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It’s the “First World” that gives me culture shock

It’s the “First World” that gives me culture shock

I just spent four whirlwind days in El Salvador, a country that until recently I associated mostly with its brutal civil war of the 1980s and, more recently, gang violence and immigrants fleeing to the north in desperate quests for better lives. I was not there to vacation or visit friends or family — this was work. I was documenting the tremendous progress of a couple of nonprofits working in the country: The Fuller Center for Housing and The People Helping People Network. Having done this kind of thing before, I mostly knew what to expect — warnings not to […]

Mountains offer a few things to beach about

Mountains offer a few things to beach about

When it comes to getting away from it all, most folks prefer going up to the mountains or down to the beach. In other words, there are mountain people and there are normal people. We recently got back from a few days in the mountains somewhere just across the Georgia line into North Carolina so that my mom could see different colors of leaves. A friend offered to let us borrow his cabin — or I would deem it, a luxury mountain mansion. The price of free was too enticing to pass up. Granted, we could have waited a week, […]

At last, a diet plan that works for me!

At last, a diet plan that works for me!

As someone who has added a pound or two or 20 over the past couple of decades, I’ve tried my share of diets. Each has had about the same degree of success — and by “success,” I mean total failure. I’ve tried low-carb and no carb. I’ve tried intermittent fasting, outermittent fasting and intermittent slowing. I’ve even tried swallowing that supplement that starts with a “V.” What’s it called again? Oh yeah, vegetables. Some grocery stores have whole sections devoted to them. Who knew? I thought it was just an extension of the floral department. That might explain why Tessa […]

If you’re gonna hunt, go Big — as in Foot

If you’re gonna hunt, go Big — as in Foot

Many folks where I grew up are passionate about hunting. It just never quite took hold with me. I grew up doing some hunting and a good bit of fishing, and I did an awful lot of shooting. All of my shooting was in self-defense, of course, as I was attacked by a lot of bottles, cans and road signs out in the country. You city folks don’t know how dangerous little road signs are because you’re so used to those docile giant signs along the interstate. By the time I was 13, I was mostly done with hunting. I […]

My 50 favorite Jimmy Buffett songs not named “Margaritaville” … in no particular order

My 50 favorite Jimmy Buffett songs not named “Margaritaville” … in no particular order

Today is my 50th birthday. I’m writing this in advance, though, so just in case I died before this automatically posted, well, today would have been my 50th birthday. But let’s assume I’m still here. It just makes me feel better. Because it’s my 50th birthday, you can bet I’m at the beach. It won’t be a crowded beach, and I’ll be socially distancing just as I have my previous 49 years of going to the beach. There are margaritas flowing, something on the grill, and tropical music — especially a lot of tunes from Jimmy Buffett, who has provided […]

I’m about to do something these greats never did

I’m about to do something these greats never did

This coming Saturday, I’ll be celebrating a milestone birthday at the beach with a handful of family members. I promise to practice social distancing while there, something I’ve been practicing at the beach (and everywhere else) for the last 49 years or so. Yes, I’ll be turning 50 — a bit of a miracle given some close calls with car crashes, kayaking accidents and 20 years of battling our nation’s greedy health care system. Well, I assume I’ll make it to Saturday. It is 2020, after all, so any day now the super volcano under Yellowstone will erupt (it’s due) […]

Kemp sows dangerous confusion with ambiguous loopholes

Kemp sows dangerous confusion with ambiguous loopholes

(Photo: Gov. Kemp and I agree that access to tequila is “essential” — though I don’t think either of us has a truly legitimate argument.) It seems there is still a lot of confusion surrounding Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s order issued last week. Plenty of establishments are still open, including the liquor store closest to my house. Just today I saw a car dealership open and a man delivering pine straw. I can’t imagine why people are confused. After all, I’ve got the text of the order right here in front of me and it clearly states in no uncertain […]

Coronavius testing shortage: You can’t find what you’re not looking for

Coronavius testing shortage: You can’t find what you’re not looking for

(Photo: Unless this guy drives you to get a coronavirus test, you’re probably not going to get one.) Big news! Day 10 of self-quarantine, and I almost got tested. That’s the second time I’ve almost gotten tested in the past eight days, so we are definitely making progress on this testing front! Way to go, leaders! I’m still hearing reports of five cases in one county, four there, and three here. Please remember that’s all baloney. The entire state of Georgia has tested fewer than 10,000 folks at this point, and the vast majority of those folks are in urban […]