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So, I made a few resolutions for 2020 and this time maybe I will keep them for at least a few months. Having someone to do them with and knowing I will be writing about them for a monthly update may help as well.

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I decided to buy a lottery ticket before Christmas. Maybe I would get lucky and win $170 plus million on Powerball. There isn’t big yahoos and yeahs in this column, because I didn’t come up with a single number.

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(Marshall County's Perry Leaming has kept a journal for many of his 90 years. He provided us some excerpts and we will be running a series of his remembrances over the next few weeks. This one comes from May of 2014 when he was 85.)

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When I was a kid, we’d walk to church on Christmas eve. The church was about 4 blocks from us, and we’d bundle up against the Illinois December cold, drudging through the snow.

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Monday while at work my cell phone, my email and work line all "blew up" at approximately the same time. The message on my cell phone was "A Tornado Watch has been issued for your area" along with a link to click for more information. 

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(This is reprinted from a December, 1963, issue of the Advertiser-Gleam. The late O.D. Tully of Guntersville and his crew were shot down during a World War II bombing run and he spent Christmas of 1943 in a German prisoner of war camp.)

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(A Guntersville woman, who goes by the pen name “Life Coach Jane” recently received her credential as a life coach, a type of adviser and counselor. She will be writing a column for the newspaper from time to time. This is the first.)

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Many female readers will lament with me on this column. I’m going to have some veins in my legs fixed, and I’m required to wear support stockings for 4 weeks before the procedure. Putting those stockings on is a tortuous exercise!

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As we enter the busy holiday season, I’ve challenged myself to truly slow down, ensure that my family doesn’t expect an overabundance at Christmas; and truly evaluate what the season means to my family and I. I challenge you to do the same.

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It’s the time of year when many of us retreat into our cozy homes and fire up the heat sources. Lots of us will even fill up the bird feeders outside to allow our feathered friends to entertain us through our windows on these short daylight hours of winter.

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Alabama history is taught in the 4th grade and the subject recently came to life for the 4th graders of Guntersville’s Cherokee Elementary School.

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In the past, Guntersville Fire/Rescue has run a very limited amount of calls concerning turkey fryers, but the danger is certainly there and people must know the proper methods for frying a turkey. 

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Alabama is a state of amazing natural resources. Our home is blessed with an abundance of water, plants, animals, habitats, and types of geology.

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He's a pretty well-known guy around Guntersville and has even sat on a city board or two. But it turns out he's a poet as well, but he's too shy to attach his name to his poetry. 

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My family and friends are all pretty much Green Bay Packer fans. They have a wide selection of hats, jackets, socks, glasses, coffee mugs and cheese heads to celebrate their games. I have never been a big football fan of any team, but they’re all trying to reform me.

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As we rip yet another page off the calendar, an exciting time of year has come upon us. This is the annual movement of our feathered friends to their winter habitats that happens right before our eyes.

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RSVP director Jean Ann Moon announced this week that RSVP is making its long-anticipated move into its new building north of the river. 

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Rodger and Joy Horton’s granddaughter and her family, Brooke Horton, have moved here from Washington, Illinois. They have found an apartment at Pleasant Hill and they are pleased to be living in the south.

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Many of the ladies I know had the experience of baking Friendship Bread. Someone who loved baking bread invented it for those of us who had no talent in that department.

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The morning of 9/11/2001, I was getting a haircut in Barnes Barber Shop, downtown Guntersville. The TV was on, of course, and we all watched in disbelief as the Global War on Terror exploded into full blossom.

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My daughter-in-law, Sandy Cameron, comes weekly and vacuums, washes and cleans. I am truly blessed to have her.

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I’m involved in an interesting project that might be an idea for creative people around Guntersville. It’s a collaboration of poets and artists.

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Nancy Gilbreath Graham of Birmingham visited and brought Catherine Cameron her lunch.

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Although this is the bicentennial anniversary of the creation of the State of Alabama, we thought it would be interesting to look back 100 years ago when it was celebrating its centennial. The January 1, 1919, Guntersville Democrat gives us a good clue, as it lists business licenses for that year.

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While visiting my son, I did a lot of walking. He always plans excursions that requires us to get out there and move around. I move pretty slowly, most of the time dragging behind everyone else

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(Last in a series on the Catholic Church’s view of Halloween.)

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Violet Heath and France Wrenn went with the Henryville United Methodist Church Springers to eat lunch at Mrs. Bobo’s in Lynchburg, Tennessee.

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All Hallows Eve (Halloween) is really one vigil for two feasts, All Saints Day and All Souls Day. These two feasts are rooted in the Christian beliefs of a bodily resurrection and an everlasting life with God in heaven after our earthly death.

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My friend Donna, who is an artist, tried to outrun a table, but she lost. A long-time friend kept asking her to embellish a small table she had. In fact, she carried that little table around in her car hoping that Donna would give in.

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Long ago, in the 1600’s, at a place called Jamestown, Virginia, Captain John Smith, who was a leader of this private British colony development, said “If it be not ripe, it will draw a man’s mouth awrie with much torment.”

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In August 1971, a rumor began circulating through Guntersville that a member of The Partridge Family was vacationing at Val-Monte. Word spread quickly, so much so that by the time a local reporter drove out to the resort, he saw a veritable mob of children near a fishing pier. The target of …