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Emerald’s Gem Box: Chinese Wisdom – – A Chinese Proverb – –

Emerald G. Parsons: Greene Publishing, Inc. An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole, which she carried across her neck. One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water. At the end of the long walk from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full. For a full two years this went on daily, with the woman bringing home only one and a half…

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Passing Parade: Coming for The General?

Nelson A. Pryor: Guest Columnist “The past cannot be cured,” said Queen Elizabeth in the 16th century. Philosopher George Santayana penned the most famous quote warning against tossing out history, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Lyn Vaughn wrote a column for the August 19, 2017 Atlanta Constitution 11a, in which she put into focus the offensive “symbols and memorabilia from the past.” “First,” she said, “it was Confederate flags. Now monuments and statues have to go. What’s next?” The carving at Stone Mountain? Oh…

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Christian Concepts: Rob Bell and Hell

Rob Bell was speaking in Atlanta recently, and a CNN writer wrote about it in an article titled “Outlaw pastor Rob Bell shakes up the Bible belt”. Rob is the author of several books that question Christian beliefs on a number of doctrines. The one he is most known for is his teaching that hell is not an everlasting place of torment. There were some detractors outside preaching and passing out tracts to warn those arriving not to listen to him. And Rob made no attempt to placate his detractors…

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Make a plan for back-to-school purchases

Diann Douglas: University of Florida Extension/IFAS Madison County I can’t believe it, it seems like summer just started a couple of weeks ago, but August is here, and it’s time to gear up for a new school year. This year, the tax-free holiday begins today, Aug. 4 and runs through the weekend. It’s a great time to stock up on back-to-school supplies and clothing.  According to the Florida Department of Revenue, all clothing and footwear selling for less than $60 per item is tax-free.  Certain school supplies selling for $15…

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