Getting A Swing Back

If you have not seen the movie, “The Legend of Bagger Vance”, it may be a good idea to stop reading this column. It is one of the best movies ever produced and I do not want to give away the story to those who have not enjoyed it. Early 1900’s – Rannulph Junnah is a...

Reflections On (Grand) Father’s Day

Berrien County, Ga. – 1920’s – My paternal grandfather, James A. Swindle, (Papa James) begins his life as a tough farm boy who survives diphtheria and pneumonia. He does not back down from a challenge. He may have got into a scuffle or two with other boys while...

Am I My Brother’s Keeper?

Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper? Genesis 4:9 – Yes. Relationships between siblings have always amazed me. My sons may fight each other in the yard. But, if anyone threatens one of them,...

Field Sobriety Tests

First, never drink and drive. If you choose to drink, stay home or make sure that you have a designated driver. We want for our community to be as safe as possible. Both sober and intoxicated drivers are pulled over by law enforcement every day. There is always...

Georgia’s New Mental Health Laws

This year, the General Assembly passed sweeping changes to the state’s mental health care system. HB 1013 was passed with a 54-0 vote in the Senate and a 166-0 vote in the House. “Hope won”, said House Speaker David Ralston, who led the measure. He said...

Blood Diamonds

“Some men will kill, risk death, their honor, and their humanity in search of treasure. Yet, in the end, they cannot kill enough or steal enough to satisfy their hunger for more.” – Author Unknown – 1991 – Sierra Leone – The western African nation is...

Remembering The People’s Judge

“Your friends can get you into more trouble than you can get into yourself.” – Judge Alton P. Johnson – Late 1990’s – I walk into the office of Johnson, Dangle, and Parmer looking for a job before I enter law school. As Bob Dangle greets me, I hear a...

Returning To The Rockies

“I seek to lose the madness over the mountains and begin again.” – Colonel Ludlow’s quote to his companion, One Stab, in the movie Legends of the Fall. After watching the butchering of Indian tribes in the U.S. for years, Colonel Ludlow resigns from the army. He...

The Pilot And The Commander

During WW II, the United States was a “united nation”. Men and women of all races, classes, and political views were firmly behind President Franklin Roosevelt (FDR); the greatest war president in history.In 1943, the tide was turning against the German Reich and the...