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LARSON: Little Big Town singer to present cookbook in Norcross

Kimberly Schlapman will sign ‘Oh Gussie’ cookbook at event

Kimberly Schlapman, whose talents include feeding the body as well as the soul, which is evident from her TV show “Kimberly’s Simply Southern” will present a cookbook signing on May 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Norcross Cultural Arts and Community Center.

JENKINS: Dear students: You have no right not to be offended

Young people, liberty and democracy are not for sissies or nitwits.

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McLEOD: Don’t be a guilty volunteer

The next time someone scans the room asking for volunteers, scan your own heart, if you find guilt instead of enthusiasm, please, put your hand down.

JENKINS: The question is: ‘progress’ toward what?

Leftists have begun calling themselves “progressives.” I suppose they think that sounds better than “socialists,” but it raises an obvious question: “Progress toward what?” Because if the goal is more freedom and prosperity for all, we’re certainly headed in the wrong direction.

RICH: Intersecting stories

Many times not only bloodlines, but stories overlap. It’s an ongoing puzzle of which story pieces fit together.

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LARSON: Experience the art of kindness without borders

The Atlantic Institute holds an art and essay contest for middle and high school students. This year the theme was “Kindness without Borders, and Summerour Middle School student Jenyfer Ojodeagua placed first.

LARSON: Forest ranger well rooted in community

I think someone said old forest rangers never retire. They just branch out.

McLEOD: Yes, business is really a force for good

The takers are not the norm. They’re the outliers. It’s time to stop letting a few greedy fools define the story of business. Capitalism gives more than it takes, and we need to win that story.

JENKINS: Fun tax facts to celebrate the end of income tax season

Enjoy your tax refund, and try not to think about what the government is doing with the money they’re borrowing from you (interest free) this year.

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RICH: The joy of good, old-fashioned book stores

I love shopping that is easy and requires no effort or gas. It is because of us that bookstores, built from brick and mortar, are disappearing. Especially the small, independent ones.

McLEOD: Are you a boiling frog or an evolved human?

If you drop a frog in a pot of boiling water, it will immediately leap out. But if you put a frog in cool water and gradually turn up the heat, the frog will boil to death without ever trying to escape. The same thing happens to people.

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LARSON: Mary Fahl lyrics bring literature to life

Mary Fahl is the former lead singer and founding member of the October Project. As a solo artist she’s done albums for Sony Odyssey and V2 Records and has written songs for major films including writing and performing the theme song for the Warner Bros. Civil War epic “Gods and Generals.”

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JENKINS: Left’s philosophy: academic freedom for me but not for thee

Left’s philosophy: Academic freedom for me but not thee

RICH: Memories of a childhood friend

When I was 6, the boy with hair the color of cotton and eyes tinted sapphire, came to live with us. He was the same age and size as I but more timid and less secure. Depending on the day, we were either best of friends or the worst of enemies.

RICH: Much more meaningful than an Easter basket

In all the years I have written this column, I have, unfailingly, dedicated my Easter column to the frills, fluff, and fun of the holiday. Today, though, I write of the true meaning of Easter.