Archive for December, 2011

Get high

December 31, 2011

without alcohol.   Save money, improve your health and lessen the possibilty of making a fool of yourself.  Try running.   There are several local races this evening.  Running or exercising with effort will stimulate your body to produce a substance called, “endorphins”.  You’ll get a natural high.  Run out the old…run in the new!


Without glasses?

December 31, 2011

Today (Friday) I made a tentative commitment to have surgery that’s supposed to allow me to see clearly without glasses.  I had 20-20 vision during much of my life.  My first surrender to age was drug-store reading glasses, then progressive lens that changed with the light.  A recent examination showed that cataracts are developing in my eyes natural lens.  An Opthamologist told me my eyesight would get progressively worse if I Idid nothing.  My second option is to replace my natural lens with a clear implant.   The catracts would be gone, but I’d still have to wear reading glasses. My insurance would pick up most of that tab.   I’ve chosen the third option:  a lens implant that also would eliminate the need for reading glasses.  It involves a little more risk and the procedure will cost me about $2,600. out of pocket for each eye.  I’ll let you know how it comes out.  In the meantime, if any of you have had the procedure, I’d appreciate knowing how it worked for you.

Stones in and under my shoe

December 30, 2011

A friend and I were walking the other day.  I stopped to remove a small stone in my shoe only to discover a

a much larger stone under my shoe.  It’s an illustration that small stones can cause more pain, but big stones can be harder to remove…and harder.  There’s a life lesson  there.  Please let me know if you find it.

In the can for the holidays

December 29, 2011

If you watch WSB-Television during the holidays, you may have noticed an unusual number of “human- interest” stories.   For example today (Wednesday) we had a tale about the fellow who has furnished the University of Georgia mascot, UGA, since the first  UGA, more than half a century ago.  I reported the UGA anecdote at least twice during the 60s, 70s, and 80s.   We traveled to the donor’s home near Savannah.   Our reporter’s narrative this year was on the sidelines at the University of Georgia in Athens during a game several weeks ago.  The background for the story was out of date because we put it “in the can”.  We were preparing for the holidays when more reporters and sources than usual would be away on vacation.    Regardless of the time of year, we have to fill the time.  As a viewer, I prefer the human- interest  “stories in the can”, but apparently I’m in the minority…witness the tales that dominate the other times of the year.

FDR and Lucy Mercer

December 28, 2011

A reader of this blog told me that Franklin Delano Roosevelt should be included among the philandering presidents.

Lucy Mercer

Researchers say that FDR and Lucy Mercer began an affair shortly after Eleanor, FDR’s wife, hired Mercer as Eleanor’s personal secretary.  This was more than a dozen years before FDR became President.  His paramour was with him at his Warm Springs, Georgia cottage when the President died on April 12, 1945.  She lived only 3 years longer.

JFK and BC

December 27, 2011

There are some writers who claim that Presidents Kennedy and Clinton are the two most sexually, morally corrupt Presidents we’ve ever had…excluding Jefferson   These same writers say JFK,s and Clinton’s sexual dalliances didn’t seem to make any difference to a majority of the people of the United States.  They believe we elect candidates because of their leadership and charm.  How does Herman Cain fit into into this theory?

Christmas, Grandchildren and Running

December 26, 2011

Running for the first time with my 7-year-old grandchild is among the things that makes this a day to remember.  It was raining when we hit the pavement.    I set the camera on a bannister for this self-portrait.  Carston showed some leg speed though he’s not yet trained for distance.   16-month-old Katie has her own game going.  Thank you God for this blessed day and the people with whom we shared it.

More than 10 hours on the road

December 25, 2011

 By phone, we just talked with our daughter-in-law, Alexia.   She’s been on the road more than 10 hours with our 7-year-old grandson and one-year-old grandaughter.   Alexia’s a tough lady.   Driving that long by yourself is tough enough, but with two youngsters, it takes special patience and tolerance.   Alexia is projecting they’ll arrive by 9 p.m., just in time to go to bed.  Perhaps they’ll make it before Santa Claus.

God willing, they’ll be here for Christmas!

December 24, 2011


Our two youngest grandchildren, Carston and Katie.

Serial killer slain by an Angel

December 23, 2011

In today’s Atlanta Journal Constitution,  there’s a story about serial killer Paul John Knowles and one of his apparent victims.  Knowles was in the Douglas county, Georgia jail when I talked with him in 1974.   He was like so many other killers.  Knowles regarded his actions as “out of body” experiences.   A few weeks after I talked with Knowles, Douglas County Sheriff Earl Lee and GBI Agent Ron Angel were transporting him in the sheriff’s car.  Knowles had told them he would lead them to where he’d left an officer’s gun….an officer who was one of more than 18 people he admitted murdering.  The sheriff told me that Knowles somehow managed to pick the lock in his handcuffs.  From the back seat, the killer reached for the sheriff’s gun.   GBI Agent Angel was in the front passenger seat.  Before Knowles could get the sheriff’s weapon, Angel spun around and shot him dead.

Paul John Knowles

The story in today’s AJC says that now Georgia authorities have linked Knowles to a heretofore unsolved 1974 murder.  The victim was then 13-year-old Ima Jean Sanders of Warner Robins.  Authorities made the connection using DNA evidence.   I remember the late Sheriff Lee telling me shortly after Angel killed Knowles, “…that_________ won’t be murdering anybody else.”