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Opinions & Ideas PAGE 4 - HOGANSVILLE HOM Nov. 28, 2002 THE HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS USPS 620-O4O lVImE I-h. PUBLISHEPJADxERT1SING DIRECOR JoI" KLDALL AKWX2IATE PUBLISttI}nX}R Ron RJcmmo Assl sq,v\\;-r EDITOR JAYNE GOIDS1DN BUSINE&q MANAGER Plane (706) 846-3188- Fax (706) 846-2206 E O. BOX 426 ltogansville, Georgia 30230 I Have Much to Be Thankful for! A wise man once said, when a man reaches his low- est point in life, it is there he finds courage, wisdom and the will to go on because it is there he will find himself. As Thanksgiving Day approaches, it is my tradition each year to make a list of. the things I have to be thank- ful for. This year was a diffi- cult one for several reasons. Without going into the boring details, I'll just say that life has been difficult lately. As Thanksgiving grew closer and I started making my annual list, there were some items missing, but some new ones took their place. I found that I have just as much to be thankful for as in year's past. Maybe not the same things, maybe not quite as good as in year's past, but still a lot to be thankful for. Here are a few of those things: * I've always been thank- ful that God gave me two won- derful children. They have turned out to be very respon- sible adults. I thank God for them and for giving me the wisdom to raise them right. .stand a few minor repairs or maybe a little paint and body work. I get up each day and drive to work. While they are not new, they do get me where I'm going. I thank God that he sees fit to provide me with a way to travel. While my clothes are not new, and some are even a lit- fie bigger now it seems, I do have clothes to wear each and every day. Sometimes, I would like nicer ones but am thankful that God has pro- vided me with the ones I have. MY LIST COULD go on and on, but I'm sure you get the picture. I'm simply say- ing that I may not have all the things I want, but I have all the things I need and more. While my list is not as long andin some years, and things * A wonderful grandchiM" "-in my life are not exactly per- that is loving, cute as a but- ton and very intelligent. My grandchild has not been the healthiest child in his four years on this earth, we've even came close to losing him once, but thank God he's alive and growing stronger by the day. I'm not wealthy by any means, but God has given me a good job that helps provide for my needs. While there's still month left over at the end of the money sometimes, I'm worldng and that's more than some people can say today. While it's not a mansion and could stand some repair, I do have a roof over my head. The good Lord has provided me with a warm place tosleep each night. There's a Iot of people right here in America that can not say that. --, I'm never hungry. Whil& I don't always eat the things I'd like to, I have plenty to eat. Thank God, because there are some people that have to rummage through trash cans each day for a sin- gle meal. I'm getting older and the body and health are not what they used to be. However, by the grace of God, I get up each morning, dress myself, go to work or do whatever I want to. I don't take medications and do not need anyone to take care of me. That's not true for everyone. * While both my car and truck are not new and could fect right now, I still have much more than a lot of peo- ple and I thank GOd for allow- ing me to have those things. Sometimes, we take for granted the little things that we do have because we are constantly looking for the big things. As a wise man once said, "We can't see the forest for the trees." GOd never promised us anything, not good health, not wealth, not even a long life. The only thing he promised us was that if we accept Christ as our savior, when we die, we will be with him in heaven. That is the biggest blessing of all, and I thank him for it. AS I PONDERED the many things I have to be thankful for, and the ones that I no longer have, I began to realize one very important ',, thing. God has been much \\;,naOre generous with me than ve with him. In recent months, I have not given him as much of my time as I should have. I've not studied my Bible as I should have, and above all, I've not witnessed as I should have. As I realized this, I thought, "My God, how can you be so woflderful to me, when I've done nothing for you in return?" I realize now, that God has not failed me, it is I that have failed God. Happy Thanksgiv/ng! THE HOGANSVlLLE HOME NEWS is published weekly by the Star-Mercury Publishing Company. a division of Grimes Publicatkms, at 3051 R.,cvelt }tight, a). Manchester, Georgia 31816. USPS 6204)40. Sukdption rates by mail: $18 in Troup, Harris or Meriwether Counties: $26 a year elsewhere. Prices include all tes taxes. Periodical pttage paid at Hogansville. Georgia 30230. FoR svnscml"rioNs call (706) 846-3188 or write to Circulatkm Manager. Star Mercury Publications. P. O. Box 426. Manchester, Georgia 31816, IX, rrM,,"rER: Send address changes to P. O. Box 426. Hogansville. GA 30230. S'rAW Publis and Advertising Director. .............................................................. Mike Hale Asvx:iate Publisher and Editor ........................................................... John Kuykendall Business Manager ................................................................................. Jaync Goldstcm Assistant Fitw ...................................................................................... Rxb Rich'm Staff Writers .......................................................................... BD'an Cretcr. Billy Bryan! Assistant Advertising Manager .................................................................. Laurie Lewis Advertising Sales ....................................................................................... Linda Lestcr Composing ................................................................. Dewayne Flow era, Vatinda I',e Circulation Manager. ................................................................................... Judy Crews Legals ...................................................................................................... Jayne Gotdston ssroom Manager. ....... : ................................ . ............................. Wayne Grtx.'he,vski Pressroma ........................................ David BI Larry Colleges. Shanmm Atkinmn CORPORATE. OWICEI President ............................................................................................. Milkud B, Grimes Vice President. ................................................................................. Charhnle S. Grin>:s Secretary. ......................................................................................... Laura Grin. Cofcr Treasurer ..................................................  ..................  Grimes Garrett Legal Counsel and Assistant Secretary .............................................. James S, Grimes Cordie Mae's Gain-Weight (Written in 1988) Everybody and his fat sis- ter-in-law are trying to lose weight. I must see 15 differ- ent diet programs advertised during just one night of tele- vision. That's fine, but aren't there some people out there who want to gain weight? I see skinny people every day. These people look pale, sickly, underfed and they couldn't be happy looking like that. But nobody helps them. Nobody offers a weight-gain diet. At least I haven't seen one, so I've decided to help. I phone an old schoolmate of mine, the former Cordie Mac Poovey, who still weighs more than the mobile home in which she lives with her devoted husband, Hog Philpott. (Hog's no lightweight himself. Down at Mudd's Gulf, where he works, they refer to Hog "At." As in Alps.) As for Cordie Mac, the stork didn't bring her. UPS did. It took the entire plane. Cordie Mac can look at a bowl of mashed potatoes and sprout a new 45-pound arm. She tried to visit Rhode Island once, but they wouldn't let her Friday: Breakfast, boxes of donuts, and a jar peanut butter mixed with whipped cream. Lunch, fill up the back of your truck at the McDonald's drive through window. in. There wasn't enough room. (I would steal Rodney Dangerfield's line here, but I'm not that kind of person. So I'll give him credit for say- ing he went out with a girl so fat, when she wore watches on each of her wrists they were in different time zones. I told Cordie Mac of the plight of skinny people, and she agreed to share her coun- trywide, famous "When Your Arms Get Tired of Shoveling in the Fast Food Then Eat With Your Feet Bloatation Diet." "Just give a typical one- week program," I said. "I'd be happy to," said Cordie Mac, reaching into her icebox for a quart of lard on which to snack while she dic- tated her gain-weight diet. Clip and save the following: Monday: Breakfast, a dozen eggs, six cinnamon rolls, a chocolate cake, then go to Shoney's for the break- fast buffet. Lunch, a jar of mayonnaise, three Wendy's double cheeseburgers, four grape snow cones, and a gross of Butterfingers. Dinner, a barbecued goat, hold the mayo. You had enough of that for lunch. Tuesday: Breakfast, a dozen chocolate Dove bars, a litre of Pepsi, and whatever was left of the barbecued goat. Lunch, call Domino's for pizza. Order their entire inventory. Dinner, Waffle House. Wednesday: Breakfast, a tub of grits with butter, four vanilla milkshakes and one pork chop for every year you've been able to vote. Lunch, all the pork chops you want, no limit. Dinner, what the heck, another barbecued goat. Thursday: Breakfast, a dozen Twinkies, and then go to Baskin-Robbins for some real food. Lunch, some munchies from Kroger. The entire aisle. Dinner, a gallon of mashed potatoes and a banana split salad. way you want. Saturday." trailer all day and a large vat of banana Sunday:. A day of Send your husband or out for tacos and stop by Chinese place for e and then go tot he deli potato salad and And if a chicken through your house, knock in the head and fry the Colonel is closed you need a midnight snack. Cordie Mac says luck and good gaining. BY SPECIAL NEWS IS CARRYING COLUMNS BY THE LATE GRIZZARD, BY MOUND, AND BECAME MOST WIDELY READ WRITER q ABLEFOR PRODUCTIONS, P.O. BOX ATLANTA, GA 31118-1266 AND BOOK AND MUSIC STORE WIDE. Happy Thanksgiving to One and to The smell of the turkey in the oven, the gathering of family not so often seen, and the sounds of children play- ing in the just fallen leaves are just some of the things that make up Thanksgiving Day. As we enjoy all the bless- hags of such an occasion, may '-- , -2 hat it is all about. R r %m the year 1623 when Governor William Bradford issued a Thanksgiving proclamation. Some of that proclamation said, "Inasmuch as the great Father has given us this year an abundant harvest...and has granted unto us freedom to worship God according to the dictates of our own con- science...do gather at ye meeting house on ye hill between the hours of 9 and 12 in the daytime on Thursday, November ye 29...there to listen to ye pas- tor and render thanksgiving to ye Almighty God." These folks did meet, they did enjoy a bountiful meal and they did render thanks to Almighty God. When we meet, fellowship, and eat, may we remember to give thanks to Almighty God. Psalm 100:4 says, "Enter into his gates with thanksgiv- ing, and into his courts with praise: be ye t]mntul unto him, and bless his name." We live in such an hour when much trial and tribulation is upon us, but we can always give thanks. Paul said in I Thessalonians S:18, "In everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." It is easy to give thanks for the good things that take place in our lives, but according to the Bible, we can give thanks for the not so good things that happen in our lives. AS I LOOK BACK in my life, there is an abundance of things that command my thanksgiving to Almighty God. These feeble words would fall woefully short, not only in naming those things that compel me to be thank- ful, but the words can in no way adequately do the job. But for now there are three that I feel like must be men- tioned here. FIRST, my salvation compels me to be thankful. If not for Christ's offering on Calvary's tree, this human being would find himself in hell. Second, my family com- pels me to be thankful. Some fifty-four months ago, I told them we were moving Hogansville, Georgia. wife was settled, m friends, and my parents grandchildren close by, but God had us. They offered no plaints, only support. the wonderful church gave me to paato Ommand my thanksgiving:' ' Upon moving born and raised here. I thankful for Antioch Church. Upon close all are compelled to thanksgiving to the Heavenly Father. the life of our country, amy: extend to you, Baptist Church and izens of Hogansville the cerest of Thanksgiving es. HAPPY ING. CanoGtN for Friday Inthe Hogansville Herald DEVOTED: The front page on Nov. 27, 1952 carried five sep- arate stodes and two photos about the Green Wave football team. The lead story noted, "The Hogansville High School Green Wave, Cinderella team of class B football in the state, meets Carrollton's mighty Trojans at Newnan for the region crown Friday night. Cinderella's chariot almost tumed to a pumpkin ear- lier in the seson..." - CHRISTMAS DECORA- TIONS: "The Home Demonstration Club, sponsors of the Outdoor Chnstmas Decorations contest, wishes to urge everyone in the communi- ty to get in the competition for some mighty nice pnzes....that include a $25 war bond, $10 in cash and a lovely hand-made aluminum tray." FACE OF COURAGE: A photo caption read, 'Little Richard Duncan, pictured above, 20 month-old son of of Mr. and Mrs. O.K. Duncan, is suffering from a rare heart ailment and is only given a few months to live. The ailment is diagnosed by Emory University specialists as Encardie Fibrosis, is no cure."