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My husband, Peter, is looking around our empty living room. “I’ll always have good memories of this place.” “I will, too,” I assure him.  We are packing up the last of our possessions … more
  In her living years, especially the final few before cancer stole her strength, my mother chuckled in telling and retelling the stories of childhood antics and chosen words by her three … more
If Bradley Countians believe they’re picking up an edge in the voice of Mayor D. Gary Davis, they’re right. It comes with good reason.In spite of all the good the longtime county … more
Car buyers are getting crushed by the rapid increase in the cost of new and used cars, but my dad’s old-school negotiating techniques might offer some relief.Thanks to the rippling effects of the … more
I despise the sound leaf blowers make.To me, no sound in the universe is more annoying. Neither sirens, nor barking dogs, nor motorcycles can hold a candle to the auditory pain a leaf blower causes … more
The redrawing of congressional and state legislative districts every 10 years can make and break political careers, providing new opportunities for some and placing brick walls in front of … more
As Bradley Countians continue to wrap their heads around last week’s reversal by the Centers for Disease Control on the wearing of masks in public spaces — especially in areas where vaccination … more
This week marks the start of school for many in our area. Teachers and administrators have already been hard at work readying classrooms and buildings for the start of another school year. Students … more
     Numbing accounts of impoverished children running around barefoot through underdeveloped — and developed — pockets of the globe are nothing for the rest of us to … more
For people around the world, all eyes are on the Tokyo Olympics. Exactly 25 years ago, the 1996 Olympics were in Atlanta , and a small part of that action came to Cleveland. For three days, the … more
Since it first opened 20 years ago, thousands have enjoyed walking, running or biking our Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway. For those thousands, including me, it has become the go-to venue for a … more
Tanner wasn’t waiting for me at the fence yesterday.Dakota and Tanner, my two oldest dogs, are always waiting for me at the chain-link fence. Dakota can’t hear and doesn’t see well, so she … more
The mid-June removal of the vibrantly painted duck sculptures from the Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway came with irony; it saddened most linear-park users, yet it seemed inevitable.That’s because … more
Whether it’s the original strain or the especially nasty Delta variant, COVID-19 can bend us, frustrate us and make us wish we lived atop the safety of an Arctic iceberg.The life-threatening bug … more
According to Bob Wiley, “There are two types of people in this world: Those who like Neil Diamond, and those who don’t.”Bob is the title character played by Bill Murray in the movie “What … more
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