Magic Place in North Georgia

A couple of blogs ago I talked about trying to do something every year that I’d never done before. At the time I believed my “big” event would be starting a blog; however, I have been approached with another first. I have been asked to become the host of “Those Who Served” on our local television channel, ETC. Needless to say, the last time I was this nervous was when I did my first solo in helipcopter school. I’ve learned in life, when you’re really scared, look to your friends for help. I couldn’t do it in flight school, but I knew in this endeavor I could count on Tim Mercier. Believe it or not, we got through it together. Tim is good at that kind of stuff and his talents enabled me to stumble through my first taping. My next guest will be a 95 year old WWII POW veteran. I’m really excited about talking with him about his experiences. Future guests will be listed on my website, I hope you will follow me and make suggestions on how to make it better. It should be an adventure.

Speaking of that, today I made an effort to join Tim for coffee and as I walked in the door of the Apple House, I noticed a new display. There must have been a hundred kites for sale. Something my wife shared with me once was that she’d never flown one. I couldn’t believe my ears, but if you live in a city, there aren’t many places to fly kites. When I saw the display I had an idea. Why not let her do something this year she’s never done before? So I bought a kite and after she fed me lunch, I gave her the surprise.  Amazingly enough, we didn’t tangle it in a single tree and it flew just like it should. Kids would have probably stayed out all day, but due to the cold we only lasted forty-five minutes. When we came back inside, I called Mercier’s and talked to the pretty lady with a huge smile that I call Savannah, and she told me Mercier’s is having a special Fly the Kite day on Saturday. Why don’t you take advantage of this with someone you love and let them experience something they’ve never done before? For you older folks, it’s a fun way to relive your childhood.  Hope to see you next week.

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R.J. Patterson

R.J. Patterson

Raland J. Patterson earned his MBA with an emphasis in finance from National University. For the past 18 years he worked as a financial planner.

The last six were spent as Regional Vice-President in Europe, responsible for 20 different offices located in seven countries. He served in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot from 1970-1971 with the First Cavalry Division.

When he retired from the Army as a Lt. Colonel, he had logged 22 years of active duty. He earned the Distinguished Flying Cross and Bronze Star with One Oak Leaf Cluster, and 14 air medals, among other awards.

After travelling extensively, he now lives in his hometown of Blue Ridge, Georgia. He brings an insiders knowledge of detailed military protocol and experience along with small town American values.

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Sugar Creek
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Traditions run as deeply in the North Georgia Mountains as the roots of the massive, old oaks growing in the area.
Families like the Barkleys on Sugar Creek, lived and worked together in order to survive the hardships of the thirties and forties.

Bear Cat
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In route to Vietnam in the summer of 1970, Captain Johnny McKay kept hearing his father’s words in his head, Make them a good soldier, son.
Every soldier onboard that flight had one goal in common – come back alive.

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Hogback is a suspense novel, which explores the age-old dilemma of good versus evil.
As a teenager, Jim Coleman, found himself in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Upon his release he sets off on a trail of vengeance that leads him through small Georgia towns with a mounting body count in his wake.

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Hoverdown is a revenge-driven thriller tracking the lives of three men.
Beginning in Vietnam, a skilled helicopter pilot, Bill Dant, foolishly accepts an opportunity to deal drugs to his fellow soldiers. Platoon leader Captain Sam Wright is instrumental in sending him to prison.

Talking Rock
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Legs, a thirty-something single mother, has had enough of entitled rich men using her for their own purposes.
To match her hot body, she creates a confident, in-charge alter ego determined to turn the tables and exploit them.

Silver Bullets
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For me, managing awesome teams was both rewarding and exciting.
I learned early on that great managers take care of their team members; they do the right things for the right reasons. By helping team members focus on the same vision, they will begin to feel as if they’re playing a championship game every day.

The Ledger
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Throughout a grueling, extended tour in the jungles of Vietnam, Captain Dean Crosby lived for the adrenaline rush.
A born loner, Crosby recorded each mission into a ledger, ranking missions based on the difficulty and the high he felt afterwards. The sum of his emotional life rested between the leather-covered pages of The Ledger.