1:11 PM Jun 26, 2013
They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but that doesn’t apply to crappie fishermen.
1:10 PM Jun 26, 2013
I am having one of those days with an extreme case of writer's block. Nothing has come easy in the writing department, including this column. I feel like I am pulling teeth as I write these words. Stress never helps me write anything, and we have had plenty of that in the office. On Wednes...
11:30 AM Jun 20, 2013
“This instrument can teach, it can illuminate; yes, and it can even inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise it is merely wires and lights in a box. There is a great and perhaps decisive battle to be fought against ignora...
7:00 PM Jun 18, 2013
Tuesday night I had the good fortune to spend some quality girl time with my mom and my sister….and about 15,000 other screaming people. The three of us went to the New Kids on the Block concert at Bridgestone Arena and I can honestly say that I screamed myself nearly hoarse. Boys I...
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 ...

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