Susan Larson


LARSON: Preserving gifts in a jar

Last week a friend posted on Facebook a suggestion to keep a gratitude jar and fill it with notes about good things that happen during the year. Then on New Years Eve, empty it and see what all you had to be grateful for that year.

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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.

LARSON: Listening and living literature through lyrics

Listening and living literature through song lyrics

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.

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.

LARSON: Author's imagination sparked by Fire Academy

“I’m always looking for ways to kill people,” Lawrenceville author writer Fran Stewart said, being sure to clarify that she means in print and electronic form only.

LARSON: Pharmacist helps seniors extend life, save money

“A recent study estimated that roughly one in seven Americans 65 and older is taking at least one potentially inappropriate medication. Every year, 38 million older Americans experience serious complications from the medicines they take. The number of Americans treated in hospitals for medication-related problems top two million, and more than half of those hospitalized were 65 and older,” AARP reports.

LARSON: October all wrapped up in Red Ribbon Week

Back in 1988, to help kick off the inaugural National Red Ribbon Week, a PTA lady asked me to come to the Trickum Middle School parking lot to help decorate all the school buses with red ribbons

LARSON: Getting to the heart of baseball

You’ve heard the expression about wearing your heart on your sleeve. Well, it was never meant to be taken literally, but a certain baseball team has no problem letting others know where their heart is.

LARSON: May peace prevail in Dacula

Five years ago, for International Day of Peace (that’s today) I wrote about all the Peace Poles I knew of in Gwinnett. Of those six, the only one still standing is in Geri Taran’s front yard in Lawrenceville.

LARSON: Library event to help connect community

The Gwinnett Public Library is not to be left out in the effort to support our veterans. Their upcoming One Book One Community event really lives up to its title with featured speaker U.S. Army veteran, Captain Luis Montalvan and his service dog, Tuesday.

LARSON: Taking a grand step forward

Sept. 7 is National Grandparents Day. So first off, let me wish a happy day to all my readers who are grandparents or soon-to-be grandparents, like me.

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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.

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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?’”

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.