Tag Archives: Guy McClure

Mike the Protector

By Guy McClure

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This may or may not have actually happened, but it happened in my head and it is happening on the paper on which I’m writing so that’s good enough for me.   The following is a story about fear, trust and an unspoken friendship that I have encountered along a wooded path.  It begins with a first step and I’d like to take you with me.  Believe it if you need to.

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Heat Lightning

By Guy McClure

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When the sun finally called it a day dragging its long shadows that spread into an all-encompassing cooling blanket, we would emerge with our wet heads smelling of soap and the indoors – calmed from the previous hours exertions by tepid waters and echoed sounds.  In our paper-thin pajamas, we sat in the front yard, cross-legged in the folding chairs with the prickly green plastic webbing on the seats – hoping to, but never catching the breeze that could work wonders by cooling our still dewy bodies.

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Freedom Recaptured

By Guy McClure

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What does it take to be truly carefree? For me it is simply two wheels and starry summer nights.

While home in Athens after my freshman year at college, I first experienced this freedom and it has stuck with me ever since. You see in the early summer of 1980, my grandfather’s driveway became the depository for a stolen bike. A white 10-speed Raleigh that he subsequently gave to me after it was not claimed. I hadn’t ridden a bike since I had been issued a driver’s license, but I took the gift thinking it may bring back a sort of nostalgia. It did bring nostalgia, but it wasn’t about the action of riding the bike but the environment in which the bike was ridden.

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Can You Really Go Back To School?

By Guy McClure

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When I received my diploma 28 years ago I thought my days of studying were over. Granted, in hindsight I realize that I didn’t study enough when I was in college – but at that time scholarly pursuits seemed an overwhelming burden for someone in their early twenties. Now, almost three decades since that commencement march, I’ve decided to go back to school for a second bachelor’s degree.

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Who Are We?

By Guy McClure

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Who are we?  It is an introspective question that one might ask when on a quest of self-discovery.  It is also a question an institution must ask when defining itself in a constantly changing environment.  In the 191-year history of Athens State University we have been many things to many constituents, but whether that is an alma mater, a community resource, or an educational touchstone, we each have a personal connection to Athens State that is uniquely ours.The first step in defining ourselves is to do just that – establish a definition.  Athens State is an upper-division, two-year educational institution, one of only a handful of such schools in the world.  The problem is there is no word or phrase that adequately paints a mental picture of what this means.   The other problem is that this causes our colleagues, constituents, and even our neighbors to not clearly understand our purpose.

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