April 29, 2011
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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.
I read in the Wall Street Journal about a nursing home where therapists use baseball cues to prompt memories for Alzheimer patients. Even though I can’t remember where I put my phone or my glasses, I still retain the most vivid memories related to baseball.
Manav Dutta, who has always dealt with the challenges of autism, really rose above them when he delivered the valedictory speech for the class of 2013 at Collins Hill.
Summer is here and, as always, Gwinnett County fills up the calendar with more than enough to do. For everybody.
My advice to everyone is when you’re sending e-mails to watch those free carriers. Privacy is worth paying for.
Every Christmas I make sure everyone in my family finds a book under the tree. However, for the 200 some books I bought over the years, I hardly remember any of them. But in recent years I’ve come across some books I might have bought had they been around when my kids were young.
They say one of the first signs of age shows up in your hearing. I don’t know if that means the actual physical workings of your ears go bad or if it’s a matter of what you hear or don’t hear that is the determining factor in this aging process.
With my mill hunk upbringing where the only goal we grew up with was to work in the same factory that our grandparents worked in when they got off the boat, I’ve always had a fascination with people who have vision; I love interviewing them and sharing their inspiring stories.
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.
The local library system continues to provide great opportunities to meet best-selling writers.
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.
So you think you can dance? Well, even if you don't, Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation is outdoing itself by providing seven big opportunities to dance or just tap your feet to the music during the month of February.
If you're like me, trying to have less stuff is not an easy thing.
The Mayans have us preparing for the end of the world again.
With remindrers -- like Beth Gayle's book -- I realize that no matter how bad the circumstances, God does send angels. And for that I give thanks.
Looking for a clever costume this Halloween? Use the news as inspiration.
Interested in knitting? Join Clicks and Sticks them on second Thursdays from 6 9 p.m. at the Centerville Community Center or first and fourth Thursdays at Alcove Coffee in Lilburn.
School uses incentives to promote exercise and being healthy.
When it comes to column writing, readers can be very helpful with their opinions and views.
When I think back on what a bunch of 9-year-olds could do with a Brownie camera, a manual typewriter, and an eight-pack of Crayolas, and then look at the political campaigns we see employing all the technology we have available today, I honestly hope all the voters in this upcoming election are at least as smart as my fourth-graders.
Thanks to the GCPS STRIVE program, people like P.J. Ponder are able to excel, and smile.
I was amazed and delighted at how many columns about the arts in Gwinnett I had fall into my lap over the last few months. Not only did I get to write about the art scene in our county, but through responses to my columns, I also connected with several
A look at some neat things to check out for art lovers in Gwinnett.
National Night Out, the first Tuesday in August, began in 1984 to generate citizen participation in local anti-crime efforts and to build police-community relationships. It's also meant as an opportunity for neighbors to get together for food, fun and friendship. Last year, 15,000 communities and 37 million individuals participated.
It's been an amazing -- but not as quick as you think -- transformation into cityhood for Peachtree Corners.
There's always a new way to do an old chore.
In addition to great food, local market offers chance for non-profits to raise money and awareness.
Upcoming local fishing events provide a lot more than just a catch.
This summer the art your children make can do more than you think, including introducing problem-solving skills that can last a lifetime.
Need help with your resume? Believe it or not, that's one of the many services your local park system offers.
Reflecting on a productive day in the classroom and looking ahead to National Day of Prayer on Thursday.
Always fun to have customized bean bags when playing a new game.
Drawing from his father's experience, Alan "Woody" Morawiec conducts a yearly shoe drive to help educate his students about the atrocities.
Local musicians to play benefit concert for Lawrenceville Co-op.
As the Girl Scouts prepare to celebrat their 100th anniversary, I remember some great times being, and writing about, Scouts.
SafetySmart in Lilburn has a mission to promote safety, community inolvement and neighborhood unity. A smart pursuit, indeed.
It's OK to say no, if you have a good one. Like climbing Mt. Kilamanjaro, perhaps.
Upscale thrift store in Duluth provides good deals.
You might want to attend the Inventors Association of Georgia on the fourth Saturday of every month in Norcross.
Duluth Historical Society Museum to host open house.
Names from my past: Rick Rae, Mary Pitman have written books.
Pursuit is a "melting pot" of dancing.
TV journalist will discuss her book, life at fundraiser.
Gwinnett is the only county in the state that completely serves its residents with a comprehensive cooperative ministry.
As usual, I can depend on my readers to come through with stories more interesting than my own. Two weeks ago, when I asked readers to share their Gwinnett memories, natives and newcomers alike had stories to share.
I felt honored to be included in the celebration of the arrival of the more than 1,600 "Dummies" books the Gwinnett County Public Library won in a nationwide contest.
I really enjoyed Frank Reddy's story in Saturday's Daily Post about the campground at Lawrenceville First United Methodist Church. How nice to know that this structure, built in 1832 has lasted so long and has served to create memories for so many generations.
For David Bolton, when it came to canoeing, one thing just seemed to flow into another.
I love field trips. When my kids were in school I was always the first to volunteer to chaperone. Friends still tease me about the way I used to pile all the kids in the cul-de-sac into my mini-van and haul them off on some local adventure.
It's always fun writing a mailbag column where I get to share what my readers have to say. The last few weeks have brought in some of the best.
My husband loves reading the free classics on his Kindle. But what he seems to enjoy the most is reading passages to me from books like "Crime and Punishment," written by Fyodor Dostoyevsky in 1866 that sound like they could have been posted on the Internet yesterday.
I really love writing about all the free things there are to do in Gwinnett County.
I love the math. I love math, period, but the philosophy behind the 3/50 Project really gets me excited. The 3/50 Project, whose mission is to "save the brick and mortar our nation is built on," is simply one way to keep money in the local community.
Be prepared. Those two words have always been ingrained in Shoji Ketchem's thinking. Maybe because he grew up in a military family and always had to be prepared to move. Or maybe they were reinforced by the Gulf War.
My mother always warned me -- and yours probably did, too -- to never leave the house without clean underwear because you never know when you might get in a wreck and wind up in a hospital.
Some people might think Jeff Foxworthy is a tough act to follow, but for Bobbi Pack, he just set the stage for the whole community to get in on the act.
Shop 'til you drop. For me, that means about 15 minutes. Unless, of course, I'm going along for the ride on one of Melissa Baxter's Back by Popular Demand bus tours.
As you read this, I could be catching up on news with my friend Kathy in Gulfport, Miss., having coffee with friends in Baton Rouge, La., or visiting my brother Bob and his wife in Galveston, Texas. With the price of gas, it sure is nice to have friends to free load off of along the way.
For most people, today is Halloween. But for Lutherans, it's Reformation Day, the biggest day of the year.
When Lambert High School opened in Suwanee, just over the Gwinnett border in Forsyth County, last year, its focus on music struck a chord with the community. In order to provide a high quality band program for the school, Lambert took out a sizable loan from the school system to ensure that every student had an instrument and uniform. The plan paid off in many ways.
Anna Huthmaker never set out to be a trail blazer. All she wanted to do was take a hike.
When I was in Toastmasters, table topics used to terrify me. These were impromptu speeches for which your name was called and you had to talk for one minute on a given subject.
I really enjoyed reading Todd Cline's July 7 column about the Newcomer's Guide, which lists 101 things every Gwinnettian should see or do. I went over the list, approved of everything on it, then decided to follow up on suggestion number 101, which invites readers to visit the Daily Post's website and submit ideas of their own. Only I'm going to list them in my own column space.
I think we all have memories of a neighbor who had a little vegetable garden and gave away his or her crops, maybe over the backyard fence or maybe at church. One of my favorite homegrown memories was when I took bulk mail to the Lilburn Post Office and Gayla Huff always had her freshly picked veggies in a box for her customers to enjoy. I was sad to see her retire, but I'm sure others are still enjoying the fruits of her labor.
My column about local authors prompted a few requests from book clubs seeking a good summer read. I could always list books my book club has read, but instead, I asked for ideas from other women I knew who belonged to books clubs.
It's 2010. We can all text and tweet. So, why would anyone still use a method of communication that employs late 19th century technology?
Write what you know. That's standard advice for writers. As a columnist, that works for me. Since I don't have to write much, it doesn't matter that I don't know much.
People ask how I find column ideas. Rhonda Rich, the columnist whose column appears in the Daily Post on Saturdays, addressed that question recently. "I wait for them to come to me," she said. And that's exactly what happened with this column.
I'd be remiss if I let National Brain Tumor Awareness Month slip by without mentioning the remarkable efforts of a young woman named Kristen Sheffield.
Kudos to all of Gwinnett's Relay For Life participants who flocked to the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds last weekend. And by participants, I mean not only the runners, but also the behind-the-scenes people who volunteered their organizational and accounting skills and the hands-on people who set up, worked the concession stands, and when the rally was over, stayed to clean up.
I was impressed when I learned that my sister-in-law, Laura, was part of the Strawberry Queen Court when she was in high school. She is certainly pretty enough, but truth be told, I figured it was just some small town thing in Wisconsin. Little did I know that the Strawberry Festival is one of the oldest traditions in Norwegian history. Erik Kind filled me in when I attended the Strawberry Festival at Washington Farms in Loganville last weekend.
Now is the time for 60 "good men" to come to the aid of their county as the Sentinels of Freedom-Gwinnett recruits players for its third annual fundraising softball tournament.
Job cuts. Budget cuts. Tax cuts. Good cuts? Bad cuts? It's all pretty confusing to me, but I do know that Phil Rivers offers cuts that can benefit everyone.
I never know what kind of response my columns will bring. When I wrote last week about creating a clearinghouse for castoffs, I wondered if I'd get more requests than I could handle. Instead, most readers thanked me for recycling memories of the good old days.
Every morning, Mohan Bagga wraps his head with a five-meter-long strip of cloth. It may be maroon, navy, white or whatever color strikes his mood. The color doesn't matter as long as every strand of his hair is covered in keeping with his Sikh faith.
Melissa Baxter has always known the value of a dollar. When she was 11 years old and her brother Jason was 9, they started their own lawn service. They borrowed the $99 they needed for a push mower from their mother, who made them pay it back with interest.
It all began in 1999, the 150th anniversary of Frederic Chopin's death. Dorota Lato, a pianist and music educator from Johns Creek, wanted to do something special to celebrate the life of this man and his music.
Not all that long ago there was nothing. Absolutely nothing. Sure, for decades Gwinnett County has had excellent services for children with special needs. People move here from all over the nation to avail themselves of our wonderful programs. But after graduation there is no county program to continue that good work.
In the 100 years that Boy Scouts of America has served our country, more than 104 million boys have taken that oath. Today, Gwinnett County benefits from the works of more than 10,000 scouts along with thousands of scout leaders.
Even after 30 years of marriage, it's still nice to go out on a date. And it doesn't have to be expensive. If fact, some of our most romantic dates have been free.
Joanna Paraschos has fond memories of her Uncle George. The youngest of nine children raised in an impoverished neighborhood in Flint, Mich., Paraschos fell in love with dance when her uncle took her to a ballet.
In 2009, I did something I'd never done before in my life. In the back of my bedside devotional book where I knew I wouldn't lose it, I made a list of every book I read for the year.
Judging by the responses to my "spellbound" column, it appears that all names are bound to be misspelled by somebody.
This New Year's Eve, Winder will be celebrating the newest old tradition in Barrow County with its first annual Jug Drop. At the stroke of midnight, a jug will drop from the Hanging Tower of the first Barrow County Jail, which now is the Barrow County Museum. But before the jug can be dropped, it has to be put in place. And by that I mean not only physically, but historically.
This is definitely the hardest column I've ever had to write. To all my trusting readers I must confess something that I hate to admit. I make mistakes. And those mistakes include spelling errors.
I love how the people I write about grow on me. And I don't just mean the fondness I develop for them. I also mean the way they grow beyond who they were when I first mentioned them in my column.