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What is it about little boys and baths?Seems when it comes to washing behind the ears they immediately become afraid of water. But, announce we’re going swimming and suddenly water is their … more
I like to think I can get through the day without falling for some kind of scam.I’ve never emailed my banking information to the crown prince of Nigeria so he can send me my $40-million … more
Spring has sprung and with it the threat of severe weather. Our area is no stranger to the risk that Mother Nature can pose this time of year.  Later this month, we will mark 10 years since the … more
In all the years I have been involved with the Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway, I have seen my share of flooding along our beloved path. These last two flood events have solidified the fact that, … more
I am not exactly a connoisseur of contemporary culture. I haven’t seen the latest series on Netflix or anything else. I don’t follow Twitter or Snapchat or Instagram. But somehow, a TikTok … more
What is it about those three little words — "Are you chicken?" — that makes us defy everything to prove our worth?Our personality changes, our face turns red, our brain tells us — “I’ll … more
It turns out I won’t be going into space after all.I was intrigued when I first heard that civilians were going to be included on an upcoming SpaceX mission around the moon.I’ve always been a fan … more
Balance. Upon either hearing or reading this one word, many different ideas and thoughts may come to mind. One may visualize the importance of maintaining a mindset balance in attempting to improve … more
  Years ago, a young couple lived just two houses down on our street that feeds the comings and goings of a middle school, as well as a handful of other distant neighborhoods and isolated … more
When I learned of the passing of Sen. Bill Brock, who died on March 25 at age 90, it reminded me of the rich political legacy we have in this region and in the state of Tennessee  … more
I know I am not the only one having travel fantasies. My husband, Peter, and I were not planning to do a lot of traveling in the past year. That was our plan, and we certainly made good on it. … more
Ah yes, the apple ... that deliciously sweet, red delight that hangs from the tree.The forbidden fruit some might say — and they could possibly be correct — as we think of the origin and the … more
It was Easter Sunday, sometime in the late 1990s.The rain had set in.First off, I truly believe that if Easter is rainy or cold, we should postpone it until the next pretty Sunday.If you disagree … more
I am pleased to announce that Adam Lewis has accepted the role of executive assistant to the county mayor. I can think of no one better for the job and look forward to working with him.Lewis will … more
March is winding down and my sister-in-law, Lori, is going with it.  There is too much food and too many flowers because that is what we do when someone is dying. When we don’t know what … more
I mentioned in a previous column the 20th anniversary observation of our Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway. It was back in October 2001 when the first quarter-mile of greenway opened between 20th and … more
  Life’s deepest and most meaningful eulogies should be written by the man or the woman who knew the lost soul best and who most appreciated his spirit, especially when it went unseen … more
Florence, Ala., was where my parents were from and in the late 1950s it was a hard eight- to nine-hour drive from Macon, Ga.In Alabama jobs were not a commodity, so my parents — leaving the … more
If someone would’ve told you exactly one year ago that a mask would still be hanging from your rearview mirror in March 2021, from which bridge would you have immediately jumped?I wouldn’t have … more
Some 38 years ago a song was recorded and then released by a Welsh singer named Bonnie Tyler that eventually became her biggest hit to date. With MTV being a new phenomenon at this time, this song … more
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