I have one of the most interesting jobs in the world. One day I am advising world leaders on the nuances of international monetary policy. The next day I am consoling a distraught reader who thinks I need to "look within myself spiritually." The last time I looked within myself, I saw my navel. It was full of lint. Never again.
Hundreds of volunteers are expected to take part in clearing the shores of Lake Lanier on Saturday.
If I am being honest, there's more times than I count that things don't go my way.
Larry G. Lynn, 74, of Dawsonville died Sept. 19, 2014.
Zane Grey Whelchel, 86, of Dawsonville, died Sept. 18, 2014.
Mr. Calvin Lee Chumley, 64, of Cumming died Sept. 16, 2014.
Mozell Hubbard Gilbert, 90, died Sept. 17, 2014.
Michael Brian Adamson, 35, died Sept. 15, 2014.
According to Mama, I am not a grown up yet. I do not have a full appreciation of country music and until I do, I cannot be deemed a grown up.
September is not only the full-fledged beginning of the new school year, it is also start-up time for organization activities that have filled many planning hours during the "dormant" days of July and August.
The Woman Who Shares My Name instructed me that this week's column was to be about positive things. She says she is tired of bad news and thought you felt the same way. "Surely, you can find some positive things to write about," she said, "and temporarily take people's minds off all the terrible things going on in the world. I think your readers would appreciate that."
It seems like summer is slowly beginning to turn to fall. Some vegetable gardens may still be producing well, but others are beginning to wind down for the season. For those of us whose gardens have given up, consider planting a cover crop this fall to improve your vegetable garden next summer.
Montine Richards, 90, of Alpharetta died Sept. 12, 2014.
Erwin Topper, 72, of Dawsonville died Sept. 13, 2014.
SMSgt. William "Dean" Hulsey, U.S.A.F. (Ret.), 88, of Dawsonville died Sept. 11, 2014.
Travis Neal Norman, 78, of Dawsonville, died Oct. 1, 2014.
Edward "Ed" Hughes, 90, of Cumming, died Oct. 2, 2014.
Kyle Curl, 28, of Dawsonville, died Oct. 1, 2014.
If I die anytime soon - and I have no plans to do so at the moment - please see that the first paragraph of my obituary reads, "He was past president of the University of Georgia National Alumni Association." You can save for later paragraphs the part about my being often mistaken for Brad Pitt and my uncanny ability to put commas where they don't belong.
Autumn olive, mimosa, English ivy, Lespedeza, Chinese privet, Japanese honeysuckle, kudzu, Japanese stiltgrass, princesstree, Chinese wisteria, multiflora rose and bamboo. What do all of these plants have in common?
"Mama, why do they have Christmas stuff out already?"
A Dawsonville man being held on a felony probation violation has been charged with murdering his cellmate at the Hall County jail.
"I love you more" has been an ongoing thing between my son and me.
Last Saturday while the Bulldog nation sweated out a 35-32 victory over the Tennessee Volunteers that should not have been as hard as our scholar-athletes made it, former head football coach and athletic director Vince Dooley's first team at UGA was recognized on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. As nice as that was, more - much more - needs to be done to honor the legendary Hall of Fame coach.
There's been so much disturbing news lately that I thought I'd share a couple of different "bits." They both came from forwarded emails, so perhaps you have seen them, but they bear repeating.
Hazel Laverne Kinsey Dills, 74, of Forsyth County, died Sept. 29, 2014.
Mae Elizabeth Mayer, 85, of Dawsonville, died Sept. 24, 2014.