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I remember going to hear a Ferrol Sams lecture at Mercer University’s Newton Sanctuary, the small chapel where I got married in 1982. I can’t recall the year. I have it written on a calendar somewhere. But I remember one of his granddaughters was there that night. I have copies of his first books, “Whisper [...]

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One flu over the cuckoo’s nest

Getting a flu shot was not on my bucket list. It was not on the 1,001 things I hope to do before I die. I have spent my entire life bragging about how I had never had a flu shot. It was a point of pride. My late father, a physician, never believed in them. [...]

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RIP: The godmother of doubletalk

I first met Eloise Hope in the summer of 2008. I was working on the biography of Durwood Fincher, which was published later that year … “Once You Step in Elephant Manure You’re in the Circus Forever: The Life and Sometimes of Durwood ‘Mr. Doubletalk’ Fincher.’’ She lived in a retirement community in Columbus, Ga. [...]

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Win one for the Rudy

Well, tonight is the national championship game. Some folks aren’t giving Notre Dame much of a chance. After all, Alabama has won two of the last three national titles. They are accustomed to being on this stage. The Crimson Tide plays in the almighty Southeastern Conference and, if you listen to some of their increasingly [...]

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Deliver us from evil

(Washington Post photo) This is a column I published in The Macon Telegraph on April 25, 1999, after the school shootings in Littleton, Col. We ride to school each weekday morning down familiar streets. The view never changes. The route is rather routine. Yet the journey is always different. Sometimes my 12-year-old son and I [...]

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A gentle giant goes home

Ronnie Marshall was a gentle giant. He had the best smile. I’m not sure I ever saw him when he wasn’t wearing it. Ronnie worked at the Nu-Way on Cotton Avenue. His nickname was “Juicy Mae.” He was a fixture back in the kitchen. I would sometimes pull around and park in the alley that [...]

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The funny paper in living color

Today was a red-letter day in the 186-year history of The Macon Telegraph. It was a sky-blue letter day, a lime-green letter day and a daffodil-yellow letter day. In case you didn’t get the memo, the comic page was in color. That would be nothing new for a Sunday, when the birthright of the comic [...]

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It looked like a Christmas parade. Santa was there. So were a few of his reindeer. The elves made an appearance, too. There was green tinsel on the floats. The fashion of the day was red hats with white tassels. I didn’t feel like a Christmas parade, though. It was 73 degrees when the first [...]

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This is a column I wrote about my father three years ago on the 40th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s moon walk. [I included it in my book “Never Put a Ten-Dollar Tree in a Ten-Cent Hole.” Some nights, you have to search to find the moon. It’s just a sliver in the sky. Or tucked [...]

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Bringing Sugar Boy Home

On Tuesday, July 31, they will be bringing the remains of Thomas Jefferson “Sugar Boy” Barksdale home to Macon. Barksdale was killed in Korea in December 1950. It took 60 years and a DNA to positively identify his remains. The simple wooden casket will arrive at the airport in Atlanta at 7 a.m. I will [...]

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