Over the years, Christina and I have moved only a few times. I wrote last week about selling our family home to our son Hans and moving into a leased townhome about a half mile away. The townhome is fairly new, large, spacious and requires no maintenance or yard work. Almost all our furnitur…

joep

Muscle cars of the 1960s and 1970s are absolute pigs to drive, and they are outshined by even basic economy cars of the present day in almost every way that matters.

RayAppen

My main takeaway from my hike on the trail was the understanding that no matter what the circumstance, “the trail always provides and that there is a reason for everything.” The trail is a giant metaphor for life.  

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RayAppen

“I built my house to withstand a category 5 hurricane. So, I wanted to see if it could.”

hansappen

Two weeks ago, we published a letter to the editor from a reader in response to Ray Appen’s column “Should we save local journalism? Do we care?” In it, Ray, our company’s founder and longtime publisher, muses about what role local news plays in our lives and wonders where anger for the pres…

RayAppen

You probably know what the word “assume” means, no? Well, if not, the polite version is that if you assume something, often it will bite you in the behind because you will be big-time wrong. See if any of your assumptions about the media were wrong. 

PatFox

Alpharetta is on a path that would create its own Arts Commission, a volunteer panel that would foster cultural enrichment within the city.

RayAppen

This has been a learning week for me since my recent column came out and a number of readers responded with emails. My column, “Should we save local journalism? Do we care,” talked about many things. One central topic was my questioning the anger I see “out in our world” — including the abus…

RayAppen

I always look for the library when I am in someone else’s house. If they don’t have a library, I look for magazines. To me what someone reads is the key to knowing them. And what they don’t read is also part of that key. I am reminded of one of the taglines of a national advertising campaign…

RayAppen

These days have been interesting times for me and for everyone in the newspaper business. Much of our focus here in Alpharetta/North Fulton is on simply continuing to get our five weekly newspapers out — to write the stories, to compose the papers, sell the advertising, do the paperwork of a…

RayAppen

Sometimes the key in writing a successful column — or a successful advertisement or short story — is a headline that grabs a reader and pulls them in. I learned this from David Ogilvy, the guy who sort of invented advertising as we know it today.

RayAppen
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Years ago, a reporter was about to go home after a city council meeting had ended. Two councilmembers were still in chambers having a conversation. One said to the other, “let's go ahead and approve it- who is going to know?” The other pointed to our reporter a few feet away and answered, “he will.”

RayAppen

It is too quiet outside. Almost five months into this pandemic and it is difficult to describe how it’s going.  

RayAppen

I was excited about the column I wrote two days ago about “rule of law” and how important it is to this country. The column was of substance, important, and I also had fun with it.

joep

Following years of calls for Washington’s NFL team to change its mascot, the franchise has agreed to replace its Redskins name and logo. And of course, this has spurred two very different reactions.  

RayAppen
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I don’t think I have ever written anything that I felt worthy of publishing in under 1,000 words — usually closer to 1,300. And now every week, like a real journalist? I don’t know about that.

joep

It has been quite a while since I began my series doling out advice to dads to be with my breadth of knowledge on the subject (read: I’m still incompetent but have yet to cause serious harm to my one child).

joep

During a trip to Washington, D.C. a few years ago, I traversed the National Mall to take in some of the nation’s most iconic structures.

PatFox

Some 40 years ago, Earl Horton, a farmer and rancher near Arkansas City, Kan., fought against the opening of a drag strip on an abandoned Air Force base near his property. Noise from the high-powered racing engines and the increased traffic on the rural roads had Horton worked up.

joep

If the coronavirus has shown us anything, there are far more epidemiologists, virologists and health experts in America than most could have ever imagined. Well, if you consider the comments being thrown around on social media, anyway.

hansappen
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Most journalists work a lifetime in the industry writing thousands of articles and never come close to winning a Pulitzer Prize. It is the hall of fame for reporters, photographers, novelists, poets and cartoonists. Inductees include the likes of Robert Frost, Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein an…

Carl

Almost 20 years ago I was a student at Alpharetta Elementary. I remember waiting to be dropped off in the carpool line — early morning, still dark, sitting in our 1989 Volvo 240 DL hatchback. I faintly recall teachers or principals outside the double doors of the east wing, opening car doors…

RayAppen

I think the most difficult aspect of the pandemic is the uncertainty. We humans do not make decisions well, nor do we live comfortably, under conditions of uncertainty.

joep

On March 15, the call to quarantine came for my wife and I. Beginning the next day, we would both be working from home, and preparations began.

RayAppen

I think the most difficult aspect of the pandemic is the uncertainty. We humans do not make decisions well, nor do we live comfortably, under conditions of uncertainty.

RayAppen
spotlight

An old friend sent me an email with this poem attached. It is going viral on the internet, but I like it so much that I want to reprint it here for any of our readers who have not yet seen it. My friend is in his 80s now, is a retired physician, and is probably as scared as you and I are. He…

PatFox

I began my career in journalism at a small weekly newspaper in central Kansas in a town about as far removed from metro Atlanta as Neptune.

hansappen

During this difficult time —health-wise and economically — recall how our country has responded in the past when the chips were down and our families, neighbors, friends and allies were in harm’s way.

SteveHudson

There is news this month from Hacienda Hudson: specifically, Wife of Mine has taken up watercolor painting!

DickJones

Are your top performers getting promoted based on the ongoing results they are achieving? Do you have a promotion model in place that encourages your employees to work hard to earn more status and money? Promoting your best performers is beneficial in many ways, including creating a culture …

DickJones

As a small business owner that works long hours each day, are you carving out some time to keep in shape? Do you allocate time in your busy schedule to work out and get some physical fitness? Staying physically fit will help you stay mentally fit and enable you to do a better job in running …

GeoffSmith

After a long day of serving up fresh, hot refinance mortgages to my deserving customers, I popped into my local Publix to pick up a few things Brenda asked me to get.

SteveHudson

Sometimes it’s the little things that matter – but at other times it’s the big things that cause all the excitement.

DickJones

Are you having challenges managing your technology in your small business? Do computer problems or issues with software and printers take up too much of your time?  Most small business owners rely heavily on technology to run their business, and it is very important that they manage and main…

GeoffSmith

While most downtown areas are typically considered “entertainment” districts, none in Atlanta really compare to what Tyler Perry is cooking up on and around the 330 acres he bought near Fort McPherson in 2015. He’s putting the “entertainment” in entertainment district. 

Like lots of other fishing enthusiasts, this is the time of year when I start thinking about getting my gear ready for spring and summer fishing adventures. So, I gather up all my flyrods and lovingly spread them out over the nearest flat surfaces (that is, most of the house) and then loving…

GeoffSmith

The pieces are edging into place for what could be an absolutely stellar buying and selling season for residential real estate here in Atlanta.  

DickJones

Are you constantly doing one thing after another in running your small business? Are things “slipping through the cracks” and not getting done on time because you are juggling so many things at once? Is your workday getting longer and longer trying to get everything done? 

SteveHudson

Like lots of other fishing enthusiasts, this is the time of year when I start thinking about getting my gear ready for spring and summer fishing adventures. So, I gather up all my flyrods and lovingly spread them out over the nearest flat surfaces (that is, most of the house) and then loving…