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Unhinged Folly ~ Andy Offutt Irwin

This essay appeared in The Covington [GA] News on July 6, 2022. In case you haven’t noticed, there’s a lot of folly out there. And it’s important to remember that… “Folly is a more dangerous enemy to the good than evil…There is no defense against folly. Neither protests nor force are of any avail...

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A Day in the Life of James Madison

I was at a reception on a riverside screened-in patio somewhere in South Georgia, a convivial, countrified place that was bedecked with old pressed-metal advertising signs. Right next to a Coke-bottle-shaped thermometer (in mint condition), I spied one of those old-timey,...

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CoronaKudzu

This essay was begun on October 7, 2020. It was submitted to The Covington News soon after. It was published there on October 17, 2020.  ______________________________________ CoronaKudzu Because of social-distancing changes in the television industry, a particularly grand opportunity has come to...

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Invasion of the 4-H Club!

 At the get-go I must tell you that I remember my pre-literate self. I really do.  Back in the early 1960s, kindergarten was for learning to count and reciting the alphabet to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star (Ah! vous dirai-je, maman, for you serious melody etymologists). I didn’t begin...

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