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The journey that brought the Ball family to Georgia is one that many families made during the early 1800s. Peter Ball’s father, William, was born in Virginia and made his way to South Carolina; Peter Ball and his family moved from South Carolina to Georgia in the 1830s when land became available after the forced removal of the Native Americans.

Getting me started on fishing is like getting me started on grandkids, and I love to talk with folks about both of those grand topics.

A few weeks ago, I asked readers to submit their (least) favorite mispronounced or misused words in response to adding “supposably,” a mispronunciation of supposedly, to its database.

Should you rent before you own? Unless the lure of a shiny new toy is too strong to resist, in many cases, the answer may be “yes, try before you buy!”

Being the outdoorsy type, I’m always on the lookout for someplace new to explore. It’s surprising how often such places turn up too, if you don’t mind investing the work it takes to find them.


The privations engendered by COVID-19 have triggered renewed interest in the search for “happiness.” The reggae philosopher Bob Marley touched on the link between money and happiness, declaring, “Money is numbers and numbers never end. If it takes money to be happy, your search for happiness…


In 1905, Posey Reed and Feriba Mitchell Reed moved their family from the Mount Bethel community in Cobb County to Roswell. As tenant farmers, the family had already moved a few times. There were six girls and two boys in the family. One of the daughters was Eula Reed, the mother of Richard A…

Kathy Manos Penn

Since the cat and dog in my cozy mysteries talk to their owner, It will come as no surprise to my readers that I love cats and dogs. What may surprise you is how many folks out there enjoy books where the animals talk. Several readers who have written reviews of my mystery series have mentio…


Spring is here again – and so are the white bass!


Roswell Manufacturing Company built a bridge over the Chattahoochee River in 1857, about 30 feet downstream from the current bridge. McAfee’s Bridge, near the present Holcomb Bridge was built by Robert McAfee in 1834. Before the bridges, ferries offered a way to cross the river.  There were …


Earlier this month, added over 400 words to its online database, and at least one of those entries caused a stink among social media users, along with everything to ever take place in the observable universe.