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Downsizing

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For those of you out there in readers-land who simply love living in a big house, there is a single word that can have you curled up in a ball on the floor crying. Downsizing.

A liizard's perspective

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The blue and black striped lizard started to worry. Directly on the other side of the glass was what he feared most: the little boy. About 8 years old, the boy with pudgy fingers was tapping on the glass right underneath the lizard’s orange belly. His sister stood next to him making faces.

Bamboo Panda

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Experts say bamboo grows about a foot per day, so fast you can actually stand in front of it and see shoots and leaves sprouting.

That’s what my three brothers and I believed for those seven magical years we spent growing up at 110 Flamingo Street.

It's yard sale time

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Warmer weather means only one thing around our house: it’s time for some much needed spring cleaning. Usually, we spend a week or so deep cleaning the house and gathering all the junk we’ve collected over the last year. And by our junk, I mean my junk.

Car games

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During those seven magical years spent growing up at 110 Flamingo Street, I learned many things about life. One of the first was rich kids lived on The Duke of Gloucester; the not-so-rich kids lived on Flamingo Street.

Math is adorable

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Growing up at 110 Flamingo Street, I learned math many different ways, both in and out of school. When math was just numbers it was easy to understand. When words were added, math got complicated and sometimes extremely painful.

Painful toys

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My parents always said the same thing when they bought us a new toy: “Follow the instructions and you won’t get hurt.” If you’re a regular reader of this column, you already know normally we didn’t and someone always did.

Hard boiled

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The Easter Bunny has come and gone, and like many families, we have countless pictures and videos of excited little ones running around in colorful dresses.

Clown stilt fighting

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Writing about clowns on stilts could be considered a delicate balancing act, but I assure you, the story below did happen as written or at least to the best of my memory, that is. After all, I did fall and land on my head.

Gardening is for squares

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Disrupting the routines of old folks or babies isn’t a good idea. You can’t teach old dogs new tricks. Someone who doesn’t want to change – won’t. Don’t confuse me with the facts. Keep hitting yourself on the head with a hammer, soon you’ll end up with a sore head.

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Opinion

As the nation celebrates its independence, it is possible that we are more divided as a country that at any time since the War Between the States.

Community

A program titled “Water Wise Plants” is scheduled for Wednesday, July 15, 1-2 p.m. at Fayette Senior Services’ Peachtree City location (The Gathering Place, 203 McIntosh Trail).

Sports

The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Senoia June 6-7 for the Canongate Series #4. The Canongate Seminole Course played excellent host to two very competitive rounds of junior golf.

Lifestyle

The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to help offset a seasonal decline in donations and prevent a shortage this summer by giving blood.