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    Never too old to learn

    Without a doubt, the cake I have made on stage most often is caramel. Time after time, I’ve whipped up the batter and spread it into pans. While it baked, I entertained the audience while preparing the icing by caramelizing white sugar in a cast iron pan. Perfectly timed as the cake layers...

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    Keeping my hands clean and my creativity flowing

    My hands were covered with paint. Various shades of color were randomly smeared on my skin. Looking at my hands and then back at the painting I was working on, I wondered how the paint had jumped all the way from the tubes, brushes and palette and landed on my hands and lower arms. “How could...

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    Easter memories in full bloom

    The shimmering sun flickered though the dogwood tree, pausing for a second to dance on each petal. I stood in amazement.

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    Friendships forged with porcelain plates

    Our phone was still ringing as my wife unlocked our door and we entered our home later that evening. “Who would be calling us at this hour?” I asked Debra. “Something must be wrong!”

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    Cherry Blossom Cookies

    Mark Ballard bakes up a batch of Chocolate Cherry Blossom cookies just in time for Macon's signature festival. See how easy it is to whip up a treat for the spring season. Video by Liz Fabian. RECIPE: 2 sticks of butter, softened; 1-1/4 cup powdered sugar; 2 teaspoons Maraschino cherry liquid; Red...

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    Creative Thinking: Memories of Carolyn Crayton’s favorite color

    The shiny black BMW convertible slowly approached the conference center under the clear blue skies of a beautiful spring day. The wide glass doors opened allowing the driver to proceed into the building where more than 500 ladies and gentlemen wearing every shade of pink imaginable were seated in...

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    See the world in a new light

    Reaching for a glass in our kitchen cabinet, my eyes caught a magnificent color show happening in the sky. I forgot I was trying to get some water and instead watched a most glorious sunrise. Because of the late hours I keep, I usually miss sunrises; but that morning, trying to quench my thirst, ...

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    Ballard: Still learning that patience is a virtue

    I walked past the settee in our living room and noticed several decorative plates resting on it. I did a double-take to make myself believe they were still there. They indeed were. They were to be added to my collection of plates that hung on the wall above the piece of furniture.

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    See the good by filtering out the bad

    Driving my car to a friend’s house late one afternoon, the most beautiful sunset appeared directly in front of me. It was like a movie screen from heaven had been dropped down especially for me.

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    BALLARD: No need to worry

    Rushing to my doctor’s appointment recently on a cold, damp morning in Atlanta, I was both nervous and worried. The complex was huge but I finally found a parking place. I was running late because of traffic so I walked quickly. I asked a few people if I was in the right place but it was ...

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