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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. 

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.

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.

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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Over the years, Christina and I have moved only a few times. I wrote last week about selling our family home to our son Hans and moving into a leased townhome about a half mile away. The townhome is fairly new, large, spacious and requires no maintenance or yard work. Almost all our furnitur…

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My main takeaway from my hike on the trail was the understanding that no matter what the circumstance, “the trail always provides and that there is a reason for everything.” The trail is a giant metaphor for life.  

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“I built my house to withstand a category 5 hurricane. So, I wanted to see if it could.”

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You probably know what the word “assume” means, no? Well, if not, the polite version is that if you assume something, often it will bite you in the behind because you will be big-time wrong. See if any of your assumptions about the media were wrong. 

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This has been a learning week for me since my recent column came out and a number of readers responded with emails. My column, “Should we save local journalism? Do we care,” talked about many things. One central topic was my questioning the anger I see “out in our world” — including the abus…

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I always look for the library when I am in someone else’s house. If they don’t have a library, I look for magazines. To me what someone reads is the key to knowing them. And what they don’t read is also part of that key. I am reminded of one of the taglines of a national advertising campaign…

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These days have been interesting times for me and for everyone in the newspaper business. Much of our focus here in Alpharetta/North Fulton is on simply continuing to get our five weekly newspapers out — to write the stories, to compose the papers, sell the advertising, do the paperwork of a…

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Sometimes the key in writing a successful column — or a successful advertisement or short story — is a headline that grabs a reader and pulls them in. I learned this from David Ogilvy, the guy who sort of invented advertising as we know it today.

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Sometimes the key in writing a successful column — or a successful advertisement or short story — is a headline that grabs a reader and pulls them in. I learned this from David Ogilvy, the guy who sort of invented advertising as we know it today.

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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…

The Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce held its sold-out annual black tie gala last Saturday at the Ritz-Carlton in Buckhead, and I have to imagine that it was by far the most successful effort that the chamber has produced.

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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. 

Captio is a free App for the Apple iPhone and the iPad. With Captio you "can send yourself a quick note with just one tap". It is simple, reliable, and really fast. Essentially Captio is a pre-addressed email that is just waiting for you to input the copy you want to send and then hit "send"…

Cooking is a creative adventure for me. Not every adventure has a happy ending, but Sweet and Tangy Stew Beef with Wilted Spinach and Onions does. I did not know I wanted Sweet and Tangy Stew Beef until I tried it. The idea of cooking stew beef with equal parts apple cider and apple cider vi…

I have a tendency to get caught up in the crisis of the day or, in these times, the crises of the day in the world. I have long been a history and political science aficionado, so the times that we are living in might be seen as the apex – short of major war – of worldwide disruption. Think …

I think the most difficult aspect of the pandemic is the uncertainty. We humans do not make decisions well, nor do we live comfortably, under conditions of uncertainty.

I always look for the library when I am in someone else’s house. If they don’t have a library, I look for magazines. To me what someone reads is the key to knowing them. And what they don’t read is also part of that key. I am reminded of one of the taglines of a national advertising campaign…