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Texting is replacing talking as the preferred form of communication?According to a recent survey by OpenMarket, 75% of millennials chose texting over talking when given the choice between being able … more
“Outside, there was that predawn kind of clarity where the momentum of living has not quite captured the day. The air was not filled with conversation or thought bubbles or laughter or sidelong … more
Tanner and Dakota are waiting for me. They’re standing at the corner of their chain-link fence, watching the sidewalk. They know I’m coming, even if they don’t know exactly when, even if … more
I’m throwing together a hodgepodge of things I’ve had on my mind this week.I saw the saddest thing I think I’ve ever seen driving down the highway yesterday.A cardinal — which I presume had … more
On Monday night, I presented my 21st annual county budget proposal to the Bradley County Commission. The 2021-22 budget totals $195 million, and I am proud once again to have proposed a balanced … more
At the May 27 meeting of the Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway board, we were pleased to welcome a dozen members of the Cleveland Police Department. Led by Chief Mark Gibson and Lt. Daniel Gibbs, … more
 In recent years, merchants and city leaders have worked hard to promote downtown Cleveland. It’s an uphill battle.  As in other small towns across America, most shopping and dining … more
It is a well-known fact that we are allowed to chew out the people we care about. Most recently, this came to mind when I gave my old friend, Andrew, a serious tongue-lashing.  Andrew is a … more
Recently, I spent several days in Florida visiting my brother, my son and grandchildren.It seems when you are on the speedway of life and the finish line is in view, there's a need to shift gears, … more
You probably saw recently where the yacht Amazon founder Jeff Bezos commissioned some two years ago still isn’t finished.He should’ve bought it from Amazon. It would’ve been there in two … more
“If you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep getting what you’ve always gotten.” This is an anonymous quote that is often used or spoken when trying to influence a change of … more
I loved growing up in the 1960s and '70s. It was an era unlike any I have seen or read about.Most of my stories — maybe 99% of them — depict things that happened to me, my brothers or actually … more
I finished my bath and saw that the rust-orange towel had molted all over my body. I was covered with tufts of orange fur. It was not a good look, and it felt worse than it looked. Worse yet, it … more
  In his living years, Paul Edward Goins and I talked once, maybe twice at the most.   Most of my contact with the Goins brothers over the years has been with Robert, known to his … more
Abuse, what is it? Are there different kinds of abuse? Abuse is defined as any action that intentionally injures or harms another person. There are nine different types of abuse: physical, … more
Just before 8 a.m., on Dec. 7, 1941, hundreds of Japanese warplanes bombed the Pearl Harbor naval base.Twenty ships and 300 airplanes were destroyed.Around 1,000 were wounded.Most importantly, … more
This weekend many across Bradley County and our region will enjoy some time with family as we all pause to celebrate what many have begun to call the beginning of summer; that is, the Memorial Day … more
“But these few are the salt of the earth; without them, human life would become a stagnant pool. Not only is it they who introduce good things which did not before exist, it is they who keep the … more
“Oh my gosh. I don’t want to open that box.”Moving furniture and books and clothing is easy. It’s moving memories that is hard. I am going through the last of my boxes. I used to say I … more
The saying, “you can’t go home,” has always puzzled me.My thoughts are you get in your car, take a bus, purchase an airline ticket or do what we did in my younger days: stick out your thumb and … more
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