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Among the many things that make Big Canoe special is the number of creative people that populate this beautiful mountain community. Some of BC’s visual artists share and critique the members’ work during monthly meetings of the Big Canoe Artists Club. With COVID-19 restrictions, this group i…

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When squirrels are busy storing nuts for winter, it’s time for gardeners to start gathering amaryllis bulbs to sustain them through the dreary months ahead. Ordering now will ensure you have lots of choices, so you can select an assortment of different flowers styles, colors, and bloom times.

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Choose the answer to this question from the four choices that follow: What is human factors? Answer 1: The study of ergonomics and its relation to our physical world. Answer 2: The analysis of AI and what it means practically for our future. Answer 3: The impact of “big data” and how it migh…

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On a chilly evening in early December, 34 members of the Big Canoe Hiking Club gathered in the Jeep Trail parking lot for the traditional, silent walk to the Lower Falls. Guided by the glow of headlamps and flashlights, the group sang “Silent Night” while gazing at the beauty of the falls by…

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I remember many Christmases ago when Joan and I would travel to Cartersville with the kids to spend a few days with my mother. The days passed slowly, eating her great cooking, opening gifts, sharing stories and, hour after hour, simply watching the kids be kids. My mother’s eyes always lit …

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With the increased use of iPhones and Androids to connect to others, it occurred to me not everyone who sends messages via texts is equal. This month, I’ll explore the basics for those who would really rather use email, and then add a bit of fun stuff for you expert “texters.”

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 “I suppose he must have taken about a nine or something in hats. Shows what a rotten thing it is to let your brain develop too much.” ~P.G. Wodehouse

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Three significant events in 2020 impacted the wine industry going into 2021: COVID-19; fires along the West Coast; and, in Georgia, early bud break followed by frosts that affected grape production in North Georgia.

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The October Travel Club Zoom meeting introduced a pairing of Iberostar’s worldwide luxury resorts and hotels with Delta Airlines Vacations to offer travelers an easy way to roll their resort stay and flight into one convenient package. Suzanne Rodgers explained Iberostar began as a small fam…

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Most people have heard of Plains, Georgia, but have probably never been there. It’s a very small town, far off the beaten path. Plains is known for peanuts and being the home of Jimmy Carter, our nation’s 39th president. I was only 20 years old and still in art school when I made my first jo…

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My good friend, Glenn, is a retired engineer. Now, just hold on, I know what you’re thinking. Engineers are socially challenged. They’re no-nonsense, detailed, organized, specific, brainy, bookish, smart and totally boring at Big Canoe parties. Find an engineer with a personality, a sense of…

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The civil and the raucous can swirl in the same cup of tea. It was no different this day. I poured Earl Grey into my favorite red mug, the one with a chip on the bottom. The warmth of cradling the mug was reassuring as I inhaled the moist seductive scents of bergamot and citrus. It was the o…

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I expect your holidays did not include watching an inappropriate art film with your children. Ours are adults but “The Favorite” may not have been the best choice. It is the story of the sickly and conflicted British Queen Anne in the early 1700s. Excellent performances. Beautiful cinematogr…

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While it is hard to write about anything besides the new vaccines and treatments for COVID-19, suffice it to say, vaccines are on the way and 2021 should be a lot better than 2020. This is especially true for parents at home with school-age children, grandparents who are missing a lot of vis…

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