Bill Kirby

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We need your holiday crafts before they fade

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Do you make your own Thanksgiving or Christmas decorations? It’s great if you do, because we’re writing an article about such seasonal creativity and would love to make you famous.

Call Staff Writer Kelly Jasper at (706) 823-3552 or e-mail her at kelly.jasper@augustachronicle.com.

I would volunteer some of my own Christmas stuff, but my wife is very protective of much of it.

It was made years ago when our sweet little boy was in kindergarten and early grade school, and every holiday provided a new opportunity for hand-made art.

He’s all big now, but we treasure his past. Every year we get down the decoration boxes from the attic and look at all the little ornaments and holiday-theme crafts he made years ago.

We don’t put them on display or hang them on the tree because, well … construction paper fades. Plastic breaks. Glitter falls off. Cardboard tears. Wax candles melt. And the paste holding a cotton-ball beard on Santa’s face dries up and gives way.

But we look at them and remember the little guy who made them.

FUN TO RUN: The Girls on the Run of the CSRA 5-kilometer run is Saturday morning at the Kroc Center on Broad Street. The $25 registration begins at 7:30 and the race starts at 9 a.m.

This is the culmination of 10 weeks of training for 150 girls in thir to eighth grades, but the event is also open to runners of all ages and benefits programs, coaches’ training and scholarships.

I am told that Girls on the Run helps young women make new friends, build confidence and learn to celebrate their uniqueness. They also learn the value of teamwork and healthy relationships, and how they can positively connect with the world.

YOUR MAIL: The Lambs, Anthony and Susan, of Gibson, Ga., send a wonderful postcard showing the famous Arch in St. Louis. They write, “We rode to the top – an amazing feat of engineering genius and hard work. The weather is great. Now on to Kansas City and Wichita.”

Meanwhile, frequent correspondents Joe and Lorinda Fournier, of Evans, sent a postcard showing three baseball stadiums in the Minneapolis area. They also report they visited the Mall of America, which includes a store where you can buy oxygen.

TODAY’S JOKE: “Congrat­ulations, my boy!” said the groom’s uncle. “I’m sure you’ll look back and remember today as the happiest day of your life.”

“But I’m not getting married until tomorrow,” protested his nephew.

“I know,” replied the uncle. “That’s exactly what I mean.”


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