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I should have squashed the cat! As a father of two beautiful grown daughters, I’d like to think that I’ve instilled a handful of practical life’s lessons along the way. For example, when … more
This country, as well as the state of Tennessee, enjoys a long history of open government. Our Founding Fathers insisted that laws, resolutions and other such actions by the U.S. Congress be … more
It’s that awkward time of year. Baseball season ended in November, and I’m not sure when it will resume, as players are locked out while they argue with team owners over a few billion bucks and … more
I’m not good at sitting still.I didn’t dislike school, but I didn’t like being forced to sit for an hour at a time.Guess who had the sharpest pencil in the class.This situation hasn’t … more
Misspeaking requires some knowledge of what you’re saying. For example, if you meant to order a Diet Coke but ordered a regular Coke because you didn’t specify “diet,” you would have … more
We in Tennessee talk more about Andrew Jackson and James K. Polk than we do Andrew Johnson. Therefore, I’ve come up with a list of things that make this much-maligned president from Greeneville, … more
“I bought more broccoli because I knew you were coming,” my mother informed me.You can never get enough broccoli, that is my belief.I am lucky in that I never had to acquire a taste for … more
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I’m just going to say it. I hate the face masks we are wearing these days. Before you click “send” on an angry e-mail reply, let me explain. Yes, I understand they are useful tools in … more
The president is preparing his annual speech to Congress on the state of the union.  It’s a longstanding tradition mandated by the Constitution in which presidents brag about their … more
I’ve been on a crossword puzzle kick lately.I used to attempt them years and years ago. But I stopped for some reason.This new go around, I work them on an app on my phone. I’m not too proud of … more
The growth of the Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway always has depended on a number of partnerships to make it happen. Our most prolific partner has been the Tennessee Department of Transportation … more
Today there is only one notable Tennessee city or town along the Mississippi River, but that didn’t used to be the case. In fact, I would argue that Tennessee’s most important “ghost town” is … more
I was excited to wear my new dress. It was slimming, I thought: all black and covered with flounces from the neckline to the hemline. I wore it with high heels  — which I rarely wear … more
The new year is when we take stock.In some cases, like my husband Peter’s, this is literal. He keeps an inventory of our canned goods and chastises me if I mess up his inventory.“Did you mark off … more
By now you have digested the news that your hometown newspaper is converting to mail delivery Feb. 1. At the same time, we are moving our print publication days from the current Wednesday, Friday and … more
Have you ever noticed that when famous people issue statements, or answer difficult interview questions, they often say the same things? It’s almost as if they share a rulebook, filled with … more
On my way to my office not too long ago, I was passed by a Maserati, which was immediately followed by a Tesla.That’s a pretty rare sight around here. Fewer than 10 seconds later, I passed … more
My Uncle Andy recently turned 90, and it was hard to imagine what a guy would like for his 90th birthday. At 90, getting a lot of new stuff doesn’t sound very appealing. Andy is in the … more
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