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Ben Wright

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Musings: Knowing the question

In today’s world it is difficult to identify all our problems.

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Musings: Role models

Together they transformed a frightening situation into a creative experience.

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Musings: Freedoms must be protected

Remember, all of these conclusions are purely my opinion.

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Musings: Interdependence

Cooperation, sharing, giving and receiving makes the system work.

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Musings: Summer Reading

The power of imagination helps us to form a reality that is creative and productive.

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Musings: Remembering

By remembering, we keep our values alive.

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Musings: Timing is everything

By 1952, when I graduated from high school, the war had wound down. After two years of college, I joined the Marine Corps in order to avoid being drafted.

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Musings: Help

To broaden our understanding of when help is truly help, we need to explore co-dependency.

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Musings: Bad reputation

Apparently, our youth have always received bad press.

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Musings: Addictions

Every addiction has its rationalizations.

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Musings: Big Mac attack

This guy dressed in a gorilla suit tried to hold up a McDonald’s in McDonough with a banana as a weapon.

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Musings: Don't fail to plan

Many potential problems can be avoided with proper planning and preparation.

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Musings: Cleverness

The following story involves cleverness at its best and its worst. You be the judge.

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Musings: A Good Laugh

The longer I live the more I realize that we need to laugh more.

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Musings: First Things First

Well, the joke is coming first in this article.

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Musings: Fantasy vs. Reality

Solving this problem is grist for the mill in our society today.

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Musings: On An Island

A few years later, Crusoe nursed an injured, deserted native to good health and taught him many skills.

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Musings: Chosen words

Vice President Bush received a lot of criticism about his statement of introduction.

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Musings: What's in a name?

The Italians have a saying, “Since my house is burning, I may as well warm myself in it.”

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Musings: Real Heroes

While assigned to the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth, I observed many training exercises at the Fire Academy.

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Musings: Staying Positive

It is amazing that a sip of water can cause such an uproar.

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Musings: Trial and Error

In every occupation, there is a period of apprenticeship. Through trial and error, usually we discover what our strengths are

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Musings: Future tense

Our existence would be more meaningful if we could learn to share more care and concern for each other.

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Musings: Listen up

It is imperative that we condition ourselves to listen in the present because when the present becomes the past it will surely influence our future.

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Musings: Miracle of Birth

There is an old saying that states; “You should not take what you can’t give.”

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Musings: Wise Consistency

Wise consistency, to me, is the epitome of wisdom.

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Musings: Good Health

To help our bodies remain healthy, we need a proper diet, regular exercise, reasonable rest and to avoid the no-no’s of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs.

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Musings: Blame Game

The solution to education and other fields is that we have to remember to remember to think.

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Musings: Christmas Spirit

The spirit of Santa, to me, is still very much alive and I hope it continues to live.

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Musings: Don't Look Back

Early in my life, Grandpa taught me how to plow a mule. He taught me not to look back to see if the row was straight

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Musings: Role Models

Today, I fear that we really do not know what a quality role model is

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Musings: Putting it in perspective

The message is that we need someone, like a child, to help us keep life in perspective.

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Musings: The Sermon

Jerry Clower tells this story of a potential candidate to preach a trial sermon in this country Baptist church.

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Musings: Backbone

Whether we agree or not, the pastor had a lot of backbone.

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Musings: Murphy's Law

Whoever Murphy is, I know he or she is always on the job.

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Musings: Confidence

In reality, we must remember, it is how we look at things.

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Musings: Pay attention

All of the sudden, this small truck cranks and backs up very fast toward me.

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Musings: The limits of freedom

In reality, limits are a necessity. By setting realistic limits, we enjoy as much freedom as we can tolerate.

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Musings: Defining terms

Terms that have understandable meanings are used as shortcuts in our communication with each other.

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Musings: Less is more

So words and work are similar. Less is sometimes better.

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Musings: Personal responsibility

In reality, it boils down to individual responsibility. A choice has to be made.

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Musings: Taking Credit

At times, we are so prone to take credit, even at great cost.

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Musings: Observations

When you marry the wrong one, you are “finished.”

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Musings: Seeing Beyond

Having an open mind often pays off for us.

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Musings: Disruptions and Eruptions

Mount St. Helens, tornadoes, floods, etc., are just examples of tragedy and upheaval.

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Musings: Change

This system is foreign today, in an age of cell phones and other devices that are remote.

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Musings: The Bare Truth

Why are we so afraid of plain truth?

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Musings: Angels

We believe that this angel in the image of a frog was instrumental in finding her gold bracelet.

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Musings: What's so funny?

What do you call cheese that’s not yours?

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Musings: Heroes

Franklin D. Roosevelt in my youth was considered a hero to the common person.

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Musings: Timing is Everything

Timing that works to our advantage takes us outside of ourselves.

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Musings: Old Age

Oh, how we look in the wrong places.

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Musings: On Meditation

Lessons from the past help us adjust to the present and to prepare for the future.

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Musings: What is 'normal'?

It is important how we look upon or interpret situations

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Musings: The crime and the criminal

For those of us who believe in the afterlife, there is the concern of the soul. This concern was my purpose for being there.

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Musings: Staying focused

It is difficult to wear shoes that do not fit properly. So its is when we try to be something we’re not.

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Musings: Making it last

One thing I do know from experience is that it is imperative that we must really want our marriages to work.

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Musings: Loose ends

It is amazing how leaving a couple steps out of a process can literally mess up things.

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Musings: Justice and Mercy

It appears that we just want to beat the legal system.

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Musings: Stop, Relax, Think

Good business persons make it a practice to take a half an hour each day and relax in their chair and forget his or her business concerns.

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Musings: Being human

What we can do is to treat all persons with dignity and respect.

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Musings: A Reminder

The exception would be vehicles with loud exhausts. The speed indicators get our attention. When our speed appears on the monitor screen, hopefully we slow down if we are over the speed limit.

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Musings: Hard Work

Today in this informed world, we know what is unhealthy for us, but we still indulge in what is harmful to us.

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Musings: The 'Get Back' Game

It was my job to keep the stalls clean and it was my brother’s task to milk the cow.

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Musings: What we leave

My hope is that you will keep in touch with those significant others who have taught you what you know today

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Musings: The Well

The well we find ourselves in is different from all other wells that others are in.

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Musings: The inevitable

Regardless of the reasons or lack of them, this sick entertainment gives the state inmates something to do at our expense. inevitable

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Musings: Not being taken

Please be careful what paperwork is thrown away. It may come back to haunt and may destroy an excellent credit rating.

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Musings: Clean comedy

These fake comedians do not hold a light to authentic humorists like Jerry Clower, Jeff Foxworthy and a host of others.

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Musings: Cries for help

For many years, I worked with many inmates and others not in prison, who were self-destructive.

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Musings: Boundaries

Today our society is close to the edge of self-destruction. There are many signs.

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Musings: Rumor has it

The wise man gave Johnny a large bowl of pieces of bread with instructions to spread the pieces on the path to town.

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Musings: Constant Change

All jokes aside, computers have revolutionized our culture.

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Musings: The Value of Time

To realize the value of one hour, ask lovers who are waiting to meet. To realize the value of one minute, ask a person who has just missed a flight.

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Musings: Smoking addiction

Some of my friends still smoke and it worries me that eventually they will die of lung cancer or other respiratory diseases like my father and brother, who were heavy smokers.

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Musings: Assumptions

By not taking care of the small issues we cease to grow and develop morally and spiritually.

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Musings: Lusco's

To get in the rear of the restaurant, one had to give the proper password.

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Musings: Precious Moments

Someone said, “Live today as if it were your last and plan for tomorrow as if you were going to live forever.”

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Musings: Domestic violence

Changes have to begin within the family unit to put an end to the violence.

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Musings: Making the call

By the time where we figure out where the numbers are on the dial, the computer voice is saying something else like, “please enter your 16 (or so) digit number.”

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Musings: First impressions

My friend, a Lutheran minister, who made the statement concerning my being in prison for 30 years, was just jesting.

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Musings: Resolve to listen

We miss out on many opportunities and suffer many hardships when we refuse to listen.

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Musings: True love

It is difficult to explain why people get the Christmas spirit. There are so many examples of this spirit taking over our lives.

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Musings: Christmas trees

By 1600, many Germans were using decorated Christmas trees.

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Musings: The elderly

So it is with our older persons, they are priceless. They have given us so much.

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Musings: Denial

Why is it so difficult to accept the truth, whether as a nation or as an individual?

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Musings: Heart of Jackson

Just imagine meeting a stranger far from home who knew about the Heart of Jackson Motel. It is a small world, is it not?

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Musings: Complaining

If our grief is suppressed, then we become sick.

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Musings: Climbing our mountains

The moral of this true account is to stay focused, believe in ourselves, our abilities, and a hop will get us to the top of our mountain.

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Musings: About time

Babies have no concept of time, except when they are hungry or need a diaper change.

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Musings: Be careful with change

There are just some things that we need not break.

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Musings: Remembering the past

Most of the films were captured by the Allies when the camps were liberated.

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Musings: Good and bad addictions

If we overdo or become abusive with these activities, then they are not positive activities.

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Musings: A letter

“P.S.: I was gonna send money but the envelope was already closed.”

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Musings: Healthy limits

In today’s world, setting boundaries or a fence line is difficult because we have become a society of enablers, not in a positive sense, but in the negative area.

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Musings: The trouble with bosses

I remembered a wise person telling me not to fight against the tide.

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Musings: Dreams come before realities

In real life, we need a little fantasy to cushion the day-to-day pressures we face.

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Experience a bit of history

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The Confederacy would never recover even though the war raged on for two more years.

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Musings: You might be a redneck

In Hawaii, his Dad kept asking when they were going to convert their money to Hawaiian money.

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Musings by Ben Wright: Aug. 10

Not long ago, a person expressed to me relief and gratitude. His wife had been having a struggle with cancer. At the time of this conversation, she was in remission, but the anxiety and agony of the past few months had been great.

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Musings by Ben Wright: Aug. 3

What is a friend? To me, a friend is a person who believes in you. A friend does not believe the idle gossip going around town. A friend is honest with you and tells you like it is. A friend stands by you.

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Musings by Ben Wright: July 27

Probably at one time or the other we have met people who just do not get it. Everything seems to go right over their heads. They are clueless.

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Musings by Ben Wright: July 20

Special Olympics, and other similar events such as the wheelchair event prior to the Peachtree Road Race, have always been emotional experiences. It is amazing that despite their problems they keep on keeping on. What an example of the power of the human spirit.

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Musings by Ben Wright: July 13

It is my hope that as a nation we never forget the truth. It is also my hope we will pass the test. History will eventually post our grade.

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Musings by Ben Wright: July 6

Talking with a friend last week, our conversation consisted of the topic, "Time." He stated that he "could not believe" that his grandchildren were teenagers now and "it seemed just yesterday that they were babies."

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Musings by Ben Wright: June 29

Fourteen years ago, the following true story was written by me in "News Around Town!" Maybe some of you may remember this humorous account:

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Musings by Ben Wright: June 22

The month of June is celebrated as Dairy Month, and this year is the 74th anniversary, according to the "Market Bulletin."

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Musings by Ben Wright: June 15

June 19, 2011 is Father's Day. According to American history, Father's Day is officially 101 years old this year. Yet, according to ancient tradition, tributes to old Dad were made by Elmesu of Babylon.

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Musings by Ben Wright: June 8

Our parents or grandparents, during the 1929 Depression, were forced to be thrifty. My grandfather, who was a dairy farmer, said to me that when they killed hogs they used everything for some purpose.

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Musings by Ben Wright: June 1

When we become adults our toys convert into a different form.

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Musings by Ben Wright: May 25

We live in a world today filled with a lot of tension. If we are able to intelligently counteract conflict and learn and grow from it, then we would be enriched.

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Musings by Ben Wright: May 18

Every serious history student has discovered that freedom is very rare among past civilizations. Yes, our own condition of freedom falls short of perfection, but it is the best so far in history.

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Musings by Ben Wright: May 11

On this day, May 2, 2011, I awoke to the news that Osama bin Laden had been killed. It has taken about 10 years to accomplish this mission. I also remember on Sept. 11, 2001, watching live commercial passenger planes becoming deadly missiles crashing into the Twin Towers in New York City.

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