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As I got settled in the ambulance, with an IV being put in my arm and the oxygen going in my nose so that I could breathe better, I heard my mother’s voice outside talking to one of the ambulance attendants. She kept talking until we pulled out of the driveway. During my week-long hospital s…

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As Mother’s Day approaches my prayer is that we will take a moment and reflect on a mother’s love. I was lucky to have my mom for 24 years, and I still miss her so much. I also recognize that God has placed a number of godly women in my life. I think we will all agree, that one of God’s grea…

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“Ladies first,” my grandson Nate said as he stopped at the front door for his sister, Rylee, and me to go into the house. I tried to get both of them to go in front of me since it was raining, but it wasn’t happening.

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Words can change the atmosphere of your life. Words are so powerful. Be positive in what you say and it will change your attitude. In Proverbs 16:24, It says, “Kind words are like honey — sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.”

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As I tossed my left leg over the dirt bike, and awaited further instructions, I was so ready to take my first ride in many years. Honestly it isn’t as fun as it used to be, or maybe I’ve lived long enough to know I am not invincible. Still it brought back many memories of my youth.

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Just past midnight on Thursday, April 1, the 2021 legislative session came to close as the Speaker and Lt. Governor declared, “Sine Die!” Sine die is a Latin term meaning “without assigning a day for further meeting.”  The final two days of session were action packed as we gave final passage…

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I recently remembered a nursery rhyme that I’d heard many years ago. I had not thought of it until I spent the week with my 18 month old granddaughter. She is one of a few girls in our family.

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A plastic yellow bracelet with FALL RISK on it dangles loosely on my right wrist. In the corner of this bright room on the high-rise floor I’m on I see a walker and a porta potty.

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Monday, March 15, brought us to the 10th week of this year’s legislative session as we concluded the week with legislative day 35. With only 5 legislative days until the conclusion of the 2021 session, we have been working until late in the evening reviewing bills within our respective commi…

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There is nothing better than a fresh slice of vine ripe tomato between two slices of bread on a summer day at lunchtime. Tomatoes are probably the most widely grown home garden addition in the state of Georgia.

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I know we all have been really thirsty at one time or the other. Once I was baked in the hot Florida sun, walking for what seemed like miles. Then I had to put on a life jacket and ride on a boat and to say the least, I was parched! I didn’t think I was ever going to get enough water.

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Monday, March 8, brought Legislative Day 28, “Crossover Day,” and the beginning of the ninth week of our legislative session. It was hectic under the Gold Dome as Crossover Day is a crucial deadline in that it is the last day for bills to pass out of the legislative chamber from which they o…

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Summer used to be my all-time favorite season. What’s not to love about summer? I’m sure it became my favorite season as a young person because school was out, Six Flags was open, and I knew our family vacation was just around the corner. Besides that, I didn’t have to go to bed early becaus…

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There are influences all around us. In earlier times, we were influenced by our friends, family, and co-workers. With social media and video games at our finger tips, we have more things to impact our lives.

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We returned to the Gold Dome to resume our legislative work Monday, February 22. This day also marked the halfway point of the session which means our “Crossover Day” deadline is quickly approaching. Crossover Day is extremely important as it is the last day any bill can pass out of its resp…

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I was talking to a small group of ladies and many expressed anxiety or fear of the unknown.  One lady was going to walk into a courtroom. Another was trying to prepare for an exam, but she was so tired by the end of the day, she struggled to retain any information that she studied. While ano…

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It is hard to believe that we have already completed five weeks of this year’s legislative session. It was a busy week as we continued to review legislation in our respective committees as well as voting several bills out of the House chamber. Last week focused largely in part on the protect…

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I walked up to this lady, and I could tell she was troubled. It wasn’t long before she began to share her heart to me. She is trying to rebuild her credit, but she couldn’t get approval for a secured credit card.

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It was Friday afternoon; I met Chris at home; we threw the suitcase in the car and we were off. We were in a race with time to spend every single minute we could with our grandchildren, Nate, 3, and Rylee 1. As we cruised to South Georgia, we talked about the past, and we both agreed, this i…

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Thursday, February 4, officially brought to a close legislative day 12 of our 40-day session. The pace has picked up tremendously as more and more bills made their way through the committee process. Multiple packages have been presented to address areas of concern such as economic developmen…

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As of Friday, January 29, we successfully completed legislative day eight of 40. Last week we picked up the pace as several House committees held their first meetings, both virtually and in-person, to begin the process of vetting proposed legislation.

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The most consistent call that I receive last spring and early summer was a torrent of calls about sharp thorns in yards that were ruining the outdoor fun we all crave as the weather warms up. The culprit was a winter annual weed called burweed, sometimes called spurweed or stickerweed.

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I wake to the honking sounds of a flock of geese outside my window. I can also hear the clear high-pitched whistle of some of the younger birds in the flock.

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I work at Foothills Education Charter High School a few nights a week. I recently called the mother of a student to tell her that we had selected her son to give the welcome and introduction at a virtual graduation ceremony coming up in December. She was silent for a few minutes and, when sh…

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It's been a year like we have never experienced before. A time of wearing masks in public, working from home, attending zoom meetings and worrying about whether we are going to get sick or not. Some people stayed at home for months. Some are still staying at home. It's been a time of fear an…

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I sat outside at a drive-in theater in East Tennessee Saturday night as the sun set and the temperature began to get cooler. I pulled out a blanket and settled into the outdoor chair I brought with me.

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“When the atomic bomb went off, everything in the trench was light. There were no shadows and there was crackling like electricity, the flash, then loud noise and out of the corner of my eyes, large boulders and dust went flying by, overhead tremendous wind. After a while, they sounded all c…

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Winter Annuals are a great tool used by many to extend the number of days cattle are able to graze throughout the year and cut down on the amount of hay needed. Rye, wheat, oats, and annual ryegrass are all common options that are utilized to gain some pasture efficiency.

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On Thursday, August 20, Miracle Bishop, 20, Gainesville, filed a report with the Habersham County Sheriff's Office in reference to an incident that had occurred in the area of Alto/Mud Creek Road earlier that day.

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Regis Philbin, who died last week at the age 88, was remembered Friday on the morning show that he started in 1983 and retired from in 2011.

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My mother and I are once again on the road stopping at farm markets, both large and small to purchase local produce, as well as jams and jellies and honey, and get a stamp in our passport from the Georgia Farm Bureau.

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I am sure that everyone that has ever turned on the news in the past four or so months is sick of hearing about how deadly COVID-19 is, how people are so irresponsible, and how we must keep six foot spacing at all times. This group of people would include me, and I can speak for everyone els…

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Dear Editor: Are you feeling weary of this way of living like I am? I really miss my Silver Sneaker classes and that flexibility and aerobic exercise that knocks back my aging issues. I miss seeing those people. I like zooming my church worship and Sunday school classes, but the sound on zoo…

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A parade of young men and women passed by East Jackson Elementary School Thursday evening in a graduation parade as I stood in front snapping photos.

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Staff members began excitedly telling the man in the wheelchair that his family members were coming around the corner. The thin man with the red T-shirt held both hands in the air, waving them, and smiling big as the car passed by with those inside waving back at him and shouting hello to him.

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This week is Teacher Appreciation Week. It’s a time when teachers are usually recognized with a special breakfast or treat at school. That won’t be the case this year as teachers walked out of their classrooms in March with no idea that they would not be back this school year.

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I showed up for the meeting with my hair in a tight bun on the top of my head. It might have been a few days since I had washed my hair. I didn’t have on any makeup and I had on a T-shirt with pancake syrup dribbled on the top of it.