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    Ballard: Old photo a reminder of a long journey

    The young boy stared back at me with a smile emerging from behind a smirk on his face. He was looking straight at me, proudly wearing a cowboy hat and holster and holding a toy gun. I expected him to say “Mister, stick ’em up!” but he didn’t utter a word.

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    Ballard: Only give advice when asked and when you have expertise

    The birds were frolicking outside the window. Like friends who hadn’t seen each other in a long time, they appeared to be catching up after a long, cold winter. Wings fluttered against the blue sky. All of their chirping sounds were melodious and happy.

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    Ballard: Change brings loss, but also renewal, hope

    There is something about springtime that seems to bring out the best in people. At least, I think it does in me. I believe it has to do with the fact that after the dismal winter we are so ready for blooming flowers, warm sunshine and greener grass. Maybe it also has something to do with new growth...

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    Cherry Blossom Fashion Finale

    "I love pink" was the theme of Mark Ballard's 2014 Cherry Blossom Fashion Show at the Anderson Conference Center. Video by Liz Fabian.

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    Creative Thinking: Showing love to cherry blossoms

    As my wife and I were walking downtown a few weeks ago, I saw something on the pavement that caught my attention. A cluster of delicate blooms were floating in a small puddle in a parking lot. I simply walked by it at first but then, trying to make sure my eyes weren’t deceiving me, decided...

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    BALLARD: Spread happiness, not germs

    Somewhere in the reels and reels of 8mm film footage my grandfather filmed many years ago, there are a few minutes of me when I was a very small boy. The grainy and somewhat distorted black and white movie features me, clad in only a cloth diaper and nothing else, running through a group of relatives...

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    Fabulous fakes with Mark Ballard

    Mark Ballard show you how to keep it real while you're faking it. See how he makes a fabulous faux flower arrangement you have to feel to believe. Video by Liz Fabian

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    BALLARD: Using blood clot to raise awareness of DVT

    Without realizing it, I was holding my breath. I watched the nurse as she carefully and methodically ran the ultrasound wand up and down my legs, watching the computer screen in front of her like a hawk.

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    Ballard: Small figurine brings happy memories

    Ida Powell, one of my mother’s close friends through the years, had been trying to reach me for some time. She wanted to come by and bring me something. With our crazy schedule, it’s very difficult sometimes to get schedules coordinated. Unless things get placed on our crowded, ever...

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    Ballard: Getting over fear of offering opinions

    Opinions! There is no doubt that everyone has one. It didn’t take me long to realize where two or more are gathered, there are different opinions about something. The older I become, the more evidence I see of this all around me.

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