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By CAROL GUNTER
Here it is Monday, January 4th, and school is officially back in session and kids are probably deliriously happy about that don't you imagine; well, not really, as I do remember my school vacation at Christmas and I dreaded going back.

It was for worse when fall came around and the beginning of the new school year began. You were used to having so much fun playing outside on those warm and beautiful days till way after dark. Sure was hard to get focused on being confirmed to a classroom after all the excitement that the summer vacation from school offered or it was for me.
When I think back on those carefree days of my childhood and the innocence found there, I smile and am so thankful to God for giving me the parents I had that were always there to help shape this girl into being somebody they could be proud of as I was of them.
Mistakes were made on the way but the values they taught me of being honest and respectful of others and of being a "help not a hindrance" in this life always come to mind for me each and every day.
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Left out an important birthday for January: Austin James Hall 10th.
Please keep the following people in your prayers: Mai Nell Melton (in the loss of her daughter Kathy Martin), Ruth Brown (she had a checkup with her doctor in Nashville on Tuesday and he gave her a good report on how well she was doing). I talked with Ruth on Wednesday and got the good news. Good News on 2 fronts for Ruth as she has a new great grandson Roman Montague Reed. He weighed 4 lbs 8 ozs. and is doing just fine. Proud parents are Coby and Monice Reed. Jody Reedy (cancer victim), Chloe Evelyn Bogle (she is doing some better), Fay Pitts (Fay is still doing a whole bunch better and gives God all the praise for taking care of her, Tracy Neal, Edith Miller, Carlon Melton, Luther Lawrence and Denise Stanton.
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It has been sort of quiet around here since the holidays are over. I guess a lot of people over ate like me and are gonna whip themselves back into shape in no time flat. Not me- that would be way too much effort to try that. I'll just cut back on my eating and hope that will get those extra pounds off.
Thanksgiving and Christmas meals can quite frankly 'do you in' if you let them. It seems like there is just so much delicious and out of sign food and so little time to try out each dish as you keep thinking the dishes will sprout little feet, scurry off and will not be seen again until the frenzy of eating starts back up next year at Thanksgiving and Christmas time.
I think I will get a smaller plate of food like I suggested Mike West should do at those 2 special occasions. Don't know if Mike followed my advice but I do believe anything is worth a try at this stage of the game that I'm losing fighting the bulge. Will try the smaller plate - after all, all I could lose would be some weight so this could be a win-win situation for me as I see it. Fighting the urge to go back for another smaller plate could be hardest thing for me to conquer but "where there's a will - there's a way."
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Nothing seems to be going on now with those 'little green men' or that 'invisible cow'. Maybe, just maybe they over did the eating at Thanksgiving and Christmas, also, and are quite miserable themselves. If they are in misery, that is a good thing for us. Clyde says they are just laying low and are eagerly awaiting the chance to spring something on us as they are quite rejuvenated after their New Year Eve's bash that only Clyde seems to know about. He said he was the only one they wanted there as he is, after all, the leader he claims. The location of the party Clyde says can't be known as they were trespassing on some farmer's land and farmers you know carry shotguns.
If you have any news for the column, just give me a call at 615-563-4429. Have a great day!
Being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 5:1
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