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MCLEOD: Nothing wrong with a little exaggeration

The next time you want to make a point, consider using a story. And if you need some extra exaggeration, to make it more interesting, you can borrow some from my family.

JENKINS: The four cornerstones of a happy marriage: forgiveness

Whoever said “Love means never having to say you’re sorry” was obviously never married. Because being married means having to say you’re sorry all the time, even when you’re not.

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LARSON: Enjoying Gwinnett a real walk in the park

Summer is here and, as always, Gwinnett County fills up the calendar with more than enough to do. For everybody.

JENKINS: The four cornerstones of a happy marriage: service

Sometimes you just have to show your love by serving your spouse, whether your efforts are reciprocated or not. That’s kind of what love means.

RICH: The apple tree that never found a home

That apple tree. Oh my goodness. Something told me it wouldn’t turn out well.

MCLEOD: How to reinvent yourself when life takes a turn

Ideas, even good ones, will fail. Companies will be purchased, and sold. Relationships will change. There are two choices, you can wish for what was. Or you can reinvent yourself to deal with what is.

RICH: The pieces of life’s puzzle

This happened years ago. Mama was alive then so it’s been seven or eight years. I hadn’t thought about in almost that many years but when it came to mind the other day, I took to studying on it and how the circumstances and opportunities of life’s journey can be so fascinating.

JENKINS: The four cornerstones of a happy marriage: commitment

In other words, most people believe that commitment follows love. But one of the secrets to a long and happy marriage is understanding that, in reality, true love follows undying commitment.

MCLEOD: We’re asking the wrong questions about cheating

If we continue to reward test scores, we’ll continue to get cheating. But if we decide that we, the American people care passionately about learning, we’ll create a system that inspires our students and teachers to feel the same way.

LARSON: Local man (married to me) marks two milestones

A tribute to my husband on his 70th birthday.

THOMAS: Hillary’s health matters

If Hillary Clinton’s concussion was not serious and there are no concerns about its long-term effects; if the glasses she now wears are not to correct double vision or other lingering symptoms attributed to her fall, then there is no problem. But if the reverse is true and she is covering it up, the public has a right to know and she has a duty to tell us.

JENKINS: The four cornerstones of a happy marriage: compatibility

Most of us are familiar with the old saying, “opposites attract,” as well as its corollary: “But likes stay together.”

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RICH: The obituary call tree

Yes, I know that I am, occasionally, prone to embellishment. But trust me when I say this is the law and the gospel: I have a long-time friend who only calls me when someone dies. Most times, I know the person but sometimes I don’t have a clue the person ever existed.

MCLEOD: How the story about the lady and the baskets made me a better spouse

My friend who is a divorce lawyer says, “Most marriage failures are not the result of infidelity, substance abuse or in-laws. Most marriage failures are the result of selfishness.”

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LARSON: Berkmar scholars out to change the world

Alberto Feregrino, a senior at Berkmar High school, thought he had every reason to be proud of himself. Come May, he would become the first person in his family to graduate from high school. But his bar for achievements has been raised. Thanks to the QuestBridge scholarship program, he is now on track to become the first college graduate in his family.