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Columns

  • Hardcore and three Butters

    By Susan Howell

  • Before you diet, look at the date

    I learned a long time ago that any day God sees fit to let you crawl out of bed in the morning is a good time to resolve to make changes in your life.
    That’s why I’v never put too much stock in New Year’s resolutions. I’ve resolved in March to lose weight. I’ve resolved in July to exercise more. I’ve resolved in September to be a gentler spirit.
    But somehow Jan. 1 always signals the advent of a clean slate, a time to start  (or finish) something.

  • A New Year: A New You

    By Diana Wayne

    Guest Columnist

  • A bird in the wreath is like five in the house

    Work schedules  keep us from visiting our Georgia family and friends as much as we like, so after spending Thanksgiving here in Williston, we decided we were northbound for Christmas.
    As usual, the week before Christmas was a blur as I did last minute shopping (done for everyone in less than four hours), wrap said gifts, bake and create goodies, address and mail Christmas cards (no one said they had to arrive before Dec. 25) all the while holding down a full-time job.

  • Wow! Council meeting was eye-opening

    By Jerry Robinson

    Guest Columnist

  • Social Security can show you the way

    By Ruqayyah Nicholas
    Social Security District Manager, Gainesville
    Social Security’s homepage, www.socialsecurity.gov, has a new look.
    Our redesigned homepage now features a service channeling guide on the left side of the page, which lists the most sought-after services and information on the site.  You’ll find the information or service you want quickly and easily, including links to:
    applying online for benefits;
    estimating your retirement benefits;
    Extra Help with Medicare prescription drug costs;

  • Outside the box

    By Susan Howell

  • Now I learn a new language of love for her

    When my mom was born, her parents named her Darlene. Seymour and Anne Horton thought they had coined a new name for their daughter, whom they called “Darling” in a domestic language of love.
    Once a strong voiced loquacious performer and confident matriarch of 10 children and a clan of about 100 –counting in-laws, grandchildren and great-grandchildren – my mom speaks mostly gibberish now in a weak, high, thin voice. Hers is a pigeon language of heartbreak and lucidity.

  • Champion of the underdogs

    By Ada Lang

  • It's the people who matter

    Tom and I decided this summer that we have finally reached an age where we don’t need “stuff” so we made a pact not to buy expensive gifts (over $50) for each other.
    We have most everything we need–and a lot of what we want. Anything we might consider as a gift, we can buy for ourselves. With those thoughts in mind, we decided to channel any extra money we have into traveling.
    “We’re making memories,” he told someone recently.