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Kari's Corner - A week of downtime

I read an article recently about conquering post-holiday depression. Seems like quite a few folks suffer from a real sense of letdown after the big Christmas celebrations are over.

December 29, 2010 | Kari Apted | News Columnists


An original Christmas poem

'Tis three days til Christmas, just three and no more

December 22, 2010 | Kari Apted | News Columnists


Weapons for Christmas?

How do you know there are boys in the house? When weapons top the list of wished-for Christmas toys. A few years ago, I wrote about how we were living with a reincarnated Ralphie, the star of the classic movie "A Christmas Story." But instead of Ralphie's requests for an official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle, we were pelted with pleas for the N-Strike Longshot CS-6, a Nerf dart gun as long as my son Eli was tall.

December 15, 2010 | Kari Apted | News Columnists


’Tis the flu season

Happy December first! It's time to deck the halls - with Clorox and Lysol.

December 01, 2010 | Kari Apted | News Columnists


Kari's Corner - Preparing for a feast

Military strategists could learn from watching a mother organize Thanksgiving dinner. It seems simple: It's just cooking, right? Paula Deen and friends on the Food Network make it look deceptively easy as they prepare a giant spread in just 30 minutes. When I was a kid, my grandmother Honey made it all seem so effortless that I truly believed it was.

Then I grew up and the torch was passed to me. Now, I'm in charge of playing host to the big family meal. I don't mind admitting that it usually wears me out. Sometimes I wonder ...

November 24, 2010 | Kari Apted | News Columnists


Grateful children

I love words. It's probably good for a writer to love words, since we spend so much time together. When I have a nebulous concept, I can open a dictionary or thesaurus and weave beautiful, meaningful language into clear thoughts.

November 17, 2010 | Kari Apted | News Columnists


Tricks and treats

If you live in the Honey Creek subdivision in Conyers, and were home Halloween night, I need to apologize for the ruckus my kids, friends and I made as we went trick-or-treating.

November 03, 2010 | Kari Apted | News Columnists


Remembering grandma Honey

I've put off writing this column for a couple of months. I haven't wanted to tackle it because it was too big, too emotional and felt nearly impossible to write. How do you explain in just 700 words mourning over someone who loved you wholly, purely your entire life? I still don't know how. But since today is her birthday - her first one in heaven - I'll try.

October 27, 2010 | Kari Apted | News Columnists


Keeping the fridge stocked

Last week I wrote about how many families - mine included - have needed to work an extra job or two to make ends meet in this economy.

October 20, 2010 | Kari Apted | News Columnists


The burns and the bees

I think summer break should happen during autumn. One little week off in October just isn't enough when the weather is this lovely.

October 06, 2010 | Kari Apted | News Columnists


My life is like ‘Survivor’

Don't call me tonight at 8. I will be firmly planted in my recliner, kicked back with a glass of iced tea, happily sucked into yet another season of "Survivor."

September 22, 2010 | Kari Apted | News Columnists


Kari's Corner - Eagerly awaiting autumn

It was just a little nibble, but judging from the 10-day forecast, it's going to have to hold me a while.

September 08, 2010 | Kari Apted | News Columnists


On the road again

Labor Day is just around the corner, and many of our friends are planning to go out of town. Mentally, I'm up for another vacation, too. But physically, I'm still getting over the trip we took last month.

September 01, 2010 | Kari Apted | News Columnists


Our enormous obsession with food

I have a theory on the obesity epidemic. I'm not a scientist or a doctor, but having been heavy much of my life, I think I'm qualified to have an opinion on the subject.

May 16, 2010 | Kari Apted | News Columnists


Let mom have her slice of the pie

"A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie."

May 02, 2010 | Kari Apted | News Columnists


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