I know I can't draw too many parallels between my household budget and something as big and complicated as the federal budget. After all, there's at least one major difference: my household actually HAS a budget.
It's a topic not discussed much in mixed company, and for good reason.
At my house, the day Girl Scout cookies arrive is kind of like a holiday, on par with J.R.R. Tolkien’s birthday and Tax Freedom Day — theoretically, the day we stop working to pay the government, which usually comes in late April but in the near future may be pushed back to early May. Or mid-August. Or Dec. 31.
My wife and I are past our child-bearing days (fingers crossed), but that doesn't stop me with sharing my expertise with you.
Here's some pretty good relationship advice: when somebody threatens to walk, don't allow yourself to be manipulated. I think that applies to professional football teams as well as to significant others.
This may come as a surprise to my regular readers -- I know it shocks the heck out me -- but some people don't think I'm funny.
Not only would a standing militia provide all the justification citizens need to exercise their right to bear arms under the Second Amendment, but it would also create a powerful force of armed patriots should the state ever need to defend itself -- against enemies foreign or domestic.
The SEC was again its dominant self, led by Alabama winning another national title.
The problem with giving up freedoms, as we've learned since, is that you never get them back.
I trust you're looking forward to all the stupid things I'm sure to say in 2013.
Here are four strategies guaranteed to restore the Christmas spirit.
The ultimate solution to the holiday travel dilemma is to let family members come to you -- especially those who don't have small children at home.
Ernesto McCausland, the noted Columbian journalist, first came into my life as an exchange student at Ringgold High School. We became fast friends and I will miss him.
Today I perform the interesting trick of interviewing myself to produce a shameless book plug. For my "Family Man" book, that is.
To all Georgia fans -- Mark Richt is as good a coach as you're going to get -- and a far a better person than you deserve.
Why did "Black Friday" need to turn into "Black Thursday."
I know this goes against the grain, since cleaning has traditionally been regarded as women's work. Then again, men have traditionally been responsible for supporting the family financially. Any questions?
With the 2012 election still too close to call, it's important for you to have a plan, should your candidate not get the nod, preferably involving some combination of finger-pointing, denial, dissembling, self-pity, and dire predictions about the future of our republic.
If there's one point on which liberal teachers' union activists and conservative school administrators agree, it's that the proposed charter school amendment would be bad for Georgia.. Thoughtful voters should find that troubling.. After all, it's often said that a person can be judged by his or her enemies. Might
According to Lawrenceville-based film-maker Jessica Mockett, whose documentary-in-progress -- "Shamed" -- chronicles the impact of pornography on people's lives, age 4 is about the right time to start the conversation with your children.
Here are a few basic rules that will make the mom-less dining experience beneficial to your family and, if not pleasant, then at least tolerable.
When it comes to the economy, if we all want more pie, the answer is not to shift pieces around but to create a bigger pie.
Follow these few simple rules and you will have the kind of bathroom visit all men aspire to: satisfying yet uneventful.
Parents these days seem to subjugate their own lives to those of their children, so that little remains of the parent as an individual. You look around the ballpark and wonder just when that cute little Pam Jones, whom you used to go out with in high school, turned into "Ryan's Mom."
One excellent strategy for maintaining discipline in your home is to make completely arbitrary, totally ridiculous rules. You remember these -- your parents used to make them all the time. And it worked for them, didn't it? That's because nothing says "control" like power exercised for its own sake.
In the spirit of Ambrose Bierce, allow me to offer a few timely definitions to help you digest the political conventions.
The first lesson of the new school year is delivered even before classes convene, when Mom and Dad download little Johnny and Susie's supply lists. Call it Socialism 101. If the course had a textbook, it would be Hillary Clinton's "It Takes a Village.". Consider the list for one
No real family man has control over his own destiny. But it is vital that he and his wife appear to be in control.
For the true sports fan, the subjective nature of many Olympic sports just doesn't cut it.
My vote for favorite beach may be different than yours.
Somehow we've got to get the word out to our young women: stay in school and don't get pregnant, unless you want to doom yourself to a life of poverty.
When it comes to determining a national champion, NCAA still doesn't get it right.
I've got a new book coming out in a couple of months, and as anyone knows who has not spent the last decade living in a cave, or in Alabama, social media has become an incredibly potent marketing tool these days.
With the Fourth of July coming up, a look at some of the things that make me glad to be an American.
Trying to figure out what all of the odd actions mean.
Some helpful hints for your Father's Day shopping.
The Gwinnett area offers many options for access institutions.
When it comes to movies, you've got to decide which blockbuster is big enough to shell out the big bucks.
Except for a two-year hiatus, I have had at least one child in middle school since 1998.
Ever since my daughter went off to college seven years ago, I've felt an incredible sense of loss.
Including SUVs, cheap gas and babies.
I used to yell at referees, now, in my second career, I can help you draft a strong letter of protest to them.
When it comes to referees it's not much different than life -- it's best to worry about what you can control and not worry about what you can't.
You're never going to please everyone with your new baby's name, so why ruin the kid's life trying.
Webster's Dictionary defines "curmudgeon" as--excuse me just a minute. HEY, HAS ANYBODY SEEN MY WEBSTER'S DICTIONARY? No? Darn. I must have left it in 1998.
When it comes to gratuities, just because my order is small doesn't mean my tip will be.
When it comes to keeping kids in college, having them on a real campus is better than connecting them by the web.
Say what? People talk a lot but don't really say much these days.
It's a fact I know from my old playing days -- you can't consider yourself a true athlete until you've been taken to task by your coach.
My son's question put me in an awkward positon of explaining what is so bad about pornography. Quite a bit, I told him, durng an uncomfortable but necessary discussion.