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LARSON: Many teachers deserving of praise

I’ve always liked reading about all the hard work and passion so many teachers put forth for their students. But for every teacher who wins an award, there are hundreds of “runners-up” who don’t always get the recognition they deserve. So, I asked my kids to share something about their favorite teachers.

JENKINS: What your husband really wants, Part 1

Assuming your guy is a keeper, there are certain things he wants from a relationship that you probably ought to be aware of — and some of them might surprise you.

RICH: Nothing spreads faster than a rumor

There’s nothing like gossip to get the phones rining and get people talking.

McLEOD: What does your inner talk track reveal?

We subconsciously pick up on the mental messages that we get from others. And what’s more, the unconscious messages that we get from other people have a dramatic impact on the way we respond to them, whether we — or they — realize it or not.

McLEOD: The real reason Monster’s CEO lost his job

Monster and Ianuzzi should serve as a cautionary tale. When a leader overemphasizes money, you eventually wind up making less of it.

RICH: Children are often the best teachers

RICH: Children are often the best teachers

LARSON: Listening and living literature through lyrics

Listening and living literature through song lyrics

JENKINS: Is anybody really surprised by another athletic scandal?

When I hear the talking heads profess shock and dismay over the latest athletic scandal at the University of North Carolina, I have to wonder if their angst is manufactured.

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RICH: The reward and riches of poverty

My people, as I have long said, were raised up on hard times in the Appalachian foothills. I don’t know that I had a grandparent who ever saw the sum of $500 at one time or even held a hundred dollar bill in hand.

McLEOD: The Table of Brotherhood actually happened at a burger joint

Martin Luther King said, “I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood.”

JENKINS: ‘The Devil’s Dictionary,’ Election 2014 edition

Between 1904 and 1912, newspaperman Ambrose Bierce penned a series of columns for the Hearst newspapers offering his satirical definitions of everyday terms, which he later compiled into a single volume under the title “The Devil’s Dictionary.”

LARSON: Great name chosen for first grandson

When we chose to name our son Leif, we were just looking for a nice Norwegian name to reflect his paternal heritage. We didn’t name him after any great grandparents nor were we inspired by any particular historic figures or role models. We just liked the name.

McLEOD: Complaints that deserve your attention

Complaints are a valid source of feedback, but they aren’t all worth listening to. Discern which ones have merit before you react.

JENKINS: Holding my nose and pulling the lever for Grandpa’s Old Peeps

Like most Georgians — heck, most Americans — I currently suffer from EFS: Election Fatigue Syndrome. Symptoms include an aversion to telephones and a growing conviction that everything politicians say is a lie.

LARSON: Gwinnett parks offer free fun and festivity

Some of the best things in life are free and and that includes upcoming events in the Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation’s L.I.F.E. (Leisure Is For Everyone) winter schedule.