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Farewell to the most exciting job I ever had

After 25 years covering a beat that Google tells me is 140 square miles, I can only say it has been the ride of my life. Now Appen Media and I are parting ways on what has been an incredible …

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Hallowed halls carry a maze of memories

On December 9, from 12-4 p.m., the public is invited to attend an open house for the “old” Milton High School and say their final goodbyes. Former students and faculty can roam the halls one last …

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It’s literally not a problem

Go into almost any internet comment thread or chat room and you’ll inevitably find someone policing someone else’s word usage. “Got ‘em!” I can almost hear them cry. “You’re using …

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The U.S. keeps on truckin’

By the time you finish reading this, three F-Series pickups will have been sold. In that same timeframe, two Chevy Silverados will roll off dealership lots with new owners grinning behind the wheel. …

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Saying ‘no problem’ is a problem

Have you ever said “Thank You” after transacting business and heard the response “No Problem?” Would you have preferred to hear a polite “Thank You” or “Thank You for your business?” …

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The families that run together…

I have a friend who’s a serious athlete. She hikes and climbs and rides mountain bikes – and she runs marathons. “I ran a marathon last weekend,” she will say, like it’s no big …

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Smile, you’re branded

My personal quote-master, Mark Twain, once said: “Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on, or by imbeciles who really mean it.” I’m often …

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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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Food for Thought: Faith and Farming

On November 30 - December 1, I attended the Food for Thought Conference at Gwinnett Technical College, presented by Georgia Farmers Market Association, to interview 15 farmers for a podcast series. …

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Public safety notice doesn’t tell full story

I was very disappointed to read your public safety notice entitled “Prohibited archery kills deer,” in the Dec. 28th edition of the Milton Herald. The notice has a very slanted tone to the title, …

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