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On this day of safety protocols and in the middle of a holiday-season surge in COVID-19 infections that have stolen the lives of 76 Bradley County residents, it is troubling to hear of a cavalier … more
“I’m going to bake bread!” my husband, Peter, announced.Inwardly, I said, “Oh, no.” Baking bread is not easy — until it is. Every person I know who bakes bread will agree. If … more
Happy New Year: Three words were derived by combining 12 letters that — in an ordinary time — would describe a person’s wish for another to have a “Happy New Year!"Well, 2020 was not that … more
Whatever you think about Christmas, I think you would have to agree we needed one this year.  Everyone I know seemed determined to do as much Christmas as it was possible to do. My pastor … more
We should be struck by the handiwork of God and become more aware of the wonders that surround us. Life itself is a gift that countless people miss and take for granted. So many family and neighbors … more
  With less than five days remaining in the monster year that ate mankind, I would have thought the long-awaited, oft-debated distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine would have stolen the … more
On Saturday, the day after Christmas, our hometown faced a question that challenges our hearts today just as it did years ago when a beloved Cleveland pastor asked it to any who would listen and to … more
Color comes in many shades, not just black and white.Answers are matters of interpretation, not just right and wrong.Interests are a question of preference, not a case of one dominant and one … more
“The more things change, the more they stay the same” has been a quote in use for over 100 years. With references to many aspects of our lives, it is encouraging to me that this simple quote has … more
    Even with decades of Christmas memories to call upon, and less than five days away from adding to the collection, I’ll admit I’ve been slow to embrace the spirit of … more
It seems people have changed, but mostly our beliefs.Growing up, Christmas was always special and continues to be to this day. Actually, it's my favorite time of the year.We attended Sunday School … more
As the miracle of Christmas approaches, and its joyous expectation grows, we are reminded of the heavy hearts endured today by friends and neighbors among us who have lost loved ones in recent days … more
My birthday is right around the corner, and I know exactly what I want — a loaf of white bread.I know, I know. You were probably expecting me to say world … more
It is a year of lower expectations.Every year, there is a chorus of folks urging us to lower our expectations for the holidays — buy less, consume less, worry less about having a picture-perfect … more
As we rapidly approach the end of the year, it has been on my mind that we have not had a white Christmas for quite a few years, if not a decade or more.If we were looking for a year for this to … more
Whether Bradley County is headed for an unemployment rollercoaster filled with twists and turns, up and downs and topsy-turvy tumbles — blamed almost exclusively on the uncertainties surrounding … more
“The grocery store has rows and rows of color, of light, of easy hope. Hannah moves down the aisle, but I stand like a tree rooted firm, my eyes too full of this place, with its answers to prayers … more
“I’m hunkering down,” Rebecca told me.I know what she means. My friend, Rebecca, just returned from a road trip she made after a lot of careful consideration. First, her mother was sick. Then, … more
As has been discussed before, the Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway, which runs along Mouse Creek, has “tributaries,” if you will, that add to the overall experience of having a greenway in our … more
Life has many pleasures. What pleases one doesn’t always please another, making for an interesting world.We hunt, fish, golf, take long drives through the countryside and some even find pleasure in … more
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