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Trying to find positives can be negative

Trying to find positives can be negative

The Woman Who Shares My Name instructed me that this week’s column was to be about positive things. She says she is tired of bad news and thought you felt the same way. “Surely, you can find some positive things to write about,” she said, “and temporarily take people’s minds off all the terrible things going on in the world. I think your readers would appreciate that.”

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Updated: sep. 17, 2014 4:00 p.m.
You can't put a price tag on loyalty

You can't put a price tag on loyalty

When I think back on the days of my youth, that time when I had the privilege of traveling on the NASCAR circuit, it would be hard to pick a lesson learned that was more important than another.

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Updated: sep. 16, 2014 4:00 p.m.
Many days to make one happy

Many days to make one happy

I happen to love the song “Happy” from the movie soundtrack, “Despicable Me 2.”

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Updated: sep. 16, 2014 2:30 p.m.
Confidence can trump conformity

Confidence can trump conformity

Most mornings, I spend about five minutes pulling my freshly washed hair into a ponytail. It’s easy, it’s efficient, and, I like to tell myself, it’s even chic. When I know I’ll be meeting important people or attending special events, however (like, say, the United Way annual campaign kick-off party or a chamber of commerce breakfast), I break out the products and utensils and spend an extra 20 minutes or so coaxing my locks into what I hope is a more professional-looking style.

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Updated: sep. 16, 2014 2:00 p.m.
Regrouping on a particular philosophy

Regrouping on a particular philosophy

I’ve always been one of those persons who won’t hire someone to do something for me if I can do it myself, such as painting my house, building a deck, building a utility barn, caring for my own lawn, installing new flooring, etc. It was just the way I was raised. And it stuck.

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Updated: sep. 15, 2014 4:00 p.m.


Not all critics are racists

Editor, This is an open letter to Attorney General Eric Holder.

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Updated: sep. 11, 2014 10:30 p.m.
YMCA appreciates support

YMCA appreciates support

Editor, It seems like we just cut the ribbon to our new location at 154 Thunderbird Drive.  Our brand new 10,000 square foot facility seemed so BIG next to our little white building on 10055 Ford Ave. Site 3B, where the YMCA had resided in for the previous 10 years.  We moved with excitement, added more equipment, larger classes, and exciting new family programs.

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Updated: sep. 11, 2014 8:30 p.m.
Behold, fat men in the woods

Behold, fat men in the woods

I’m not sure how many wilderness survival shows there are on television right now, but it appears there is some kind of obsession going on with this type of programming. And they are running the gamut from being naked in the wild to being fat in the wild. That’s right, there’s a show now titled “Fat Guys in The Woods.” Fortunately, they keep their britches on.

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Updated: sep. 11, 2014 6:30 p.m.
Decisions loom on Export-Import Bank

Decisions loom on Export-Import Bank

• President Ronald Reagan, Jan. 30, 1984: “Exports create and sustain jobs for millions of American workers and contribute to the growth and strength of the United States economy. The Export-Import Bank contributes in a significant way to our nation’s export sales.”

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Updated: sep. 11, 2014 3:30 p.m.
How we respond determines who wins

How we respond determines who wins

Win at life! Isn’t that what we all want to do? That is the headline gracing one of the magazines sitting on our coffee table.  I guess the real question is, “what defines winning at life?”  After all, life has a pretty broad playing field.  Maybe what best defines winning in life is society’s dire need to be in control.   Everyone values their independence and sense of control, right?

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What were they thinking?

What were they thinking?

Editor, Recently, I’ve spotted some news headlines — around the region, state and country — that I never thought I’d see. It really makes me wonder, “Whatever were they thinking?”

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AUSA leader wants sequestration ended

AUSA leader wants sequestration ended

Editor, The following is an open letter on sequestration to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, from retired U.S. Army Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, head of the Association of the United States Army:

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Updated: sep. 11, 2014 1:00 p.m.
Dalton State key to economic rebound

Dalton State key to economic rebound

Remember the story of “The Little Engine That Could”? That could well describe the city of Dalton, a town of some 34,000 nestled in the corner of northwest Georgia, not far from the Tennessee line.

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Turn your life into art

Turn your life into art

Lately, I’ve been thinking about the treasure trove that can be found in life’s challenging times — the wisdom, the victories, the emotional muscle built and, of course, the stories. As those who know me well often say with a smile, “It’s always about the story with her.”

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Updated: sep. 09, 2014 4:30 p.m.
It's different when I want to know

It's different when I want to know

I realize, perhaps better than anyone, that it’s not polite to ask others about their reproductive plans. I’ve long ranted about how much it annoyed me when friends, family members and even perfect strangers would inquire about a possible plunge into parenthood. Even now, as most of my readers know, I get aggravated when people ask whether my 2-year-old daughter, Reese, will ever be a sister.

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Updated: sep. 09, 2014 2:00 p.m.

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