10:00 PM Jun 3, 2014
In my mind, the writings and lives of my two favorite female writers have always been intertwined: Sylvia Plath, who has unfortunately been reduced to a stereotype, and Flannery O’Conner, whose work displays a biting, sarcastic realism that has resonated with many people for decades.
6:00 PM Jun 3, 2014
In the last month, things just keep popping up about my past, back home, the Navy days, and the Southwest corner.
5:16 PM Jun 1, 2014
A year ago at this time, I was knee deep in a losing season during my first trial-by-fire year as a 10-under coach in the Lebanon Girls Softball Association.
9:15 PM May 30, 2014
Every Sunday, Christians gather together and sing. This happens, not just in Lebanon, not just in America, but also in Christian churches all over the world. When Christians gather for worship, we sing.
6:00 PM May 30, 2014
I don’t remember most of the words from “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” I’ve never really been one to memorize books, movies, songs, poems, etc., line-by-line. But in the 15-plus years that it’s been since I read this book, I still remember how it made me feel. And to sum it up in one word, that feeling would be “admiration.”
6:00 PM May 29, 2014
Summer vacation for Tennessee’s students is upon us. It’s a time when children can enjoy being outdoors, playing video games or doing any of the other fun things they like to do. It’s also a time when they often forget a significant portion of what they learned in school the year before.
10:00 PM May 28, 2014
How many times have you had barbecue at a friend’s house or other gathering and said to yourself, “I could do this better?” After this weekend and all the Memorial Day parties I was invited to, I decided that maybe there should be a recipe for the ‘best barbeque possible.’
9:00 PM May 28, 2014
I still remember that afternoon. It was a blazing hot day in July 2009, during the summer of ribs. I had spent all summer perfecting my pork rib dry rub, home made sauce and smoking method, and it was just about perfect. I took the ribs off the grill and let them rest for a moment while I picked out my wine.
6:00 PM May 28, 2014
This time two years ago I was actually at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, but sadly, this year I was forced to watch at home.
5:15 PM May 27, 2014
Those of you with impeccable memory might recall that I wrote an article a while back called “Puppy or Proof of Insanity?” And those of you without impeccable memory are probably like, What did I eat for breakfast this morning (Don’t feel bad - I’m right there with you). Anyway, I’m hoping that you don’t remember this particular article, because in it, I revealed that getting new pets is a truly insane thing to do and not something that I should ever do again.
5:00 PM May 27, 2014
Last Wednesday afternoon, I paid homage to Otis Redding and sat on the dock of the bay, except it wasn’t “the ‘Frisco Bay;” it was the bay in the Southwest corner.
8:00 PM May 24, 2014
The last few weeks, I have brought to light the double couponing disappearance at many Kroger stores around the U.S. Although currently we have not seen this disappearance in the Middle Tennessee area, we need to educate ourselves on the other shopping savings that might replace this policy within our area.
6:00 PM May 24, 2014
About a year ago, I wrote about a young man named Harsh Patel, the 2013 valedictorian at Mt. Juliet High School.
10:00 PM May 23, 2014
When you think of children today, what do you think of? They are kind, compassionate, selfless individuals who always put others first, obey their parents and wait patiently for the things they do not have? Not many children I know. Maybe they get there eventually… but all children are born with a selfish, sinful nature that demands that they be put first at all times.
5:00 PM May 23, 2014
On Tuesday, the Tennessee Department of Education announced that third- through eighth-grade Quick Scores, the portion of students’ final grades that come from TCAP testing as mandated by state law, would not be available until May 30th. This means that elementary and middle schools across the state will either fail to follow the legal reporting standards or will be required to distribute final report cards twice in one month.
6:00 PM May 22, 2014
As Memorial Day weekend approaches, many people have their minds on cookouts, trips to visit relatives, vacations and all manner of other things.
10:00 PM May 21, 2014
Cancer…Wow, never thought I’d hear that word on my 72nd birthday. I heard those words last year, and my life changed. I thought I was doing all the right things, going for checkups, having mammograms, trying to exercise a little each day and staying busy with my family, friends, crafts and spending time between Lebanon and my home in the Smoky Mountains.