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Susan Larson

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LARSON: Gwinnett Library finds time to rhyme

In recognition of National Poetry Month, I thought I’d ask our Gwinnett librarians about which poetry books particularly touched them.

LARSON: Guiding adolescents away from alcohol

To help educate the public on this issue, Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash has proclaimed April Alcohol Awareness Month.

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LARSON: Using column to calculate what counts

I’ve written about a lot of worthwhile things over the years, but highlighting Gwinnett volunteers is always at the top of my list.

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LARSON: Big Brother, are you reading this?

My advice to everyone is when you’re sending e-mails to watch those free carriers. Privacy is worth paying for.

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LARSON: 'Romance' springs forth with real Polish accent

When I went to Gwinnett’s first Pierogi Festival five years ago, it was to enjoy Polish cuisine.

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LARSON: Heart attack survivor throws heart into hobby

Walking for exercise was the farthest thing from Frank Sharp’s mind until about five years ago.

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LARSON: What to read across America

While the Gwinnett Public Library is celebrating Read Across America Week with songs, games and visits from the Cat in the Hat, I thought I’d celebrate by sharing readers’ response to the column I’d written about books a few weeks back.

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LARSON: Savvy shoppers know where to say ‘yes’

Susan Larson spotlights a local dress consignment shop.

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LARSON: Proud to be an American

As a proud and active member of the William Day Chapter - Daughters of the American Revolution, Leslie Watkins of Snellville spends her days traveling around presenting living history presentations on lifestyle during colonial times.

LARSON: An activity that’s for the birds

Last year, after reading about the yellow-bellied sap sucker in a Daily Post blog, I tried to find out more about the bird. Not only did I learn more than I could ever want to know, but I found myself clicked in at www.allaboutbirds.org a Web site posted by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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LARSON: Happy to have run with the horses

Having raised our boys in the Parkview cluster, I’d always thought of myself as a pure bred Panther. But in writing my last column, Mike Doyne, of Lilburn Middle, made me realize I have Mustang roots

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LARSON: Mustangs, Broncos not just horsing around

As the Year of the Snake slithers out and the Year of the Horse gallops in, I thought what better way to celebrate than to honor the presence of horses in Gwinnett County.

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LARSON: A look at what L.I.F.E has to offer

I always look forward to Gwinnett Parks and Recreation’s newest L.I.F.E. (Leisure is for Everyone) catalog. I love seeing what’s new and what has become a tradition over the years.

LARSON: Read any good books lately?

Going over my book list for the past year always provides a bit of entertainment, especially when I see titles I don’t even remember.

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LARSON: The Next Stop: Super Bowl?

So far The Next Stop has helped more than 100 young adults live a fuller life. Many have accomplished things in this friendly environment that occupational therapists were unable to teach them in private sessions.

LARSON: Need a resolution? Read my list

New Year’s resolutions. I’m not sure yet what mine will be, but I sure have a list of suggestions for other people.

LARSON: Finding time and space for Christmas

I’m not a big Bill O’Reilly fan, but I do get a kick out of his nun stories. Probably because I have so many of my own.

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LARSON: Enjoying Christmas by the book

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.

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LARSON: Searching for support for PTSD

Several readers have asked me if I have any resources for post traumatic stress disorder. Well, I have the Internet like everyone else, but I’m also fortunate to have a few contacts through past columns.

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LARSON: Taking care of unfinished business in honoring Coach Flowe

Several times Leif mentioned Coach Flowe taking him aside and encouraging him. Every player knew that simply being on the team made him part of their success.

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LARSON: Accounting for countless blessings

SaltLight Center, run by Family Promise, is a volunteer run emergency shelter for homeless single women and women with children. It provides a safe and loving overnight stay for those in need and Karpf is most grateful for all its willing volunteers.

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LARSON: Teachers deserve a break

When you are a teacher, free time is tough to come by.

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LARSON: Dog days both free and fun

The big Pet EXPO coming up Nov. 16 at the Gwinnett Convention Center really sounds exciting. It’s free, there are more than 120 exhibits and visitors are encouraged to bring their own pets, including hamsters, birds and lizards.

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LARSON: Do you hear what I hear?

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.

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LARSON: Making recyclables into jewelry

This program, the Apparent Project, also collects soda cans and other “garbage” to recycle into jewelry, notepads, and household items to help families rise out of extreme poverty by providing employment. And as a bonus, this artisan project helps keep litter out of the environment.

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LARSON: Pet soup kitchen at your service

In 2008, Tom Wargo established Daffy’s Pet Soup Kitchen to help provide food for people who could not afford to feed their pets and to keep them from having to turn them over to a shelter. Daffy’s not only provides food, but they make available free or discount spaying and neutering, a requirement for receiving the food Daffy’s provides.

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LARSON: No shortage here of long-range vision

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.

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LARSON: For some, success never stops

I love keeping up with all the wonderful people that I feature in my column, especially those who are performing a service to the community.

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LARSON: Gwinnett County really rocks

Built on a rock. I’ve long been aware that Gwinnett County does indeed trace its beginnings back to a rock and that rocks continue to shape our history.

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LARSON: Promoter makes presence known in Gwinnett

Owen has changed his venue to Eddie Owen Presents in Duluth, but nothing about his philosophy or community involvement has changed a bit. Well, except that it’s expanded. Owen is partnering with the Gwinnett County Public Library in presenting their 2013 Fall Into the Arts Program.

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LARSON: Childhood memories gone with the wind

I love that we have places like McDaniel Farm where we can recreate down to earth activities of the past whether anyone remembers them or not, but no computer generated simulator, no matter how high tech, can ever recreate that feeling of being up on the roof.

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LARSON: Grandparents Day inspires grand ideas

Grandparents Day inspires grand ideas

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LARSON: Labors of love making people happy

Labors of love. I see them happening all over the county. And many of them are being performed by our young people.

LARSON: Sensitivity to stereotyping only skin deep

So mean were the Vikings that a prayer was written specifically to protect victim’s from their wrath. And no one would even think of saying anything that might offend them, especially if it might sound like an ethnic stereotype. (Don’t know if the Vikings really cared, but why take chances?)

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LARSON: Organic opportunities organized online

Yes, I know there are farmers markets all over the county and they offer all kinds of wonderful locally produced goods. What makes HLM unique is that all orders are placed online. No matter what the weather, no matter where you are, and no matter what time it is, you can order online and pick up your goods all boxed up and ready to go in either Lilburn or Lawrenceville.

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LARSON: Remembering when school supplies were free

I enjoyed reading Darrell Huckaby’s column this past Saturday about his childhood memories of going back to school, even though I didn’t relate to even one of them. I grew up in a school system that provided our supplies.

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LARSON: Swim league story made big splash

A column in last week’s paper brought back memories from my own time being affiliated with the Gwinnett County Swim League.

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LARSON: Farmers Market feeds body, mind and soul

The farmers market in Lilburn is proof that markets like it have become more and more progressive over the years. Food isn’t all they feature anymore.

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LARSON: Does anyone have any idea?

I’m sure we all have ideas like that, but just don’t know how to get them out of our brains and into the marketplace. That’s where the Inventors Association of Georgia comes in, where inventors, marketers and vendors gather to share connections, resources and advice about getting things done.

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LARSON: Letter leads to website for Volunteer Gwinnett

In 2010, Tom Kincaid wrote a letter to the editor in the Gwinnett Daily Post suggesting that volunteers could help assist their government through its financial struggles. From that letter came an idea that is now in the works -- a free website to publicize charities and volunteer opportunities.

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LARSON: Taking care of our troops

After writing about Quilts of Valor last week, I thought a "blanket" column about all the military support in and around Gwinnett County was in order

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LARSON: Quilts of Valor warmly welcome warriors

QOV meets third Thursdays at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Lawrenceville.

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LARSON: Getting to the meat of life's mysteries

Some people say I over analyze things. Maybe I do because I have lots of questions for which I can't find answers even on the Internet. So I'm turning to my readers to help me out.

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LARSON: Father and son build future together

A great example of volunteerism, family style.

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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: 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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