1:25 PM Jun 14, 2013
“Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father.” ― Lydia Maria Francis Child One of them has no clue why I could pick such a profession. Another worries I work too much. Still another disagrees with my political views and thin...
10:50 AM Jun 12, 2013
Over the last few days, I have discovered something…I like to plan things WELL in advance of when I will actually be participating in them. The realization hit me Tuesday afternoon as I found myself planning to see a movie. This sounds like quite a normal thing to do, right? Well, I...
2:06 PM Jun 7, 2013
“I have a theory that the truth is never told during the nine-to-five hours.” — Hunter S. Thompson I’ll have to admit, I didn’t really take to staff writer Mary Hinds all that much when I started work at The Democrat about nine months ...
12:00 PM Jun 6, 2013
On Oct. 5, 1958, people opposed to integration bombed Clinton High School in Clinton, Tenn. I was born and raised less than ten miles away, but years passed before I knew anything about my home county’s turbulent history. The decades between the bombing and my birth gave the s...
12:30 PM Jun 5, 2013
A yearly nightmare is about to begin at my household. No, it has nothing to do with spring cleaning or, really, in my household officially. The nightmare I speak of is Bonnaroo. Don't get me wrong, I love the idea of having such a festival and all of the diverse acts that come share their ...
12:51 PM May 31, 2013
Your body is not made to throw like we throw. That's why you see softball pitchers pitching two or three games a day. It's a natural movement in softball. In baseball it's not a natural movement. – Jamie Moyer When it comes to most anything, I really fall sho...
10:30 AM May 30, 2013
There’s a saying in my family. “No news is good news.” (I’ll grant you the irony of this, given my choice of career.) It’s supposed to make us feel better when we have dull or monotonous days. The rationale? Hey, at least nothing bad hap...
9:30 AM May 23, 2013
It’s no secret that I’m a geek. I love my gadgets, and I love finding new and streamlined functions of those gadgets. But I have to add a caveat to all that adoration: I’m not a fan of all the risks associated with much of the technology available today. As ...
6:31 PM May 17, 2013
"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." —Mahatma Gandhi Admittedly now, I was distracted a bit during my conversation with possibly the most put-together, smartest 18 year old I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. The young ...
12:30 PM May 16, 2013
My grandfather would have been 105 years old Saturday. When he passed away two years ago, it felt like the end of an era – and in a way, it was. I didn’t see him as often as I would have liked – daily life always seemed to supersede the trek from Tennessee to New Y...
11:00 AM May 9, 2013
A mother gives birth; a mom takes that screaming infant and somehow molds it into a good and moderately productive adult. Moms don’t get nearly enough credit or honor – sure, they have Mothers’ Day, but one day out of the year is a pretty paltry sum for those other 364 da...
2:05 PM May 5, 2013
“No matter what they're charging to get in, it's worth more to get out.”
12:20 PM May 2, 2013
I don’t pray nearly as much as I need to. I try to when I think about it, but all too often, I find myself bogged down in the hectic rush of day-to-day life. I’m ashamed to admit that, most of the time, my brain is so busy cycling through my to-do list that prayer never ...
10:12 AM Apr 26, 2013
Bryley Felkins, also known as Colby Jack Ninja, is a force to be reckoned with in any world, imaginary or otherwise. Her friend, Jerry, is also pictured (but your guess is a good as mine as to where.)
10:00 AM Apr 25, 2013
I am a music fiend. As I type this column, my beloved Sony noise-canceling earbuds blare a Boston Pops Orchestra rendition of The Nutcracker’s Pas de Deux and block out everything but my computer screen and the music. My coworkers know by this point if they want my attention, ...
10:20 AM Apr 24, 2013
Wilson County is blessed to be the home of so many charitable individuals. Tuesday at Pine Creek Golf Course, locals and celebrities gathered with a common goal - helping local children who might not otherwise have the opportunity to be able to open gifts on Christmas morning. More than 20...
5:22 AM Apr 24, 2013
The good news is I made it to the last session of Lean in Lebanon, but it was touch and go there for a while. Last Thursday, I was feeling a bit out of sorts and, of course, started looking for excuses not to attend Lean in Lebanon. I had a city council budget meeting, my asthma was...

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