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Lifestyle

Memories of Christmas with MawMaw: Or, Miss Nellie Drops Her Drawers

By Billie Brown
My great grandmother, Nellie Wall Holsey, may well have been the world’s first re-gifter. Way back in the early 1950s, she was infamous within the family and the little community she lived in – Hardwick, Ga., an outpost of Milledgeville – for squirreling away presents and bringing them back out, rewrapped, for another occasion. Birthday mementos disappeared almost immediately, never…
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Family & Friends · Lifestyle

The greatest Christmas gift ever

By Billie Brown
Except for the usual commercial ones, we had no special Christmas traditions in my family when I was a child. We didn’t even prepare our own dinner, since the head of the household, a career military man, was expected to show up, family in tow, to partake of the U.S. Army’s generic holiday spread at the officers’ mess. That was…
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Family & Friends · Lifestyle

Wow – I’m a Guardian!

By Billie Brown
It’s not a role I ever planned for, but a couple of Mondays ago, I sat in a courtroom in Milledgeville, the seat of Baldwin County, Ga., and agreed to take legal responsibility for another human being. It happened so gradually and painlessly that when asked if I was willing to accept the guardianship, I almost told the judge no.…
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Lifestyle

Back to school? Now, when I was your age..

By Billie Brown
I’m so old that there was no kindergarten when I was 5 years old. I started first grade in Kansas, and when I met my teacher I told her, “I will endeavor to be a good pupil.” She looked at me like I was a hurricane, then burst out laughing and hugged me. We must have learned lots of things,…
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Money & Careers

What Saved the Superchicken? Strategic Planning, Essential in Good Times and Bad

By Billie Brown
Well-managed businesses generally thrive in poor and healthy economies alike. Such visionary organizations have a tendency to change gears in accordance with market demand. They  invest in capacity-building in growth industries and grab technological advantages. They invest in, and continue developing, strong human capital, which can lower turnover and ensure smoother management successions without a blip in leadership. But all…
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