Living Columnists


JENKINS: ‘The Devil’s Dictionary,’ Election 2014 edition

Between 1904 and 1912, newspaperman Ambrose Bierce penned a series of columns for the Hearst newspapers offering his satirical definitions of everyday terms, which he later compiled into a single volume under the title “The Devil’s Dictionary.”

LARSON: Great name chosen for first grandson

When we chose to name our son Leif, we were just looking for a nice Norwegian name to reflect his paternal heritage. We didn’t name him after any great grandparents nor were we inspired by any particular historic figures or role models. We just liked the name.

McLEOD: Complaints that deserve your attention

Complaints are a valid source of feedback, but they aren’t all worth listening to. Discern which ones have merit before you react.

JENKINS: Holding my nose and pulling the lever for Grandpa’s Old Peeps

Like most Georgians — heck, most Americans — I currently suffer from EFS: Election Fatigue Syndrome. Symptoms include an aversion to telephones and a growing conviction that everything politicians say is a lie.

LARSON: Gwinnett parks offer free fun and festivity

Some of the best things in life are free and and that includes upcoming events in the Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation’s L.I.F.E. (Leisure Is For Everyone) winter schedule.

LARSON: Author's imagination sparked by Fire Academy

“I’m always looking for ways to kill people,” Lawrenceville author writer Fran Stewart said, being sure to clarify that she means in print and electronic form only.

JENKINS: Young parents, these really are the best years

Don’t wish your life away, and your kids’ lives away, waiting for them to grow up. Trust me, they will, and all too soon.

RICH: Boys will be boys

My husband is like a relentless teenager. When he wants something, he persists until it’s easier for me to say “yes” just to get him out of my hair.

McLEOD: How volunteering for your boss changes your trajectory

Most people do what their boss asks, but only a select few figure out what their boss really needs.

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JENKINS: How to help your kids thrive in public school

If you’re dissatisfied with the public schools yet not sold on any of the alternatives, let me share some of the strategies my wife and I used to help our four children not only survive but thrive in public school and beyond.

McLEOD: Why being frantic leads to being burned out

How many times have you worked like a fiend on something and then found yourself so burned out you couldn’t bear to even look at it again?

LARSON: Pharmacist helps seniors extend life, save money

“A recent study estimated that roughly one in seven Americans 65 and older is taking at least one potentially inappropriate medication. Every year, 38 million older Americans experience serious complications from the medicines they take. The number of Americans treated in hospitals for medication-related problems top two million, and more than half of those hospitalized were 65 and older,” AARP reports.

RICH: A fire that left nothing but ashes and memories

It was hard not to see the ghosts in the blacken ashes, to hear their whisperings, or to recall the wisdom plied like a fine whiskey upon the ones who would listen and take note.

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JENKINS: Why Common Core is un-American

I recently heard a pundit opine that America was founded on the principle of equality. Really? Did Patrick Henry say, “Give me equality or give me death”? Does the Pledge of Allegiance end, “with equality and justice for all”?

LARSON: October all wrapped up in Red Ribbon Week

Back in 1988, to help kick off the inaugural National Red Ribbon Week, a PTA lady asked me to come to the Trickum Middle School parking lot to help decorate all the school buses with red ribbons