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Life’s pleasures ... there are many. Some are more enjoyable than others as I recently shared about a good cigar.I must admit a good meal or tasty snack during a good movie is a great way to … more
      Now that 2021 has barged into our living rooms with a darkening roar every bit as abysmal as its predecessor — a feat no one could have thought imaginable — … more
Here’s what I am going to do.I’m going to go to my news app and scroll until I start seeing stories that aren’t about politics or the pandemic.Stand by. Don’t go anywhere. I’ll be right … more
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day was two days ago. The beginning of this new year was 20 days ago. The Nov. 3 election was 78 days ago. It is important to remember, and to also honor, those who have … more
This year the Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway will be 20 years old. In October 2001, Phase ” of the greenway opened for the community. It was a short quarter-mile stretch of asphalt between the … more
  When the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its landmark decision — Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, 1954 — declaring racial segregation in public schools to be … more
Most of what you are about to read was written on Jan. 4. I have a reason for saying that, which will become clear in about 400 words.I was about two-thirds done. I wasn’t too happy with it. And … more
My friend, Anita, is felting up a storm. Philip is cooking something new and posting a photo of it every day. Megan is reading Shakespeare on video, Jason is doing woodwork projects, Tom and … more
We are all gifted with five senses that help us to orient ourselves to place, time and our environment. This is very helpful indeed, but there is also that innate feeling that “something may not be … more
  For reasons I’ll keep to myself, taking down the Christmas decorations from my newsroom office two days after the holiday seemed especially depressing.   That’s … more
I am a celebrity among the neighborhood dogs. By now, I have been giving out dog treats on my daily walk for several months. If you think this has gone unnoticed among my town’s dog … more
Today marks a milestone for me.Ten years ago, I walked out the door of my day job for the last time following more than 22 years.I knew I had done all I could do there. In fact, looking back I think … more
Resolutions are usually a “shot in the dark” and are also frequently not kept; at least, by many people, even those with the best intentions. It is human nature to hope for the best, plan for the … more
“I’m going to bake bread!” my husband, Peter, announced.Inwardly, I said, “Oh, no.” Baking bread is not easy — until it is. Every person I know who bakes bread will agree. If … more
Happy New Year: Three words were derived by combining 12 letters that — in an ordinary time — would describe a person’s wish for another to have a “Happy New Year!"Well, 2020 was not that … more
Whatever you think about Christmas, I think you would have to agree we needed one this year.  Everyone I know seemed determined to do as much Christmas as it was possible to do. My pastor … more
We should be struck by the handiwork of God and become more aware of the wonders that surround us. Life itself is a gift that countless people miss and take for granted. So many family and neighbors … more
  With less than five days remaining in the monster year that ate mankind, I would have thought the long-awaited, oft-debated distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine would have stolen the … 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
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