Impressions by David Maxwell

In less than two weeks it’s . . . Welcome Back to School!

It will be a sure sign that the end of Summer has arrived, regardless of what the official calendar says, when, in less than two weeks on August 7, those familiar yellow school buses will begin to spill onto local roads, ferrying young students in the annual back-to-school migration. Remember that first day back to…

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What are your expectations?

“The real person you are is revealed in the moments when you’re certain no other person is watching. When no one is watching, you are driven by what you expect of yourself.”  – Ralph S. Marston, Jr. What do you expect of yourself? What do you believe about you? Do you believe in yourself? Do…

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Happy birthday, America!

Although the Fourth of July now seems more of a party than a memorial, it has great significance to many Americans. And if you call yourself an American, the reasons for the celebration in the first place MUST be remembered and understood by ALL of us. The Fourth of July is a chance to reflect…

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Public Art as Public Health

Last week I attended the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors’ annual conference, held this year on the Emory University campus in Atlanta. As I was sitting in one of the conference rooms waiting for the program to begin, the latest issue of Public Health Post displayed on the side table caught my eye. I…

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Happy Father’s Day to yours, to mine and to me!

Father’s Day is a time to show appreciation and honor to fathers and those special persons who have been fatherly figures. The first Father’s Day was officially observed on June 19, 1910, in Spokane, Washington.  The special day was started by Sonora Dodd who was inspired to honor her own father, William Smart, a widower…

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Heading east for a Jekyll family Homecoming

In 1886, Jekyll Island was purchased to become an exclusive Winter retreat for America’s most elite families. Known as the Jekyll Island Club, it soon became recognized as “the richest, most inaccessible club in the world.” For more than half a century, the nation’s leading families, including the legendary Rockefellers, Morgans and Pulitzers, came to…

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Congratulations, Graduates! We’re counting on you!

It’s graduation time, but graduates, I am sorry to tell you the tests don’t end, they just change. Sorry to tell you the grades don’t stop coming, they just come in a different way. Sorry to tell you the homework assignments don’t end, they just become projects for work or college. It might be a…

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Our local teachers and students deserve an A+!

When I taught communications at Bainbridge College, my class rosters included students from all over southwest Georgia and north Florida. At the beginning of each semester, some of those students were well prepared and ready for a college-level education, while others were not. I am proud to say that a large majority of the brightest…

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Happy Unconditional Love Day a.k.a. Mother’s Day

The title of Mother alone is synonymous with unconditional love. Sunday is the day to celebrate that love and to honor the mothers in our lives for all they selflessly give or have given to their families, their communities and society as a whole. Whether her children are small or all grown up, a mother’s…

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