A recent Wall Street Journal article, “The New Rules of Money,” focused on recent graduates dealing with a triple whammy — substantial college loan obligations driven ever higher by rising tuitions and fees at 4-year colleges; the soaring costs of homes; plus, stagnant incomes. 

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In May of this year, I wrote about Elizabeth Davis, long-time principal of Dunwoody School and co-author of “The Story of Dunwoody,” along with Ethel Spruill. Elizabeth and Manget Davis lived at 5300 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, just across the street from Dunwoody School where the Spruill Center…

This year, the Georgia Trustees Wine & Spirits Challenge had entries from seven of the state’s 19 distilleries. Georgia wineries, cideries, and meaderies also participated. Gold and Silver award winning products will be poured at the annual banquet, slated this year at the fabulous Metro…

Did you make it to the grand opening of Lifeline’s new Community Animal Center on Oct. 5? If not, Showcase Saturday, Oct. 19, is another opportunity to tour the facility and, even better, meet adoptable dogs — very adoptable dogs. This event will feature the very best of Lifeline’s foster dogs. 

An often-cited fear among those planning for retirement is “running out of money before they die and being a burden on family and others.” A response that attempts to inject a bit of humor into a nettlesome situation might be, “You tell me when you will die, and we’ll work up a super plan!”

Am I the only grammar geek /word nerd up in arms over the neverending changes to pronouns and words we’ve used all our lives? As long ago as 2016, I climbed up on my soapbox in one of my “Ink Penn” blogs to protest the notion that “they” could be used as a singular pronoun:

A recent column, “What are the odds?” noted that about 41 percent of first marriages, 60 percent of second marriages, and 73 percent of third marriages end in divorce or separation. A Dunwoody Crier reader asked, “How about a column on marriages that last?” He and his wife are celebrating 61…

It’s been a musical few weeks for me, and the old cotton commercial came to mind: “Cotton, the fabric of our lives.”  For me, it’s music, not cotton. I can’t sing, and I can’t dance, but listening to music is a must.  That’s why my husband gave me one last portable CD player last Christmas, …

Early schoolteachers in Georgia often received their training at what was known as normal school. Normal schools were established in Georgia toward the end of the 19th century to prepare teachers to teach elementary aged students. It was usually a two-year program and the term “normal” refer…

Ken Anderson, who has shared so much Dunwoody history with me through the years, told me the Martin family lived where Dunwoody High School is today. His recollection was from the 1940s and 1950s. I wanted to find out more about this family and their farm. 

Did you know that many of the Friends of the Dunwoody Library volunteers have served the library for years? On Sept. 26, this group of volunteers will honor five truly dedicated individuals who have been active volunteers for 25 years or more! They are Connie Downing, Susan Edmonson, Jane Hu…

Health care reform is a political hot potato. Gallup notes top issues for voters are healthcare, economy, immigration. Politically crafted ideas are all over the map. Most likely you will enter the 2020 voting booth still confused as to how a particular proposal will impact your bottom line …

Labor Day, September 2, gave rise to thoughts about the meaning of work. Most associate work with “breadwinning,” a job, profession or pursuit for which one is paid. There is work for which one is not paid, homemaker, parent, caregiver, volunteer, etc. These have spiritual, meaning and purpo…

Writing this column reminded me of all those back to school papers I produced on how I spent my summer. They might have been very different if I’d had Lord Banjo as my constant companion. This summer was all about Lord Banjo’s activities — some fun and some not so much. We kicked off in late…

After Hiroshima, it was said: “The world now accepts the miracle of the chain reaction that creates an atomic explosion; but we still refuse to accept the miracles of the human heart - and the chain reactions that are made possible by using that power.”

An opportunity to see how pioneers managed their home and kitchen garden is coming up at Donaldson-Bannister Farm on Saturday, September 21. The next History Alive event, “Pioneer Life 101,” will take place from 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. Katie Hendrickson will share her knowledge of a homestea…

I pondered that question when I read a Wall Street Journal article about a couple who did just that. My husband and I are both retired, and I know without asking that his answer would be a resounding “No.”

Stephen Streett and Doug Allen started Misty Creek Community Church in April of this year.  The church first met in a Sandy Springs home, but has held its last nine services in the old stone Providence Church building, at the corner of Glenridge Drive and Mount Vernon Highway.  

On July 24, 2019, yours truly departed for a month long sojourn Down Under, in Australia. On the day I departed, the S&P 500 index closed at 3019.55. On the first trading day after my return, August 26, the index closed at 2878.38, down -4.6 percent for the period, given a turbulent Augu…

Labor Day weekend, I had the great pleasure of attending Dragon Con, Atlanta’s largest pop culture convention. 

I take my reporter’s notebook to church because our minister, Ollie, almost always has topics in his sermon that I want to remember. So I take notes.

An article about this phenomenon caught my attention, and yes, it made me laugh. Adults are paying to participate in Adult Recess. Atlanta wasn’t mentioned in the article, but the trend surfaced here as part of the Home Depot Backyard on the Georgia World Congress Center Authority’s downtown…

Financial life planning starts with an idea, a potential strategy that will improve your personal and financial wellbeing. What are the odds that your idea will be successful?

It’s no secret that the press has increasingly come under attack in recent years. 

Last week’s Past Tense shared the history of Lawson General Hospital, the World War II hospital in Chamblee. Clint Daniel and Carlton Renfroe, who grew up nearby, shared with me what they remember about Lawson.  

The classic movie “The Best Years of Our Lives” tells the story of three World War II soldiers returning to their hometown after the war ends. One of the soldiers was played by Harold Russell, a World War II veteran who lost both hands in a training accident and ended up at Lawson General Ho…

More specifically, what is it about boarding schools that makes them the setting for so many novels? Atlanta author Christopher Swann’s “Shadow of the Lions” is set in a boarding school in the mountains of Virginia. When I read reviews of the book in both the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and…

Those who grew up in the WWII and Cold War eras believed “capitalism, good; fascism, socialism and communism, bad!” With recent polls showing more young Americans embracing socialism, it seems the terms are becoming confused.

Qualified tuition programs, 529 College Savings Plans, were created in 1996 as part of the Small Business Jobs Protection Act. The goal is encouraging tax-incentivized savings for future college expenses of a designated beneficiary. The plans are popular with parents and grandparents, partic…

Did you ride a bike as a child? Have you ridden as an adult? I’ve done both and was dismayed to see an article about fewer children riding bicycles. 

I have fond memories of reading my Dr. Seuss books and still have three titles on my bookshelf. The sing-song verses and the bold illustrations made me laugh. I also have a vague memory of Melania Trump being chastised by a librarian for sending a box of books containing Dr. Seuss titles to …

Silk peau de soie, lace, bias cut china silk chevrons, ruffles, leaf detail, hand-beaded glass seed beads, teardrop-shaped medallions, hand-embroidered satin stitched flowers. These are just a few of the embellishments seen on examples of women’s clothing and accessories at the Silk & St…

American existentialist philosopher William Earle (1919-1988) famously declared, “If your outgo exceeds your income, then your upkeep will be your downfall.” This basic tenant of personal financial responsibility seems forgotten by many, given the reality of how many people cannot scrape tog…

When Lois Pattillo purchased Donaldson-Bannister Farm, the property was 26 acres and included the house that still stands at the corner of Chamblee Dunwoody Road and Vermack Road. The land extended along Vermack Road past what is now Vermack Ridge and Vermack Swim and Tennis. One of the chan…

Remember Farrah Fawcett, the glamorous star of the ’70s television hit, “Charlie’s Angels?” Married for a time to Lee Majors, star of the action series “The Six Million Dollar Man,” Fawcett became one of America’s favorite pin-up models. The July 4, 1977, People magazine cover featured the b…

Until I got married 20 years ago, I didn’t watch much TV. Perhaps because I liked to read and was always in the bed no later than 9 — yes, really — I was never up late enough for the good shows. And this was before TIVO and other DVRs. I’d get home from work around 7, maybe jog a few miles, …

If you enjoy seeing the historic 1906 Cheek/Spruill Farmhouse at the corner of Mount Vernon Road and Chamblee Dunwoody Road, consider the efforts that went into saving it from demolition. 

The warmer and longer days of summer are conducive to a relaxed mindset, and perhaps a summer reset.

I had a vague memory that I’d already written about our flora and fauna this year and realized I’d asked “Has spring sprung?” in a February column. Perhaps those early signs of spring were an indicator of the hot summer to come. Unlike us, the creatures that populate our personal nature pres…

On July 20th, Dunwoody Preservation Trust featured Vietnam veteran Jim Torbert as part of its History Alive series.  

I always feel as though I’m taking my life in my hands when we drive downtown during rush hour, and I’m thankful it’s not something I do often. My husband had a follow-up doctor’s visit at Emory Midtown one morning, and the first bit of good news was we made it down there without mishap.

It was a perfect question for contemplation on July 4, 2019, Independence Day, America’s 243rd birthday. Every American citizen and those who aspire to citizenship should read “Last Call for Liberty: How America’s Genius for Freedom Has Become Its Greatest Threat” by Os Guinness (InterVarsit…

July 20th will mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing with astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin. As Armstrong took his first step on the moon and said the words, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” those who watched remember whe…

This year summer officially extends from June 21 to September 23, when the fall solstice arrives. There’s an old adage about warm weather doldrums on Wall Street that counsels, “Sell in May and go away!”

As the anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing approaches, please share your memories of where you were and what you remember about that day. Do you recall watching the event on television? Which news anchor do you remember reporting on the event? Was anything else special happening in you…

Ever since the college admissions bribery scandal broke in March, I’ve wanted to write a column about my thoughts, but whenever I’d sit down to do that, I’d see yet another article about the whys and wherefores. I’d think, “What else can be said about it?”

On July 4, 1776, Congress officially adopted the Declaration of Independence which boldly declared, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pur…