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Author: Brian Panowich

Black Friday & the Meanness of Christmas

Illustration by Kat McCall   So, Christmas — the crowned king of all holidays — is just a few months away. It’s the time of year that brings carolers out to your doorstep and families gather around the 50” 4K TV to watch George Bailey in It’s A Wonderful Life or Bing Crosby in White Christmas. At my house, Die Hard makes it into the mix, because, yes, Die Hard is a Christmas movie, but you get my meaning, right? My point is, those are the kinds of things that a person envisions during the holidays. However, maybe we...

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Brian’s Best Reads of 2019

Illustration by Kat McCall   When I originally came up with the idea of this column being a written list of things that maybe didn’t get the spotlight shone on them the same way all other “Best of’s” in the magazine did – things like the best Circle K to stop at if you want to ensure the ice machine is full for your Polar Pop, or the best speed traps to stay away from during your afternoon commute – it ended up coming off just a little too snarky, even for me. So, in the end, I decided...

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Breaking the Skin

Welcome to the arts issue. I’m an artist and can speak on that a little, but sometimes during my travels, when I come up on younger folks out there in the world who remind me of the tornado idealist I used to be as an up-and-coming artistic human being, I know by the looks on their faces that they see some older fella, going gray around the edges, who has clearly grown detached from the current state of hip. Well, there may be some truth in that. I’m fully aware that I’ve aged out of shopping at Buckle. I’m...

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Fathers & Sons

When I was a newly minted teenager, I was fairly certain that my father was a lunatic. He was a baffling old man who said the craziest things, things that stressed the importance and sanctity of family. He’d say at the end of the day, a person’s family would be their greatest asset in life. Insane, right? I know. He also spouted off about how he longed to retire to the solitude of the mountains for him and my mother, and how Waylon Jennings was the greatest entertainer of all time. I groaned a lot as a kid riding...

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You Can Go Home Again After All

This month’s issue of the magazine is about homes and gardens—two things I don’t have a whole lot of experience with. So I’m going to take you in another direction as to what home means to me and talk about something I do have a little experience with—music. I’m a military brat and so the concept of home was really never something I could ever fully get my head around. Until my father retired from the Army here in Augusta when I was 12 years old, I didn’t really have a family home, or a room I grew up...

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