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This past weekend found me enjoying the 6,000-plus acres of the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center in Mansfield, where I attended a scrapbooking retreat with 13 of my Athens crafty friends and where new friends were made.

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During the eighth week of the 2020 legislative session, the Georgia House of Representatives passed bills that we hope will help remedy the rising cost of prescription drugs.

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Perhaps it is because I was raised as a storyteller then trained, through both education and career as a journalist, that I have a deep-seated belief that a person is built through generations of kinfolks then painted and decorated through personal experiences.

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The following is personal, but I don’t mind sharing it with any who might be a companion with the aging process. It has to do with heartburn. That is what I heard acid reflux called when I was down on the farm. (In fact, owning to my provincial background, I first thought it was, “acid reflex.”)

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For 25 years, I have had the same doctor. I like her so well that when she moved her practice several years ago about 45 miles south, I followed.

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Many of you will be familiar with this story. It’s the story of how my dad discovered a new hobby, the results of which amazed us for years!  

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In the three weeks since his pre-determined impeachment acquittal in the Senate, President Trump has shown people like Sen. Susan Collins that he did indeed learn a lesson: that the GOP has given him license to do whatever he wants to in any manner.

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Giving and giving back are very personal. Some of the wealthiest people in the world are often moved to write big checks while others take a “not so fast” stance.

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When I moved into my house in Winder, life was a bit tumultuous and there was neither time nor money to do any improvements.

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Week 4 at the Capitol was short, but productive. We met for three legislative days with plenty of committee work in between. I am proud of the work my colleagues and I are doing in the Senate to ensure that the citizens of Georgia have the best opportunities for success.

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Most summers I aspire to read a work of classic literature. A novel. This is easier said than done since my tastes pull toward memoirs, biographies and historical recounting.

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Several days ago, I was chatting it up with someone I met while standing in line somewhere, and as folks are prone to do, we got around to talking about where we live.