Along time ago - it feels like a hundred years - when I was in college, I took karate classes. The style - Cuong Nhu was a relatively new style - a mix of other styles both “hard” and “soft.”

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Once upon a time, a long, long time ago, there were three little children who were starting to grow up. They took swim lessons, learned to walk, then skate and ride bikes. They learned how to read and color with crayons and stay inside the lines — more or less.

Seems like I wrote this same column this time about a year ago. Here we go again, déjà vu! Time is just racing by, or at least it feels that way. I will turn 67 in a little over a month. Hard to believe.

We wove our way slowly in and out of the late afternoon crowd on our way to get in line for the concert. It was humid and not so comfortable, but at least the heat was beginning to recede. I was acutely aware of my lack of sunglasses.

So, I wrote my column a couple weeks ago about “pup-cups.” These are little cups filled with whipped cream that you get when you go through the drive-thru at Starbucks when you have a pup in the front seat with you or in the back.

We wove our way slowly in and out of the late afternoon crowd on our way to get in line for the concert. It was humid and not so comfortable, but at least the heat was beginning to recede.

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So, an old friend of mine just gave me a book. It looks good and is about one of my favored subjects — all the old rockers from way back in the ’60s and their stories.

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Back when my sole responsibility in life was to “learn” (oh, glorious days), I remember writing a high school paper on organizational theory and reading about an amazing social scientist and Nobel Prize winner named Herbert Simon. That was so long ago, but frequently these days, I find mysel…

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The rain finally stopped. Outside, it was still cold but clear, dry, sunny and bright. Everywhere I turned, I saw people smiling — outside walking, playing, talking, and, yep, buying.

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I am sure that you too have your own stories of good people, who have pulled you up or restored your faith either in yourself or in humanity. Here are mine.

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I was running out of space on my Mac Book so finally, I did the unthinkable. You see, I guess I am a hoarder of sorts. I have been told that all men are in some way. I didn’t know that but, maybe its true. So, at that time I had well over 400,000 emails stored on my laptop. I never delete emails. Never. Until a few months ago when I was faced with the choice of losing the use of my laptop or deleting something to create more space on the hard drive. 

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I have good friends — a couple — who I look to as examples of what “living well” looks like. And I don’t mean a life of affluence, but that they live “right.” They get it.

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So, with what we all have just been through, and are going through, I feel fairly safe in saying that this past few months — this year — has been brutal — exhausting, frustrating, debilitating, and just plain hard.

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I have friends all over the political spectrum. Two of my best friends happen to fall on the side that I struggle to understand. I value their friendship highly; it’s the kind of friendship that one protects with sharp swords or F-35s. I would walk on hot coals for them, and they would do th…

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The Rev. Dr. Oliver Wagner (Ollie) started his sermon telling us about his vacation earlier this summer in Hilton Head, S.C. When I was growing up in Cocoa/Rockledge, Fla., having a minister lead with “Hilton Head” would have worried me.

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It has been a busy and confusing week in the news, I think. There have been lots of eclectic events – hence the headline of this column.

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I recently hired a new delivery person. We rarely have any changes in our delivery staff, and I am really picky about who delivers your paper. The new person – Lynn – was someone who I liked the minute we struck up a conversation. She was middle-aged, articulate, dignified and composed. She …

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It seems we had barely weathered one winter storm when another one was on our doorstep. Now that North Fulton and Forsyth County are viewing the latest wintry mix through the rearview mirror, I hope that all of our friends and neighbors have escaped the snow, sleet and freezing rain unharmed.

If you want to see an App that is mind-boggling this would be one. It is for iPhone and iPad and cost $2.99. I can't remember how I found out about it but I am quite glad I did.