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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...


    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...


    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, ...


    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.


    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.


    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 ...


    BALLARD: Finding the power within us

    I stared at the various sheets of paper on the table in front of me. I saw their different colors and arranged them in order for the third time. I made sure my scissors and all the other things I needed were present. I double checked to see if my glue gun was plugged in and getting hot.


    CREATIVE THINKING: Keeping love’s fire burning for three decades

    Love is easy to give when everything is lovely. It’s when everything isn’t perfect that sharing love becomes more difficult.


    BALLARD: Sharing light in times of darkness

    The greatest lessons we learn are those that life teaches us. Every minute of every hour of every day, we are in life’s classroom. If we open our eyes and, most importantly, our hearts, we can learn so much.


    BALLARD: Sharing our talents a gift to others

    I began taking private art lessons when I was 8 years old. The other day, I was thinking that almost a lifetime of artistic techniques and skills are stored in various nooks and crannies of my brain.

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