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Vegas tragedy only the latest chapter

I heard my wife’s news alert go off about 2 a.m. to say a gunman had killed at least two people in Las Vegas. I barely shrugged and turned over to go back to sleep. When I turned on the TV that …

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What you do, say matters

One of the first lessons I learned as a parent was that children watch and listen to everything we do and say. And generally, they never forget it. That is, they model their parents’ behavior. They …

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Aspiring journalists find road rocky in pursuit of truth

For years now, Appen Media has taken great pride in the responsibility of hosting college journalism interns for the summer. We did so again this summer, taking on three interns from the University …

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Real news delivered locally

I’ve heard it a hundred times. “Print is dying.” When asked what I do, or even when they already are aware of my profession, friends, family, acquaintances and strangers alike …

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Artisanal food cliches to sink your teeth into

A few weeks ago, Editor Pat Fox gave his take on overused phrases and cliches such as “bottom line,” “24/7” and “outside the box.” While these cliches are certainly overused in the world …

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Preparing for the best

Have you got a plan to prepare for the worst things that could happen to your business? The answer for most small business owners is yes. Anticipating problems and preparing for challenges is in the …

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Close encounters of the bear kind

“Don’t get eaten by a bear!” my wife said to me as I left the house that morning. Don’t get eaten by a bear? Well, yeah. Actually, that was the second time she’d said that to me …

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Why North Fulton is so stinking great

I was born in North Fulton, raised in North Fulton and I live with my family today in North Fulton. I have a good many friends up here who have said I should get out more, but you know what? All …

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Take Steve’s advice and ‘Get Outside, Georgia’

I don’t consider myself to be Bear Grylls. I was in Boy Scouts and earned my Totin’ Chip, but I still couldn’t tell you the difference between an overhand knot or a slip knot (nor could I begin …

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Nothing shows its age worse than a clever cliche

There’s an apocryphal story about a newly hired copy editor at one of the Chicago papers back in the day. Assigned to the sports desk, the young wordsmith was called upon to edit a column written …

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Redistricting is a tough job

Like most residents in Three Chimneys Farm, I was dismayed that our neighborhood has preliminarily been redistricted from Lambert High School to South Forsyth High School. My apprehension is not that …

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