Living Columnists


RICH: Sometimes a little info is too much

Occasionally, sleep will sneak away from me in the middle of the night. I will try not to get my mind going because once it takes off, it will wear me out with all its thinking.

LARSON: ‘Back’ stories produce great payback

Columnist Lisa McLeod recently wrote about back stories. Well, I have a couple of my own. About 10 years ago I wrote about Jerry Gilbert who was just walking down the street when a scout from a modeling agency tapped him on the shoulder.

JENKINS: The four types of parents: Which one are you?

We all know some parents are too strict and others too lenient. But according to research conducted by the Center for Teacher Effectiveness, it’s not quite that simple. Parenting styles can actually be placed on a continuum, with four main types.

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McLEOD: How to solve the ‘I hate my job’ problem

Purpose drives profit, not the other way around. You don’t create purpose by making a profit; you make a profit by establishing a Noble Purpose.

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JENKINS: 'Government' schools? Maybe — but in America, we're the government

Not all private schools are better than all public schools, and this notion that we’re failing our kids if we send them to “government” schools is utter nonsense. It depends on the situation.

McLEOD: What’s the matter with work?

You don’t have to become a fireman or a nurse to fulfill the childhood fantasy of an important meaningful job. You can sell toothpaste. The secret of meaningful work is shifting your focus from the what to the who. Instead of focusing on the output of your job, focus on who benefits.

RICH: Don’t want to die before I get read

The only thing that really scares me about dying, is thinking of all the good books yet to read.

RICH: Mama B: A most memorable mother

It was at lunch after a morning revival service last summer that a few of us sat around, munching on Southern casseroles and talking about one of the most memorable mothers any of us had ever known.

LARSON: Finding royal treatment for thin skin

The first time I heard the fairy tale “The Princess and the Pea” I just knew I had been switched at birth. I bruise so easily that I knew that if I slept on 20 mattresses with a pea slipped underneath them that I would wake up totally black and blue.

JENKINS: Adding my daughter to my list of favorite moms

Over the years, I’ve used this space on Mother’s Day to sing the praises of mothers in general and a few mothers in particular, like my wife and step-mother. Today I hope you’ll indulge me as I pay tribute to my newest favorite mom: my daughter Jenny.

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McLEOD: Your backstory matters

Intent is always more interesting than implementation. If you want to be more compelling, start sharing your backstory.

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ROMAN: Our Black Ancestry: A Personal Story

When my friend Diana told me about her family legacy, I was stunned. But no more stunned than when she discovered it herself.

RICH: Making a point with a magazine cover

Don’t try to outwit a Southern woman when not properly armed for the battle.

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LARSON: Little Big Town singer to present cookbook in Norcross

Kimberly Schlapman will sign ‘Oh Gussie’ cookbook at event

Kimberly Schlapman, whose talents include feeding the body as well as the soul, which is evident from her TV show “Kimberly’s Simply Southern” will present a cookbook signing on May 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Norcross Cultural Arts and Community Center.

JENKINS: Dear students: You have no right not to be offended

Young people, liberty and democracy are not for sissies or nitwits.