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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Wonderful evening of theater as It’s A Wonderful Life comes to the Renaissance Project stage

Trivon Howard, right, and Kara Michele Wilder play roles made famous by Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed in the 1946 movie It’s A Wonderful Life.

In place of its usual production of A Christmas Carol, the Renaissance Project theater this year has chosen for its holiday offering It’s A Wonderful Life. “It’s sort of an American Christmas Carol,” observed the theater’s producing artistic director Michael Cole. There are some interesting parallels in the two stories. Both, of course, center on […]

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Artistry is at the heart of pumpkin Blaze

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  What happens when you throw 5,000 pumpkins, 15 artists and 1,000 volunteers in a caldron around Halloween? You get a can’t-believe-your-eyes event called Blaze. Actually it’s called The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze. Located in Croton-on-the-Hudson, N.Y., on the grounds of the Van Cortlandt Manor estate, Blaze, as it’s known to locals, runs for 22 […]

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Steel plant makes artful renaissance in Pennsylvania

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A rusted and decaying steel plant casts a stark contrast against a blue cloudless sky. Such a massive and deteriorating structure, once home to thousands of steel workers, might be perceived as a painful symbol of what was. However in Bethlehem, Pa., the former Bethlehem Steel plant has become a symbol of revitalization and transformation. […]

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Nautical town has much to entice visitors

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Annapolis is well known as the place where politics culminates in Maryland; the state’s capital. Maryland lawmakers and other movers and shakers flock there to make laws and shape policy. For the rest of us, however, there’s an abundance of non-partisan reasons to venture to this city of 33,000. Consider that Annapolis is a sailing […]

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Still plenty outdoor events left to enjoy

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Before you get depressed that Labor Day marked the end of summer fun, take heart. There’s still plenty to enjoy as summer slips away and fall makes its debut. And the best part is that one doesn’t have to go far. We’ve rounded up a list of “must-do” outdoor events right here in DeKalb County. […]

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Paradise found in Mozambique

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As we departed Kruger National Park in South Africa with its flourishing animal and plant life, my travel partner, Johann Carstens, told me that once we crossed into the Republic of Mozambique we would see a stark difference. He was correct. A primitive border post served as our entrance to Mozambique. It was a great […]

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Jamaica’s celebration of 50 years of independence makes for a great excuse to visit

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  Only a short plane ride from Atlanta sits the fifth largest island in the Caribbean. The indigenous people of the island named it Xaymaca, meaning the “Land of Wood and Water.” Now the island, Jamaica, is celebrating 50 years of independence from British rule. Over the centuries Jamaica passed through the hands of Spain […]

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