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For Fetterman, it’s not that he’s ill, but trying to hide it more
You've probably heard that someone is trying to file a class action suit against Louisiana-style hot sauce Texas Pete. Texas Pete is made in Winston-Salem, NC, and that rankled the … more
F. Scott Fitzgerald once famously observed that the truest test of a first-rate intelligence "is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.” more
I know it’s a stretch. I know it’s a false analogy. I know it probably has something to do with the way my mind and body have been messed with for the last two years by the people in charge … more
I love Little Free Libraries. If you don’t have these in your neighborhood, they are little boxes that look like tiny houses — not much larger than a big birdhouse — with a glass … more
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY more
I never had the legendary Mrs. Montgomery as a teacher; but she was a senior class adviser and I needed her input on a school program script, so I made the rookie mistake of assuming her wide-open … more

“He’s just going through a phase right now.” If you’re a parent, you know what that means. Whether it’s the Terrible Twos, awkward adolescence, or the risk-taking teen years, we hope and pray they’ll grow out of it. Most of them do.

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This past week we attended the memorial for my husband Peter’s oldest sister, Shelley. more
Weddings have changed a lot over the years. more
For the last several presidential election cycles, media messaging has been consistent: candidates who capture the Hispanic vote will win. The suggestion, often unstated, was that GOP candidates need … more
Last year in this space, I lamented the suddenly smaller graham crackers, ice cream cartons, apple juice jugs, and pretty much anything else you buy.The titans of the retail world have been catching … more
National Newspaper Week began Oct. 2. While this isn’t the typical holiday that most families celebrate, it does provide a good opportunity to take a moment and recognize all the ways that local … more
Sequoyah is one of the most important Tennesseans to have ever lived. But no matter what book you read, video you watch or website you click on, you’ll find a different account of his life. This … more
Newspaper reporting and content have never been more relevant. We all have stories of readers desperately seeking reliable information about COVID-19 during the pandemic and turning to us to deliver … more
Do you remember when the media and Democrats said that Donald Trump would lead us to World War III? Kind of funny now, right?We are closer to a nuclear war now than we ever were under Trump – or … more
My husband, Peter, and I are spending time “up north” with my parents at their cabin by the lake. Fall is late this year. I mentioned this to Peter on the drive north.“Aren’t the leaves … more
There was a period in the late '60s when the Beach Boys, desperate for a hipper identity, reportedly considered shortening their name to “Beach.” Of course, the Backstreet Boys may perform into … more
Globalization has its benefits but, after COVID, it might be time to consider just how much of America’s economic activity we want to continue to share with other countries.Is it too much to ask to … more
I love social media. They keep me in touch with dozens of friends, whom I  might otherwise have contact with just every few years, or every few decades. They let me share articles that I think … more
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