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September 23, 2014


Brett Buckner: Adderall, take me away

I fell asleep at a black metal concert.

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Saturday 09/20/2014
One on one with PetFest's Wags the Dog
Posted: September 20, 2014

Wags is eternally a puppy, but if you have to have an age, he's 4.

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Violinist makes four at Grace Church ensemble
Posted: September 20, 2014

Tucked away among the photos and notes in Lauren Waltz's violin case is a proverb that she reads occasionally to fuel her motivation: "Music expresses feelings that words cannot."

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Sunday 09/14/2014
Lisa Davis: I wear my sunglasses at night
Posted: September 14, 2014

I have never been one to lose track of my glasses.

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Sunday 09/07/2014
Brett Buckner: Goodbye to Ringo
Posted: September 07, 2014

It was overcast on the day I buried my best friend.

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Saturday 08/30/2014
Lisa Davis: There’s a hole in the bucket
Posted: August 30, 2014

In our family, we try to stay ahead of the trends.

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Sunday 08/24/2014
Brett Buckner: The family that screams together ...
Posted: August 24, 2014

It’s a simple question that fills my heart with joy.

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Sunday 08/17/2014
Now 9 years old, Payton Thornton is learning to live with a rare skin disorder
Updated: August 17, 2014 - 1:13 am

A race car for a child with a rare skin disease doesn’t sound like such a wise idea. But that’s just the kind of little boy Payton Thornton is: tough.

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Saturday 08/16/2014
Lisa Davis: A hard pillow to swallow
Posted: August 16, 2014

The last time I spent the night in somebody’s guest room, there were nine pillows on the bed.

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Sunday 08/10/2014
Brett Buckner: The first-day-of-school blues
Updated: August 10, 2014 - 12:14 pm

A red-faced father of one of Jellybean’s friends lumbered out from behind his SUV. Short of breath and with a late-in-life, tough-guy swagger that looked almost laughable from a man in an expensive suit, he prepared My Lovely Wife and me for what lay ahead.

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Saturday 08/02/2014
A Southern family reunion.
Updated: August 03, 2014 - 9:31 pm

Like Alice Walker’s characters in “The Color Purple,” who got together every year on the Fourth of July because “white people busy celebrating their independence don’t have to work,” we all need a time when we “can spend the day celebrating each other.”

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Posted: August 02, 2014

It’s a patio, a shed, a fire pit and a shady place to relax on summer weekends in the backyard. But more importantly, it might just save their lives.

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Lisa Davis: What’s in a name?
Posted: August 02, 2014

Has anybody seen my Coke?

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SMALL TALK: The desert love story behind Smoke-N-Hot BBQ
Posted: August 02, 2014

Love can take root in the most unlikely of places.  

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Sunday 07/27/2014
BRETT BUCKNER: Lessons from the deep end
Updated: July 29, 2014 - 4:20 pm

As with most things of emotional import, I will defer to My Lovely Wife, who said, “It’s the very definition of bravery – to be afraid and do it anyway.”

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Saturday 07/19/2014
Teens, teens, everywhere are teens
Posted: July 19, 2014

Everywhere I go these days, it seems that I am surrounded by teenagers.

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Saturday 07/12/2014
Where, oh where, has my little daredevil gone?
Posted: July 12, 2014

“D-A-A-A-A-D-E-E-E-E!!!!” Jellybean yelled as if she’d just woken up in a pool filled with piranhas and she was having a nosebleed, but I knew better. She was fine. I just happened to be out of sight — but sadly not out of earshot.

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Friday 07/11/2014
Eastaboga woman shares mother’s wisdom in new book
Posted: July 11, 2014

Homespun wisdom is a vanishing art in Southern storytelling. But Cornelia Wills has found a way to keep it alive with her new book, “Mama Said: A Word to the Wise is Sufficient.”

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Sunday 06/29/2014
I’m one lucky dog, period
Updated: June 29, 2014 - 1:05 am

This newfound sympathy comes thanks to my old dog who can no longer control his bladder. I’ve tried doggie diapers to no avail, and so, thanks to Amazon, I’ve have moved on to washable diapers, which, according to all the online reviews, work best when coupled with feminine pads for greater absorbency.  

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Sunday 06/22/2014
Re-evaluating the to-do chore list
Posted: June 22, 2014

Our dishwasher is old. Our dishwasher is noisy. You can’t run the dishwasher and take a shower at the same time. The soap dispenser cover no longer latches, so it’s a hit-or-miss proposition as to whether the soap will actually be used — much like when my son takes a shower.

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Saturday 06/14/2014
Like father, like son: Family history a major factor for controversial prostate cancer test
Posted: June 14, 2014

About 16 percent of men will receive a prostate cancer diagnosis in their lifetimes, nearly 3 percent of whom will die from it. And while many believe a PSA blood test was vital in catching their prostate cancer early, there is a debate taking place within the medical community challenging the testing.

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