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Walking through the white headstones of the National Cemetery in Chattanooga is a solemn occasion for me, for it is hallowed ground. Laid to rest here are those who sacrificially served our nation … more
Every year in late spring, parents of college students all over America travel to university campuses with stylish IKEA storage bags or (in our case) cardboard boxes that once held bulk orders of toilet paper and tortilla chips. When the parents arrive, they joyfully greet their academically-hungover children and start the arduous and sometimes pungent process of “un-dorming.” more
Let’s track the history of American retail and service establishments. If you watch old movies and TV shows, you know that in the 19th century our ancestors took their horse and buggy to trade at the general store, the five and dime, and clothing stores. They also utilized the services of blacksmiths and shoe makers. more
Newton Minow will always be remembered for a 1961 speech in which he described television as a “vast wasteland.” However, late in life he became less concerned about TV’s wastefulness and more troubled by its very vastness. more
I like taking photos when I’m out of the country. more

AOC and her Green New Deal buddies in the Biden government are not just winning their crusade against fossil fuels. They’re also wrecking the country — appliance by appliance.

Even though the nation is divided about immigration and its consequences, on one point, unanimity must be reached. more

It’s an excuse I’ve been dreaming of: A reason to NOT mow my lawn. A “No Mow May” movement is afoot to nurture our bee population for a good reason: bees are incredibly important to our own survival.


When you see a blind person with a seeing-eye dog, remember that this practice started with a young man from Nashville. In 1927, Morris Frank was a 20-year-old student at Vanderbilt University and unhappy about his dependency on others to get around. …

A few years after the War of 1812, the U.S. government acquired present-day West Tennessee from the Chickasaw Nation. Andrew Jackson represented the U.S. government in this 1818 transaction, which most textbooks refer to as the Chickasaw Purchase. After it occurred, the Chickasaw Indians were forced to move to present-day Mississippi. more
In 1994, a year before his death from alcohol-induced cirrhosis, hepatitis C and inoperable liver cancer, Mickey Mantle gave a remorseful interview to Sports Illustrated. more
“Junior, this year to prepare for ‘Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day’ I want to teach you about all the taxes that you’ll have to pay as a working adult.” more
I hate to keep comparing “then and now,” because in the hazy rear-view mirror of our lives, “then” almost always wins. We say we want to return to the good old days, but when you think of our recent scientific and technological advances, few of us would really go back in time. more
“An allergy season so bad you don’t need allergies to feel miserable,” blared the headline in the Wall Street Journal. more

If you want to know what it was really like to have been in the Civil War, try reading the memoirs of a famous Confederate private. His name was Sam Watkins, and he was a soldier in the First Tennessee Infantry, Company H. A Maury County native, Watkins fought at Shiloh, Murfreesboro, Chattanooga, Chickamauga, Kennesaw Mountain, Franklin and Nashville.

I just donated to the March of Dimes, the iconic initiative aimed at promoting the health of children and pregnant, women at a time many women are fighting for the right not to be pregnant. more
Inarguably the most important responsibility of the federal judiciary is to interpret and apply the United States Constitution. And as it affects the ordinary citizen, the first 10 amendments to the Constitution are the most important. These amendments — the Bill of Rights — were demanded by Framers who feared that the proposed Constitution posed a risk to the rights of ordinary citizens. These proponents were concerned about concentrated power in a central government and insisted on more explicit protections for individual liberty in the proposed Constitution. more
Violent events in the last few days prove how edgy Americans are. more
Three years ago my neighborhood was eerily quiet. As COVID-19 cases began to rise, people were afraid to leave their homes. Fewer people were out walking, and even children were staying inside. more
The late Wisconsin Sen. Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day in 1970 to educate people in the United States about environmental issues. At its inception 53 years ago, the goal of Earth Day was to … more
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