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Ponderings by Dan Ponder

A message to my grandson

Dear Henry:   Happy 16th Birthday.  It is hard to believe that it has been 16 years since I became a grandfather.   You were our first and holding you in my arms for the first time was a joy I will never forget.   Time has flown by, and one of the greatest delights…

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Our longest journey!

The first step of any journey is usually the most difficult.  It takes us out of our comfort zone and enables us to see life that is different from what we consider normal. I have been fortunate to travel to all 50 states and almost 40 countries.  It is the thing that my wife, Mary…

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Antarctic Circle and beyond

Pictured: Dan and Mary Lou Ponder, right, and their Antartica traveling partners Bill and Pam Moench  My bucket list visit to Antarctica has been around a long time.  Little did I know that this particular trip would exceed my wildest imagination.  Originally, I understood that our trip would likely involve visiting only the outside of  the Antarctic…

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The Bucket List

Mary Lou and I, along with our longtime traveling companions, Bill and Pam Moench, are somewhere over Central America as I write this.  One of the marvels of air travel these days is the fact you can access the internet on certain planes, no matter where you are.  We left Atlanta a few hours ago…

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Baby, it’s cold outside

Occasionally we experience a dip in temperatures that gets everyone in the Deep South all abuzz. Add the fact that it is the same night as the Iowa Republican Caucus and you have a non-stop news frenzy on television. I am writing this from Compass Lake because I know from experience that even in the…

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A worthwhile journey

Newspapers play a major role in the life of a small community.  Unlike the major papers of the past that were the primary source of news for the nation, a weekly newspaper feels the pulse of a community.  It tells a story that if never shared is lost forever. I first met Waldo “Bo” McLeod…

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Ready or not, here it comes

The years go by faster and faster.  My grandfather used to tell me that and I am now old enough to know this to be true from my own experience.  This will be my 70th new year.  It will also be the 14th year I have written about the day when we look back at…

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We will be home for Christmas

Writing a weekly column is a treat and a challenge at the same time.  Sometimes the words just flow from my fingers as I type.  Occasionally, I struggle to come up with something to write.   Christmas would seem to be an easy topic to write about until you have to write about it every…

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Forgive us our debts

I grew up Baptist and have been reciting the Lord’s Prayer for as long as I can remember.  In my earliest days I recall the phrase “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us”.  I envisioned someone crossing over a fence into someone else’s land since there were many “No Trespassing”…

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I’ll be home for Christmas

The past few days my wife and I have enjoyed the sights and sounds of New York City.  We love to visit the Big Apple any time of year, but Christmas makes the city magical.  Perhaps Bing Crosby captured it best with his lyrics in the Christmas movie classic, “Silver Bells”.   “City sidewalks, busy…

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