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Make new friends, keep the old, one is silver and the other gold. This was a rhyme my children learned in play school, but even adults can relate to it. Isn’t it a good thing when we are able to … more
For immigration lawyers, these are heady times!Since January 2021, when the Biden regime moved into the White House, the Department of Homeland Security has, by Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas’ own … more
While the Biden administration keeps busy sabotaging border patrol and local law enforcement, American communities are falling apart. Murder rates are at a 25-year high, and violent crime as a … more
At my recent book signing, a friend asked, “Who’s the most famous person you have met?”I replied that it was a tie. Although I have seen several presidents in person, the only two I actually … more
Editor's note: This column previously ran in March 2021.Playgrounds have changed since my playground days.I’m sure that’s for the better. I’m also sure orthopedic doctors lobbied against … more
Many historians know how Tennessee became known as the “Perfect 36.” You know that in 1920, states across the country were approving the 19th Amendment, which made it illegal for any state to … more
Having lived in Birmingham, Alabama, Columbia, Tennessee, Memphis, Washington, D.C., New York City, Atlanta and the Florida Panhandle, I can tell you what makes a city good, and how you lose a city … more
When planning for expansion of the greenway system in Cleveland and Bradley County, some of the more obvious questions are, “Where will it expand?” and “How will the properties be … more
There’s a simple answer to every problem. And it’s usually wrong.  If Einstein didn’t say it, he surely must have thought it.  The likelihood that Roe v. Wade will … more
“You gotta keep poking and clicking,” a friend tells me. “That’s what my daughter does.”By this, she means that learning new technology is not a straight path. I have to play with it. I … more
High school graduations have gotten a lot of attention lately, because for the first time since 2019, most seniors will finally get to “walk” and accept their diplomas while their families … more
It was truly an honor to be inducted into the Col. Benjamin Cleveland Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. My father, Jimmy D. Brooks, and I were inducted together, thanks to the tireless … more
I’ve never seen the country so divided and angry, but there’s one thing we all seem to agree on: Animals are to be loved and cherished. And animal abusers should be locked up. News broke … more
Did you hear the heartwarming story of the food delivery driver who most likely saved the life of a woman she was delivering to?The customer was waiting outside for the delivery to come when she fell … more
An old Chinese proverb goes a little like this: When you seek revenge, you’d best dig two graves. Johnny Depp is suing Amber Heard over a 2018 piece she published in The Washington Post about … more
There’s a story behind every boundary — why it’s here and not over there, why it shifts this way and then that way. Take Tennessee’s western border, for instance. Many people assume that … more
This time of year still hits me hard. It is the anniversary of the death of my best girlfriend, Angel, who died too young and left an angel-shaped hole in my life.In the six years since she died at … more
“You wanna borrow, you gotta pay the man.” Rocky Balboa was right, even way back in Rocky I.Rocky didn’t break Bob’s thumb like Mr. Gazzo told him. Bob was late on his payments and Gazzo … more
It all started with the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown in spring 2020, and it’s one of the few lingering effects of the experience that hasn’t tempted me to seek intense electroshock therapy.You … more
We know spring is here when commencements break out all over town. It means the arrival of brilliant azalea blossoms, the Masters golf tournament on TV, warm afternoons and high pollen … more
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