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  I’m a doer.   When I was a little kid, Daddy and I would watch the NBA game on Sunday after-noon.   Back then, there was one professional basketball game per … more
The geography — or “lay of the land” — that gives our region the vast array of beauty and amazing natural resources also tends to facilitate and favor certain weather patterns. The Tennessee … more
Dax stared at me in disbelief. I am the Treat Lady, and I had no treats. It was inexplicable. Dax is one of my regular customers. He is a young black dog with a lot of energy. His sister, Zia, … more
“Veterans know better than anyone else the price of freedom, for they have suffered the scars of war. We can offer them no better tribute than to protect what they have won for us.”— Ronald … more
In the last installment of this column we took a look back at the developments leading up to the launch of the Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway. This year, we celebrate 20 years since the opening of … more
Recently, I’ve noticed a lot of people talking about food.Food ... food is what people and animals eat to live, a definition I found that has come to be the focal point of our lives, but that’s … more
My 2021 calendar is hanging from the closet door. Every year I’ve lived in this house, I’ve gotten a cloth calendar, hung from a dowel. My mother’s mother always had a cloth calendar … more
Just when I thought today's world couldn’t get any weirder, it did.Who would’ve ever thought Bernie Sanders would give both sides of the political spectrum some common ground?His get-up at the … more
Last week I was informed by the Cleveland/Bradley County Emergency Management Agency and Homeland Security professionals of a group of people who — in my opinion — are some of the lowest forms of … more
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
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