9:00 AM Mar 11, 2014
We’ve all been sympathetic at one time or another for children who were born and raised in what we’d consider less than fortunate conditions. Remember those commercials asking for donations for starving and malnourished babies born in far off places? Those TV bites would literally tear at our heartstrings. It was understood that the pain and anguish these infants were going through were by no fault of their own. Rationale told us that it was simply a result of the conditions they were born in. And despite how sad those images were – they were occurring in a distant land. Those messages were targeted to us because we would never allow something so awful happen to our children and as a result we were willing to help.
7:00 PM Mar 10, 2014
It has become somewhat of an art for me, that of studying Southern culture and deciphering what makes us different from others as well as downright peculiar among ourselves.
3:00 PM Mar 10, 2014
I’ve heard that you don’t want to see two things being made, sausage and legislation. Well, I grew up on a farm, and I liked making sausage. Maybe that’s why I like seeing how legislation is made.
12:16 PM Mar 10, 2014
Have you noticed all the changes appearing in the fine print on coupons? Chances are you have seen a lot more wording on the bottom of your coupons as well as in-store restrictions regarding the amount of items allowed per customer.
9:00 AM Mar 9, 2014
Let’s face it; government is quite stuffy for some and even a bit boring for most.
6:00 PM Mar 7, 2014
Get ready to spring forward one hour this weekend.
6:00 PM Mar 6, 2014
On Saturday I spent the day wandering through buildings at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds checking out all the latest in gardening, as well as some awesome floral designs.
6:00 PM Mar 4, 2014
“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss, “I can read with my eyes shut!”
8:00 PM Mar 1, 2014
Editor’s Note: This column is an adaptation from previous columns written in 2008 and again in 2011, both published in the Times-Journal in Fort Payne, Ala.
6:00 PM Feb 28, 2014
The big techie news of the week is about a soon-to-be-released app that can turn virtually anyone into a speed-reader.
6:00 PM Feb 27, 2014
I have said this before in a column, but I think it bears repeating. Mother Nature is bipolar.
6:00 PM Feb 26, 2014
With the Olympics winding down this week, I’m sure the throngs and throngs of you who read this column believe the title to be related to this year’s winter affair in Sochi.
9:00 AM Feb 22, 2014
“You don’t develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.” — Epicurus
9:00 AM Feb 21, 2014
I don’t recall the first time I heard the nickname Dixie Alley, but it’s one that’s stuck with me for years.
6:00 PM Feb 20, 2014
I have officially found a new sport on ice, besides hockey, that I thoroughly enjoy watching. And, in complete contrast to hockey, which features bone crushing hits and the occasional fight (which usually elicits as many or more cheers as the game itself), this sport has none of that.
6:00 PM Feb 19, 2014
On the same day that the president discussed income inequality during his State of the Union address, I introduced legislation that would allow $2,100 federal scholarships to follow 11 million low-income children to any public or private accredited school of their parents’ choice.
9:00 AM Feb 19, 2014
One of the benefits of having moved around more than a handful of times is having a bit of perspective. When you live in a community and to boot, when you publish a newspaper in that community, it doesn’t take long to develop a point of view about the place, people and politics in that community. Everywhere I’ve lived has been unique, but most had their share of challenges.