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Do you like maps? I always have, but my son thinks there’s something wrong with me because I like maps so much. I’ve been known to download maps on the internet and stare, shaking my head in … more
When I talk about my latest book to civic groups, I use a surefire laugh line. The book includes a listing of thousands of famous people who have visited my hometown of Chattanooga. While compiling … more
My ambition is gone. All leaked out. The tropics will do that to you. The ocean. The music. The heat. The alcohol.Thank God I saved a little money. I’d starve.I haven’t always been like this. I … more
 It was my great fortune to have known the libertarian political satirist P.J. O’Rourke. We served on panels, did media together and hung out some. He died last week at age 74 from lung … more
Life is funny — I don’t mean comedic funny — but strange, unusual, odd and even bizarre funny at times. Growing up we seldom saw anyone that might be labeled a “curb person” or “person … more
Do you have chronic back pain? Is the boss on your back again about the Johnson deal that you just can’t seem to close? Are you ever — I mean, are you ever — going to weed … more
Exactly 10 years ago, the Supreme Court was presented with a case involving affirmative action. The majority rejected a policy employed by the University of Texas that allowed it to consider race as … more
“I can always sleep in my rain jacket,” my husband, Peter, announced.Vacationing in rental homes is usually a bit of an adventure. We don’t need luxurious digs, and instead look for apartments … more
The bells ring more or less all the time here. My husband, Peter, and I are in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, a city filled with old churches. Every old church has at least a couple of old bells, … more
Do you remember the roller coaster? The way it felt when the Earth dropped out from under you on that first big hill? Or even the merry-go-round with its brightly colored horses hopping happily along … more
The first time I noticed it was in the 1970s. The generation gap had arrived at my junior high school. The principal was in his 60s, and he was the personification of the term “old school.”When … more
I spent the entire morning last Saturday watching the news. I’m not sure why, because I rarely do this. Like lots of people, I follow dozens of news feeds on social media, and that’s … more
The all-knowing, Teen Beat Magazine cover-looking son of Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, Justin Trudeau, made a boo-boo. He inherited his prime ministering bitness from his dad, so he thought … more
Members of the Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway board and other guests on Jan. 27 attended a “retreat” to spend some time on projects and items pertaining to the future of greenways in our … more
 I got old.  Don’t ask me how.  It just happened. You’ll know you’ve arrived when your skin looks like the skin on those cold dead chickens at … more
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