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Look, up in the sky! It’s an undocumented alien

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A meteor is hurtling toward the Earth. High atop the Daily Planet in Metropolis, a man dressed in blue and red emerges from the stairwell. He crouches into a four-point stance as he prepares to hurl himself into space, where he will divert the meteor and prevent mankind from the same devastation that obliterated the dinosaurs millions of years ago. Then, his super hearing detects words being spoken ...

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Something bugs me about eating insects

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Over the years, I have gone to a good deal of trouble to keep bugs out of my food.

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‘Why?’ is the question on everyone’s mind

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There’s a one-word question, made to no one in particular, on the lips of a whole lot of Americans right now. Why?

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Just eat around the spur marks

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Sometimes you’re just better off not knowing.

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Those pesky sins will find you out ...

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Back when I was a kid in church — or in one of those summer revivals where the sweltering Georgia heat gave you the distinct feeling you had something of an idea of what waited ahead for the great unwashed — nothing bothered me more than the preacher talking about what was going to happen on the Great Gettin’ Up Morning.

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For some gifts, it’s not the thought that counts

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The items on this list are not recommended for kids. On the other hand, they’re not rated for mature recipients either, which means they should be perfect for that hard-to-buy-for guy or gal on your list.

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And the winner is ... Hillary or Chris?

The real winner of the 2012 presidential cycle may very well not be the person occupying of the White House this January.

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Bloomberg racing out of the hearts of New Yorkers

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With a huge natural disaster, the focus tends to be the reaction of those in charge and those who wish they were.

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A little sip of heaven's just a memory

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It's always a little sad when an era ends.

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Sometimes politics are for the birds ... big, big birds

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If you believe what you read on the Internet these days, if Mitt Romney wins the election next month he'll have a celebration dinner his first night at the White House featuring an entree of roasted Big Bird.

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Chipper's timing impeccable 'til the end

A few years ago -- more than I want to admit -- I was sitting in the stadium in Atlanta, catching a Braves game and listening to some folks talking in nearby seats.

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Congress needs antidote for fiscal poison pill

Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Marietta, says August is "a good month" for him because of the way he spends his "vacation" from the U.S. Senate -- visiting with the folks back home and listening to what they have to say.

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Campaigns are leaving a lot to interpret

I got into some trouble some years back when someone asked me what my political allegiance was.

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Politicians’ discourse getting coarser

Politicians trying to “connect” with the public are apparently following in the tracks of comedians, the entertainment industry and R-rated singers by lacing their rhetoric with an old-fashioned dose of coarseness.

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Griffith left tremendous legacy

As much as we'd like to think otherwise, there never has been a real Mayberry, N.C.

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Life's sweet, even without the sugar

Not much says The South quite as convincingly as sweet tea and cornbread.

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Purple squirrel takes the bait

Some stories just grab your attention right away, even from the Big Stuff.

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Superstitions sweep in the new year

With apologies to the pro-Halloween contingent, there may not be an observance all year that is more steeped in sheer superstition than New Year’s Day

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Home for Christmas, if only in my dreams

As for Momma, I can look back and know that I managed to spend at least part of Christmas Day — her birthday — with her for 51 years without a single miss. I’d give anything for No. 52. But 51 — not everyone has been blessed enough to be able to say that.

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Christmas greetings a minefield today

So, while we’re all still a bit lethargic from the carbohydrates (don’t blame the turkey) and the Mad Rush is a few hours away, it might be good to remember that the reason for the season that will be going full bore tomorrow is giving, not receiving — and certainly not demanding. I suggest taking any gesture of goodwill, however it is expressed to you, in the true spirit of Christmas. Who knows? It might even make you feel ... well ... a little merrier.

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Childbirth gives new definition to art

It’s not so much that an artist would think that giving birth was a form of art as it is that people would show up to watch it.

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Snake goes hunting on a baited field

Sipping on a cup of coffee the other morning, possibly the last thing I expected to hear my wife, Cheryl, blurt out was that there was a big snake in our plum tree.

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Herald looking ahead to the next 120 years

We all have a pretty good idea of what newspapers and other media have done over the past 120 years. The question now is: Where will they go in the next 120?

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Sunny day and a good book a great mix

Everyone complains that despite hundreds of TV channels these days that there's nothing worth watching. Well, there are shelves filled with books worth your while. And a slow, lazy summer day -- whether you're sitting by your umbrella at your patio table or under an umbrella at the beach -- is a perfect time to catch up on what you've been missing.

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Jim Hendricks

Jim Hendricks is editor of The Albany Herald. He is in charge of the editorial page and is responsible for news, sports, desk, photography and library operations. Phone: (229) 888-9352. E-mail: jim.hendricks@albanyherald.com

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