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Two years after automobile magnate Howard Coffin and cousin A.W. Jones Sr. founded Sea Island Investments, The Cloister on Sea Island opened to guests. It was October 1928. Since then, the property has beautifully and responsibly aged. Sea Island looks quite fantastic as it moves towards its 93rd birthday.

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I thought it good, necessary, and my bounden dutye, to acquaynte your goodnes with the abhominable, wycked, and detestable behauor of all these rowsey, ragged rabblement of rakehelles ….

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In the last three years, wine preference trends showcased three categories: blended red wine, sparkling wine and Rosé wine. Rosé wines were often considered a summer back porch, picnic or beach wine. Today, these wines have evolved in two important ways. First, they are year-round, light-to-…

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The little squamous thingy on my chest was itchy and gross-looking. Time to visit the dermatologist. I love my dermatologist. Actually, I hate to love her because she is a blemish-free, 30-year-old, blonde knockout with skin the color of sunshine, smooth as butter, and Husky blue eyes, like …

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By any known standard, Susan Eanes can only be called “a natural born leader.” At a time when COVID-19 peaked in our country and community, Ridgerunners’ 2021 Big Canoe Woman of the Year remained positive and flexible in her many volunteer positions, smoothly transitioning to virtual meeting…

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The Big Canoe Travel Club has earned a bit of international recognition. At the first in-person meeting in over a year, Mike Ziegenbalg and Kathy Brock, business development manager for AmaWaterways, surprised members with a video recorded by Kristin Karst, cofounder and executive vice presi…

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Did you know this year is the 50th anniversary of the television show, “Sesame Street?” Most members of the Pine Needle Quilt Guild remember breathing a sigh of relief when we heard the song “Sunny Days” because we knew our children would be entertained and educated for a blessed 30 minutes.

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Many nature photographers love taking pictures of birds while they visit our neck of the woods during migration. Long telephoto lenses help get a clear close-up of these fine feathered friends, but birds are naturally afraid of humans and bird feeders make lousy backgrounds if you are going …

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Recently, I read an excerpt of a medical article in Consumer Reports. I don’t normally get my updated medical information from CR but this piqued my interest. The article noted acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, etc.) can cause tinnitus. In my 50 years of practice, I had n…

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Trees may have a soul. They certainly have a spirit. Yet we barely notice them unless they fall or damage property. Sometimes we cut them down because we say they are in the wrong place, even though they were there first.

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Literature and Lunch will convene on June 4 to explore the short story, “The Masque of the Red Death,” an Edgar Allan Poe classic. Published in 1842, it portrays a pestilence sweeping the countryside, eerily foretelling our current pandemic: “The Red Death had long devastated the country. No…

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For those who missed reading this column in May, the good news is I’m feeling fine and back to writing. The latest Apple news? There’s an updated version of iPhone OS, iOS 14.5.

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It’s said Italian fishermen in San Francisco originally gave popularity to cioppino in the U.S., but similar dishes have been served worldwide ever since the soup kettle was devised.

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There is still time to sign up for the Big Canoe Chapel Women’s Fellowship New Member Breakfast, June 12, 9-10:30 a.m., at the chapel. The deadline is June 4. Sign up on www.bcchapelwomen.org. A delicious complimentary breakfast will be provided, along with a brief presentation about the Wom…

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Boy Scout Troop 20, chartered by the Big Canoe Chapel in September 1999, calls North Georgia home. Just miles from Springer Mountain, the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, the mountains are our backyard and playground. Our Scouts come from Big Canoe to Bent Tree, from Marble Hill t…

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Facing difficult times during the COVID-19 pandemic, vast numbers of people in our greater North Georgia community lost homes, jobs, family members or friends. Drug and alcohol addiction are at an all-time high, and families are struggling to land on solid ground. Local agencies offering tre…

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The Big Canoe Artists Club kicked off spring and the relaxing of COVID-19 restrictions by installing new art in the Wellness Center. Bright, cheerful colors and scenes of landscapes, birds and animals are a prevalent theme, reflecting the renewal of life and hope following a tumultuous year.…

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After months of acoustic abstinence, the Showcase returned to the Big Canoe Chapel Terraces on Thursday, May 6. The beautiful spring evening was filled with spirited singing and playing by 10 of Big Canoe’s talented musicians.

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As we shared with readers in April, the Big Canoe Chapel Benevolence Committee’s mission is to provide support to individuals as well as charitable and faith-based organizations in need, focusing on Pickens and Dawson counties. Our assistance is primarily in the form of financial support, bu…

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There I was, grocery shopping at the local Kroger. Complicating this mundane task was my inability to find anything on my list. As panic grew, I went from employee to employee. Over a distance of at least 10 feet, we shouted at each other trying to make ourselves understood through masks. No…

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