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A name can be revealing in more than one way

I am usually aware of the title of a book I am reading because I think that the author intends for it to be significant ...

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How do they survive without cream of mushroom soup?

It would be, I decided, a nice gesture of Southern thoughtfulness if I made a dish of my famous macaroni and cheese.

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You can’t teach an old dog new tricks

Much to her irritation, Mama was told by her insurance company she needed to get a checkup.

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Better to be broke at the beginning than in the end

It is now that I have reached the age where the wiser generation, those who taught me and mentored me, are starting to take their ...

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Sometimes all you need is a good cry

The only times I saw Granny openly cry was when my grandfather had brain surgery, when he died, and when her beloved German shepherd, Bo ...

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The perfect light

My trusty American SUV rumbled along a rocky seldom driven road kicking up a cloud of dust that enveloped the trucks following me.

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Passing on some borrowed ‘good advice’

My chiropractor, like many doctors, often adds a new piece of reading material for waiting clients, usually in the form of a page of inspirational ...

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There’s real importance in how to tell the story

While studying for a degree in journalism, I learned the basics of telling a good story and answering questions before they could be asked.

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Celebrate accomplishments without comparison

Remember that time you dropped a few pounds, felt really good about yourself and then you got on Instagram to take a photo and saw ...

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Nice doesn’t always win

My uncle is always nice.

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The little house (again)

The little house in which I was privileged to be raised, the same one I wrote of recently, needed its annual deep cleaning. This involves ...

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Wild garlic control

Wild garlic and wild onion are two of the most frustrating cool-season weeds homeowners have to deal with here in Georgia. Both of these weeds ...

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Someone has to win Powerball’s billion plus dollars

$1.4 billion dollars.

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Only one kind of Bible good enough for Daddy

There are two Bibles that sit, always untouched, on the fireplace mantle in our living room. They are delicate and old, yellowed pages are falling ...

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For this year, the first-ever non-diet resolution

This is maybe the first ever time I have not started the New Year with some grand resolution of losing at least 10 pounds.

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2016 will be a good year, the Good Lord willin’

As the old year spits and sputters to an end and the new one waits in the wings, straining with enthusiasm to burst forth with ...

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Say goodbye and good riddance to this year

2015, I am glad to see you leave.

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Christmas on the Mississippi 2015

So it was that several years ago, I was hired to speak on a few occasions for riverboat cruises on the Mississippi.

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‘Twas Days Before Christmas

‘Twas mere days before Christmas,

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Kissing bugs pose little risk

Kissing bugs seem to be a hot topic with local media in the past month.

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On the hunt for a large, comfortable bed

When we decided to visit the few remaining members of Tink's family who live in Connecticut and New York, we chose to drive.

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How my child plans to catch Santa Claus

It was an intricate plan, complete with several diagrams and involved string.

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