Kirby: It's time to give up something for Lent

It is not enough to succeed. Others must fail.


Gore Vidal


Hey, it’s Fat Tuesday.

Time to settle on what we should give up for Lent.

I was thinking about giving up irritability or perhaps impatience. I have lots of both.

However, both these traits have become such regular facets of my personality, my family wouldn’t know how to take it. So we compromised.

I will give up carrots.

How about you? What do you plan to do without for the next 40 days?

Tell us for an upcoming article in The Augusta Chronicle.

E-mail or send a tweet to @AUG_Chronicle

(And make it snappy.)


GO GREEN: Remember S&H Green Stamps?

Sure you do.

You used to get them with assorted purchases, putting them aside until you had the time (or impatient grandchildren).

Then you would lick the stamps and place them in books to be redeemed for useful items.

Needless to say, they are not as prevalent as they used to be.

An old friend called Friday to ask my advice.

It seems she came across a treasure trove of old green stamps. She asked me if they had any value. I assured her that the Internet said they could still be redeemed.

Then she asked if I wanted them.

I said no, but I thought some of you might.

Let me know if you’re interested and I’ll pass the information along to my friend and let her decide.


CONNELL’S DAY: They buried Jack Connell on a Saturday afternoon as bright as one of his smiles.

After several dreary February days, we got a clear, bright day for the funeral of Augusta’s beloved old legislator – so sunny many were pulling out sunglasses.

Outside the church, I was joking with former state Rep. Terry Coleman about the suddenly nice weather and we both decided Con­nell’s old friend the late Tom Murphy must have used some heavenly influence to assure a clear day.

If so, it made it better for all of us – one last example of exceptional constituent service.


DAILY OBSERVATION: My wife and I had words, but I didn’t get to use mine.


TODAY’S JOKE: Here’s one from Everett Fernandez:

Father O’Malley answers the phone.

“Hello, is this Father O’Malley?”

“It is!”

“This is the IRS. Can you help us?”

“I can!”

“Do you know a Ted Houlihan?”

“I do!”

“Is he a member of your congregation?”

“He is!”

“Did he donate $10,000 to the church?”

“He will.”