A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.
– Chinese proverb
The votes are still coming in for your favorite Christmas carols.
Kim Gibbons agreed with me that the melody of Greensleeves can be evocative. “There’s just something special about it, so special that I had it played during my wedding reception years ago … I actually heard it played live at an event at the state visitor center on I-20 (this weekend). I stopped in my tracks to listen, it’s just so beautiful.”
Fran Wolff adds another vote for Mary, Did you Know.
“The words are so poignant,” she writes. “As a mom, we look at our children and wonder what they will grow to be – who they will become and I am sure Mary did that, too. Did she know what her son would become – what he would do? I cry every time I hear that song.”
How about you? Just send me an e-mail.
TY COBB REMEMBERED: Sunday will mark the 125th birthday of Ty Cobb, one of baseball’s all-time greats with many connections to Augusta.
This weekend, Chronicle columnist and Cobb author Don Rhodes will be featured in a 30-minute interview aired on more than 100 Georgia News Network radio stations.
Tentatively, it is scheduled to air in Augusta over: WEKL-FM 102.3, WBBQ-FM 104.3 and WIBL-FM 105.7 all at 7:30 a.m. Saturday; and WKSP-FM 96.3, WSGF-AM 1340, WYNF-AM 1380 and WPRW-FM 107.7 at 7 a.m. Sunday.
Born in north Georgia, Cobb made his professional baseball debut with an Augusta team in 1904. He later married a local girl and lived on Augusta’s Williams Street for many years. He still holds the major league record for highest lifetime batting average.
TODAY’S JOKE: Three men died on Christmas Eve and were met by St. Peter at the pearly gates.
“In honor of this holy season,” St. Peter said, “You must each possess something that symbolizes Christmas to get into heaven.”
The first man fumbled through his pockets and pulled out a lighter. He flicked it on. “It represents a candle,” he said.
“You may pass through the pearly gates,” St. Peter said.
The second man reached into his pocket and pulled out a set of keys. He shook them and said, “They’re bells.”
St. Peter said, “You may pass through the pearly gates.”
The third man started searching desperately through his pockets and finally pulled out a pair of women’s glasses.
St. Peter looked at the man with a raised eyebrow and asked, “What’s that?”
The man replied, “They’re Carol’s.”