Archive for May, 2010

Last but good

May 31, 2010

Here I am finishing last in Saturday’s STARS & STRIPES 5K in Duluth, Georgia.   For the past several months, I’ve been getting early starts to shoot better pictures of the runners.   For the past several months, I’ve also been recovering from surgeries and a loss of cardio vascular conditioning.   So Saturday was a test of whether I could run more than 50 yards without stopping.   Hallelujah, God gave me the strength to keep running for a mile.   It was downhill.  It was only a 13-minute pace, but it felt so good.

The unknown becomes known

May 30, 2010

A University of Georgia Professor’s search for the identity of an unknown soldier from the Civil War pays off.   The year is 1997.

Dream School

May 29, 2010

We can learn from this school and others who use innovative methods to teach.

The UGA bell

May 28, 2010

A bell tradition at the University of Georgia still rings.   A look back to a story from 1997.The bell’s still there.

Births announcement

May 27, 2010

This baby wren is the first of 6 expected.  A mother wren deposited 6 eggs in a flower pot in front of our home.   We had been watching since we first saw them more than 10 days ago.  The mother wren would sit patiently on the eggs…flying away only when we got too close. Membranes still cover the babies’ eyes, but their mouths are wide open waiting for their mother to return with food.  If all goes well, they’ll be ready to fly in another 15 to 17 days!


May 26, 2010

It’s Tuesday around 7 p.m.    We’re waiting for the arrival of our niece, our grand niece and grand nephew.   They’ve come from Ireland where Stacey married an Irish lad.


They’ve arrived for dinner.  It’s the first time I’ve seen 4-year-old Emily and 7-month old Luke.  They’re beautiful with a strong resemblance to their mother, Stacey.  Her husband, Stephen, is a member of the Irish Army.

Luke-Grandfather Jerry McClellan

It’s also the first time for my brother, Jerry, Luke’s grandfather to see his newest grandson.  Within the next few years, Stephen will be retiring from the Irish Army.   Stacey says the United States government is recruiting him for a job here in the states so we’ll get to see them more often..


Before they left, my wife Gisela and son Scott joined the mix.  The camera’s on a timer so I was able to get in the picture too.  This was a wait that was well worthwhile!

Hero prisoner

May 25, 2010

Thirteen years ago, deputies from Fayette county, Georgia were driving a prisoner back from Kentucky when their vehicle hydroplaned and plunged down a 2-hundred feet embankment.    The deputies told us the prisoner saved their lives. This prisoner’s heroism earned him his freedom.

Runners do smile

May 24, 2010

Joan Walls

Joan Walls demonstrates that runners do smile in the Firehouse 5K. It was one of 3 races for me this weekend.  I often hear from non-runners that say they don’t run because they never see a runner smiling.

Joan belies that notion as do these spectators in the race to benefit the Firemen Funds Trust in Covington. Not only do runners smile but as you see in this final picture, they sometimes

leap and jump while running in the streets.  FOR A MORE COMPLETE LOOK, PLEASE CLICK ON “Don McClellan’s Photo Shows” to the right of this blog.

Toccoa Falls flood remembered

May 23, 2010

1997 was the 20th year anniversary of a tragedy in north Georgia that claimed many lives.   John Pruitt is the anchor.2010 is the 33rd anniversary of the flood that killed 39.

Federal prisoners in a forest

May 22, 2010

It’s not unusual to see city, county or state prisoners on a work detail.  But you hardly ever see what you’re about to see in this story from 1997.   The now retired Don Farmer is the anchor.I never did a follow-up on this story.   Perhaps I should to see if the Feds are still using the program…what’s happened to these men who participated?