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Did you hear about the Tennessee state trooper who delivered a baby last week on Interstate 40 near Dickson? The mother-to-be was being driven to the hospital by a friend when she went into labor … more
I spent yesterday with old friends. It used to be that I would follow the use of “old friends” with the disclaimer that they were “not really old!” This no longer feels necessary. If … more
When I was 8 or 9, I played a game that I invented with my friends.On index cards, alphabetized in a recipe box, were written descriptions of fictional ailments, each with a ridiculous name and an … more
Who doesn't love Christmas? Virtually everyone loves Christmas. Even Ebenezer Scrooge, the grumpy old man in Dickens’ "Christmas Carol," learned to love Christmas in the end.  And he was … more
On Thanksgiving Day, hundreds of runners and walkers helped celebrate the final commemoration of the 20-year anniversary of the Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway. Throughout 2021, there were … more
Were it not for a couple of notable exceptions, this year’s run-up to Christmas looks pretty much the same as it usually does.Everything starts way too early. Mariah still doesn’t want anything … more
With the rise of supposed online threats and viral challenges, it has never been more important to know and understand the role parents must play in the digital age we live in.The following is a … more
My husband, Peter, is a man of few colors — black and gray, to be exact. He has always been this way, as far as I know. Peter is not opposed to color, but I think it makes him a little … more
  Unlike crooning legend Frank Sinatra, I can’t claim to have lived a life of doing everything my way, but — just like the songster — although I do have a few regrets, they … more
The sun shining through the front door of Kim’s studio on a crisp fall day over the weekend invited me to come bask in its warmth.After I had stood there staring into space for a couple of minutes, … more
I am a person of generally good habits, which is why it is puzzling when I acquire a bad one. Habits are probably the most important thing when it comes to having a happy life. I eat things that … more
'Tis the season for scams.  Every year scammers get more and more creative in their attempt to pry into our pocketbooks and steal hard-earned money.  Maybe you’ve received a call … more
“We are cleaning up our stuff,” Meshach, the tile layer who now more or less permanently resides in our home, informed me. “We are giving you more space.”“More space!” I said in mock … more
Apparently surprised, alarmed or perhaps elated — I couldn’t really tell which on the phone — over the news of my pending retirement, a caller a few weeks ago asked if I … more
Golf is known for being the “Gentleman’s Game.” I have heard it called “Cow Patty Croquet” and I think that is a great name.Over the years when I mentioned the game to people in … more
  I find this quote by the 19th century French critic, journalist and novelist fitting in the wake of Thanksgiving 2021. It echoes the same message as my favorite saying, “My glass is … more
I really wanted to have some downtime this week, so I planned to send a rerun column.I started looking through old Thanksgiving efforts to find one appropriate to send, and I decided to do something … more
My mother sent a photo of a huge female turkey sitting on her bird feeder. The giant, ungainly creature looked ridiculous, perched on the little wooden roof of a feeder intended for chickadees … more
The Thanksgiving holiday season is upon us. By the end of the week many will be wrapped up in Black Friday sales and planning for Christmas.  Before all of that I would like to pause for a … more
Before the end of this month, the centerpiece of the first phase of the Candies Creek Greenway (CCG) will be completed with the renovation of the historic Dobbs Ford bridge. The 1.1 miles of Phase 1 … more
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