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Columnist heads back to the teaching pulpit at Brenau
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School is back in session for the 53 students in my class.

The current session of Brenau University’s Lifelong Learning Institute has begun and I am teaching the continuation of my last course called "Georgia Faces and Places."

What’s really amazing is some of my old students came back. These people pay good money to come and listen to me ramble for an hour and a half every Tuesday.

I tell a lot of stories and some of them are long and amusing. Others are just long.

I have a great amount of respect for folks who have decided that learning is not something that stops when you retire. I’m not a good judge of age, but some of these folks are older than 60.

We had a good opening session Tuesday and we’re going to wrap it up with a tour of Alta Vista Cemetery. Bear in mind that this is a historical tour and has nothing to do with future use.

The BULLI program is one of the things that makes our community great and I’m honored to be a part of it once again.

Salute to the Methodists

Monday night, I visited with the 50-plus group at First United Methodist Church.

I dusted off my keyboard and played a few tunes. We also did a little singalong on a few old favorites. I told a few stories, too.

It was a covered dish affair and they have some fine cooks in their ranks. If someone went away hungry, it was their own fault.

By the way, you have to give a large tip of the hat to First Methodist for their Great Day of Service.

On Saturday, 800 people scattered in dozens of different directions to offer a little elbow grease and backbone where it was needed.

The projects were many, the results were great and I think it was an example of the church doing what it really should.

This is no small undertaking and the planning began last year. I hope this is one of those events that will only grow in the future

What has 352 keys?

Sometime today, they’re going to be moving three more pianos into the sanctuary at First Baptist Church.

An event called "Symphony of Keyboards" is scheduled to take place at 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

There are 14 talented pianists. That’s 28 hands, or 140 fingers, that will be tickling the ivories, many of them at the same time.

Mark Green, who holds a degree in piano performance from the University of Alabama, is heading this up. If you haven’t heard him play, you’ve missed a treat. He is the best thing to come out of Alabama since Interstate 20.

This is going to be a great program and you don’t want to miss it.

Spring has truly sprung

I know spring has been here less than a week, but hasn’t this been an incredible time?

This is a "thank you" to whoever left a wonderful collection of homestead bulbs at our house. You left a note telling us all about them, but didn’t sign it. If that was intentional, that’s fine. But if not, call me.

Harris Blackwood is community editor of The Times. His columns appear Wednesdays and Sundays. He can be reached at 770-718-3423.

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