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Health is Wealth

Since the kids are out of school and the first official day of summer is June 20, here's hoping we all have a little more free time and motivation to get outside and enjoy active pursuits that get us moving, as well as meals that are lighter and more wholesome — especially now that we have access to fresh veggies from local farmers markets or our b...

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Decisions, Decisions

Every day, each of us must make multiple decisions that affect various parts of our lives and/or the lives of others. For instance, this month, our staff had to choose the best short story to publish out of dozens of worthy submissions from local creative writers for our annual Short Story Contest (see pages 26-27 to read the winning story!). We ma...

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Can You Stand the Rain?

On a perfect day, I know that I can count on youWhen that's not possibleTell me, can you weather the storm?If you're a fan of '80s and '90s R&B music, you probably recognize the above lyrics, which were made famous in a song first recorded by New Edition in 1988 and again by Boys II Men in 1997. And since most of us have heard the saying, "Apri...

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Spring Cleaning

Forward MARCH! This month brings us daylight savings time on March 10, St. Patrick's Day on March 17, Easter on March 31, and the anxiously awaited first day of spring on March 19. Except for the infamous "pollening" that happens in Georgia at this time of year, which is never fun for allergy sufferers, most of us welcome the sight of budding trees...

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Traveling Light

When most of us consider "traveling light," it's likely our first thought is about packing only the most essential things we'll need for an upcoming trip. So, if we're planning to backpack through Europe with only what we can comfortably carry each day, we'll probably pack just one or two changes of clothing, a few basic toiletries, first aid items...

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Resolution Revolution

Happy New Year! Are you someone who makes resolutions? While I'm all for people doing whatever they need to do to motivate themselves to make positive strides in their lives, statistically, "on average, only 9-12% of people keep their New Year's resolutions," and "the biggest reason people don't keep their resolutions is that they set unrealistic g...

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Presence Above Presents

I fondly remember Christmases of my childhood when my parents, brother, and sisters would gather at Grandma and Grandaddy's house with my dad's side of the family on Christmas Eve, wake up at home on Christmas morning to see what Santa brought, and then spend Christmas afternoon at my other grandparents' house with my mom's side of the family. Afte...

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Thankful To Be Grateful

Thankful — Conscious of benefits received.Grateful ­— Appreciative of benefits received.The above definitions are from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary and Thesaurus. Though people often use these words interchangeably, I think it's important to note the difference. To be conscious of something means we acknowledge it, but perhaps it doesn't always m...

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Face Your Fears

Ahhhh, October — colorful leaves, pumpkin-flavored everything, fall festivals, and Halloween. This month is usually when we have a smattering of days that the temperature drops below 60, interspersed with those that still reach 80-90 degrees. We never really know what we're going to get when it comes to October weather in Georgia. Sometimes, we get...

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Season of Self-Discovery

"Ba-dee-ya, say do you remember, ba-dee-ya, dancing in September, ba-dee-ya, never was a cloudy day!" I hope you sang those popular Earth Wind & Fire lyrics in your head (even better if you sang them out loud!). September brings the official first day of autumn (9/23), so we can look forward to cooler temps, fall holidays and festivities, and t...

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Just Be.

Recently, a close friend of mine lost her father to cancer. Though I've lost both my parents, I didn't want to diminish the gravity of her grief by equating it to my own experiences. I know all too well that everyone grieves differently. I wanted to comfort her, but I just didn't quite know how to reach her when she was in such a sad place.Oftentim...

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