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It all started with the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown in spring 2020, and it’s one of the few lingering effects of the experience that hasn’t tempted me to seek intense electroshock therapy.You … more
We know spring is here when commencements break out all over town. It means the arrival of brilliant azalea blossoms, the Masters golf tournament on TV, warm afternoons and high pollen … more
As a TV news anchor, I try to avoid cliché’s, because they turn up on the news too often. I grimace when I hear that "officials are tight-lipped." In fact, I usually tighten my own lips, to … more
“It’s a great time to get old!” That’s what my husband, Peter, says.He’s right. And getting old is — as the saying goes — better than the alternative. I was thinking this while waiting … more
It’s heartbreaking that Naomi Judd is dead.And the reason for her death is especially heartbreaking.On the day of her death, Naomi’s daughters Wynonna and Ashley issued a statement which said in … more
The Department of Homeland Security is no longer just for groping citizens anymore! Unencumbered by actually patrolling our porous southern border, this government agency has been tapped to control … more
Don’t you hate getting snookered?  Somebody gives you a Texas-size discount on your subscription only to stick it to you six months down the road.  I’m afraid … more
Millions of young women dream of being honored on Mother’s Day. Millions of others know in their hearts that they don’t want to have children, or at least not on someone else’s timetable.Many … more
Between Aug. 1-5, 1945, the Washington Senators played five consecutive doubleheaders. In a normal season, a scheduling burden of that magnitude wouldn’t have mattered much to the lowly Senators. … more
(This column is part of a series written for Tennessee Press Association member newspapers that explores transparency in government in Tennessee.)Citizen discovery is most important issue in vetting … more
While Major League Baseball fiddles with its rules — such as adding designated hitters in the National League, and limiting the ways defenses can shift — players seem more preoccupied than ever … more
Every election cycle, we see an onslaught of poll results. If we don’t agree with the polls, we are quick to say, “Who did they poll? Nobody polled me!”   But if we agree with the … more
For a few minutes yesterday, I thought I was going to be writing this from Maui or maybe one of those all-inclusive resorts in Jamaica. I was coming into money with no end in sight.I don’t like to … more
“Dress for the job you want!” was advice I heard from an early age.I took this advice to heart. I was working a lowly job in a government office while applying for jobs in businesses around town. … more
We are in a crazy world right now. It is odd to think that the decision by an eccentric, South African, legal immigrant billionaire with Asperger’s (a form of autism) to buy Twitter might save free … more
With public approval lodged for months between 40-42% and facing a midterm election anticipated to be a seismic disaster, President Biden has endured an almost Pavlovian response from consultants, … more
More years ago than I really care to count, the children’s librarian in my little town in rural northwestern Connecticut, apparently tired of my endlessly renewing the same book over and over … more
Nothing stinks like a rotting corpse.  Unless it’s religion gone bad.  Both were on full display this month as Vladimir Putin’s army left thousands of civilians lying dead in … more
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
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