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My oldest grandchild got a smart phone for Christmas. It was a complete surprise. I called her on it while it was still in the box, which added to the story. I’m not here to argue whether or not teenagers should have cellphones. There are good reasons on both side of that argument.

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A family member had a baby about 3 a.m. on Christmas Day. Everybody is fine. It was a pretty awesome Christmas present, but it got me to thinking about the obstetrician and the delivery staff at the hospital (yeah, I know, my brain works in mysterious ways).

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When I first started writing this column, it was all about sports injuries. It actually started out as a question and answer thing, answering questions about athletic injuries. Dr. Bob Haralson and I took turns answering the questions in this space. It was called “The Jock Doc.” We did it th…

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Really, I do get it. You want your children to have opportunities that you did not have. You want your children to accomplish things you did not or could not. I appreciate that. I understand that may not be living vicariously (something that very involved parents get accused of all the time).

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If you have paid close attention through the years, you might remember that I had three rules for my kids when they were growing up. We would often recite those on the way into school in the mornings. I can remember pulling in to Ft. Craig School and together reciting those rules.

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This is going to be a hard column to write. I’m often asked where I get ideas for this space. Somehow, something always comes up. This one jumped up and hit me in the heart, so I knew that I had to write it. I want to talk about heroes.

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We just concluded the eighth edition of Camp Blackberry. This is a week where my wife and I have all six of our grandchildren for the week, with field trips every day, great meals, art, crafts, lots of swimming and lots of stories. We have our own song playlist and if you see us passing by o…

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We recently got back from a vacation to the beach. It was a wonderful time with the whole family. If your family is like mine, most days you can’t drag the kids out of the bed in the morning. But at the beach, the kids (grandkids in this case) were up well before the adults.

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I attended a track meet recently. Actually, it was a middle school track meet. I was there to cover the high school baseball game next door but I had two granddaughters competing in the track meet so I stuck around the track meet until they ran.

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I have to admit something. I do look at social media from time to time. Facebook. Twitter. Instagram. Not enough to be a problem (I don’t think) but still daily.