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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
A thin line divides Veterans Day from Thanksgiving, one that is only about 15 days wide.Whether it’s their physical proximity on the calendar or the message of their seasons that defines their role … more
I have always loved Thanksgiving. I love that it is a holiday built around a full table and homemade treats. I love the recipes handed down on index cards that only get made once a year and … more
In what some might see as the most twisted reason to be thankful in the history of … well, thankfulness, I’m at peace with getting older.   It’s hardly a novel approach … more
  An everyday man who survived a serious COVID-19 infection thanks to the kindness of a stranger, Cleveland Mayor Kevin Brooks now finds himself on a mission.    In the … more
Thanksgiving is next week, which probably isn’t news to you.But it was to me.I thought I had two weeks. Kim broke the news to me last night, right before she started game-planning how we were going … more
A discussion among elected leaders on civil debate during a recent session of the Bradley County Commission offers hope that, at the very least, local politicians are noticing the impact of their … more
My husband Peter is now at war with the mice.The mice (possibly with the assistance of a rat or two) have eaten the electrical wiring in our car causing extensive damage. The coating on the wires is … more
Approximately 40 years ago there was a popular song by the group, Cinderella, that declared you “don’t know what you have until it's gone." This statement can be applied to many aspects of life, … more
Communities aren’t just measured by population, square miles, transportation networks, per capita income, entertainment, dining, job opportunities, education resources, government outreach, diverse … more
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