Living Columnists


RICH: Is it hoarding if you never clean out your fridge?

I’ll eat leftovers from the same meal for a week. Doesn’t bother me. As long as it’s in the refrigerator, it’s fine. In fact, I love leftovers.

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LARSON: Cheers for the electronic age

Watching some cheerleaders the other day brought back some mixed memories for me. One, of all the fun I had being a cheerleader and another from my 35th class reunion.

JENKINS: Families with elders should choose the right caregiver

I became interested in elder care when my grandmother died while I was still in college. Even though she suffered from dementia, Grandma and I were very close. We used to joke that she couldn’t remember the names of her seven children, but she always remembered mine.

MCLEOD: Why employees just don’t care, and what the boss can do about it

Lack of Noble Purpose erodes morale at work, and it eats into our lives at home, where people drag themselves through the door at night without an ounce of enthusiasm left for loved ones or fun.

RICH: The need for self-control

One of my friends called the other. One of my best friends. There was both urgency and distress in her voice.

MCLEOD: The secret behind great innovation

If you want to create a great company, invent the next big thing, or produce an amazing work of art, keep your ego out of it. Start with noble purpose, find a problem you want to solve, or people you want to help, and pour your talents into something bigger than yourself.

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LARSON: Mother takes on Ironman challenge for autism

“If you would have told me years ago I’d be doing Ironmans, I would have thought you were crazy,” Carrie Tallent said. “If you would have told me that I would have a child with autism, I would have laughed and said ‘What’s autism?’”

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JENKINS: Three good reasons to oppose Common Core

Don’t let anyone tell you Common Core is about improving education for our children. It’s not. It’s about creating more mindless drones for the corporate salt mines while making local schools even more beholden to Washington.

LARSON: Out of my inbox, into my column

I love all the good news about Gwinnett that comes my way via my inbox, and I love having the opportunity to share it.

JENKINS: An open letter to the families of dementia patients

Dementia is a cruel disease that seems to rob us of our loved ones long before it takes their bodies

MCLEOD: Why we wait before giving our best

I’m willing to do it, but I’m not sure he is. It’s the biggest obstacle to making a positive change. We want to know, for sure, that the other guy is all in with good intentions, before we fully invest ourselves.

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LARSON: Watching Tech-nology slide into the future

When my husband enrolled at Georgia Tech in 1962, all an aspiring engineer needed was a decent slide rule. The only thing they had to stress out over was whether to buy a Post, Pickett or L & E, each running about $20, which, granted, was 10 times the price of the plastic ones they sold at Woolworth’s.

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JENKINS: How to ruin your marriage without even trying

Having a good marriage is a lot of hard work. But having a bad marriage is easy. You just need to do three simple things.

MCLEOD: Why do customer service people still give terrible customer service?

It’s nice to say customers are the No. 1 priority. But when you create reward system, decision-making policies, and culture that promote the opposite, your employees act accordingly.

RICH: Collecting food ideas can be a recipe for a mess

Do you flip through magazines or newspapers and find a recipe, tear it out, then stuff it in a drawer somewhere? And, worse than that, never give it a try?