Mark Ballard

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    Treasured vases a reminder of friendship

    It has been said that we are known by the company we keep. That rule applies to more than just our friends. You can learn a lot about people by looking at the things surrounding them.

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    Don’t cry over a wet drawing

    I couldn’t get the garage door open fast enough. There, on a table, was a flat box sitting in a puddle of water.

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    Evening enlightenment leads to wonder

    Coming through our back gate, I felt like I was crashing a very festive, colorful party. It was the time of day the sun was about to say goodnight, taking the light with it.

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    BALLARD: Fighting battles with colored pencils and Purell

    I have always hated to wait. It doesn’t matter what I’m waiting on, I’m just an impatient person by nature. Mother always stressed to me that patience is a virtue. I always agreed with her but, try as I might, I still hate to wait!

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    MARK BALLARD: Hidden gem brings back memories of Daddy

    Recently, while looking for something in our laundry room, I frantically moved things about trying unsuccessfully to maintain the neatness of the shelves. I carefully picked up a bottle of bleach for a quick look behind it and then moved on to the multiple containers of detergent.

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    Perfection may not taste as sweet

    I entered the grocery store with a purpose. I was on a mission in search of a variety of perfect specimens. I marched straight to the fresh produce section like a detective desperately looking for clues to solve an important mystery. I was on a hunt and this wasn’t the first time.

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    Visiting with our past

    Have you ever seen something that immediately catapulted you back to a long-ago place and time? The power of a visual image is incredible.

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    The things money can’t buy

    Growing up, we were blessed in so many ways, but we always lived on a very tight budget. Most of our friends were in the same boat, so we didn’t know any difference.

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    BALLARD: Stay rooted against worry

    One of my favorite spots to recharge, solve problems and become one with nature is the Avenue of the Oaks on St. Simons Island. Many years ago, I became best friends with those trees. It was love at first sight. Every time I vacation on the island, I have to stop by to gaze at them. For me, they...

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    BALLARD: Beauty waiting to be rediscovered

    All my life I have been amazed by the beauty of nature. I always take the time to pause and lean in for a closer look. As a youngster, after a summer rain I spent several minutes watching a single water droplet slowly slide down the edge of a green leaf before it dropped to the ground. I gazed toward...

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