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  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
It seems people have changed, but mostly our beliefs.Growing up, Christmas was always special and continues to be to this day. Actually, it's my favorite time of the year.We attended Sunday School … more
My birthday is right around the corner, and I know exactly what I want — a loaf of white bread.I know, I know. You were probably expecting me to say world … more
It is a year of lower expectations.Every year, there is a chorus of folks urging us to lower our expectations for the holidays — buy less, consume less, worry less about having a picture-perfect … more
As we rapidly approach the end of the year, it has been on my mind that we have not had a white Christmas for quite a few years, if not a decade or more.If we were looking for a year for this to … more
“The grocery store has rows and rows of color, of light, of easy hope. Hannah moves down the aisle, but I stand like a tree rooted firm, my eyes too full of this place, with its answers to prayers … more
“I’m hunkering down,” Rebecca told me.I know what she means. My friend, Rebecca, just returned from a road trip she made after a lot of careful consideration. First, her mother was sick. Then, … more
As has been discussed before, the Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway, which runs along Mouse Creek, has “tributaries,” if you will, that add to the overall experience of having a greenway in our … more
Life has many pleasures. What pleases one doesn’t always please another, making for an interesting world.We hunt, fish, golf, take long drives through the countryside and some even find pleasure in … more
Today I will get Blue again.Blue is the anxious Italian mastiff that I dog-sit on Wednesdays while his owner, Bill, works in the office. The new procedure is that I walk down to Bill’s house, fetch … more
“Your a MOROON.”There are a few things one simply cannot do when replying to someone’s social media post.One cannot misspell “moron” when trying to call someone a moron.One cannot misspell … more
I get stomachaches. I get them with regularity and always have.“It’s just gas!” my mother says, and of course, she’s right. My mother tells me I get stomachaches because I have the … more
With Christmas fast approaching, many across our county are searching for the perfect gift for their loved ones in their family and among their friends. In completing your shopping, I encourage you … more
      Standing together in the kitchen on a recent November evening after delivering our customary one-two punch against dirty supper dishes, Love Muffin and I glanced at the … more
Music might be the very best thing about the December holiday: Christmas songs on TV and radio; traditional carols in church, and the Christmas musicals being rehearsed right now in schools and … more
One thing I truly hate is a mouse, rat or any varmint that resembles that disgusting animal.They are dirty, conniving, devious and fast.Call me a scaredy-cat, sissy or whatever you will, I don’t … more
When someone loses a loved one, they sometimes say heaven gained another angel.A couple of Saturdays ago, heaven gained another angel, and I’m sure she wasted no time straightening up the place.Her … more
This has been a year that defies explanations.I spoke with my parents a week or so ago. We have used Zoom and other types of video to communicate but, more often than not, I just call up my dad, he … more
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