Carole Townsend

(Not So) Common Sense
There are three things about “listicles” I just don’t like
By Carole Townsend

Our poor attention spans. They have dwindled down to nearly nothing, a phenomenon I suspect is attributable to social media. “Listicles,” like hashtags, tweets and tags, are the offspring of social media and its entertaining cousin, the blog. Yes, I am aware of what that union implies, but if the shoe fits…

Carole Townsend

(Not So) Common Sense
Teachable moments are very often offered up by kids.
By Carole Townsend

It took me a while to learn this, but I believe that one of the best ways to make a lasting impact in this life is to give back. As adults, we accumulate all kinds of things as we go from month to month, year to year:  wealth, knowledge, property, even spouses and children, truth be told.

Carole Townsend

(Not So) Common Sense
Out of the mouths of babes...
By Carole Townsend

Have you been to an elementary school lately? Perhaps some of you have; many of you likely have children who are still in the primary grades, as my parents used to call them. Our youngest child is 23 years old, so it’s been a while for me. A long while. Tuesday morning changed all that.

Carole Townsend

(Not So) Common Sense
Considering fleeing your community for safer territory? Think again.
By Carole Townsend

As a newspaper reporter, I enjoy the enviable opportunity to spend a lot of time in Gwinnett County communities, documenting the positive things that happen all day, every day, in our county. Last evening, I had the opportunity to listen to a GCPD crime prevention officer, and it got me to thinking.