If you’re like me, you’ve got hobbies. You’ve already figured out that two of mine are hiking and fishing. You may have noticed occasional mentions of ham radio, too, something else I enjoy.


YouTube: A cesspool of conspiracy theorists, those who run video diaries that are about as exciting as changing a lightbulb, clickbait thumbnails/video titles, viral “challenges” and little snot-nosed kids who make more than my annual salary in a month doing nothing more than opening toys, n…

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Narvie Jordan Harris was Jeanes Supervisor for DeKalb County in 1944, supervising all Black schools in the county until desegregation in 1968. She was part of the Jeanes Supervisor program initially funded by the $1 million donation of Philadelphia Quaker Anna Jeanes in 1907. Jeanes Supervisors were Black educators hired to oversee Black schools across the United States.


The winter cold isn't enough to keep Steve Hudson out of the woods.

The quest for wisdom and solutions begins with a simple question: Why? In a late December 2020, piece entitled “The Search for Why,” Google Brand Editorial Director Nelly Kennedy noted that beset with a global pandemic and hardship, “the world searched for ‘why’ more than any other time in history.”

Last December when I shared Forsyth County’s vision for 2020, none of us could have imagined what was in store for us this year. As a global pandemic arrived in our community, it provided Forsyth County an opportunity to showcase our resiliency and ability to weather situations like this.

Year-0ver-year, All Items inflation through November 2020, averaged 1.2 percent. Core inflation, excluding food and energy costs, averaged 1.6 percent. The U.S. Federal Reserve bank has an “inflation target” of 2 percent annually. Per the Fed, an annual inflation rate of 2 percent “is most c…


Local leaders are pleading with the community to help them keep the number of COVID cases down.

Columnist Kathy Penn offers her thoughts on the year that was 2020.

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Georgia Ensemble Theatre could really use your help right now.


As World War II veterans returned to the United States following the end of the war, there was a shortage of housing across the country. Temporary solutions included military tents on rented land and mobile home parks. There was also a push to build housing for these veterans. Oglethorpe Apartments on Ashford Dunwoody Road where it meets Johnson Ferry Road were built for this purpose.


Publisher Hans Appen opines that what District 21 needs is the Brandon Beach it elected, not the one wrapped up in election conspiracies.

If you have ever seen the 1959 film “Pillow Talk,” you will remember how Jan, played by Doris Day, kept trying to use the phone only to find that Brad, played by Rock Hudson, was constantly on their party line. A party line consists of multiple telephone subscribers connected to the same land line.


I cannot escape my feelings of resentment for what we went through as a country in 2020: the pandemic, the downturn in the economy, the political unrest — so many heavy burdens.

COVID-19 lockdowns and anxieties have played havoc with assumptions for everyone, investors and business owners included. Owners of and investors in real estate worry about the ability of tenants to pay rents, a challenge that arises during every economic slowdown no matter the cause. One bright spot has emerged, that of grocery-anchored retail shopping centers.


I was running out of space on my Mac Book so finally, I did the unthinkable. You see, I guess I am a hoarder of sorts. I have been told that all men are in some way. I didn’t know that but, maybe its true. So, at that time I had well over 400,000 emails stored on my laptop. I never delete emails. Never. Until a few months ago when I was faced with the choice of losing the use of my laptop or deleting something to create more space on the hard drive. 

In my Christmas cozy mystery — “Whiskers, Wreaths & Murder”— my main character is spending her first holiday in the Cotswolds where she moved after her husband died. She’s been tree shopping and has come home with a 6-foot tree, a smaller 4r-foot one and more. May this glimpse of her Chr…


At the top of the year, the presumption was that the election would pull at the fabric of our republic. Back then, the first confirmed case of COVID-19 had yet to reach the United States and 322,000 people had not died. Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and Rayshard Brooks were still breathing. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, too. 

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Ordinarily, you don’t think of wintertime as prime time for trout fishing. Warmer seasons usually come to mind instead.

In the 1930s and 1940s, many community activities happened at church and that was certainly true during the Christmas season. Thanks to some people who grew up in Dunwoody and have shared their memories, we know about the traditions of Christmas at Dunwoody Baptist Church and Dunwoody Methodist Church.

In December 2000, market forecasters did not see 9/11 coming in 2001. Gurus in December 2019 did not have a pandemic on their radar screen as they opined about 2020. Both examples highlight the fact that prognostication is a dicey business. Yet we strive to look forward.

During the storms of November, power outages in the Atlanta area were common. We take “light at the flip of a switch” for granted, until it isn’t there, as we scramble for candles and flashlights in the dark.

The Cheek-Spruill House is visually striking at Chamblee Dunwoody and Mount Vernon roads, especially now that it has decorations and lights for the holidays. 

Tilly Mill Road, beginning at Mount Vernon Road and traversing Dunwoody and Doraville, is named for the pioneer Tilly family and the mills they owned.

Kids don’t like to be told they can’t go somewhere. Adults don’t like it either.

It seems that having a dog and a cat as pets is not sufficient for my dad. That’s right. Now he’s adopted a herd of deer, possibly several herds.

If you’ve got school-age kids at home, I don’t have to tell you that 2020 has been a challenging year. Balancing work, school, and health concerns has been a big challenge for lots of folks, and along about this time of year, many parents of school-age kids are wondering what to do next to keep their young learners engaged and moving ahead without everyone going crazy in the process.


I have good friends — a couple — who I look to as examples of what “living well” looks like. And I don’t mean a life of affluence, but that they live “right.” They get it.


I was talking with a friend earlier this week about how to enjoy the outdoors in this time of COVID. He likes to hike, you see, but he was concerned about constantly passing close to other hikers on narrow trails.


So, with what we all have just been through, and are going through, I feel fairly safe in saying that this past few months — this year — has been brutal — exhausting, frustrating, debilitating, and just plain hard.

 Local canneries were part of farm life

In 2009, a series of books titled “Fiduciary Ethos: Living In A Fiduciary World” was envisioned. Published by FPA Press, the publishing arm of the Financial Planning Association, I authored Volume Two of the series entitled “Planning for the Challenges of Aging, Healthcare and Special Needs.”

“Mr. Market,” the personification of the thinking of stock market investors at large, was introduced by British-born American professor, economist and investor Benjamin Graham (1894-1976), in his 1949 classic book, “The Intelligent Investor.”

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Two houses on Vermack Road sit back off the road on a large piece of land in a pastoral setting. The addresses are 4809 and 4819 Vermack Road, better known to the family as Warnock Farm. 


If my waistline is any indication, Thanksgiving is obviously my favorite holiday. And if this column gives you any indication I use drugs, I assure you I do not.

Our current plan is to start fresh with a 2021-22 season of live plays and musicals. We will continue to operate our classes online and in person when safe, and we’ll produce online programming.

Since I’ve retired from writing books, Mum sometimes asks me to help her out. She wanted to write a column about Dickens, the dog in her cozy mystery series, but she’s been too busy writing more and more books. I mean, can you believe the third one just came out and she’s already got another…

As the holiday season approaches, it is a time of joy to be with friends and family that we may have not seen in a while. Also remember it can be a time of sorrow.


I love to roam around in the mountains. And if I get to drive through a raging river somewhere along the way, so much the better.

As a long-time resident of Johns Creek, I’ve seen our community come together to support each other through the years. Now, more than ever, it is time to focus our collective energies to help families who are experiencing additional pressures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Resiliency while fa…

I had the pleasure of attending a virtual book launch for Christopher Swann’s latest book, “Never Turn Back.” When I read his debut novel, “Shadow of the Lions,” I enjoyed it so much, I sent copies to several friends. So, I was delighted to have the opportunity to hear him speak about his se…


Every year there are certain mileposts: birthdays, anniversaries, and of course the opening of Georgia’s Delayed Harvest trout season!

On October 20, 1905 there was a lot of excitement about a special visitor to Chamblee, Dunwoody and Roswell. President Theodore Roosevelt was traveling to Roswell to see his mother’s childhood home. His wife Edith Kermit Roosevelt accompanied him on the trip. They would be riding the Roswell…

Fall is here, and I’ve got proof scattered all over my yard.

In his 1942 book, “Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy,” economist Joseph Schumpeter (1883-1950) espoused the theory of “creative destruction.” The term points to the underpinnings of individualistic creativity as part of the magic of capitalism, incessant and periodic bursts of innovation …

For the last four years, the arrival of fall has also meant Apple Cider Days at Donaldson-Bannister Farm. This year, Dunwoody Preservation Trust continues the tradition Saturday Nov.14.


I have friends all over the political spectrum. Two of my best friends happen to fall on the side that I struggle to understand. I value their friendship highly; it’s the kind of friendship that one protects with sharp swords or F-35s. I would walk on hot coals for them, and they would do th…