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Emerald’s Gem Box: Turning the big 5-0

I was born on Feb. 26, 1969 at 8:03 p.m. in the Madison County Memorial Hospital. Yesterday was Feb. 26, 2019. You do the math! Yes, much to my surprise and amazement, I have turned 50 years old. Fifty is the age that when you were little, you used to think that it could never happen to you; for only old people were 50. But then all of a sudden, one day you wake up and even though you still feel like you have the heart, enthusiasm and stamina of…

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Learning As I Go: I Don’t Remember

Christy Bass Adams Guest Columnist As parents, it’s easy to beat ourselves up over what we are and are not doing for our children. As I think about my childhood, I don’t remember the little incidents. I just remember that my parents were there, they loved me and their presence and love never stopped. May we be a consistent, loving presence in the lives of our children. Thank you, Mom and Dad, for showing me how to love my kids well. I don’t remember whether your hair was perfect or…

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From the sunny side… Taken for granted

There’s a story I heard once that goes something like: “For the want of a nail, the shoe was lost. For the want of a shoe, the horse was lost. For the want of a horse, the king was lost. For the want of a king, the battle was lost. For the want of a battle the war was lost. All for the want of a nail.” I wonder why we take so many simple things for granted. For example, there was a time when there was no such thing…

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Emerald’s Gem Box: Remembering My Daddy – Seven Years Later

Last Sunday, Feb. 17, marked seven years since the day I sat and held my Daddy’s hand and watched as he took his last breath, on this Earth. As my heart broke into a million pieces, I watched the strongest man I ever knew, slip away from me. I loved my Daddy with all my heart. He was truly the love of my life, my confidant, my mentor, my hero and “my everything.” He would always laugh and say he only graduated high school because he had my Mom to…

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