Saturday, January 12th, 2008 12:40:30

After Mardi Gras, a time for rest, reflection and humbling

Lent began last week on February 6. It ends March 23 with the celebration of Easter. In the Christian tradition, the Lenten period is a time of fasting and prayer, preparation and reflection in anticipation of Easter, which commemorates the....

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Friday, December 28th, 2007 12:34:44

Rethinking Failure, Growth and intelligence; Let the Games Begin!

At least now when I fail I will feel a bit better. I don't know about you, but I hate failure. I have never liked failure and I have often avoided playing games to prevent failure. On the rare occasions....

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Saturday, December 22nd, 2007 12:02:06

Too Good, but True; A Sheriff enforces the law

Most of the chain e-mails I receive, I delete. Occasionally I read one that appears to be humorous or interesting. My mother sent me one titled SHERIFF JOE IS AT IT AGAIN. This e-mail, while not humorous, is definitely interesting.....

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Tuesday, December 18th, 2007 12:32:58

Navigating the Rapids and Enjoying the Still Waters

When I was small, my family took many camping trips and spent many hours canoeing. Before our trips, we planned where the canoe would go into the river and where we would pull out. We lined up people to drop....

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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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