a motivational perspective — from a psychological perspective." — Angela Lee Duckworth

You have heard it, and likely have said it yourself: it ain’t over ‘til the fat lady sings. The original use of the phrase has been attributed to sports journalist Ralph Carpenter in 1976, referring to a surprising comeback by the Texas Tech men’s basketball team to tie the game. Someone sai…

Here’s a ten dollar word for you — pedestrianization. Online dictionaries explain the meaning as “the removal of vehicular traffic from city streets.” Ponder this further and certain buzz words come to mind — walkability, pedestrian-friendly, and walkable city.

Friday, August 05, 2016

Founded in 1977 and headquartered in Panama, the Mossack Fonseca Group (MF Group) officially provides legal and trust services to corporations. According to The Guardian, it is the fourth largest "offshore law firm" in the world.

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Stars, by nature, are thought of as bright beacons of light in the night sky. Easily visible when it becomes dark outside, many are able to be seen even through the light pollution of bustling metropolitan areas. When it is cloudy out and the stars are not visible alongside the moon, there s…

I'm a presidential election junkie. They're my Super Bowl, World Series and NBA championship, all rolled into one. My earliest memory is of the 1948 Truman-Dewey election. All I can remember is voters cast their choice on white paper ballots. Both parties printed color sample ballots with th…

Saturday, July 30, 2016

A blogger recently wrote about the secret of being in the right place at the right time. The key, he wrote, is persistence. He declared that a relentless pursuit of one’s goals is the only way to ‘get lucky.’ He claims that winning is inevitable for those who keep doing the things that succe…

Friday, July 29, 2016

Jean-Baptiste Michel is employed by Harvard and Google as a data researcher. He applies mathematics to a range of problems from disease pathology to the evolution of human languages. At TED2012, he expounded on the applications of mathematics to study history.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Did you know that auto designers create life-size clay replicas of their design before the new car model is put into production? Have you ever wondered about the artistic AND psychological skill needed to interpret a crime victim's memories of a perpetrator so that a realistic sketch can be …

Sunday, July 24, 2016

I rarely write about television shows for this column, primarily because it’s not really my thing. I can’t even keep up with the volume of films being unleashed, let alone expand into a different medium. However, every once in a while I dip my toe into the waters of TV criticism when somethi…

Saturday, July 23, 2016

You would find me either at third base or on the pitcher’s mound. My baseball “career” in the elementary school years holds great memories, and I loved playing the game. My two older brothers were also sports crazy, so during baseball season, with practice days and game days, our family spen…

Late in the evening on Monday, December 14, 1885, the bitter cold made folks walk just a bit faster as they gathered at the Georgia Pacific depot located at the north end of Elliott Street in Atlanta.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Between 1975 and 2011, 90 percent of peace agreements were of between a state and a non-state signatory. Benedetta Berti explains, "[War] used to be a contest between states. It is now a conflict between states and non-state actors." Berti is a fellow at the Institute for National Security S…

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Safwat Saleem is an artist. He does graphic design, digital art and animation and even provides his own voiceovers for his animations. Being so talented, he's gotten many compliments on his work and words of praise on the internet and from other artists in the industry.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

A couple of years ago I wrote a series of columns titled “The Long Hot Summer” referring to July 1864 when our earliest citizens then living in Campbell County came face to face with Union soldiers. Beginning in late June 1864, General Sherman ordered some of his forces to the southwest of A…

Who ate the last popsicle from the freezer? Who broke that lamp? Who left the water running? These questions are examples of a pressing human curiosity that we all tend to possess: whodunit? Determining who is at fault often seems more important than any actual damage that was done.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Gregory Heyworth is a professor at the University of Mississippi. He was educated at Columbia, Cambridge, and Princeton universities. In October 2015, he spoke at TEDxUM about "discovering the secrets of ancient texts."

Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Saturday, July 09, 2016

I’m not sure about you, but these days I’m a little overloaded, over-stimulated, and just plain overwhelmed with the news regarding various events locally, across the state, and nationally.

Friday, July 08, 2016

My third-grade teacher told me I was not smart enough to know the word "fragile," and that I must have plagiarized my essay. I would advance to the school spelling bee later that year.

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Compassion, the simple act of feeling concern or pity for another, seems to be a rare commodity these days; though it could be argued that kindness has always been lauded as a trait worthy of praise for its rarity. We're too tired to stop and help the older person with their groceries. We're…

Sunday, July 03, 2016