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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Tell me again why they send these catalogs out?

I'm tired of catalog-thin models.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Pet obesity? Really?

Some people go too far when it comes to pampering their pets.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: The more advanced we become, the sillier we sound

Can technology really be this silly?

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Your baby can read, for 3 easy payments of $99 (plus shipping and handling)

Your baby may be smart, but not this smart.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: We all define “fun” differently

GDP blogger Carole Townsend says everyone defines “fun” differently

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Since when did Hollywood become a hotbed of morality and social conscience?

Hollywood needs to stay out of politics.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: I’m a 30 percent off woman, myself

Our spending habits are as out of control as our eating habits.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Politics is a dirty business

You shouldn't have to get down and 'dirty" to be a politician.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: I’m pretty sure my dogs are smarter than I think

My dogs are a tough foe when it comes to a battle of wills.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Football's here; better put your therapist on speed dial

Football is back, along with the craziness it brings to fans everywhere.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Texting is ruining our manners

The texting craze is driving me crazy.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Cleaning is for suckers

Being the person in charge of cleaning up is never fun.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Sometimes life just doesn’t make sense

Family and friends need you most in times of grief, which is why it is so important to be there for them.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Let’s make a deal; I won’t show you mine if you promise not to show me yours

Blogger Carole Townsend opines on the way people dress these days.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Is your nest empty yet?

Dealing with the realities of being an empty-nester.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: How young is too young for Facebook?

Do you let your children use Facebook or other social media sites? Do you have any rules or tips to share with other parents?

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Jury 'duty' rightfully named

Carole Townsend talks about jury duty

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Coffee - the Dark Mother

When it comes to habits, I never do anything halfway. Ever. That can be a good thing, and that can be a bad one, depending on the habit.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Domestic violence a social heartbreak

They're matters that, if not addressed openly, can so easily be swept under the rug.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: How do you feel about school uniforms?

Here I go talking about school again. Can you tell I really miss the days when my kids were still in school?

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Do you allow your minor child to drink?

Now, in my humble opinion, parenting teens is the toughest part of the child rearing cycle.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: How on earth did we raise our children?

How on earth did I raise my children without all the gadgets and contraptions on the market today?

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Quitting smoking takes time, patience

Lisa* is a good friend of mine. She quit smoking Friday afternoon at about 3 p.m. I know this, because she called me around 4 this morning to tell me the exact number of hours and minutes since she made that decision.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: The teen handbook

If you are the proud parent of one or more teenagers, you likely live in a state of perpetual balancing, tiptoeing, hugging, crying, advancing and retreating.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Divorce is a life-changer

Our children are at the ages during which they may very likely soon choose life partners. My husband and I are both divorced, and I'm grateful to say our blended family is healthy and happy 12 years into the union.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: What might Georgia's HB 87 mean for Gwinnett?

House Bill 87 went into effect on July 1 here in Georgia. An attempt to crack down on illegal immigration, this controversial legislation has spurred marches, calls for boycotts and, some say, racial division.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Special Olympics athletes, volunteers set the bar high

I had the honor this week of talking with two of the sheriff's deputies participating in a Special Olympics fundraiser. Both told me this annual event is something they really look forward to, and not just because they are helping a terrific cause

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: "Bella Vita" means something different to all of us

On Tuesday at 2:15 p.m., the verdict in the Casey Anthony Trial was read in an Orlando courtroom and in living rooms, offices, bars and restaurants all across the country.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Health Insurance bad for your health

There are two topics that make me absolutely crazy, and those are oil companies and health insurance companies. Say what you will, but they both run this country with the sole purpose of extorting billions from Americans.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Independence Day more than barbecues,fireworks

Independence Day -- July 4 -- is one of my favorite holidays. Oh, I know some of you are already rolling your eyes and thinking, "Here we go on another Republican rant." But no, if I'm going to rant at all, it's going to be about being an American.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: How's your knowledge of PETiquette?

Are you a pet owner? We are. We just love our two dogs, Cassie and Chester. They are both rescues, big, goofy golden retriever mixes who love people, other dogs, birds, butterflies, shoes and just life in general.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Parents need to get a grip

There's something about seeing their kid out on a playing field that makes some parents lose their minds.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Electronics make the world go 'round

I have to confess right now, before I start writing about electronics and how they stress me out, that I am technologically challenged. I don't think it's an age thing or an intelligence thing; I think I'm just old school.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Dads rock

Sunday is Father's Day, and I for one look forward to it. Fathers sometimes get the short end of the stick when it comes to parenting credit, but they affect sons and daughters just as much as moms do.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Do these gym shorts make me look fat?

I am officially convinced that God is a man. Oh sure, all the likenesses I've ever seen depict a man, and all the references in the Bible say He's a man, but as a woman who stepped across the threshold of "50" last December, I have what I consider to be concrete proof.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Hey, sleazy politicians: Enough already

It's been said that you can't legislate morality. I'll take that a step further; you can't even expect it from your legislators.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Farewell to a true Southern lady

Please bear with me today while I take a moment to say a public goodbye to a woman who, as it turns out, was a very dear friend to me.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: The apple and the aging tree

I suspect that many of you out there are members of the sandwich generation, that group of adults still raising their own children but now in the position of also caring for elderly parents.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Love for pets doesn't come cheap

It's a dog's life, and it's a good one.Our family just ended a week-long, much-needed stay at the beach. We returned home this past weekend, and part of our settling-back-in ritual always includes picking up our two dogs from their stay at the kennel.

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