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As Sure As …. — By John Reed

As Sure As… In these uncertain times, it’s easy to feel like everything is off-kilter. Luckily, there are still dependable constants that haven’t changed. Here are a few: Anytime you hear about “upgrades” from a school system, you can be sure it’ll be mainly about sports facilities. Who needs needs new science labs or bigger…

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Blowing My Top — By Tommy Purser

I blew my top Tuesday morning. Something I don’t do very often. My mother told me many years ago, “If you can’t say something good, don’t say anything at all.” That was good advice then, it is perhaps even better advice today. I would have been wise to have followed that advice this morning, but…

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What Are The Odds? — By John Reed

What Are The Odds? All of life is a series of risks. Ask any insurance adjuster why car insurance rates are higher for the 16-25 crowd, and they’ll cite statistics on how much much more likely that age group has accidents. The same holds true for smokers and health insurance. Every day we face various…

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The Farmer

Sound Ussery shared the following with me this week: THE FARMER I have worked in the fertile earth and planted a garden, so I know what faith is. I have listened to the birds caroling in the dusk and in morning, so I know what music is. I have seen the morning without clouds after…

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Rehabilitation

Last week, I began my second association with Trinity Therapy Services in Hazlehurst. My first gig was because of stupidity — I stuck my right hand into a table saw, just about severed three fingers and a thumb, and after hours long surgery to repair the damage, I needed help in regaining use of my…

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Friday Night Lights — By Tommy Purser

In case you haven’t noticed, I love high school sports and the kids who play them. I love the sports but I think I love the youngsters more. This fall we have a special bunch of young ladies playing softball for the high school. And they are a special bunch, both athletically and personally. And…

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Was It Worth It? — By John Reed

Was It Worth It? The news out of Afghanistan this week draws obvious parallels to our exit from Vietnam and its rapid fall to the communist North. However there are differences. The talking heads keep using the word “shocking” to describe the speed with which the Afghan army turned tail and fled the battlefield. The…

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Isn’t old age grand? — By Tommy Purser

Isn’t old age grand? A few months back I had an appointment with a cardiologist in Savannah to check on a heart murmur that had been discovered by my local caregiver. The specialist told me not to worry, that it was a minor murmur, kinda like a mumble I suppose, but he told me to…

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The Rational Thing To Do — By Tommy Purser

When I was a first year student at Georgia Tech, some 56 years ago, one of the required readings in a literature class was an essay written by Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), Pascal’s Wager about God. It was tedious reading as it created a testament to Pascal’s brilliant and complicated mind. I remember well thinking he…

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Patience — By Tommy Purser

Elbert Green Hubbard (1856-1915) was a man widely known for his many publications including one of his most remarkable, “Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great.” He and his second wife, Alice Moore Hubbard, died aboard the RMS Lusitania when it was sunk by a German submarine off the coast of Ireland on May…

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