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New Year’s Resolution to really know yourself

 Have a brutally honest conversation all alone

 

By Vicki Roberts

Certified Life Coach

 

            Most of us have had New Year’s Resolutions to lose weight, exercise, quit smoking, etc.  Many of us have also gotten to the point where we don’t even attempt to fool ourselves any more, we know we won’t last more than a week or two. 

            I have a suggestion for a new resolution this year. Get to really know yourself. Become as self aware as you possibly can.  

            Most of us don’t even know how little we actually know why we do what we do and how we really feel. The main reason is that we are not truly honest with ourselves. We don’t want to see our faults and inadequacies, let alone try to do something about them. 

            Not everyone is going to like everyone. Some people will get on your nerves and there is nothing you can do about it. But, do you ever admit that sometimes when you don’t like someone, it’s because you see something in them that you don’t like about yourself? 

            Do you dislike lazy people because you hate that you are lazy? Do you find fault with people that judge other people before really knowing them because you do the same?  

            Have you every been really angry but if you dug deeper you would see that what you really are is hurt? If you find you don’t really like aspects of your personality,  you can change. But, before we can change we have to know what we really want to change about ourselves.  

 

Winners announced in Sassafras Youth Writing Contest

 

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Sassafras members celebrate with winning Youth writers. See winning works here.

BY   B. JOAN WILSON 

Parents, teachers, relatives, and local writers watched as eleven young writers received awards for their winning entries in the Sassafras Literary Exchange Youth Writing Contest on Wednesday evening at the Pickens County Library.  The high quality of the entries resulted in an unprecedented three way tie for third place and five honorable mentions.

See winning works.

 

Winners of Sassafras Adult Contest Announced

 

The winners of the Sassafras Adult Writing Contest were:
Non-Fiction:B
First Place = Searching for Clayton Fain by Travis McDaniel
Second Place =  Marble, Our Giant by Juanita T. Wilkie

 

Fiction:
First Place =The Dance at Bougival by Jack Fay
Second Place = Buck by Jack Fay
 
Poetry:
First Place = The Latin Stone by Alexander Goble
Second Place = Harvest by Fred Manget

Following veins of history from Pickens to St. Paul

 

Minnesota history researchers visit local marble industry

 

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 See a video from  Researcher Randy Croce of the “Who Built the Minnesota Capitol Building” project filming at Bethesda Cemetery in Nelson. 

 

It was an overcast afternoon at Bethesda Cemetery during the last week in October as researcher Randy Croce perched his video camera in front of the marble headstone of Felix Arthur, the first man who was killed in 1898 while working on the Minnesota Capitol building.

Arthur was one of six men who died on the 11-year project after he was caught in a conveyer belt. The others, who were then unprotected by workers’ safety regulations, fell from high places.  

Arthur became a key figure for Croce and his partner David Riehle, two members of the “Who Built the Minnesota Capitol Building” research team, not only because of the role he played in constructing the St. Paul historical site where the researchers live and work, but because the marble used on the 100-plus year old structure was mined in the place Arthur called home - Pickens County, Ga.  

 

Jasper monument gets touch up

Jacob Bozeman from the Jasper city crews  applies touch-up paint to the Oglethorpe Monument on the corner of Main Street in Jasper Thursday morning. The crews said the marble monument relocated to Jasper from Burnt Mountain about 10 years ago is still in good condition, but needed to have some brown spots cleaned up. The monument originally marked the starting point of the Appalachian Trail on Burnt Mountain, before the trailhead was moved to Springer Mountain many years ago.

 

On Sept. 8th, the Ga. State Society Daughters of American Colonists will host a ceremony at this monument. See more details about the ceremony on our calendar page.