Retirement: That Moment in Time When You Can Work or Play as YOU Choose!

By John Graves

You have been a good saver since you began working as a paperboy (or babysitter!) at ten. You had to save – your mother made you put aside 10% of what you made into an envelope. Just like she made you give 10% at church, into the plate each Sunday morning. You bought your first car with your savings, the ’56 Chevy for $1,200, wasn’t it? You felt sad, but smart, when you sold it to go into the military – sold it for $1,850 and saved it all.

Once you got out, you started working as a tailor. They had you sewing uniforms in the Army, so you knew something about it. You became good at it, bought the shop with what you saved during your stint. A few years later you sold the shop to work in accounting. Don’t ask how that happened. Something to do with your wife’s uncle. You were surprised at how well you took to the new profession.

When the first baby was due, you both were ready to move, so you went to South Carolina and bought a home in 1969. Your next three sons were all born in that home, the home you still live in. The down payment was hard, but the monthly payments were a backbreaker: $178 a month and you only made $800.

Still you gave at church, you put a little aside for the future. Your folks had taught you frugality. You lived within your means. That meant no credit cards, no installment plans, no car payments, only the mortgage. Coupons were big in your household. You told your wife to keep track of expenses in the little ‘Dome’ budget book. She used it to track how much she saved from coupons and sales, too. Once a year both of you went out to eat at a nice restaurant on one quarter of the savings during the year. Nice reward.

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The Fault in Our Stars

Saw this wonderful movie yesterday and highly recommend it! It was an incredible film and such a beautiful story. Also got to see a friend from Pittsburgh, Tim Hartman, who appeared in the film as well.

The Waterfront on Lake Oconee

We recently became aware of another wonderful organization in the area.

Located on the water’s edge, The Waterfront on Lake Oconee’s scenic, private shoreline provides unparalleled natural beauty and big city respite. This condominium community recreates that unrivaled relaxation normally reserved only for luxurious island getaways.

The Waterfront on Lake Oconee has packaged this worry-free vacation lifestyle into an innovative and elegant lakeside community. These beautiful waterfront residences have all the amenities and convenience of a luxurious vacation retreat, with the accessibility and affordability for everyday living.

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OPAS Presents A Cappella Heaven

OPAS was proud to present A Cappella Heaven starring The Voices of Lee on Friday, May 9th, 2014 for another amazing performance!

Harbor Club Lands on “Best Courses You Can Play” List

Jumps Two Spots on Golfweek Magazine’s Annual Ranking for Best Georgia Courses 

Harbor Club, a 1,600-acre resort community located on the shores of Lake Oconee, has again been recognized among the “Best Courses You Can Play” in Georgia, according to Golfweek Magazine’s recently released annual ranking.

Harbor Club’s sweeping lakefront design was the first offering on the east coast from the esteemed architectural partnership of Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish back in 1991. The course touches the shoreline of Lake Oconee, Georgia’s second largest lake, six different times, while also skirting four creeks and a number of interior ponds.

The current Golfweek ranking has Harbor Club sharing “Best You Can Play” honors with such other elite Georgia courses as Sea Island Golf Club and The Legends Club at Chateau Elan in Braselton.

Harbor Club #5

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Pickleball: The Fastest Growing Sport in America

Reynolds Plantation Receives Golf Magazine Platinum Medal

The 14th hole at Great Waters, designed by Jack Nicklaus, one of five resort golf courses at Reynolds Plantation.

The 14th hole at Great Waters, designed by Jack Nicklaus,
one of five resort golf courses at Reynolds Plantation.

Elevating its position among the elite golf resorts of North America, Reynolds Plantation is one of only ten properties selected for the prestigious Platinum Medal by GOLF Magazine.  The 2014-15 Premier Resort award winners are unveiled in the March edition.

“It is extremely rewarding to see Reynolds Plantation honored at the ultimate level on this list,” said Mark Lammi, Vice President of Golf Operations at Reynolds Plantation. “We truly appreciate being cited among the best of the best. We are fortunate to have one of the greatest collections of golf courses in the country and we are determined to remain as one of its premier destinations, both as a resort and a residential community.”

The biennial ranking of the “top 100” golf resorts is based on four criteria: golf, lodging, food and drink and service. “But challenging layouts and tee-box panoramas come first in our book,” said Joe Passov, who coordinates golf course awards and rankings for the magazine.
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Beautiful Day on Lake Oconee

Harbor Club on Lake Oconee is Your Masters Week HQ

Resort Community Offers Award-Winning Golf, Accommodations and Amenities Just an Hour’s Drive from Augusta

Harbor Club, a 1,600-acre resort community located on the shores of Lake Oconee, is offering an inviting Masters Stay and Play Package for foursomes looking for convenient access to Augusta, and national-class resort offerings away from the tournament.

The package starts with 18 holes of golf per day on Harbor Club’s stunning lakefront golf course, perennially awarded 4 ½ Stars by Golf Digest Places to Play. Golf includes cart rental, range balls and a Harbor Club golf hat.

Harbor Club’s Masters Stay and Play Package runs $1,336 per night (based on four-people, plux tax) and requires no minimum stay. Accommodation rentals are available outside of the package for $595 per night (plus tax). And individual golf tee-times are offered from $159-199, depending on time of day. Replays are available for $90.


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Nation’s Oldest and Largest Boat Club Coming to Lake Oconee in Spring 2014

The Freedom Boat Club (FBC), the nation’s largest and oldest boating club, has announced plans to expand to Lake Oconee in spring 2014. The newest franchise of FBC, based at the Fish Tale Marina, will be the third location in Georgia and the first in the central part of the state.

Freedom Boat Club also has franchises on Lake Lanier and in Savannah. The Oconee location will begin presales in February and plans on having its grand opening in early April, just in time for boating season.

“We are thrilled to be expanding onto Lake Oconee,” said Freedom Boat Club CEO John Giglio. “It is one of the premier lakes in the South, and is very popular for all types of recreational boating, skiing, swimming and fishing. It will be an excellent addition to our network.”

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9 Ways High Achievers Can Realize Optimum Life Balance

Life’s true tragedy is that, when someone dies, the misfortune is not only the death itself but also the untapped potential and unrealized dreams that die with them. “This ‘compounded loss’ happens more often than not,” says Sheri Riley, founder and Chief Partnership Strategist of GLUE, Inc. and creator of the Exponential Living program (  “Far too many of us spend 100% of our time on only 10% of who we are today, and can be tomorrow.

“According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, many of us work eight hours per day, commute for at least one hour per day, spend at least two hours eating, watch TV for five hours each day and spend nearly two hours a day using a computer for leisure activity, such as online games, research or social media,” Riley notes. “That’s nearly 18 hours, which doesn’t even include the multiple hours needed for our evening slumber. Clearly, we spend more time on what wearen’t than we do on who and what we are…and want to be.”

For high achievers in particular, there isn’t a problem understanding HOW to get things done but rather there are challenges balancing it all.  So many successful people spend the majority of their time on one area of their life where they excel, but perpetually feel unfulfilled.

With this in mind, Riley offers these 9 methods to help high achievers tap into the other 90% of “who they are,” beyond “what they do,” and realize greater life balance, joy and fulfillment in kind:

Method 1: Healthy Living is about More Than Diet!

There is more to life than the race to achieve more money or a fancy job title.  And, there is more to living healthfully than what food you ingest or what physical exercises you do.  Other lifestyle decisions, such as those related to marriage, parenting, and friendships, all factor into one’s healthy sense of self.   Healthy living requires being true to yourself and being truly “present” when you’re with loved ones.  Healthy living is also a frame of mind. If your thoughts are self-destructive, this negativity will manifest itself in your body through stress, anxiety and other adverse physical conditions, and can undermine your personal and professional relationships with others.

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Eatonton Resident Mary Arthur Drives Away as the Winner of Lake Oconee Dentistry’s FIAT Giveaway

Mary Arthur, of Eatonton, GA, was announced the winner of Lake Oconee Dentistry’s FIAT giveaway last Saturday.  The announcement was made at the Community Appreciation Event hosted by Drs. David and Patti Bradley of Lake Oconee Dentistry.  Arthur received the keys — and bragging rights — to the black FIAT Convertible, after she opened the winning envelope.

Prior to Saturday’s event, four other FIAT finalists had been named  — Dana Kibbey of Madison, Nell Willis of Greensboro, Robert Ishee of Greensboro and Doris Leach of Greensboro.  Arthur’s name was chosen live at Saturday’s event as the fifth — and last — finalist.  Once given her FIAT hat and finalist pin, Drs. David and Patti Bradley asked the remaining four finalists to join Arthur on stage for the giveaway.

Finalists were told to choose one of five wrapped packages.  The doctors then gave each finalist a “trivia question” which, if answered correctly, would allow them an opportunity to switch the selected package with another finalist.  After each finalist had fielded a question, the packages were unwrapped to reveal five shiny envelopes.  With a drumroll to urge them on, finalists opened their envelopes to reveal which one held the key to the car.

Photo Credit: Pitter Goughnour; Mary Arthur of Eatonton (center) is congratulated by friend Ronnie Hamm (left) and Drs. Patti and David Bradley (right) after being announced winner of the Lake Oconee Dentistry FIAT giveaway.

Photo Credit: Pitter Goughnour; Mary Arthur of Eatonton (center) is congratulated by friend Ronnie Hamm (left) and Drs. Patti and David Bradley (right) after being announced winner of the Lake Oconee Dentistry FIAT giveaway.

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Austin Texas is Coming to Lake Oconee on September 4th

Concert Details:

Lawn Concert
Wednesday, September 4th at 7:30 PM
The Backyard Garden at Historic Slade Hall
206 North Madison Avenue
Historic Downtown Eatonton
BYOB, BYOF, & BYOLC (“bring your own lawn chairs)

$10.00 per person at the door
Please call or email Rick Gould at 650-224-1878 or to guarantee admission, as there is limited capacity


Here are four samples of Warren’s music.  Warren wrote “This River,” Pear Blossom Highway,” and “Savannah.”  Warren’s Dad, the late, great Champ Hood, wrote “Last One to Know.”

“This River”

“Pear Blossom Highway”

“Last One to Know”


Warren with The Waybacks on Music City Roots at The Loveless Cafe barn in Nashville, TN in April of this year.

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Great Article on Pickelball


Oconee Course To Be Ready For Fall Season at Reynolds Plantation

vcsPRAsset_14486_106975_c9ede75e-29cf-4289-898b-4b8bac7093b6_0The conversion of the putting surfaces on the Oconee Course at Reynolds Plantation is part of significant turfgrass enhancements to the award-winning Rees Jones design, slated to be complete this fall.

While Jones’ design will not be altered, all 18 greens are undergoing a significant turfgrass change to Champion hybrid bermudagrass which will provide a superior year round playing surface.  This turf replaces the original Crenshaw creeping bentgrass that has been in place since the course’s 2002 debut.

“We will have the durability of bermudagrass with the subtle putting qualities of bentgrass,” said Mark Lammi, Vice President of Golf Operations at Reynolds Plantation.  “Up until recently, bentgrass was the superior putting surface.  But with the newer bermudagrasses that are available, we have the best of both worlds.”

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