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Today I will get Blue again.Blue is the anxious Italian mastiff that I dog-sit on Wednesdays while his owner, Bill, works in the office. The new procedure is that I walk down to Bill’s house, fetch … more
“Your a MOROON.”There are a few things one simply cannot do when replying to someone’s social media post.One cannot misspell “moron” when trying to call someone a moron.One cannot misspell … more
As the debacle called 2020 draws to its merciful close and many Bradley County families continue the struggle to wrest their livelihoods from the grip of COVID-19, a glimmer of hope has arisen for … more
I get stomachaches. I get them with regularity and always have.“It’s just gas!” my mother says, and of course, she’s right. My mother tells me I get stomachaches because I have the … more
With Christmas fast approaching, many across our county are searching for the perfect gift for their loved ones in their family and among their friends. In completing your shopping, I encourage you … more
      Standing together in the kitchen on a recent November evening after delivering our customary one-two punch against dirty supper dishes, Love Muffin and I glanced at the … more
Music might be the very best thing about the December holiday: Christmas songs on TV and radio; traditional carols in church, and the Christmas musicals being rehearsed right now in schools and … more
Slightly bent under the weight of COVID-19, but assuredly not broken, WCLE’s Empty Stocking Fund precariously straddles the midway point of a community-creating fundraiser that strives to bring … more
One thing I truly hate is a mouse, rat or any varmint that resembles that disgusting animal.They are dirty, conniving, devious and fast.Call me a scaredy-cat, sissy or whatever you will, I don’t … more
When someone loses a loved one, they sometimes say heaven gained another angel.A couple of Saturdays ago, heaven gained another angel, and I’m sure she wasted no time straightening up the place.Her … more
This has been a year that defies explanations.I spoke with my parents a week or so ago. We have used Zoom and other types of video to communicate but, more often than not, I just call up my dad, he … more
The final month of 2020 is upon us, and for many this time could not come soon enough. But, have there not always been trying times? For every day that someone is celebrating a wedding, a birth or a … more
As rising numbers of COVID-19 active cases deepen the anxiety of Americans while heightening the uncertainties surrounding the span of this relentless pandemic, all eyes remain focused on what some … more
Ten years ago, in early December 2010, I sent an email to Rick Norton at the Cleveland Daily Banner. My request was random: What would be the possibility of a recurring column devoted to all things … more
To borrow from a discomforting adage, Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis is finding himself firmly wedged between a rock and a hard place.The rock is COVID-19, a nine-month maker of mayhem and the … more
As a youngster growing up in the mid-1950s and '60s, playing outside was our pastime.The cue to come home was dark or when the street lights came on — if you were fortunate enough to live in an … more
      Five days before Thanksgiving, life reminded me of yet another reason — and in an oddly comforting way — that I should be grateful for all, and for everyone, … more
Yesterday, I had a nice long Zoom chat with an old friend. I know this is nothing remarkable these days, but it was the first time my friend, Andrew, had used Zoom and I was frankly a little … more
I’ve done some pretty silly things throughout my lifetime.Once in elementary school, I managed to tie my shoestring around the post that attaches the desk to the chair.When I was probably 10, I got … more
An attitude of gratitude can lead to a multitude and a magnitude of thoughts that remove us from a place of solitude into a place of servitude. As humans, we can use each of our five senses to … more
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