Susan Larson

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LARSON: Valedictorians speak of varied victories

When it comes to graduation speeches, there's no arguing with this line -- "live the best life you can."

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LARSON: Monastery invites public to pray, eat, run

Yes, the monastery has changed a lot physically, but I did notice the Garden Center still sells those cute little worry dolls. For old time sake, I just had to buy one. And have Father Anthony bless it.

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LARSON: Summer full of songs, sports, and Steampunk

With the myriad activities and events Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation and the Gwinnett Library are offering kids of all ages this summer, I don't think it would be possible to do them all.

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LARSON: Renaissance family excels at just about everything

We've all heard of Renaissance men and Renaissance women, but the Petersons of Lilburn all six of them are a Renaissance family.

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LARSON: Senior Ms. Georgia in step with senior issues

As Ms. Senior Georgia, Mary King Lee is also encouraging all seniors to take care of themselves, to take supplements, diet, exercise and keep a positive attitude. Lifelong education is also part of her platform.

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LARSON: Lending advice from lessons learned

My advice is, if you plan to convert your old videos, either do it soon enough so everything is still distinguishable or wait long enough that you don't even remember what you're missing.

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LARSON: No foolin', April 'full' of activities

A look back at all that happened in April, a month that passed by quickly.

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LARSON: Book the time to meet some authors

The local library system continues to provide great opportunities to meet best-selling writers.

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LARSON: Huffman House cheefully helps the hungry

In May, Barbara Huffman's non-profit organization Huffman House will celebrate its second anniversary of providing grass-roots social services to people of all faiths or no faith at all in Gwinnett County.

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LARSON: Let's be more exact about Easter

Let's start with the word Easter, itself. The word comes from the Greek "Eos" and Latin "Aurora," both meaning dawn, and according to some authorities are also root words for "estrogen." From that, Anglo-Saxon pagans derived the name Eostre for their goddess of spring, honored with fertility symbols of rabbits and eggs. Not sure what any of that had to do with Jesus.

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LARSON: Pope chooses winner in name game

The Prayer of St. Francis is proof the new pope picked a great name.

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LARSON: Making memories of the last millennium

Reflecting on 14 years writing for the Daily Post.

LARSON: More saints than Patrick

I don't know what St. Patrick did to rate his own day on the secular calendar inspiring people of every ethnic background to parade around in his honor while thousands of other saints go completely ignored. So I'm here to pay tribute to some of those unsung saints, particularly those whom many Gwinnettians honor by doing more than just chug green beer in their memory.

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LARSON: Clothes can keep folks in the pink

I'm not suggesting going back to the '50s look with matching turquoise tuxedos and black satin lapels. But if people are asked to pay $25 and dress for the occasion, is it asking too much for the performers to get in on the act as well and not wear clothes so cruddy they would be tossed in the Dumpster at even the lowest end thrift store?

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LARSON: Library offers altered way of turning pages

If you're feeling unsure of what possibilities your book can open up to you, the library and Hudgens will be offering free workshops to introduce altered book art techniques at the Hudgens on Saturday, March 9.