Mark Wilson will tee off this Thursday in his second Masters Golf Tournament. Before he makes his first swing, he will have fine-tuned his skills one last time before that first swing on the first hole. His pre-round ritual includes preparation at the Augusta National’s driving range, chipping area, and putting green located near the stately antebellum home that the National uses for a clubhouse.
Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) John Page, M.D. received a dreadful call on September 24, 2010, only two months after he had deployed to the United States Army base in Ramadi, Iraq. Two United States soldiers had been killed in Fallujah, and it was alledged that another soldier had killed them.
Spc. Neftaly Platero, 32, of Kingwood, Texas, has been charged with the premeditated murder of Spc. John Carillo, Jr., 22, of Stockton, California, and Pfc. Gebrah P. Noonan, 26, of Watertown, Connecticut, on September 24, 2010.
The beautiful music of heaven poured out from the living room by the talented fingers of the crippled twelve year old girl. Her grandfather and others who gathered around the piano smiled in delight.
A knock at the door interrupted the moment. “I’ll get it.” The girl’s uncle walked over and opened the door.
It was his brother. “Who’s that playing the piano?”
“Your daughter. I can’t believe you don’t even know your own daughter!”
Ron Gibbs has a rich musical heritage that goes all the way back to his great, great grandfather, John Wesley King. The King family were well known gospel singers in the area. Their humble farm was located in Pinetucky, Georgia, an area south of Augusta that the federal government bought in July 1941 in order to build Ft. Gordon.
Things in our country run in spite of government, not by aid of it. I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts. - Will Rogers
I enjoy people and enjoy hearing their stories. The same goes with our political leaders as well. Since grade school, George Washington has been one of my favorite heroes.
On April 28, 1852, Frederick and Wiegand Schlein emigrated from Germany to the United States. They were two of a million German immigrants known as the 48ers named after the failed Germanic revolutions of 1848. These revolutions had sought individual liberties inspired by our Declaration of Independence and the individual freedoms "endowed to us by our Creator" granted in the United States Constitution's Bill of Rights.
The King James Bible (KJB) is still alive and well after 400 years of dominating all other English translations. In our own Augusta Chronicle, a verse from the KJB is printed on the masthead of the opinion page. USA Today reported that "the King James version is the Bible most adults own. Of the 89% of U.S. adults who own at least one Bible, 67% own a King James, and 82% of those who read the Bible at least once a month rely on it."
Ben Crane plays in the Masters Golf Tournament this week for the fourth time. At 35, Crane has established himself as a fixture on the PGA Tour after he enjoyed the best year of his career in 2010.
Crane was 23rd on the money list winning a career best $2,841,500 in 2010. He won the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines for the third victory of his PGA Tour career to qualify for the 2011 Masters.
Last year, Crane made the cut for the first time at the Masters and tied for 24th after he shot a 4-under 68 in the final round.
Comments: Following my comments is the devotion and invocation that I delivered to the GA State Senate on February 2 that opened their session for that day.
First, I am grateful that in this country we are still allowed to open our legislative sessions with a devotion and invocation. Fearing a possible court challenge, Hawaii's State Senate voted on January 20, 2011, to silence the daily prayer offered before each session began -- making it the first state legislative body in the nation to halt the practice.
Sacred days in the Christian calendar are misused for gain by our American culture. Take Christmas for example. There is an all out assault to take Christ out of Christmas. Who would have ever thought thirty or forty years ago that the Christian celebration of Christmas would be found to be a Constitutional violation of the separation of church and state by American courts.