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Willie Thompson has been practically a fixture in the Emory & Henry College cafeteria as a chef for 58 years. During the commencement ceremony last month, President John Wells and the Board of Trustees officially presented Thompson with an Honorary Doctor of Culinary Arts degree.

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We all know them. And we all want to tell the whole world how good they are. But we also know they wouldn’t stand for it. They are too humble. Which also makes them so good. And all the more reason for us to tell the whole world about them; those “everyday good people” among us.

My granddaughter, Lenna Kate, is expected to be born sometime later this winter. As she grows up, I plan to give the sweet young thing the following advice, with hopes of her living a meaningful and happy life. It is the very same advice I have given myself daily now for decades.

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Seven’s story brings the words of a Barry Manilow song to mind: “It’s a miracle, a true blue spectacle, a miracle come true.” The local service dog's deteriorating elbow was slowing him down until a team of special veterinarians brought about a miracle for him and his owner.

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