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.
New Year’s resolutions. I’m not sure yet what mine will be, but I sure have a list of suggestions for other people.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When you are a teacher, free time is tough to come by.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Grandparents Day inspires grand ideas
Labors of love. I see them happening all over the county. And many of them are being performed by our young people.
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?)
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.
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.
A column in last week’s paper brought back memories from my own time being affiliated with the Gwinnett County Swim League.
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.
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.
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.
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
QOV meets third Thursdays at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Lawrenceville.
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.
A great example of volunteerism, family style.
When it comes to graduation speeches, there's no arguing with this line -- "live the best life you can."
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.
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.
We've all heard of Renaissance men and Renaissance women, but the Petersons of Lilburn all six of them are a Renaissance family.
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.
A look back at all that happened in April, a month that passed by quickly.
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.
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.
The Prayer of St. Francis is proof the new pope picked a great name.
Reflecting on 14 years writing for the Daily Post.
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.
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?
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.
What goes around comes around.
When it comes to subjects, for some reason I'm drawn to snakes. Who knew I could combine them with wine.
Gwinnett is great at getting behind a project. But can we make this one about bird counting fly?
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.
No matter how many lists and charts and calendar items I enter into my computer, I still have to log into it every time I want to keep up with my list. But there is nothing like an old fashioned stack of neon pink, orange and green index cards on the kitchen counter "in my face" telling me what I need to do.
One good year deserves another.