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Under One Roof

A family reunion at the beach is a five-step process. To pull it off requires ample planning, a little patience, and, more often than not, a lot of air freshener.
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Andy Griffith: “What It Was, Was Football”

Sixty years ago Andy Griffith got his big break in show business thanks to football — but not as a player, or even as a fan.
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Worth the Wait

I was 25 before I went fishing for the first time. It’s now hard to believe that so many years of my life passed — not only without fishing, but also without even thinking about fishing.
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Just a Little Love

Four years ago this March, I planted my first flower. I’ve planted others since — maybe three — but I will always remember my first because it turned out to be the most beautiful thing I’ve ever done in the
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Our Canine Companions

Animals in my life: dogs (11), cats (7), fish (9), boa constrictor (1), mice (dozens, but they were for the boa constrictor), turtles (2), cockatoo (1), and hamsters (2). I’ve probably had more, but since forgetting things is a new
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Taste the Difference

Science is everywhere, but I feel like I spend most of my life ignoring it, or trying to figure it out and taking a nap instead, or pretending I know what I’m talking about when I don’t. Like photosynthesis or
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Hallmark of the South

Imagine how lucky is the person who has dirt from his childhood. If I had a box of dirt from every house I ever lived in, I would have a lot of dirt.
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Let There be Lights

Edward Hibberd Johnson, known as the Father of Christmas Tree Lights, was a close associate of Thomas Edison — yes, that Thomas Edison, who, as we know, invented the lightbulb and the phonograph. In many ways, he founded the industrialized
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The Family Table

One reason I’m not a hundred percent sure that I’m Southern is that I don’t know what a second cousin is or why I might be related to him. (Another reason: I sometimes order grits in the singular form. “I
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Bigfoot Believer

Here’s something I think about: If a creature such as Bigfoot exists, why haven’t we found him yet? Why hasn’t any hard evidence supported his existence? No dwelling, no tracks, no scat piles one could look at and think, Wow.
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