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Not too old to learn something new

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  To be honest, I really have no business getting on a snowboard. After all, I’m way closer to 60 than I am to 50 and my once-flexible joints are far stiffer than they once were. Still, a visit to Bear Creek Resort and Conference Center in Macungie, Pa., gave me the opportunity to take […]

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Is success in our stars or in ourselves? Good People asks age-old questions

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How much of our life is determined by our own choices and how much is blind luck? Had we made a different choice at some critical juncture in our lives, how might it have changed everything? Are decent, ethical people only decent when being so poses no threat to their lifestyle or wellbeing? Pulitzer Prize-winning […]

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Inauguration is a national celebration

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The national tradition of swearing in the newly elected president of the United States has Washington, D.C., all abuzz. Security experts, transportation officials, party planners, out-of-towners and local residents are figuring out the best way to deal with the impending traffic, crowds, revelry and confusion that comes at inauguration time. Presidential inauguration festivities play out […]

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Snow Mountain offers a winter without the drive

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Each year, Stone Mountain Park celebrates the holiday season by transforming into a holiday wonderland complete with snow, Santa and festive lights. “We wanted to make sure metro Atlanta residents had some place to celebrate the season and see the snow without having to drive to up north,” Jeanine Jones, public relations manager at Stone […]

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A glimpse inside Rastafarian culture

Left: Leemon proudly shows a life-sized baby giraffe carved from a single tree trunk. Middle: DeKalb resident Don Roman admires Leemon’s handiwork as he is shown a book of Jamaican master artists in which Leemon is profiled. Right: Many Rastafarians are craftspeople and often sell their wares at resorts and public beaches.

Just over a year ago I had the pleasure of meeting a man referred to simply as Leemon, a Rastafarian in the true sense of the word. Leemon lives in a tiny village in the Jamaican hills overlooking Montego Bay. He has no electricity, no running water and no other so-called modern conveniences, yet he […]

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My best Christmas ever

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The holiday season is definitely a memory-making time of the year. It’s the coming together of family and friends with the spirit of giving dashed with the razzle-dazzle of lights and tinsel. We asked a few DeKalb residents to share some their favorite “best Christmas ever” memories. Will “Flip” Thomas of Decatur and Ka’Trina Holt […]

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Cruising the Mediterranean—it’s not just for the idle rich

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Whenever someone suggested that I do something well beyond my means financially, I used to joke, “if I had that kind of money I wouldn’t be sitting here—I’d be cruising the Mediterranean.” Earlier this year, my mother called my bluff. “How much would it cost to cruise the Mediterranean?” she asked. I looked it up […]

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Ministry needed to help traumatized war veterans and their families

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Long-separated military families will soon reunite as another wave of combat veterans return from Afghanistan. However, for many of these families, reuniting will be the beginning of a difficult period of transition and readjustment for both the soldier and family. After seeing death and carnage close up, many combat veterans develop post traumatic stress disorder, […]

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