A group of people from across the state learned something last week many of us already know: McDuffie County has a lot of heart and a lot of soul.
The busload of dignitaries on the Heart and Soul tour -- traveling to a dozen or so locales across the state -- made an overnight stop in Thomson last Wednesday, including a gathering on the lawn at Hickory Hill.
Local organizers knew they needed something to stick in people's memories, so they called in the cavalry.
It was actually Epp Wilson, his family and a couple of other foxhunting enthusiasts. But they had horses, hounds and a hankering for helping folks have a good time.
Sharon Wilson offered up her horse for photos in front of the "big house" and several people took advantage of the opportunity. For a few, it was the first time they'd ever sat in a saddle. For others, it was a chance to relive part of their past. And for each of them, it was a moment that left them smiling.
It is people like Epp Wilson (and his family, his horses and hounds) that make our community great.
Just ask the folks on that Heart and Soul bus.
I've always said my wife is ahead of the game when it comes to teaching math, but a recent story from the Associated Press proved it to me.
The story talked about teachers trending away from using red pens to mark papers. Other hues, like green, are apparently less stressful to students.
Personally, I say keep students seeing red. They deserve the same scars that the rest of us had to endure.
But I digress.
The article wasn't exactly news to me. It's a theory Miriam has long believed in. (She's partial to purple, by the way.)Her Augusta Tech students get a blast of color every time they take a test. Some, of course, have more colorful pages (and cause more colorful language during the grading process) than others.
I was thankful prom season passed largely without incident this year for both Briarwood and Thomson High.
(Speaking of prom, the photos from the Briarwood event have had more than 13,000 hits on our website in less than a week. Some newspaper sites don't get that many hits in a month.)
I talked to a couple of folks at both schools who said this is the time of year that makes your hair gray and your worry lines deeper.
It's easy to see why. Tragedy can crop up out of nowhere and demolish lives.
That's evident this week just across the Warren County line.
Think about that the next time your kids are around -- even if they are grown up and have families of their own.
And see if that hug doesn't last a little longer.