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The world seemed surprised when Hitler annexed the Sudetenland of Czechoslovakia in 1938. More surprised when he invaded Poland in 1939 and flabbergasted when he marched into the Soviet Union in … more
The world lost a giant among giants when E.O. Wilson passed on in December. Wilson was not only an esteemed scientist and prolific author, but also a colossus in the conservation movement. The … more
The Tennessee legislature’s decision to take away Nashville’s representation in Congress is a short-term delectable for the Republican Party that may turn out to be poison. “Blue” Nashville … more
A tiny portion of my “day job” at a farm-and-home cooperative involves writing radio commercials and on-hold phone messages.More often than I like to admit, I get stuck for a closing zinger and … more
I gave in 13 years ago and joined Facebook. It was at the urging of an old radio pal, who assured me my fears about Facebook were unfounded. Although I often had lectured my teenage sons about … more
By the time you read this, the high temperature is forecast to be in the upper 50s, maybe even 60.But as I write this, I am snowed in. I’m somewhere that got more snow than we got at home.Don’t … more
Vice President Kamala Harris, who we all know is one heartbeat away from the presidency, was shipped to Poland last week to represent the U.S. government in dealing with the war in Ukraine and the … more
The next time you’re in Nashville, visit the City Cemetery. There you will find the graves of no less than four Civil War generals — one of whom is Felix Zollicoffer. Zollicoffer was born in … more
  Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine has brought devastation or death to hundreds of thousands of people. Whenever and however the brutal war ends, millions of Ukrainians will be … more
  In my travels over the past few years, I have been on the lookout for greenways in towns and cities across the U.S. These community trails are diverse, reflecting the various dynamics of a … more
“Maybe I’m a little old for this dress?” I suggested tentatively as I made my way to the mirror in the little shop. I was in the artisans’ market in San Miguel de Allende, … more
I grew up during the Cold War, when it was commonly accepted that Americans were the good guys on the world stage, and Russians were the bad guys who would gladly destroy us if given a chance. As … more
A good friend of mine who happens to be an Atlanta Falcons fan frequently tells me, “Aim low, and you’ll never be disappointed.” If only I could. As an eternal optimist, I … more
We’re fat.  Between the hips and between the ears.  If we get in a bad scrape in Eastern Europe or Taiwan, my Marine colonel buddy tells me that less than half of the nation’s … more
In the spirit of spring coming soon, I thought it would be a good idea to clean out my column idea list.Don’t be frightened. These aren’t necessarily worse topics than I normally write about. … more
Who would have thought that a comedian with no political experience would become the president of Ukraine, a country with a population of more than 44 million? But he did. And he is.If the political … more
Bob Dylan was a great songwriter. I liked his music and lyrics, but his voice turned me off. It was like eating something sour that your facial expression got twisted, your mouth puckered and you … more
Their bravery inspires.As I sit safely in the cozy office in my home writing this column, the people of Ukraine are greeting Putin’s massive military invasion with incredible defiance and … more
My husband, Peter, and I were traveling in Mexico when we suddenly found ourselves without a place to stay.Over the years, all our accommodations while traveling have been quirky in one way or … more
A LENTEN CHALLENGE   Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.   Lent is upon us.  A time for reflection and repentance.  For sacrifice and … more
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