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If you were raised in America, there’s a great likelihood that you have come in contact with a handmade quilt. It might have been at your grandmother’s house when she was airing out bedding in the spring. It might have been as a child — in a house without central heat where the quilts were p…

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I have gone through most of my adult life, mostly out of necessity with two careers.

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Ken Denney has retired from the Times-Georgian, and I’ll miss my fellow columnist. When I saw his byline, I anticipated a good read. I wasn’t disappointed.

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When my sons were teenagers, my wife worked an early morning shift for a period of time, so I was responsible for getting them ready for school. This included breakfast duty, so I prepared a nutritious daily feast of Graham crackers, covered with peanut butter and chocolate chips. (That’s me…

Dear Abby: I am a 42-year-old mother of three who has been in a relationship with a man for almost six years. He is incarcerated. We started out as friends. Things were great until this year, when he reconnected with an old girlfriend.

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It is widely said, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” Well, our biggest, blackest dog Sophie stood to debunk that theory. Sophie, I must admit, was a smart dog. We got her at McIntosh Park where she was surviving out on her own.

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In 1998, Oprah Winfrey’s talk show aired an episode on food safety and mad cow disease. She declared that the discussion “has just stopped me cold from eating another burger.” That remark enraged Texas cattlemen, and the segment was widely viewed as contributing to a drop in cattle prices. M…

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One of my frequent topics is customer service. I am old enough to remember when that term was mandatory, not optional.

Within one hour of starting work at the Augusta Herald newspaper, I was on the scene as authorities recovered a body from the canal. It was then that I discovered that corpses are not always dressed nicely and displayed in boxes.

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In October, the Department of Justice reached an agreement to settle civil cases arising out of the June 2015 Mother Emanuel AME Church mass shooting in Charleston, South Carolina. Claims alleged the FBI was negligent in prohibiting the sale of a gun by a licensed firearms dealer to Dylann R…

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Perhaps you remember a line from Waylon Jennings’ career-making hit, “Luckenbach, Texas”, that tips the cowboy hat to “Hank Williams pain songs and Newbury train songs.”

Dear Abby: I used to collect vintage dresses, many of which I bought online from retailers for several hundred dollars each. I reluctantly sold some on consignment after a breakup — you know, “out with the old, in with the new.” But I kept ones that were beautiful works of vintage art.

Quite a while back — this means ‘many years’ to a Southerner — I was on a book tour that included stops in one of my favorite states: Louisiana.

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Dot and Job were geese. And they were the bruisers of the barnyard. They “buffaloed” everybody.

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Americans have been in a bad mood for the past few years, and as my Papaw Carroll would say about his aches and pains, “It ain’t gettin’ any better.”

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This is a column I should have written a long time ago, but with the Atlanta Braves in the World Series, now is the perfect time. It’s sort of a confessional, I guess.

Dear Abby: I’ve been with my wonderful husband for 15 years. I currently work from home with our small children, ages 4 and 1. I have a “no shoes in the house” policy (always have), but my husband prefers to wear shoes in the house. We have bought numerous pairs of sneakers to be used as ins…

Although we seldom go to the theater to see movies, for many it is a frequent form of entertainment and it has been for more than a century.

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First, cargo ships back up at ports. Then, there’s a shortage of truck drivers to deliver goods. Next, the anemic September jobs report generates gloomy headlines. I don’t know where to look to find good news about the economy.

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I witnessed a rare sight while enjoying my fast food lunch. The manager was at the next table interviewing a job applicant. They were chatting before I started, and the conversation continued after I left. I got the impression the manager didn’t want to let the person go.

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I’m living the easy life this weekend.

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My parents, having grown up Appalachian poor, were always careful about saving things they could use again.

Dear Abby: My mom and I have always been close, but since I got married, I have been having a hard time setting boundaries. My parents divorced when I was 12, and Mom went through a string of boyfriends — including an abusive one. She hasn’t dated anyone seriously in the last five years. My …

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Have you had “the dream?” I posed that question on Facebook recently, and was astonished to learn that almost everyone has.

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In Georgia, we’ve always bought and sold homes with face-to-face, across-the-table interaction between buyers, sellers, lenders and the closing attorney. In fact, the Supreme Court of Georgia has ruled that the process must be handled by a Georgia-licensed attorney. I have worked as a Georgi…

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To the people of the rural South — especially in the days of my childhood — a sign of hard-working success meant the ability to eventually buy a recliner.

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My daughter came close to being exposed to COVID. And that was too close for comfort.

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CBS Sunday Morning recently aired a story about Mount Airy, North Carolina, the inspiration for Mayberry of “Andy Griffith Show” fame. Ted Koppel interviewed the townsfolk, who reflected on Mount Airy’s sixty-year run as America’s idyllic depiction of life in the slow lane.

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Reapportionment and Redistricting are two terms that are most often talked about after any census is conducted and are often used interchangeably but really refer to two separate and distinct acts. The first Federal Population Census was taken in 1790, and a census has been taken every ten y…

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Note: the following is FAKE NEWS. It is a satire, a parody. No one over 12 will be allowed to read this column unless accompanied by someone with a sense of humor. Any resemblance to any current politician is purely intentional.

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By hook and by crook, I somehow managed to get involved with a team of highly skilled folks making cartoon magic. I’m not sure if you all knew, but ten years ago, I wrote a script called “Shotokan Man” and a production company in California turned it into a feature length animation. It’s a “…