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Ponderings by Dan Ponder

Thanksgiving 2022

Continuing my quest to find the best Chinese restaurant around, I stole away to have an Asian buffet.  It is not Mary Lou’s favorite food, and a lunch when I am by myself gives me the perfect opportunity to try yet another place.  It fit into the category of “Good, not Great” as most Chinese…

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Shave and a haircut. Two Bits!

I climbed up on the board placed over the two arms of the barber chair.  The old gentleman pumped the chair to raise me up a bit and went to work with his clippers.  Before long, I had the closely cropped hair typical of a boy 60 years ago.  I remember being mostly mesmerized by…

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Fatherly to Friend

I recently had the pleasure of attending the reception and ceremony naming the Amphitheater at the Gouge Performing Arts Center after former Auburn Mayor, Bill Ham, and his wife, Carol.  It is a fitting tribute honoring a couple that has done so much for Auburn, not just during their 20-year tenure as Mayor and First…

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Short thighs and pulley bones

My friend and I had lunch at Pannie-George’s Restaurant last week.  He was in line ahead of me and said without hesitation, “I will have three thighs”.   I was impressed because I usually limit my own order to just two thighs (when my wife is not with me).   As we sat at the…

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The right fit

Occasionally someone will ask me what the secret is to having a successful career.  What advice would I give some budding entrepreneur or someone just beginning to climb the corporate ladder?   The answer has probably evolved for me as I built a company and eventually retired.  However, now there is no hesitation with my…

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Beulah Land

Over my many years of playing the organ and piano in church, one of my favorite times was on Sunday evening at the Presbyterian Church in Donalsonville.  The evening service was informal and followed a covered dish supper every Sunday night.  That is right.  A covered dish supper each week of the year. Over time…

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Hunter’s Moon

I went out on the boat just minutes before the sun was to set.  The sky was clear, the air cool and crisp, and the lake as smooth as glass.  The orange glow along the horizon reflected on the water.  I turned off the motor and let the boat drift as the sunset slowly gave…

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Calm after chaos

I headed down to Compass Lake early last week.  After watching the projected cone of Hurricane Ian for several days, I could not take the pressure any longer.   It took me two years to quit talking about Hurricane Michael.  I was going to be better prepared this time around. Over the course of two…

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150 years and counting

The older you get the more milestones of various sorts come your way.  Some are personal.  Some have to do with your family and friends.  Others relate to significant dates related to institutions that are important to you.  We all have markers along our journey. This past week, Mary Lou and I were honored to…

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A Great Story: Part 2

Almost exactly a year ago, I wrote about our trip to State College, PA when our Auburn Tigers played the Penn State Nittany Lions.  It was the first road trip that Mary Lou and I had taken since the arrival of Covid, and it did not disappoint. Mary Lou and I joined our friends, Ed…

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