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The dogs are missing me. My husband, Peter, predicted this after we moved. “All the dogs will miss you!” he said. “They are going to be looking for the Treat Lady. Don’t you think … more
  As another hot, muggy Southeast Tennessee summer draws to its merciful close, I was reminded two weekends ago why the middle months remain a solid No. 5 on my list of four favorite … more
Estimating distances can be tricky.If you asked 20 people how far it is to that tree in the distance, you would probably get 20 different answers.I don’t know how accurate I would be, but I do know … more
September is National Preparedness Month, an annual observance to remind all Americans how important it is for individuals, families and communities to be prepared for disasters and emergencies that … more
I have been privileged to be a member of the board of the Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway since 2004. That's 17 years! While it has been rewarding to see the progress that has taken place in that … more
So, they’re going to tear the old jail down. There will be few tears shed, I suppose, at the demise of an 86-year-old building which was a cold, temporary home for people who would like to … more
Years ago, I had trouble with my septic system. If you’ve ever had that kind of trouble, you know what kind of trouble it can be. I was living in my old farmhouse out in the middle of the … more
(Editor's Note: Originally published in June 2017. )     Do you remember the old television commercial where the guy said, “I’m not a doctor, but I play one on … more
The idea of work is so ingrained in our culture and American values that this weekend we will all celebrate the one individual who has always been diligent in caring not only for themselves, but also … more
  Rotary Club. Kiwanis Club. Lions Club. Civitan Club. To serve in any civic organization is a blessing.   I recently joined the Rotary Club of Cleveland. I have now been a … more
In the life and times of a cowpea — as well as in my own as a child — I don’t recall an infatuation with the legume nor with any stage of its development.I didn’t like planting them.I … more
Schools have opened their doors for another year of learning and teaching the Golden Rule.Let’s see, the Golden Rule is something I don’t hear much about any longer. But, let’s hope the old … more
Although the eviction moratorium has been extended through Oct. 3 — at least, for most — that doesn't mean scammers have postponed their tricks.Con artists often take advantage of the confusion … more
We’ve been doing it for 32 years.That’s a long time.Since 1989, we’ve been ordering things “on the side” at restaurants.We order salad dressing on the side.We order butter and sour cream on … more
Summer is winding down and students in our local school systems have reported to class. The opening of school is always accompanied by increased traffic in the school zones. I urge everyone to be … more
No matter what lens you look through, the actions and inactions of President Biden over the past few weeks must go down as one of the worst — IF NOT THE WORST — foreign relations and … more
  As the dog days of July came to their merciful end, my wife and I made the Saturday evening drive into town — a longstanding weekly escape — to enjoy a sit-down meal amidst the … more
In the last entry of this column, I called attention to the hidden places of our Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway. Most of those spots involved the trees and foliage that make up the character of … more
I’m not sure when a house becomes a home, but I don’t think we’re quite there yet. My husband, Peter, and I have moved into the new place. All our stuff is here, but that doesn’t mean we … more
We have one of those snazzy little cameras at our front door that alerts us when someone walks up.It also sometimes alerts us when the sun comes out from behind a cloud or when the lawn crew that … more
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