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Gris I Know

  My perfect morning has been to imagine a man drinking his coffee, holding his newspaper in his hands and telling his wife: “Marge, you’ve got to read Gris today.” I am a storyteller. In the South, we’re all storytellers. It’s what we do. People have been saying so many nice things about me these [...]

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There have been times this past week when I almost called his name, expecting to find him scratching at the back door. Or sitting by my feet on the kitchen floor, waiting for a crumb to fall. I wanted to hear his tail thumping against the bead board and barking at everything in the alley. [...]

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A beautiful love story

(Column from The Macon Telegraph, Aug. 4, 2013) Thanks for reading!!! Jack DeMave’s eyes dance when he remembers the day Camille Smith swept him off his feet. He was a handsome Broadway actor who had appeared on stage with Charlton Heston in “Mr. Roberts.” She was a green-eyed beauty from Macon who had taken the [...]

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(Column from Macon Telegraph July 5, 2013) I don’t confess to many crimes because I never commit any. I’m going to come clean on this one, though. I kidnapped my son’s Freddie Freeman bobblehead doll. Yep, I went over to Grant’s house while he was away and slipped Fast Freddie out the back door. I [...]

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True love and homegrown tomatoes

(Column from The Macon Telegraph, June 19, 2013) Friday is the first day of summer on the calendar. But it officially arrived for me last week when I sliced into my first red, ripe tomato of the season. I smothered it with salt and pepper, and slapped it on two pieces of white bread slathered [...]

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I never see an old shoeshine box that I do not think of my father. I do not eat a bite of macaroni and cheese without remembering my Aunt Nell, who made macaroni and cheese against which all others are judged. When people die, they don’t really die. We all have the assurance of eternal [...]

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Surf’s up at the library

It warms my heart when I see people reading. It is the foundation for learning. I believe we could solve a lot of our educational problems if we not only taught people how to read but an appreciation for the written word. I went to the Washington Memorial Library late one afternoon last week. There [...]

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Serving up the memories

(Jim Smith III has been with S&S for 70 years, since he was 11. Photo by Beau Cabell/The Telegraph) The S&S Cafeteria in Macon has been part of my family’s life for as long as I can remember. We would stop every time we came down I-75 from Atlanta on our way to Florida or [...]

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Reportugal

When the man told me he had joined the Air Force at the start of the Korean War in 1950, I thanked him for his service to our country. Life in the military had taken him all over the map. He reeled off some of the places where he had been stationed. His career had [...]

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‘So, God made a farmer’

My father grew up on a farm in the Midwest. His father worked the land, just as his father had. They lost everything in the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, and moved to the Promise Land of California, like something out of the pages of The Grapes of Wrath. My uncle and his two sons [...]

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