Bill Kirby

Online news editor for The Augusta Chronicle.

Biggest stories can be right outside your window

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-- Erma Bombeck

The oil was continuing to grease up the Gulf. The president was blaming BP on TV. The Braves were winning, but Chipper might be going.

And some guy was driving around Fort Gordon pretending to be Sgt. Rock ...

But the big news outside my window was a bird nest.

High in a tree branch outside a second-floor window of the News Building, a cardinal has been tending her babies and we have all watched.

When no one saw the mother for a few days, the concern level rose. Everyone asked for reports.

Tip O'Neill, the old Boston congressman, once observed that "all politics is local."

Sometimes news seems that way, too, and the things you begin to care about are seen right outside your window.

SEEING THE SIGHTS: Vacation travelers continue to send their reports.

Chuck and Mary, of Hephzibah, send post cards from New York City, where they saw the Statue of Liberty, and Pennsylvania. Carl Lunceford and Sarah Ganus, of Augusta, were in Indiana visiting a daughter and her "bump," which will be a grandson in August.

Barbara Smith and Kelly Day are in New York "seeing as many Broadway plays as possible."

Jim and Chris Rasmusson say Hi from Salt Lake City, where they're with friends from 30 years ago.

Barbara , Aaron, Mark and Arleen, of North Augusta, are touring America this month, and drop a card from New Mexico.

Mary Jane Garner, of Augusta, sends a post card showing a Trenton, N.J., baseball park.

Bob and Barbara Durland send greetings from the Caribbean.

Gloria and Lowell Greenbaum are enjoying the Green Mountains of Vermont, where it is chilly at night.

Marsha Loda, of Hephzibah, and Pat VanHooser, of North Augusta, are at the American Marketing Association meeting in San Francisco.

And Bill Fowler, of North Augusta, sends a post card and nice note from Florida showing the Old Port Boca Grande Lighthouse. "My wife MaryLee, grandson Scott, and I are visiting folks here," he writes. "The other day we went about 50 miles out into the Gulf and caught some large grouper. About 15 of us had them for dinner."

TODAY'S JOKE: A husband and wife go to a counselor after 15 years of marriage.

The counselor asks them what the problem is, and the wife goes into a tirade, listing every problem they have ever had.

She goes on and on and on. Finally, the counselor gets up, goes around the desk, embraces the woman and kisses her passionately.

The woman calms down and sits in a daze.

The counselor turns to the husband and says, "That is what your wife needs at least three times a week."

"Fine," the husband said. "I can bring her back on Mondays and Wednesdays, but Fridays, I go fishing."


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