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Lewis McDonald Grizzard Jr. (October 20, 1946 – March 20, 1994) was an American writer and humorist, known for his Southern demeanor and commentary on the American South. Although he spent his early career as a newspaper sports writer and editor, becoming the sports editor of the Atlanta Journal at age 23, he is much better known for his humorous newspaper columns in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was also a popular stand-up comedian & lecturer.

Grizzard also published a total of twenty-five books, including collections of his columns (e.g. Chili Dawgs Always Bark at Night), expanded versions of his stand-up comedy routines (I Haven't Understood Anything Since 1962), and the autobiographical If I Ever Get Back to Georgia, I'm Gonna Nail My Feet to the Ground. Although much of his comedy discussed the South and Grizzard’s personal and professional lives, it was also a commentary on issues prevalent throughout America, including relationships between men and women (e.g. If Love Were Oil, I'd Be About a Quart Low), politics, and health, especially heart health. Grizzard was also the stepbrother of the Southern humorist Ludlow Porch.


Athens is a city in northeast Georgia. It's known for its antebellum architecture. It marks the start of the state's Antebellum Trail of historic Civil War towns. The T.R.R. Cobb House, the mansion of a mid-19th-century lawyer, has period furniture and exhibits related to Southern history. Nearby, the Taylor Grady House is a Greek Revival mansion, and the Church-Waddel-Brumby House dates from the early 19th century.



Contemplation Questions: Change

  • How do you tend to deal with change? Get excited? Get stressed?
  • For many people, transitioning into summer means a change in our routines. School is out, the kids are home… how did you prepare for the transition?
  • Some people handle times of transition in our lives better than others. Has there been a time when you looked up to someone for how they dealt with a big change?
  • Change can be scary because it’s naturally something we aren’t familiar with. Is change an adventure for you?
  • It can also be an opportunity to reach out for help from those around us. When have you reached out, or been a rock for someone else?
  • Sometimes, a change isn’t unknown, and we can see the signs coming down the road. How do you take that time to brace yourself?

Here's a great article on "Change"