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Author: Laurie Merrill

Embracing History

THREE BRIGHT PAINTINGS OF FLOPPY-EARRED GOATS dot the guest room wall in the home of Mark and Debbie Anderson. The couple’s three girls, now young women with children of their own, dub it the “Goat Room,” a nod to the playful art, and admonish their mother not to expand her barnyard-themed décor.  “I’m not sure why I like them,” Debbie, a self-styled interior designer says of her goat affinity.  The animals, like most of the eclectic pieces in the Anderson house, reflect family and memories and, in this case, pleasant childhood afternoons at her grandparents’ farm in rural Georgia, where...

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Ironman Strong!

IT IS 4:30 A.M. ON A WEEKDAY WHEN A MOTHER OF FIVE WAKES UP, slips on her running shoes and leaves her house in darkness to join a small group on a seven-mile run. This is her routine four mornings a week. She will swim a few miles in a pool or cycle 20 miles through the city later the same day, after she puts in a full day as a manager for a medical technology company. Hundreds of thousands of triathletes like her around the world fit their training everyday into lives brimming with busy agendas. They rise from soft, warm beds...

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Good As Gold

Ahm the long-anticipated rewards of retirement. It’s considered the age of fulfillment, the age when you take that class in watercolors, sail a translucent blue ocean, embark on a highway adventure along the California coast or plant the garden you have always wanted. Once viewed as a time of decline and end, the retirement years in the 21sst century are now seen as a season of expansion and opportunity, where new adventures and explorations dictate the day.  The 76 million Baby Boomers retiring during a 19-year span have retooled retirement. Nearly 11,000 Boomers retire every day and this group...

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Toasts, Tears & Traditions

A Swedish Heritage. A Southern Embrace. JULIE AND HENRIK NORLANDER have been married less than four months, but the petite native Augustan and the Swedish professional golfer seem to have already found their swing as a force of one.  The newlyweds, sitting in their comfortable and elegantly modern West Augusta home, recount their history as a couple. As they tell their story, which has just begun, the pair displays an instinctive sense of where each one leaves off and the other comes in. They know, for instance, that when tales of the Norlander couple are chronicled in the years...

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