Call me out-of-date, but I’d much rather do things in the time-honored way: a nice dinner, in a room with decent lighting, where I can take my time over my food, enjoy some good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.
Several times Leif mentioned Coach Flowe taking him aside and encouraging him. Every player knew that simply being on the team made him part of their success.
All things being equal, most high schools will have a really tall kid every few years. Most will have the occasional college prospect, maybe two. But what should we make of those programs that feature a steady stream of 6-foot-9 athletes and boast multiple Division I signees every year? What are the odds that would occur randomly?
We’ve all known people who touted the merits of their best (perceived) traits without realizing that they carried them to such extremes that people found them off putting.
Whether this has been a year that leaned more toward blessings or tribulations, give thanks for it. Because even the hard times are leading to better times and when you get to those better days, you’ll celebrate them with pure joy.
I don’t recommend the drive-through, however, for parents with small children. Using it will merely frustrate your real purpose: having half an hour to eat in peace while your kids will disappear inside the playground.
SaltLight Center, run by Family Promise, is a volunteer run emergency shelter for homeless single women and women with children. It provides a safe and loving overnight stay for those in need and Karpf is most grateful for all its willing volunteers.
The 60 percent principle is my new mantra. If I want it, and I’m close to 60 percent confident that I can do it, I’m going for it.
The American Dream. Pure and simple. Why aren’t we doing more to extol it these days? Why aren’t we celebrating the opportunities of a country where the poor can rise mightily?
Health and Wellness
- National Ambassador for March of Dimes visits Gwinnett Medical Center
- GA-PCOM graduates return to practice locally
- SOWELL: Comparison of men vs. women pay is statistical fraud
- ARORA: National Osteopathic Medicine Week a good chance to learn about GA-PCOM
- THOMAS: Sebelius is the definition of a scapegoat
- G-Braves to support National Alopecia Areata Foundation
- Dental centers offering free oral cancer screenings
- PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE: Dental help at Good Samaritan Center
- Weekly restaurant health inspections for April 14
- New electrophysiology labs expand Gwinnett Medical's cardiac services
Home and Garden
- DALY: What do the numbers on the fertilizer bag mean?
- DALY: Not all lawn grasses are created equal
- Gwinnett Tech schedules spring plant sale
- DALY: Georgia Gold Medal Plants are a great addition to the home landscape
- Environmental Center hosts 'Grow your own' festival
- DALY: Even with warmer weather, a late season freeze still possible
- DALY: Although attractive, cherry trees do not perform well in our climate
- DALY: Japanese maples make great specimen plants
- WIGGINS: Some ideas on how to grow green this year
- DALY: Now is the time to prevent summer weeds in lawns
- BUCK'S BYTES: Simple tech is often good tech
- BUCK'S BYTES: Should electrical wiring, lights still be so old school?