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My 52nd birthday was April 20, which, as my dad still loves to remind me, is the same day as Adolf Hitler’s. As a child, I remember thinking that 52 was an age that might be reached by an elderly … more
I’ve been thinking a lot about character education. A few decades back, I began seeing colorful character education posters in schools. It was part of a curriculum that promoted the basic character … more
Of course, we should have known something was wrong.The nice thing about living in our new condo is that we don’t have the responsibilities of a stand-alone home. There is no yard to rake, no snow … more
What in the chitty-chitty bang-bang is going on in Florida?First, it was a recently passed law that — as I’m sure you know — bans any discussion on gender identity or sexual orientation in … more
Once again, businesses stand out as the most important U.S. asset in the conflict Russia has caused in Ukraine. As with Operation Warp Speed getting out a COVID vaccine in unprecedented time, … more
I can remember as if yesterday the look on my parents faces at the way I dressed as a teenager.  I grew up in the '60s in the era of the Beatles.  I remember getting my first pair of … more
In 1866, Lipman Pike became the first great professional Jewish baseball player when he signed a $20-a-week contract to hold down the hot corner for the Philadelphia Athletics."Lip," as Pike was … more
In the history of the 1972 Watergate scandal — arguably the most egregious instance of government corruption in the nation’s history — one of the consistent narratives involved the cold … more
If you could be the proverbial “fly on the wall,” what Biblical event would you most like to witness? I realize some of you don’t accept the Bible in the first place. But if you do believe … more
Election season is upon us, seemingly minutes after the last one ended. Early voting has begun in my neck of the woods. You can’t miss the landscape-littering signs and TV ads featuring … more
At some point, all politicians and their handlers in the permanent political class in “the Swamp” have to cash in. Not all grifters in D.C. have a son like Hunter Biden who can run the family … more
The plan was to buy everyone cake.My husband, Peter, and I are finally getting ready to leave Mexico, and we can’t say we are too happy about it.The last two months in San Miguel de Allende have … more
I have always loved music.Back in my musical prime, I was a walking encyclopedia of rock and pop music knowledge. When that kind of music died in the '90s with the advent of grunge and boy bands, I … more
A few years ago, someone started a campaign to make Elsa the first lesbian Disney princess. It didn’t get much traction at the time, just like the idea that Ernie and Bert were shacking up as … more
I don’t believe in ghosts, never have. But there was a time when Old Stone Fort, in Middle Tennessee's Coffee County, was said to be haunted.At first glance, Old Stone Fort appears to be nothing … more
For at least a decade, American progressives have been waging war on the nation’s energy sector. They’re all in on wind and solar and are using scare tactics, tax breaks, and government … more
Since it seems to have become something of a thing of late, here’s what the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution says about the right to an attorney and the right to a fair and speedy … more
It has been discussed numerous times in this column about the advantages of the greenway being a part of Cleveland and Bradley County. There are stories about families who relocated here because we … more
Not many things spark my abandoned excitement like Tiger Woods in contention on the back nine at Augusta during Sunday’s final round at The Masters. Just the idea gives me goosebumps. Earlier … more
Here’s a blast from the past: a telephone attached to a wall. Nowadays, if we were suddenly confined to a phone cord that only allowed about 10 feet of space, we’d go crazy. What? We can’t talk … more
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