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Author: Brian Panowich

Beauty and the Beasts

I travel quite a bit and whenever people find out where I’m from, for the most part, I get the same reply. “Oh, Augusta. Home of The Masters.” And while they are quite right about that, I always want to sit them down and tell them exactly what else we are the home of—like the Augusta 70.3 Ironman for example. Back in 1978 the original Ironman triathlon was born. It was held in Kona, Hawaii and was a race conceived to be the ultimate test of physical stamina that combined three athletic disciplines—swimming, cycling, and running—in that order. The...

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The Fine Art of Marriage

Hey kids, let’s talk about marriage. And by kids, I mean full-fledged adults, because trying to discuss the complexities and subtle nuances about the institution of marriage with anyone under the age of 23 is akin to trying to swap recipes for rhubarb pie with a spider monkey. It’s just downright pointless. So all of you married types out there who have a few years of being in a sacred partnership under your belts, listen up, because you might find this helpful, or at the very least, mildly entertaining. The going consensus on successful marital advice—or at least the...

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Better Living Through Human Chemistry

Of all the comic book shops in Pensacola, the dingy, sprawling Future Visions was the one that best suited me. It was sandwiched between a row of dumpsters and a tattoo parlor on the east side of the panhandle and a rock’s throw from a great vintage record store. The shop was just the way I liked it—dusty and unorganized. It felt more like being at a rummage sale in someone’s garage than an actual business. The walls were covered floor to ceiling with obscure action figures still in their plastic clamshells with handwritten price tags asking for way...

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Very Vera

Photo by Peter Frank Edwards   Vera Stewart has been in the public eye her entire life. Especially here in her hometown of Augusta, she is a well-loved and well-known entrepreneur with a career spanning all the way back to the early 80s. Her 30-plus years of work as a teacher, a baker, a retailer, a businesswoman, and most recently, a TV personality, havebeen written about and featured by everyone ranging from Southern Living Magazine to the Food Network. So for a Southern icon like Vera, who has lived most of her adult life in the spotlight, keeping a...

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A Tale of Tenacity

I met Kat McCall when a mutual friend of ours put us in touch about donating some of her time and artistic talent to a fundraiser I was organizing. I made the call and within the first five minutes of our conversation, Kat had not only agreed to help with a complete stranger’s vision but went above and beyond by turning my little fundraiser into a massive success that raised quite a bit of money for a local Augusta-based organization. Fast forward to a little over a year later. I received an invitation to write a story about a...

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