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LORAN SMITH: Necessity is the mother of re-invention

FEATURES COLUMN: Once the whaling capital of the world, Nantucket has adapted to change

Life on this cozy island, which was once the whaling capital of the world, is like a sumptuous smorgasbord that leaves you flummoxed over the choices you have.

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MARY BRASWELL: Looking Back Aug. 24, 2014

HISTORY : The Robin Williams that made so many people laugh

Upon the death of Robin Williams, his wife asked that the beloved comedian be remembered for the joy he brought to audiences everywhere. That is just what this column will do.

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PERRY BUCHANAN:'Not-to-do' lists also important for your health

HEALTH & FITNESS: Don't stress the small stuff

We’re all familiar with creating a to-do list to get things done. Another list which can be even more important is the not to-do list.

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MANDY FLYNN: Sealed with a kiss

FEATURES COLUMN: The institution of marriage has been an interesting ride through the centuries

Kissing at the end of a marriage ceremony wasn’t inspired by romance, but by Roman contract law.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: How about a poll for churches?

FAITH: Could value be found in creating a Religious Intensity Poll?

Such a poll would cover certain months of each church year, say from the First Sunday in Advent to Pentecost Sunday, roughly a seven-month season (December–June). Churches could be placed in various “leagues” according to congregation size so that smaller churches would not compete against mega-churches.

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LORAN SMITH: Spirits lifted across the Atlantic

FEATURES COLUMN: There is reason for optimism with the younger generation

It is best to bend an elbow with the younger generation who remind us that the world is not yet going to hell in a hand basket.

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RONDA RICH: P.R. work comes too late

THE DIXIE DIVA: When you are gone, folks remember what you did, not what is written about you

Will I be remembered dramatically different by people than the good things heralded in my “good-bye world” death notice?

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MARY GANZEL: Setting goals creates a healthy outlook

HEALTH & FITNESS: Setting goals helps keep bodies and minds healthy

As a result of the multiple moves I’ve experienced over the past 30 years, I’ve gone to school with, worked with, and become friends with many individuals from all walks of life.

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MANDY FLYNN: Sockless in Athens

FEATURES COLUMN: That a wrap on that package

A care package to college includes boxed sets of footwear essentials.

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BARRY LEVINE: Video jukebox site the best for music from the 40s to the 90s

THE OLD ROCKER: Retired federal employee generates site with more than 3,500 songs

Christmas came five months early this year for the Old Rocker, thanks to an email from Don Picciotto, of Lee County, a lunch-buddy who forwarded absolutely the best site for music that I have ever used.

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MARY BRASWELL: Looking Back, Aug. 17, 2014

From the jail to city government to schools, all the news could be found in the Daily Herald.

The condition of the jail was of great interest to anyone unfortunate enough to visit the place.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Two examples of Christian witness inspiring

FAITH: Decisions that seem foolhardy to outsiders are the stuff of Christian witness

Christians are not the only courageous people, but my faith background leads me to recognize two examples of people who have risked themselves for others.

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RONDA RICH: Cooking up a late-night project

THE DIXIE DIVA: Filing away recipes cut from publications can take a while

There’s a fine line between saving something and hoarding.

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MANDY FLYNN: 2015 once seemed so far away

FEATURES COLUMN: Here we are at the start of her senior year, and I am sad

When your daughter reaches her senior year of high school, you don’t want to miss one minute of it.

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BARRY LEVINE: Boseman brilliant in portrayal of the Godfather of Soul

MOVIE REVIEW: Film jumps between significant incidents in James Brown's life

Dan Aykroyd gave a strong performance portraying Brown’s manager/adviser Ben Bart. Aykroyd and the real-life Brown appeared in two films together.

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