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On Saturday, the day after Christmas, our hometown faced a question that challenges our hearts today just as it did years ago when a beloved Cleveland pastor asked it to any who would listen and to … more
Color comes in many shades, not just black and white.Answers are matters of interpretation, not just right and wrong.Interests are a question of preference, not a case of one dominant and one … more
“The more things change, the more they stay the same” has been a quote in use for over 100 years. With references to many aspects of our lives, it is encouraging to me that this simple quote has … more
    Even with decades of Christmas memories to call upon, and less than five days away from adding to the collection, I’ll admit I’ve been slow to embrace the spirit of … more
It seems people have changed, but mostly our beliefs.Growing up, Christmas was always special and continues to be to this day. Actually, it's my favorite time of the year.We attended Sunday School … more
As the miracle of Christmas approaches, and its joyous expectation grows, we are reminded of the heavy hearts endured today by friends and neighbors among us who have lost loved ones in recent days … more
My birthday is right around the corner, and I know exactly what I want — a loaf of white bread.I know, I know. You were probably expecting me to say world … more
It is a year of lower expectations.Every year, there is a chorus of folks urging us to lower our expectations for the holidays — buy less, consume less, worry less about having a picture-perfect … more
As we rapidly approach the end of the year, it has been on my mind that we have not had a white Christmas for quite a few years, if not a decade or more.If we were looking for a year for this to … more
Whether Bradley County is headed for an unemployment rollercoaster filled with twists and turns, up and downs and topsy-turvy tumbles — blamed almost exclusively on the uncertainties surrounding … more
“The grocery store has rows and rows of color, of light, of easy hope. Hannah moves down the aisle, but I stand like a tree rooted firm, my eyes too full of this place, with its answers to prayers … more
“I’m hunkering down,” Rebecca told me.I know what she means. My friend, Rebecca, just returned from a road trip she made after a lot of careful consideration. First, her mother was sick. Then, … more
As has been discussed before, the Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway, which runs along Mouse Creek, has “tributaries,” if you will, that add to the overall experience of having a greenway in our … more
Life has many pleasures. What pleases one doesn’t always please another, making for an interesting world.We hunt, fish, golf, take long drives through the countryside and some even find pleasure in … more
Today I will get Blue again.Blue is the anxious Italian mastiff that I dog-sit on Wednesdays while his owner, Bill, works in the office. The new procedure is that I walk down to Bill’s house, fetch … more
“Your a MOROON.”There are a few things one simply cannot do when replying to someone’s social media post.One cannot misspell “moron” when trying to call someone a moron.One cannot misspell … more
As the debacle called 2020 draws to its merciful close and many Bradley County families continue the struggle to wrest their livelihoods from the grip of COVID-19, a glimmer of hope has arisen for … more
I get stomachaches. I get them with regularity and always have.“It’s just gas!” my mother says, and of course, she’s right. My mother tells me I get stomachaches because I have the … more
With Christmas fast approaching, many across our county are searching for the perfect gift for their loved ones in their family and among their friends. In completing your shopping, I encourage you … more
      Standing together in the kitchen on a recent November evening after delivering our customary one-two punch against dirty supper dishes, Love Muffin and I glanced at the … more
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