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The bacon cheeseburger is 59 years old.I had no idea. I really thought it was something that had transpired over the past decade or so.From what I read, an A&W franchisee in Michigan began this … more
Millions of Americans have followed in the steps of the Little River Lumber Company without realizing it. Before the national park, a large part of the Tennessee side of the Great Smoky Mountains … more
Remember what it was like to be 8 years old? Just 4 feet tall? Third grade and reading all those great little chapter books, the thrill of reading on your own, reading because it is fun and you … more
“I don’t remember you at all!” the portly man informed my husband, Peter.Peter smiled, introduced himself and reminded the gentleman where they might have met half a century ago.The man shook … more
If you’re reading this, you haven’t given up. You’re still following the news. Trying to stay informed. Being a good citizen.Because how do you have self-governance if you’re no longer … more
I saw a billboard recently for a psychic who would reveal your future. I just laughed.In my youth, while reeling from a breakup, I paid 10 bucks to have my fortune told. A young woman with a bizarre … more
In 2021 there were several milestones, visible projects and events that marked the Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway’s 20th anniversary. However, thus far, 2022 has been somewhat lackluster when it … more
After campaigning on bringing us together, Joe Biden gave the most divisive campaign speech ever. The address was staged from Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, which was Hunter Biden’s … more
My class reunion was last weekend.It was held in my hometown of Ardmore, which is a little bitty place that straddles the Tennessee and Alabama state lines. I grew up on the Tennessee side. The … more
Midway during the Major League Baseball owners’ lockout of its players, I promised myself that I was done.No more universal DH, ghost runner, launch angles, tender limbs, watered down Hall of Fame … more
Here’s the thing: I’m not superstitious.It all started when I was still in Mexico, visiting a gallery, and I saw a painting across the room. The composition was striking. The bottom third was … more
My roots are blue. Not the political blue of the current climate. Blue-collar blue. My maternal grandfather had a third grade education and spent almost three decades picking up trash for the city of … more
I recently began keeping track of the common spelling mistakes that make us laugh (or groan). My social media friends began adding to the list. So before the “statue” of limitations runs out … more
People are talking about Sunset Memorial Gardens again — and it’s not good.It seems that every few years, we hear public complaints about the care and upkeep of Cleveland’s largest and … more
My student debt is famous …OK, it’s not that well known, but I was interviewed in the Wall Street Journal about student debt in 2021, so it’s basically public information that I owe $156,000 … more
Struggling for relevancy, Joe Biden just announced he is going to forgive some student loan debt. This is an insult to anyone who paid off his or her college debt, or did not take on any, and got a … more
I am ecstatic.Apparently, life is supposed to be fair, and no one told me anything about it. Last week, the Biden administration signed an executive order to cancel up to $10,000 in student loan debt … more
It’s hard to overstate the importance of "Uncle Tom’s Cabin" by Harriet Beecher Stowe. It was second-bestselling book of the 19th century (following the Bible) and was translated into 20 … more
It wasn’t much of a joke, as far as jokes go.I saw the man wearing two hats, one on top of the other. The second hat may have been for his wife. It was decorated with intricate drawings. He was … more
I recently picked up a Rolling Stone magazine. It was never known to be a source of country music information, but for some reason they decided to name “The 25 Greatest Country Songs of All … more
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