Winnwood Wisdom

Fish Story

Fish Story

Many of us have a “fish story”! As the majority of you know, I am not actually talking about catching fish. Well, maybe just a little bit. There’s a surprise at the end of this article Ha Ha! Ok, the phrase “Fish story” (FS) is a vocabulary […]

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There’s an “i” in Kindness and it’s You!

There’s an “i” in Kindness and it’s You!

Yesterday, I was talking with someone I respect immensely and she was expressing how 2016 is going to be a great year. Our conversation got me thinking about how the New Year allows us to set a mark in time which gives our minds permission to accept […]

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Thank You, Coach Mark Richt!

Thank You, Coach Mark Richt!

On Sunday, the University of Georgia and head football coach Mark Richt decided to cease their 15 year relationship. As I got out of my truck at Winnwood on Monday morning, I could almost feel the anticipated chatter reverberating to the parking lot about Richt stepping down. […]

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The Mark Richt Effect

The Mark Richt Effect

By: John P. Rauls, Columnist The annual Georgia/Florida football game was played on Saturday afternoon in Florida. The game is an annual tradition that officials claim is played in Jacksonville as a neutral location. Hey, guys upstairs! It’s still Fla!! (An article for another time perhaps?). As many of […]

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Fighting in the Trenches

Fighting in the Trenches

By John P. Rauls I was recently talking with my mother about one of her shopping trips. Mom explained that she had found a type of shoe that was so comfortable and durable looking, she bought three pair. Her following descriptive logic behind the purchase is probably […]

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ELM is More Than A Tree

I believe as we age most of us have the capacity to flex the ole brain pan, (AKA learning something new) and/or polish up on some long desired interests!  The ability to learn new hobbies, skills and crafts lasts a lifetime. (Yes, I know there are some […]

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Picture Box

It was 1977, I was 6 years old and going to bed early for the next early morning shebang. I was not going to work with dad. I was not going to school. However, I was getting up at 6 a.m. on Saturday morning to watch cartoons! […]

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Marietta, Georgia: Loved by Californians

Please place yourself presently right in Savannah and read with the right dialect in mind to get full article enjoyment! My title is accurate and it makes perfect sense if you have been following how the movie industry is changing because of incredibly high taxes in California. […]

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Leaders From The Heart

As a Methodist minister in the 1950’s my grandfather, along with my grandmother Rauls, set out on a mission to help retirees find housing plus healthcare under one roof. During that time period right in little ole Macon, Georgia, their mission and prayers sparked a revolution to […]

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The Best Coffee in Marietta!

The column today is not one singular story about life’s truths but about a journey that takes place right here in Marietta, Georgia on Whitlock Avenue at Winnwood Retirement Community every Friday morning. Is it a club meeting? Maybe the genealogy society is studying up on our […]

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Best Drink Ever

I had a bit of what I like to coin as “Winnwood Nostalgia” flow over me this past Saturday. You will probably be able to see the direction of this article soon.  Subsequently, that is my intent. Saturday, I began to water my newly planted master piece […]

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Bahamas-Bahamas-Bahamas

Shut your eyes for a couple of seconds and say Bahamas-Bahamas-Bahamas! It just feels nice rolling off the tongue. Especially today, let warm thoughts of the sun, ocean, Caribbean conch, lobsters, lots of sand, etc., etc., etc., fill your head!! I think all of us Georgian’s deserve […]

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Gabriel-aide

I will go out on a limb and say that one of our residents’ favorite places for lunch is Gabriel’s Desserts. I also have been known to indulge there myself a couple of times a week.  Johnnie Gabriel, the owner (Cake Lady of Marietta), is a personal […]

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TRAVELERS WELCOME: Winter Wisdom 2014

The winter blast from last week will stain our minds for a while, or at least until the next storm. Probably just like many of you, I am ready to get past last week and focus on thoughts of sticking my toes in the sand and aqua […]

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Easy Snow, Easy Go! Bringing Out the Inner Child

I guess if it snowed 30 inches in May of 1973, there is a possibility it can happen today. The winter of 2014 has certainly been frigid enough. All winter, record-breaking arctic cold blasts have been crossing over the US! Our cold weather would make an igloo […]

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First Responders of Winnwood. VIN # COLD

Picking up from last week’s column, I was elaborating on the silent heroes of Winnwood Retirement. These everyday heroes do not search out fame or notoriety. They prefer to go about their day in a positive, hospitality-focused manner. I was informed by a reliable source that many […]

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First Responders of Winnwood

Friends often ask me how I pick my writing material each week.  The subject usually pops in my head the day before or the day of it being due (sorry Katlyn).  A common thread that you, the reader, can deduce about me is that I truly believe […]

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The Arctic Blast of marietta

Today I would like to start off by sharing a small bit of humor about myself. It is no secret to people close to me that I don’t particularly like to be hot. Meaning I need AC!  My physical need to always be a little more than […]

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Top is Bottom and Bottom is Top

What I am about to say in this powerful article is a true story as reported in the MDJ last week. Harrison Odjegba Okene from Nigeria sat on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, after the tug boat he was on sank 72 hours earlier. At that […]

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Comfortably Normal: Part One

The trains we see chugging through the Marietta Square do two obvious things that give many Winnwood and Marietta residents a small town feeling. One, they are consistently always showing off their grand stature by the frequency of how often they travel through downtown. Two, the very […]

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Picture Box

It was 1977, I was 6 years old and going to bed early for the next early morning shebang. I was not going to work with dad. I was not going to school. However, I was getting up at 6 a.m. on Saturday morning to watch cartoons! […]

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Throw the Turkey!

Turkey is as synonymous to Thanksgiving Day as a baseball is to Mickey Mantle.  I hope all people are fortunate enough to gather around a hot meal and share some fellowship.  Thanksgiving reminds me of granddad’s lake house, candied yams topped with warm marshmallows (plus a little […]

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“Back” to the Future

Well, as many of you know I survived my back surgery, and I am ninety-five percent pain free. Dr. D. from Resurgens Orthopedics did a remarkable job replacing my L5 disc. The hospital will always remember my gentle demeanor. LOL. I probably caused several healthcare workers to […]

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We Should Have Listened!

I was at a local picture frame shop over the weekend and viewed many prints of downtown Marietta from around 100 years ago. Actually, the Square was thriving just like it is today. Obviously, location has and will always be important to people. Ok, now I know […]

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Here We GLOW Again

I have verified grandparents do indeed love and enjoy spending time with their grandchildren. With Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas looming, there are sure to be many grandchildren visiting Winnwood. Winnwood has a Halloween party every year that is quite the spectacle. The residents, families and staff all […]

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Concrete Shoes

Well, after my “Squirrel Article,”  ran in the MDJ ALL of my tomatoes were eaten off my plants! Ok, so I got a total of three ripe tomatoes the entire year from two plants. To add insult to injury, one squirrel was wearing a shirt that said […]

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Every Year Is a Guess!

So I went to the local hardware store this weekend and asked the young man at the entrance where the leaf rakes were. He looked confused; he said he had never heard of a company called “Leaf Rake!” Really!  Oh boy, where is the back of the […]

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Changing Taste Buds

As I have grown older my taste buds have developed. For instance, I can now tolerate broccoli. It is my belief our taste buds evolve as we get older. However, I did not know animals’ taste buds changed. Marietta, we have a serious problem on our hands!!! […]

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Push Point

Life is full of misunderstandings. Take when I was 10 years old, Dad took me into Handy Man Hardware on Watson Blvd. What I saw in the special glass case was magical and euphoric. (Wait, what does that mean? I am only 10! Ok focus John!!) It […]

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I Took a Knifing and Kept on Writing Jack!

I should have listened to my grandmother, Irene Julia (Powell) Rauls, when she shared stories of the dangers of sand bars in Georgia’s open waters. My encounter with the quartz monsters happened off the coast of Tybee Island Georgia about 20 years ago. My friend Buster Wallace […]

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A Real Voice!

This may sound like a narrative by the great James Earl Jones (which is the point), that we all know from his deep convincing voice. So just listen to me or Mr. Jones for a minute.  Really people, I am trying to be serious here. Ready? James […]

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A Cat Can Fly?

Ok Mariettians’, this is getting serious! The other day at the exact same time I was Googling the State Bird of Georgia (Which I thought was the Brown Thrasher and not the mosquito!) I glanced out the window and saw a kamikaze mosquito in a Japanese Zero, […]

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Five Gallon Bucket

Well, I know most of you have heard of a “bucket list.” For those that have not let me explain; you walk all over the Grand Canyon one weekend on your 50th birthday and fill a bucket up with as much dirt as you can! Ok! You […]

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Who Made the Zucchini?

Two of the many reasons I like cats is that they are unpredictable and independent. I like dogs too, just not inside the house. All Gods’ little furry creatures seem to help us keep smiling. I have seen the number of residents with pets grow astronomically at […]

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Whistle Blower

When I think of fond memories from being a child, festivals always come to mind. The Mossy Creek Barnyard Festival in Perry, Georgia was one of my favorites. People making soap, grinding cane, and blacksmiths pounding iron – I would see all those great items being made […]

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Familiar between Your Toes

This past weekend I was in Savannah visiting my dad and sister.  It has to be one of my most favorite cities in America. There is nothing like driving under the towering live oaks on Victory Drive as you head into the sun toward Tybee Island.  Savannah […]

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What’s That Teacher?

Imagine it is year 2050. An archaeologist and his team are excavating an old high school.  With his rugged hands he pulls some ancient relics from a pile of rubble. The team gathers around to view old notebooks that until now, the team had only heard about […]

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Where Did It Go?

Customer service is vital to the survival of any business. Our philosophy at Winnwood Retirement is customer-service based. Taking care of our residents, families and employees is our number one mission. Smiling and helping people has transcended three generations from my grandfather and grandmother, to my uncle […]

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Thanks Mom!

Working at Winnwood Retirement Community allows me wonderful opportunities to be nurtured by many moms and grandmas. These wonderful “Winnwood Women” keep me in line and have taught me about life’s trials and tribulations. However, there is one special lady that has inspired me the most to […]

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In Rememberance of Boston

Well, it would not fit my personality type to not comment on the horrific terrorist attack in Boston last week. I have several friends that were at the marathon but were not harmed. I pray for all the people touched by this cowardly act. I am sure […]

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