I don’t have anything against Mike Smith or Matt Ryan. I like them both, and I appreciate the stability and credibility they’ve brought to a franchise that has been the butt of jokes for much of my lifetime.
So far The Next Stop has helped more than 100 young adults live a fuller life. Many have accomplished things in this friendly environment that occupational therapists were unable to teach them in private sessions.
For the record, this is the 10th installment of “Stupid things,” meaning I’ve been spouting inanities now for more than a decade. Please know, I couldn’t have done it without you. My readers clearly rank among the most idiocy-tolerant people in the world, a distant second to Nancy Pelosi voters.
Each era produces its own slang. Some terms demonstrate staying power and become part of the lexicon, while others are relegated to the dustbin of linguistic history.
New Year’s resolutions. I’m not sure yet what mine will be, but I sure have a list of suggestions for other people.
Life is too short to have — or to be — a bad friend. If you see yourself in any of these, it’s not too late to change. And if these remind you of someone you know, you might want to consider an intervention.
For those of you who are faithful to this column, you will, no doubt, recall that last year I made brand new resolutions. I tossed out the old ones that I had failed at repeatedly and trudged ahead to new ones, optimistically believing that success was mine for taking.
I’m not a big Bill O’Reilly fan, but I do get a kick out of his nun stories. Probably because I have so many of my own.
Call me out-of-date, but I’d much rather do things in the time-honored way: a nice dinner, in a room with decent lighting, where I can take my time over my food, enjoy some good conversation, and perhaps not end up with special sauce on my sweater, followed by a long-anticipated movie to which I can devote my full attention.
When you pause, you breathe, which makes you physically stronger, and you clear your mind, which enables you to think more strategically.
I realized this year, though, that there is one day of the Christmas season that never disappoints me. In fact, it is always warmer, more loving, memorable, and joyous than I expect. That’s the day that I put up my favorite of three trees.
We are flying out to Boise for the holidays and taking our three sons, which means that for Christmas this year everyone’s getting a plane ticket and a small bag of Delta peanuts. Instead of letting Santa decide who’s been naughty and nice, we’ll have to leave that determination to the TSA.
Every Christmas I make sure everyone in my family finds a book under the tree. However, for the 200 some books I bought over the years, I hardly remember any of them. But in recent years I’ve come across some books I might have bought had they been around when my kids were young.
Several readers have asked me if I have any resources for post traumatic stress disorder. Well, I have the Internet like everyone else, but I’m also fortunate to have a few contacts through past columns.
We all know the nanny-staters, with which this country is rife and who in fact now seem to be running things, have long been opposed to fun.
Health and Wellness
- Governor declares March Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month at request of Gwinnett doctor
- HEALTH BRIEFS: Local hospital to host Affordable Care Act seminar and enrollment event
- Weekly restaurant health inspections for March 3
- Bobsled medalist visits local girl, patients at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
- 'Pink in the Rink' has special meaning for Gladiators' ice crew
- Weekly restaurant health inspections for Feb. 24
- 'Lone Survivor' tells story at Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation gala
- Country music singer tours hospital before peforming locally
- HEALTH BRIEFS: Free prenatal care visits offered to uninsured pregnant women
- Eastside Medical Center, Walgreens announce clinical collaboration agreement
Home and Garden
- DALY: Now is the time to prevent summer weeds in lawns
- DALY: Proper and timely pruning promotes healthy plant growth
- UPCCA to host gardening event
- North Atlanta Home Show draws large crowds
- DALY: Native azaleas are an attractive feature to the home landscape
- DALY: Soil testing essential in improving the quality of your soil
- DALY: Proper pruning of crape myrtles is essential
- DALY: Use care when planting around septic drainfields
- DALY: If given proper care, fruit trees will produce abundantly
- DALY: Protecting landscape plants from the unseasonably cold weather
- BUCK'S BYTES: Simple tech is often good tech
- BUCK'S BYTES: Should electrical wiring, lights still be so old school?