A composite of recent questions posed to me by journalists, along with my answers:
Q: There is a small brown bird that occasionally roosts on a ledge at the top of a column at the corner of my porch. It looks like a tiny ball with feathers. It is gone at dawn. I saw it one evening before it roosted. It has a stubby, upright tail and curved bill. It gave a loud, trilling call followed by raspy squawks before it finally flew up to its roosting spot. What could it be?
Note: The following is the beginning of a series of columns looking at how hard currency was introduced in Georgia and Bulloch County.
A favorite saying for many is, "If anything is worth doing, it's worth doing right." Growing up, I heard my dad quote this so much, it seemed to me it had coined it. The nature of the proverb is such it can be labeled a truism.
Question: I saw a photo of a lovely flower called a "toad lily" in a catalog. Can we grow it in Georgia?
A mother who attended a recent presentation during which I described the differences between high self-esteem and humility writes, asking, "What should my husband and I be doing to help our children develop humble hearts?"
I missed the eclipse. Through no fault of my own, I would hasten to point out. My view of the moon being covered by the shadow of the sun was covered by clouds, thick and bulbous and gunmetal gray. I kept going outside, looking up into the eastern sky which is, as it turns out, a rather large general area and while I had a pretty good idea of where the moon was supposed to be - somewhere up and to the right of the grain bins - I never got a single glimpse.
Several weeks ago, Mother Nature teased us with a cool snap, making us believe fall had arrived early this year.
Question: Last Saturday I saw what looked like a hummingbird feeding at the moonflower vine growing at the edge of my porch. It was well past midnight. Was this one working the third shift, or was it just a night-owl hummingbird?
Note: The following is the last part of a series of columns looking at the establishment and evolution of the banking system in Georgia and Bulloch County.
Q: My 14-year-old son started public high school this year and immediately fell into his old bad habits. He's intelligent and capable of making consistently excellent grades, but he often does less than he's capable of. He also tends to wait until the last minute before he begins something like a book report. I'm on the school website every day, keeping up with his assignments and then making sure he does them. I've been doing this since he was in the third grade. He obviously doesn't like it, but I'm afraid of what will ...
I like the letter of James. I like it because he goes straight to the heart of the matter. He is not wishy-washy and writes what he believes should be written. His letter is one of the best examples of Christian ethics as interpreted from the Sermon on the Mount, which we can find in Matthew. Ethics is the constant changing and updating of our day to day activities with one another. Our ethics can be poor or reasonably good, depending on what method we use for our guidelines.
Qualifications are important in life - for school, jobs, marriage, even games. Peter told the earliest disciples of Jesus in Jerusalem that the apostolic replacement for Judas must have been one of Jesus' companions during his entire earthly ministry (Acts 1:21-22). If he hadn't been, he couldn't be counted as an apostle of Christ.
Note: The following is part of a series of columns looking at the establishment and evolution of the banking system in Georgia and Bulloch County.
The following statement is true: A child's natural response to the proper presentation of authority is obedience.