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“I’m so bored,” moaned five-year-old Shayna, sliding off her chair onto the floor. As the adult in charge of the second day of her remote kindergarten experience, I could see why. Although most Georgia schools had started two weeks later than anticipated, the mechanics of remote study were still a work-in-progress. The teacher’s internet connection and her class’s ability (or lack thereof) to navigate Zoom’s intricacies were stumbling blocks to a cohesive lesson plan.

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Protect your health. Follow the rules. Ignore knuckleheads.  Limit news and balderdash. Like empty calories, beware of overconsumption.Stay active. Move more, sit less. Walk, stretch, lift . . .Remap home libraries—books, films, music—on the shelf and in the Cloud. Go outside. The more you l…

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“The Galapagos Islands are on everyone’s bucket list,” agreed Carl Crews of Celebrity Cruises and Dream Vacations’ owner Mike Ziegenbalg, host of the Big Canoe Travel Club’s August Zoom meeting.

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Greetings, Lit Lunchers! Lit Lunch will resume Friday, Oct. 2, noon to 2 p.m., at the clubhouse. The short story “Red,” by William Somerset Maugham, will be discussed.

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            The Rev. Lamar Helms, who has been at the Big Canoe Chapel as the director of music since 1996 and associate chaplain since 2004, will be retiring to Little River, South Carolina. Helms has served under five senior chaplains, overseen all choirs and led the Men’s Chorus for the l…

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It was hot and steamy and the old tour bus didn't have air conditioning. The young photographer didn't mind, because he felt fortunate to be sitting next to one of the greatest jazz musicians America had ever produced, Louis Armstrong, as they traveled the hilly roads of the Berkshires towar…

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On Tuesday, Oct. 13, Ridgerunners will hear from Wayne Crawford—online—about wine. It offers a wonderful way to celebrate the start of this unconventional 2020-2021 season. The pre-recorded presentation will be posted online at 10 a.m. at www.bigcanoerr.com and will remain there for future v…

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“It seems to me that production of detective stories on so large a scale, and by writers whose immediate reward is small and whose need of critical praise is almost nil, would not be possible at all if the job took any talent.”
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There are some books I am a little reluctant to review. I struggle to overcome that reluctance because dark things happen in our world, and we gain nothing by hiding them—or hiding from them. In truth, we lose because by hiding them, we let then grow and fester.
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Despite the blazing heat and choking humidity outside, despite the classic dog-days-of-summer feeling of being trapped all day and all night under a soggy, heated blanket, the weeks are slowly filing in, and the autumn book-season is slowly drawing nearer. The season typically brings an incr…
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I was in law enforcement for over twelve years. Many things, like the high incarceration rate of black males, have disturbed me about our criminal justice system. But when it came to police brutality, I believed in the “few rotten apples” theory. I understand the pressures police face from a…
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Max Brooks had a massive bestseller on his hands back in 2006 when he wrote that War and Peace of zombie novels, World War Z. The book's title was later used in a Brad Pitt movie that otherwise had virtually nothing in common with the book other than hordes of shambling undead, but millions …
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