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Thursday, September 8th, 2011 12:08:23

Service: The Legacy of Sept. 11

It was slightly more than six weeks after my second child had been born by way of emergency C-section. Sleep-deprived and tired, I had left my two under the age of two at home with a sitter to get out....

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Thursday, September 1st, 2011 12:07:06

The Value of Work

In my hands was a small, multicolored clay turtle that I had made and painted at elementary school. I carefully walked up the steps to the front of our home, excited to show my mother what I had made and....

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Thursday, August 25th, 2011 12:06:18

Raising Children and Raising a Nation

Raising Children and Raising a Nation It's late summer, almost Labor Day, and for those with school-age children, it is time to get back to school, back to activities and back to routine. After 11 weeks of vacation, routine sounds....

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Thursday, August 18th, 2011 12:05:35

Nothing Compares to the Iowa State Fair

It's vast, it's crowded, it's fattening and it's fun. "Nothing Compares to the Iowa State Fair." The slogan is aptly deserved. The fair is held in Des Moines, Iowa, on a 400-acre tract of land situated next to 160 acres....

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Thursday, August 11th, 2011 12:04:45

Morning in America Needed

Last week, over a long, late dinner with friends, our discussion turned to their recent trip to Australia. They remarked that the country appeared to be full of "optimism," "energy" and "enthusiasm." People were on the move, getting to work....

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Thursday, August 4th, 2011 12:03:34

Changing Tides

It's the last few weeks of summer. For those of us with children in school, this is our last chance to get away before becoming engulfed in school schedules, homework, activities and carpool. For children, it is their last chance....

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Thursday, July 28th, 2011 12:02:49

Fried Liver by the Pink Hamster

This week, my son is attending chess camp. It seemed like a good idea when I signed him up in May. An indoor camp the last week of July when the temperature and the humidity in Atlanta would be hovering....

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Thursday, July 21st, 2011 12:02:06

Life’s Opportunities Easily Missed

People who take fishing seriously, who want to take advantage of the flood tide opportunities as they happen, study the tides and phases of the moon to determine the best possible fishing times. They determine the best locations by talking....

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Thursday, July 14th, 2011 12:01:16

Character Development

I'm not sure how it started, but at some point over the past year, when my children begin to relate some hardship in their lives -- tough tests, tough teacher or coach -- I began responding that they should think....

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Thursday, July 7th, 2011 12:00:16

Ill-Gotten Gains

It was my freshman year of high school. My mother, sister and I had recently moved back to Carrollton, Ga. It may have been social studies, or it may have been biology, the subject does not matter, it was the....

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