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Sunday Q&A: Avery Hudson, Pastor, Christ Deliverance Temple

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Why is Christmas a season for giving? “We know that Jesus Christ was given as a gift to the world. The Bible says, ‘God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son.’ In return, what we do as believers is give gifts, as well, to the people we love and to the world at large.” What can you tell us about the Gas on God fundraiser and what inspired Christ Deliverance Temple to organize...

Sunday Q&A: Louise Hurless

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Executive Director, Columbus Area Habitat for Humanity “It used to be that Habitat just built new houses,” the local Habitat leader says of their efforts. Working closely with the city and corporate partners with a $1 million capital campaign underway, the Columbus affiliate’s goal now is “to show the community what we do and to have a bigger impact. The ultimate goal is...

Sunday Q&A: Len Williams

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President & CEO, Columbus Housing Authority (retired); President, Columbus Affordable Housing Services What led you to a career as a public servant?“The real truth is I was in college and I was a political science major, taking a lot of public-administration courses. I had actually planned on going to law school but  worked my way through school and got to a point as a senior when I...

Sunday Q & A: Merri Sherman, Executive Director, Greater Columbus Sports & Events Council

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In the last year, the Greater Columbus Sports & Events Council was honored as national Commission of the Year for its economic impact and home of Team USA Softball’s Complex of the Year. Two weeks ago, Executive Director Merri Sherman was awarded National Contributor for her leadership in the Sports Council’s annual hosting of the Georgia high-school softball championships. Three...

Sunday Q&A: Renata Buckner-Dowdell, LMSW, Social Worker / Life Coach / Founder & CEO, Infinity Plus, LLC

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“My biggest belief is that you already have on the inside all you need,” says Renata Buckner Dowdell. “You have it in you; it’s my job to help you to see that. Help you tap into your greatness.”Learn more about the regional social worker, educator, and Founder / CEO of Infinity Plus, LLC , who works with many court-mandated clients. What all services does Infinity Plus...

Heroes on the Water & the Invisible String

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By Andy Carpenter My son, who just turned four, loves the book The Invisible String.It’s a story of reassurance and connection between people — no matter what the circumstance or distance or time. As my son works through separation anxiety, potentially heightened by the persistence of COVID and the fears and uncertainty surrounding it, I can see his mind churning...

Sunday Q&A: Elaine Clayton

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Author, Illustrator, Mystic After decades in New York City working with some of the publishing world’s biggest and brightest, Elaine Clayton recently returned home to Columbus. Even at this point in an already accomplished career, her creative output continues to ascend: Clayton’s book A Little Bit of Angels was recently reprinted and translated into French, while forthcoming The Way...

Sunday Q&A: Chef Landon Thompson

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Prodigal Son / Acclaimed Chef Landon Thompson returned home to open a new restaurant and with a new concept — Animal Farm. His latest venture is a hip spot for sharing plates and enjoying in-house butchered meats on 12th Srreet downtown in former Bare Roots space. Why invest your time, talent and money in opening a restaurant in Columbus right now? “I grew up here, so that means I grew up...

Sunday Q&A: Melissa Pritchard, Novelist / Journalist / Educator

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Acclaimed writer on finding fascination in Columbus, developing the local literary scene, crafting fiction more true than truth, and awakening the genius in us all. Plus, which work she is most proud of in her stellar career — and why. How would you describe the art and science of teaching someone to write? “I didn’t start out as a teacher. I just kind of fell into it out of necessity...

Sunday Q&A: Allen Woodall

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Creator of the the wacky/wonderful/world-famous Lunchbox Museum, noted local collector and historian Allen Woodall now aims to “preserve the history of Columbus, Georgia.” What inspired you to create The Lunchbox Museum? “Back in 1985, I was in an antique show in Atlanta, Georgia, and on one of the tables one of the vendors had a Green Hornet and a Dick Tracy lunchbox. When I saw...