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Susan Larson

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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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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.

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LARSON: Degree of truth depends on who is doing the telling

What goes around comes around.

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LARSON: Year of the snake nothing to whine about

When it comes to subjects, for some reason I'm drawn to snakes. Who knew I could combine them with wine.

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LARSON: A bird brain idea to bring fame home to roost

Gwinnett is great at getting behind a project. But can we make this one about bird counting fly?

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LARSON: Let's dance to the music

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.

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LARSON: Bonding to old ways sometimes best

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.

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LARSON: Past calendar sees positive shifts into new year

One good year deserves another.

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LARSON: For Super Bowl tickets try The Next Stop

Whether or not a free trip to the Super Bowl is the next stop in your social life, your contribution will help many young people transition to their "next stop."

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LARSON: Friend has pointers for paring down possessions

If you're like me, trying to have less stuff is not an easy thing.

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LARSON: Musical presence more memorable than material presents

The older I get the more I enjoy intangible gifts, with music topping the list.

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LARSON: Marking my time with the Mayans

The Mayans have us preparing for the end of the world again.

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LARSON: Let us rejoice for Jewish holiday

Growing up in a culturally diverse area, I've always had an appreciation for different cultures, including the Jewish holidays.

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LARSON: Churches promote human relativity during Christmas season

For those who enjoy human interaction, local churches have some great programs leading up to Christmas.

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LARSON: Of angel presence, be aware

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.

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LARSON: Little girl's story a testament of love and hope

Janiah Maddox has a lot to be thankful for, the most important of which is her loving mother, Nicole.. Janiah was born Sept. 3, 2008 with Kasabach-Merrit Syndrome, a rare life-threatening disease in which a vascular tumor leads to decreased platelet counts and bleeding problems. Her condition required

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LARSON: Reaching out to veterans with ArtReach

ArtReach is always looking for new venues for their workshops. If you would like to open your doors or help in other ways, visit www.ArtReachFoundation.org

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LARSON: Hot news inspires hot ideas for Halloween

Looking for a clever costume this Halloween? Use the news as inspiration.

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LARSON: Cherishing time to Chair-ish the Arts

My friend Jeanne Pescitelli and I have been known to spend hours strolling through fabric warehouses stroking silks, eyeballing buttons and braids, and imagining all the things we could create with them. So when I wanted to see all the chairs on display for the Gwinnett Library's Chair-ish the Arts Contest, I knew it would be a lot more fun with Jeanne, not only for opining about the chairs, but for the long ride between all the branches.

LARSON: Going bananas over school lunches

Watching children throw away fruit with their lunch can drive you crazy.

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LARSON: Clicks and Sticks a close-knit group

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.

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LARSON: Berkmar Middle Walks and Talks physical fitness

School uses incentives to promote exercise and being healthy.

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LARSON: Hoping to clear the air on propaganda column

When it comes to column writing, readers can be very helpful with their opinions and views.

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LARSON: Light and Shadow strike harmony for peace

Lilburn gongmaster Yogiray Kessler 'bathing" people in sonic ways as a way to cleanse negative energy.

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LARSON: Telling the truth about the truth

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.

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LARSON: Gwinnett schools help student STRIVE toward satisfying job

Thanks to the GCPS STRIVE program, people like P.J. Ponder are able to excel, and smile.

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LARSON: Library offers ideas whole community can cherish

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

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LARSON: Community connections grow at local farmers markets

The local market is a good place to catch up with old friends.

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LARSON: Artists get folksy at Slotin Folk Art Fest

Great art by great people on display at local event.