Originally created 06/25/02

Today's parents turn to the Bible for boys' names

It is very hard to sell anything to a middle-aged man unless it rolls or floats. The problem is that by this age they've made so many idiotic purchases they've run out of room for error - especially if they're married.

- Red Green

As much as we like to tease the younger generations, let's give them their due on baby names, where biblical sources are now an established trend for boys.

In 2001, Jacob was the most popular name for new little guys, followed by Matthew, Michael and Joshua, the Associated Press reports.

With girls, Emily has been the most popular name four of the past six years, followed by Madison and Hannah.

This information is put out by the Social Security Administration, which offered no comment, so I won't either.

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VACATION POSTCARDS: Mary Alice DeBow of Fort Gordon sends a card from Texas. She writes: "Hadn't seen a card from here yet. Visiting oldest daughter in San Marcos.

Mary Chapman of North Augusta says, "Hello from Kentucky and Indiana. Four sisters reunion, great fun!"

Abby Minor of Lincolnton, Ga., says "Hi from a camper at Rock Eagle 4-H Center. This is cloverleaf camp for fourth- and fifth-graders and today is the first day of actual camp."

Brooks Jakubov of Augusta sends a card from Hawaii. "Everything here is gorgeous. It is just like paradise."

From New Mexico, North Augusta's Kantz family (Liesel, Annmarie, Michael and Seth, and Mike and Lauren) send a card reporting the sighting of many unusual animals.

Billy, Gladys, Tony, Robin, Rachel, Megan, Bill, Beverly and Brian Smith are "having fun" on a cruise.

Selma Linkenback of Evans writes, "Hello from New England, where it was very cool (33 degrees)" earlier this month.

And let's not forget the Georgia Girl Travelers (Barbara Jean, Robyn, Leila and Holly), who sent cards from New York City (and ground zero), West Point and the U.S. Military Academy and Washington, D.C., where they had many interesting adventures.

Traveling this summer? Send me a postcard at P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

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TODAY'S JOKE: Three pastors were having lunch together and sharing their troubles. The first pastor said: "Since summer started I've been having trouble with mice in my church. I've tried everything. Nothing seems to scare them away."

The second pastor agreed. "Me, too. I've got hundreds living in the basement of the church. I've set traps and even called an expert to get rid of them, yet they still won't go away."

With a grin on his face, the third pastor said: "Well, I solved my mice problem. Last month I baptized all mine and made them members of the church. They haven't come back since."

Reach Bill Kirby at (706) 823-3344 or bkirby@augustachronicle.com.


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