They’re Dropping Like Middle Initials

In 1991, I was preparing to publish my first book, about a year I spent teaching junior high school in Japan. Stephen Birmingham, the author of “Our Crowd” and an acquaintance of my parents, offered to give me a blurb but recommended one change: that I drop the middle initial from my name on the cover. As a 26-year-old, baby-faced writer, I was eager to appear older and more sophisticated, so I ignored him.

I’ve regretted it ever since.

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Last Summer Concert

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Can Heart Attack Damage Be Reversed?

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The Alzheimer’s Epidemic: Where We Stand

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Retired Judge Pens His Love Story in a Touching Memoir at 101 years old

Julian R. Hanley experienced a real life, fairy tale love story with his late wife, Betty, and at the age of 101 he wanted to share their story with the world.

Hanley‘s truly heart-wrenching yet beautiful memoir, “A Dress, a Tie, and a Ring,” tells not only of his romance with Betty, but also of her horrific bout with child abuse. Betty suffered from her mother’s abuse beginning from the crib until she finally eloped with Julian and was able to escape.

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Boomers’ Big Bang Impact on Big Pharma

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Oconee Regional Medical Center Announces Strategic Partnership

ORMC to Unite with Central Georgia Health System, Medical Center of Central Georgia to Enhance Healthcare Services

Oconee Regional Health Systems (ORHS) and Oconee Regional Medical Center (ORMC) in Milledgeville along with Central Georgia Health System (CGHS) and The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) in Macon today announced their intent to enter a partnership that will allow the two entities to jointly develop healthcare services for the benefit of Milledgeville and its seven surrounding counties.

“This partnership will allow our health system to keep its identity intact while greatly enhancing the patient-focused healthcare we have provided our local residents for so many years. Central Georgia Health System and The Medical Center of Central Georgia have excellent reputations, and their leadership and added resources will result in greater opportunities for local healthcare,” said Jean Aycock, President and CEO of ORHS and ORMC.

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Putnam General Hospital Partners with Macon Health System

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Your Favorite Beach, Soul, and Oldies Hits

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St. Mary’s, Athens Regional to Seek Ways to Collaborate

Athens’ hospitals announced on Friday the formation of a committee to explore ways they can collaborate to address the area’s medical needs.

The eight-member joint subcommittee officially formed this week when officials at St. Mary’s Health Care System, Athens Regional Medical Center and Athens Regional Health System signed a joint resolution.

They plan to hold an inaugural meeting sometime next month, said the hospitals’ spokespersons.

“Some immediate topics for discussion are projects such as working together on a Community Health Needs Assessment and then discussing how we can pool our resources and meet those needs together when possible,” said Marilyn Farmer, chair of the board of trustees for Athens Regional Health System, in a news release issued Friday by St. Mary’s. “We will also review the benefits of becoming Accountable Care Organizations.”

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Summer Reading Suggestion: Kate’s Escape from the Billable Hour

Screen Shot 2014-07-03 at 6.15.22 AMIf you are looking for a great summer read this year, be sure to check out Kate’s Escape from the Billable Hour. Following Big Law lawyer, Kate, as she escapes from her job and travels to Barcelona to find a lost love, it’ll inspire you to pick up and chase your dreams. It’s a riveting story, the perfect “beach” read.

About Kate’s Escape from the Billable Hour:

Having spent her life so far in the dysfunctional world of Big Law, frustrated with a lack of respect, still pining over the Spanish exchange student who lived with her family a decade ago, and more than a little miserable, main character Kate decides to make a drastic change. After a mortifying meltdown in the office, Kate quits her job and jets off to Barcelona to reinvent her life. The hilarious adventure that ensues is full of insights on casting yourself in a new and exhilarating role, the perks and difficulties of being a “late-bloomer,” and creating an authentic life experience.

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Harbor Club Transforms Vintage Marina on Lake Oconee

The New “Boathouse at Harbor Club” Features a Restaurant, General Store, Boat Fueling and Storage, plus Kayak and Paddle Board Rentals

Harbor Club on Lake Oconee continues to enhance its amenity offerings in 2014 with the grand opening of The Boathouse at Harbor Club, a comprehensive renovation of the vintage old Granite Shoals Marina, according to the community’s general manager, Brandon Matney.

The Boathouse at Harbor Club is open to the public and features a general store and a full-service restaurant called Smoke on the Water, specializing in Bar-B-Q that is smoked on the premises, plus other homestyle southern fare. The general store is fully stocked with items such as soft drinks, beer and wine, ice, sandwiches, milk, eggs, snacks, sunscreen and more.

The Boathouse is located just outside the community’s back gate on Walkers Church Road, just a mile south of the Richland Connector. It is situated on the Richland Creek side of Lake Oconee, known for the clearest waters on the lake. By boat it is just over two miles north of the Ritz-Carton Lodge. 

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Promoting a New Path to Wellness

DrWarrenAs she gets ready to celebrate her 30th year in practice, Dr. Ramona Warren continues her mission to help others live healthier lives, one patient at a time

Ramona Warren is a woman on a mission.

And make no mistake, she’s set her sights high.

Sitting in her Greensboro office, the 54-year-old doctor of chiropractic medicine speaks with clear conviction.

“I want this to be the healthiest community in the state – the healthiest community in the country,” she says emphatically.  “My hope is that we can use this community as the prototype to help change the healthcare of America.”

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Lake Oconee Dentistry Announces the Addition of New Dentist

Drs. David and Patti Bradley of Lake Oconee Dentistry are pleased to welcome Dr. Shelly Pound as the newest member of their dental team.  Dr. Pound will be providing a full range of preventative, restorative and cosmetic dentistry services, including crowns and bridges, dentures and partials, professional whitening and more.

“Dr. Pound’s skill set is a great fit for our practice,” says Dr. David Bradley.  “The enthusiasm, talent and focus she brings to the job will help us continue to offer a high level of dental care to area residents.”

Originally from Gainesville, Georgia, Dr. Pound studied at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry, and graduated Magna Cum Laude.  She went on to receive her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree (D.M.D.) from the University of Kentucky in Lexington. While in dental  school, Dr. Pound volunteered with the Mission Lexington Dental Clinic, a faith-based practice that provided free dental care for low income patients.

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Music to be Boomer By: The Best Thing I’ve Heard All Year #1—The Pains of Being Pure at Heart’s Days of Abandon

days of abandonBy Henry Lipput

The first best thing I’ve heard this year is the third album by the Brooklyn-based band The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart. Back in 2010 I saw a concert listing for the band in the New York Times and thought “This looks like it’s the melancholy pop that I really like.”

And although the CD wasn’t all that melancholy, I loved it at first listen and it went right onto my mp3 player and into my Top Five list for that year. This first self-titled album was full of musical references I recognized and liked including My Bloody Valentine, The Smiths, and, more recently, Stars. The sound was a bit grungy but very poppy.

Two years later, the band released Belong. With a bigger, and in some ways a cleaner, sound they kept the pop and the music press seemed ready to anoint them to arena status. It was a big leap forward without losing any of the things that made me like them in the first place.

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