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Emerald’s Gem Box: What Does Your Fruit Salad Look Like?

Emerald G. Parsons A little over a year ago, during the Presidential debates, Presidential Candidate Ben Carson said something out of the ordinary.     “ ….  And as President, I would go and look at what a person’s life has been. What have they done in the past?  What kind of judgements have they made?  What kind of associations do they have?  That will tell you a lot more than an interview will tell you.  The fruit salad of their life is what I would look at.” The Fruit…

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From the sunny side… Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Rick Patrick Today is another one of those holidays where we in the “States” look for any excuse to have a party. That is by no means meant to be a criticism. I have been known to look for any reason I can (sometimes no reason at all) to crash a party. So, why not have a party on Cinco de Mayo? I have a very special place in my heart for my friends “south of the border.” In the fall of 1980, while touring with the group Up With…

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Emerald’s Gem Box: It’s hard to write a story when no one calls us back

Emerald G. Parsons Here at Greene Publishing, Inc. (the Madison County Carrier and Madison Enterprise Recorder) we take pride in our work. We work hard to bring the citizens of Madison County the local news, to the best of our ability. The purpose of a newspaper is to inform, interpret and entertain. We try to keep you, our readers, informed by providing you with facts, statistics and feature stories.  We report on stories that directly and indirectly affect all of us, here in Madison County, not always telling what you…

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Advocate’s Avenue… Autism – Myths and Misconceptions Continued

Leslie McLeod Last week, I discussed myths and misconceptions of Autism. April is Autism Awareness Month. Since the month of April is coming to an end, I would like to take this opportunity to share a few more myths and misconceptions that I have come across as  a parent and an advocate, and follow it with correct information. “All individuals with Autism show the same characteristics and behaviors.” This is completely false. Speaking honestly, I cringe when people say this. I’ll hear someone say “Oh, my aunt’s husband’s cousin’s little…

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