Monday, December 17th, 2007 12:24:56

A Place Called Hope

The town of Hope, Arkansas, settled in 1852, became famous when Bill Clinton ended his acceptance speech at the 1992 Democratic Convention with "I believe in a place called Hope." Hope's population of slightly more than 10,000, represents about three....

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Monday, December 10th, 2007 12:00:52

Sweet Thoughts of Tradition, Persistence, and Resourcefulness

Traditions are the glue that helps hold families together. They remind us of times we have shared together and trials we have some through together. My favorite cake is red velvet cake. For the past few years, my mother has....

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Saturday, December 8th, 2007 12:24:42

Learned Optimism

Most of us experience ups and downs. Without the downs, we would neither appreciate nor recognize the ups and, without the ups, we would be joyless and listless. While many believe that each individual has a natural set point for....

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Saturday, December 8th, 2007 12:00:26

What a Day, and What a Night

For almost a year, my husband, Jimmy and I had been counting down to Sept. 29. Last October, Jimmy was asked if we would chair the Atlanta Botanical Gardens Garden of Eden Ball. Without asking me, he declined, due to....

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Wednesday, December 5th, 2007 11:52:40

Walk On!

My sister, Kathy, was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis 20 years ago. This past spring, one of us talked the other into committing to walk a marathon (26.2 miles) to raise money and awareness for the Arthritis Foundation. Since we made....

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Thursday, November 22nd, 2007 12:22:40

The (not so) Great Debate

After reading about the Nov. 28 "CNN/YouTube Republican presidential debate," I decided to watch the video online last night. Normally, I might have contented myself with Colbert's or Stewart's take “ but the ongoing writers' strike meant I had to....

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Thursday, November 22nd, 2007 11:23:38

Working together for Real Solutions

I grew up in a small college town. We lived half-way down a dead-end street, across from the college where my father was a professor. From our house, the steep hill to the top of road appeared daunting. In the....

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Thursday, November 22nd, 2007 11:23:16

Sticks and stones can break my bones but names can never hurt me

Last Monday, the New York Times ran an ad paid for by the pro-Democratic organization with the headline, "General Petraeus or General Betray us? Cooking the books for the White House." The ad ran the same day that General....

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Tuesday, November 20th, 2007 11:19:13

“The basis of good citizenship is the home” Theodore Roosevelt

Visiting other people's homes gives you a sense of who lives there. Houses, like pets, often reflect the characteristics of their owners. This holds true for presidents, who are both people and elected officials. President Bush reminded us of this....

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Monday, November 12th, 2007 12:30:26

Stories and Tall Tales

A few days ago, while I was telling my children a story to convey a lesson, Maggie, my oldest child, asked me if the story was real, or a tall tale. She explained to me that she was learning about....

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