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In 1957, Mama and Daddy gathered up their simple belongings, those which they had carefully acquired through the diligent saving of nickels, and moved to the little brick house they had built.

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Twenty-five years later, I do not remember a ton about first grade other than making friends and playing on the playground at Saxon Heights Elementary School in Dublin. But one particular moment involving my teacher, Corinne Kaboli, really stands out to me.

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Thank goodness that my parents believed — and firmly practiced — the old-fashion philosophy of “Children should be seen and not heard.”

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Our highly emotional partisan politics shouldn’t make us illogical in dealing with global matters. And an exit from Afghanistan, which President Biden has promised by Sept. 11, 2021, is long overdue. It’s a move toward logical decision-making, not emotion-driven choices.

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If you’re of my generation, then nearly half of your life is divided between one-foot-in and one-foot-out of the internet age. Maybe others don’t feel this, but I still have some version of shell shock about the complete alteration of information flow.

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Georgia is the peach state, and so naturally most folks assume that growing peaches is easy here. And fresh-picked peaches still warm from the sun is one of the most delicious things that you will ever put into your mouth. Who wouldn’t want a couple of trees laden with that drip-down-your-ch…

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Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred’s decision to yank this year’s All-Star Game out of Atlanta — in response to the newly-passed election laws that Georgia Republicans rammed through during this year’s state legislative session — can be debated by reasonable minds. And it’s not a…

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Gardening has a long standing as America’s most popular hobby, but even this common pastime saw a surge in popularity last year. As many of us were stuck at home looking for something, anything, to do, a lot of folks tried veggie gardening for the first time.

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It is accurate to admit that I have never been a fan of singer Bob Dylan or his music, which for me was too folksy and, admittedly, probably too intellectually deep for my feeble mind.

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In the 10th week of the 2021 legislative session, those of us in the Georgia House of Representatives took action on bills that originated in the Senate. We also were privileged to hear retiring Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Harold D. Melton deliver his final State of the Judiciary address. 

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The world can be a cruel place and often doesn’t make much sense. And I’m sad to say that much of my middle Georgia hometown of Dublin and the city school system I was educated in are experiencing that reality in the worst, most excruciating of ways this week and will continue to do so in th…

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For almost nine months, I ran and worked the Rondarosa alone after Tink found himself locked behind closed borders in Canada, producing a new season of the Hallmark smash hit, “When Calls the Heart.”

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I was an extremely picky eater as a kid, as was my husband. Occasionally I give him grief if he turns his nose up at green things, and then he reminds me I’m probably the only millennial that doesn’t eat sushi. But for the most part we’ve expanded our culinary tastes.  

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Ed Larson, the law professor, researcher, author, backpacker and Damn Good Dawg, has written another book which, like the others, moves one to slam his forehead with the heel of his hand in exclamation, “I wasn’t aware of that.”

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It’s a chore just getting the mail out of the box, every day. It’s an armload and, if I ever make the mistake of laying it on the kitchen table and walking away from it, that’s it. I’m behind for the rest of the week.

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One of the most mind-blowing moments as a graduate student in the horticulture department was the day my class started learning about photosynthesis.

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When I was 10, I learned my first lesson in politics. Daddy and I were watching the CBS News with Walter Cronkite, who kept talking about people called Republicans and Democrats.

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This past week, the Senate completed its busiest week to date, passing a total of 10 bills and holding multiple committee meetings to properly vet legislation before it receives a vote on the Senate floor.

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Ever since the emergence of “big picture” shows and films from Hollywood, there is an all-too-familiar storyline…in fact, my 5-year-old daughter has recognized this in Disney films. The main character encounters a “bad guy” and waits for the “good guy” to save the day.

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One of the key aspects of last week’s impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump was the question of free speech: Did Trump — through his false claims of a stolen election and his fiery speech to the crowd on Jan. 6, just before they stormed the capitol building — incite the violence…

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If some future Democratic demagogue does exactly the same thing as Trump, and asks a horde of riled-up followers to fight like hell and walk with him only hundreds of yards to the Capitol to overturn his electoral defeat precisely at the moment of certification, then is that OK? Should his f…

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One of the things I enjoy most about being a member of the Georgia House of Representatives is to be able to get to know many state employees who faithfully serve you and me in the face of tough budget cutbacks, recessions and public health emergencies. 

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The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the House’s additions to the governor’s budget for the rest of this fiscal year and also added a few of its priorities. We expect final passage by both chambers this week. 

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If you were looking for more evidence, political or otherwise, that America is no longer a collectively serious country, look no further than the sad fact that Marjorie Taylor Greene, along with others with shared ludicrous viewpoints, is a sitting member of the United States Congress. The q…

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One evening last week, I wandered aimlessly pre-bedtime through my Pinterest home feed: recipes from the Great British Baking Show, green kitchens, herbaceous perennial garden design, Harry Potter memes.

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I love the scene in “The Office” when Michael insists on following GPS directions against Dwight’s objections. Michael says GPS is telling him to turn. But Dwight says no, there’s a lake! You can’t turn! Seconds later, they’re standing next to the lake, soaked, with Michael’s company car submerged.