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    BALLARD: Camellia lesson blooms for life

    Almost 30 years ago when I was just 25 years old, I decided to take a class at the American Camellia Society. The class offered was on how to construct a realistic looking camellia out of ordinary typewriter paper.

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    BALLARD: What’s on your docket today?

    When our son, Blake, started driving, I constantly offered him advice. Most of the time, I received the same roll of his eyes followed by, “Dad, I know how to drive!”

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    BALLARD: Sometimes we all lose our way

    At some time or another we all lose our way and become lost. No one escapes. This past holiday season made me more aware of this than ever. Over the years our family has suffered many tragedies. Some I’ve shared with you and others I haven’t. I say this not to seek sympathy but instead...

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    BALLARD: Lessons learned carry forward into new year

    There’s no better time to re-evaluate where you’ve been and where you intend to go than when a year is coming to a close. It’s the perfect opportunity to sit down and take a real, honest look at the things you accomplished and the things that still need attention.

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    BALLARD: Cherished china for Christmas

    Gazing at our dining room table all dressed up for Christmas, I decided to look in our china cabinet to choose the china that coordinated best with our theme. I opened the glass doors and was greeted by several patterns and types of china we’ve collected over the years.

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    BALLARD: Fueling memories of Daddy during winter

    ‘Are you on the keep-full list?” I heard Daddy say holding our home phone receiver to his ear. This happened more times than I can remember all the years I was growing up.

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    Rescuing someone in need

    I slowly wandered throughout the store eventually making my way to the very last corner. I found myself looking at just about everything this beautiful gift shop had to offer. Section upon section of wonderful items were displayed in a variety of ways. Each vignette was carefully orchestrated in...

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    BALLARD: Lesson learned from a feathered friend

    ‘I wonder what you’re thinking,” I asked myself as I peered through a window in our living room. A female cardinal was determined and steadfast in her efforts to enter our home.

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    BALLARD: Expressing gratitude every day

    Recently I have been working on gratitude in my personal life. I’ve always thought of myself as a grateful person and, on most days, I do offer thanks. But, as with everything, there is always room for improvement.

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    BALLARD: Believe in yourself, in others

    ‘Mother, I don’t think I can do it!” I said in an unsure, shaky voice.

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