History is a great teacher if you bother to “read the minutes of the last meeting,” which many lost in the “Twitterverse” generally fail to do. In March, 1991, following the invasion of Iraq, President George H. W. Bush enjoyed a 90 percent job performance rating. Bill Clinton, a little-know…

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Do you ever just need a hand but don’t know where to turn? What if you could rent a teen or two to help out around the house? You wouldn’t have to feed them, buy them cars, or pay for their college education — just rent them as needed. Well, if you live in Dunwoody, you’re in luck. You can h…

James O. Wilson, who went by Ollie, was born in Chamblee in 1896. He registered for the draft on June 5, 1917 at the A-10 precinct in Atlanta. Three months later, he married Elizabeth Delong of Dunwoody and in July of 1918 he was inducted into the military. Wilson began his training at Chamb…

The wait is agonizing. Cars are backed up for miles because of a multi-car wreck on Ga. 20 in Forsyth County. Slowly, the wreck scene is being cleared so that traffic can start back up. In one of the cars near the front of the line, 85-year-old Mary waits patiently and gets ready to move. Th…

Hometown girl Kelly (Coleman) Fletcher, a graduate of Dunwoody High, has always pursued her dream to be a performer. Marriage, motherhood and a career detour didn’t deter her. 

Brad Phillips has lived in the Roberts Drive area, north of Spalding Drive, since he moved here with his family in 1971. He remembers the old home and the well that once sat where Dunwoody Springs Elementary School is located. It was known as Obediah’s Plantation, because the original owners…

The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the Secure Act (Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement), 417 to 3. The bill, containing changes for

I’ve long said in reference to my 10-year stretch of regular workouts, “I live in fear that I’ll lose my workout partner and immediately fall off the wagon.”  I know myself well enough to know that I showed up two times a week because she was counting on me. The fact that I was also paying a…

In his 2018 book, “Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones,” James Clear defines a habit as “a routine or practice performed regularly; an automatic response to a specific situation.” The May 15, 2019, release of Charles Schwab’s annual Modern Wealth…

Cascading roses on the arbor at Donaldson-Bannister Farm, a $150,000 endowment for education programs and future gardens at the farm. These are the legacies that Dr. Adrian Gendell Bonser left for the community of Dunwoody. 

The historic summer home that was the inspiration for the name of Happy Hollow Road and which was once known as Happy Hollow is available for purchase. The Cassidy/Lamb Home, circa 1930, at 2579 W. Fontainebleau Court, a cul-de-sac off Happy Hollow Road, has been the home of Brenda and Ken L…

As a high school and college student during most of the Vietnam War, I was consumed by the drill team, dating and studying—not the nightly news. It’s only since I’ve known my Vietnam veteran husband that I’ve learned more about the war and the toll it took on our troops and the fabric of our…

Reading the financial press, or other source of news or commentary, disparate stories may seem to have no interrelatedness whatsoever. The Wall Street Journal weekend edition (5/11-12/19) headlined, “Uber’s High-Profile IPO Slips In Weak First Session.”  A “page 2” filler piece noted, “‘Fina…

Pray you never face questions such as these. You have a power of attorney for health care for a spouse, mom, dad, grandparent, adult child or other loved one. For the sake of example, we postulate that in framing the following questions, you are the oldest daughter of three siblings. A busy …

I finally got around to a few books on my To Be Read list and one was “The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend.”  A bookshop is a central feature, almost a character, in this delightful book set in Broken Wheel, Iowa.  The back cover blurb captures it well: “A heartwarming reminder of why we a…

Several major events occurred in the U.S. in the year 1969. That was the year of the Apollo 11 moon landing and walk. It was also the year of Woodstock and the first Boeing 747 flight. Richard Nixon was president, and the Vietnam War continued.  

About three months ago, I wrote about the D-Day Squadron and their plans to return to Normandy for the 75th anniversary of D-Day. A group of pilots will fly to Normandy in restored Douglas Aircraft C-47s. Veteran Daniel McBride, a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne who will be returning to …

Were you devastated when you heard the Crier had ceased operations? Were you overjoyed to see the familiar blue-wrapped paper appear in your driveway again? Facebook and my email box were filled with comments bemoaning the demise of our beloved paper, and now, miraculously, it’s back.

While looking through some old issues of the Dunwoody Crier, I discovered an interview with Elizabeth Davis. She was principal of Dunwoody Elementary School from 1937 until 1962. The school was located where the Dunwoody Library and Spruill Center for the Arts are today, so Mrs. Davis had a …

A friend offered us a week’s stay at his cabin in Pigeon Forge and even invited the dog, so how could we refuse? We’d visited there before, once for a cowboy music festival and once for a Vietnam veterans’ reunion.  

When I received the startling announcement that the Dunwoody Crier was ceasing publication, it was sad news! The founder and publisher, Dick Williams, is a longtime friend, and I know how much he loved his paper! 

I remember when I was growing up and in kindergarten, we used to have show-and-tell. I always enjoyed that and to this day, to an extent, I still enjoy show-and-tell. In my case, in a sense, my columns are my grown-up show-and-tell. I get to share a small piece of my life with my friends, an…

If it weren’t for Dick Williams, I wouldn’t be a columnist and author today. It was the summer of 2011 when I read Managing Editor Cathy Cobb’s farewell to Dunwoody as she was moving out of state. Her reminder in that piece that Dunwoody businesses and the Crier needed the community’s suppor…

I met Dick Williams in 1998, when Austin Elementary School was staging a protest about the lack of a traffic signal in front of its Roberts Drive facility. Dick was the only member of the media who came that morning, arriving a few minutes late (not a surprise to those who know him even slig…

Whenever I write about my favorite mystery authors, I mention Louise Penny so when I heard she was going to speak in Hickory, N.C. in March, I immediately got tickets to see her. This was a chance to see a bestselling author whose books I treasure. It was well worth the drive and overnight s…

One of the first things I contributed to the startup of the New City of Dunwoody was to write a mission, vision and values statement. These are the guideposts that any successful operation uses to develop a roadmap to the future. Lewis Carroll, author of “Alice Adventure in Wonderland” and “…

Steve Martin said, “I love money. I love everything about it. I bought some pretty good stuff. Got me a $300 pair of socks. Got a fur sink. An electric dog polisher. A gasoline powered turtleneck sweater. And, of course, I bought some dumb stuff, too.”

There’s fun galore coming up in Dunwoody. First, the annual Art in the Park exhibit and the Dunwoody Community Garden Plant Sale run Friday, April 5 to Sunday, April 7. These two events support the arts and the community garden. 

There was once a school at the intersection of Jett Ferry Road and Spalding Drive. It sat up on a hill and was known as Chestnut Ridge School. This Chestnut school is spelled with a “t,”unlike Chesnut Elementary on North Peachtree Road. That was all the history I had about the school until r…

The college admissions cheating scandal that broke on March 12, 2019, was a classic case of arrogant entitlement that resulted in indictments of wealthy parents and cheating coaches who may face jail time, not to mention embarrassment and loss of employment. Parents spending insane amounts o…

Another year, another Local Author Bookstore at Lemonade Days. 2019 marks the 20th Anniversary of Lemonade Days and the fourth year you can not only shop the vendor booths for the usual variety of soap, baked goods, and jewelry but also browse and buy books. You never know; if you visit at t…

In a Dec. 15 story posted on billboard.com, singer and songwriter Toby Keith explained how Clint Eastwood inspired the hit song, “Don’t Let the Old Man In.”

Oliver Wendell Holmes once said: The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand, but what direction we are moving….we must sail, sometimes with the wind, sometimes against it, but we must sail and not drift nor lie at anchor.

A friend suggested I write about all the people I depend on in and around Dunwoody—a personal version of Angie’s List—for my readers. That’s lots of folks, and I feel fortunate that I’ve found dependable and personable “go-tos” for all our needs.

“Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” was a hit ABC television game show, a quiz competition with a top prize of $1 million. Originally prize awards were lump sum. In 2002 the prize switched to a fixed annuity. A $1 million winner received $250,000 up front and $37,500 a year for 20 years. Allowin…

Beautiful hardwoods, plants and animals, trails and hikes, Wildcat Creek, children’s programs are just a few of the things you might enjoy about Dunwoody Nature Center. But do you know the history behind how it began? Last month’s Past Tense looked at the property up until the year 1974. Thi…

I’m a Billy Joel fan, and I saw him long ago with Elton John at the Omni in Atlanta. I got reacquainted with his music when I listened to the Billy Joel station on SiriusXM on a January trip to the mountains—both up and back.

Charitable giving, love of neighbor, crosses religious, cultural, and humanistic lines. The word “charity” comes from charis, Greek for “grace, kindness, and life.” Scripture instructs, “Give to the Most High as he has given to you, generously, according to your means. For he is a God who al…

My sister generously allows family and friends to use her cottage in Black Mountain, N.C. when it’s not being rented, and I was hoping it might be available in January. My girlfriends and I were overdue for a girls trip, and luckily for us, the cottage turned out to be open.

The 2020 “election wars” are in full swing and we hear much about the struggles of the middle class. The odds are that virtually everyone reading this column regards themselves as middle class. Fortune magazine, January, 2019, ran a piece by Clifton Leaf entitled “The Shrinking Middle Class,…

I started this column on a February Sunday when the high was 40 degrees. The Thursday prior, the temps had reached 80 degrees. You’ve got to love our wacky Atlanta weather. Signs of spring had been abundant for several weeks before I began typing, and I kept thinking, “I’ve got to write a sp…

We all hate traffic and the congestion caused by too many vehicles on highways that have outlived their useful lives. At GDOT, we’re motorists and residents of our local communities just like you. It is our responsibility to find solutions that improve quality of life for our residents by pr…

A growing number of professional publications aimed at financial advisors plus consumer and news mediums are spotlighting the growing problem of student loan debt. Match those up with increased concern over the potential for robotics and artificial intelligence to disrupt careers and job pro…