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“Graduation,” is a word for that to students is so much more than just saying you finished. I feel like it is a word which reflects on the past four years of your life...personal growth, hard work in the classroom and for athletes those long days of  having to balance a sports life and academics.

The old adage about April showers bringing May flowers is usually true in the South, and my corner of Tennessee has definitely gotten its share of both. I’m wondering what May showers bring... other than the stifling humidity for which Southern summers are known. I’m guessing some headaches …

Samuel is probably the most excited member of our household after picking up his report card Monday, bringing the official end to his seventh grade year. I think his favorite part was actually talking to people face-to-face who aren’t part of our immediate family, even at an acceptable socia…

My little corner of Twitter erupted over the past few days with news of Acting Director of National Intelligence Ric Grenell’s declassifying of who exactly in the Obama Administration unmasked American citizens from raw intelligence gathered before the 2016 election. And while the names have…

I haven’t had too much to say about the COVID-19 shutdowns, generally, being that I reside in a state that was late to close and early to open. I have been less inclined to argue or debate the need for lockdowns as someone whose household hasn’t had to deal with furloughed jobs and trying to…

Sitting on our patio on a quiet Sunday evening, when temperatures have backed from a warm afternoon to a comfortable 75 or so....and just soaking in the still, fresh air as I listen to the sounds of the chirping birds and, a block or so over, what I assume to be a family or household group i…

Growing up with the newspaper as the family business, more than a few things were drilled into my head from a young age, but none more than “Buy Local.”

As many in the country look forward to a phased in return to what will be our new normal of everyday life, it has been interesting to watch the absolute circus that has been passed off as state governance during the coronavirus crisis.

One of the best parts of being in Tennessee has been watching our dogs interacting with the nature found in our backyard. Back home, the bane of Spock - our Doberman - was skateboarding teenagers. Vince and I joked he would be bored at our house at the end of the road, but Spock quickly foun…

I must admit, I have been very conflicted surrounding governmental response to the Corona Virus, COVID-19. As I told one of my friends, if the government is involved, no matter the level, it will be too much and not enough at the same time.

Spring has sprung in the south, and not even the Coronavirus can stop the pollen bloom happening around me. Thankfully, there have been spring showers to go along with it, so I’m hoping most of it has come and gone. Although if the congestion and headache are anything to go by today, well, t…

“Coronavirus” or “ COVID-19”  are words all of us know....they have been circulated all over the world through the media and reflect a topic that has been with us for a while now and at the moment just feels like it isn’t going to leave. 

The fall of ancient empires isn’t hard to decode when you have centuries of hindsight in your favor. But some of the commonalities the fall shares... utter decadence, corruption and greed. Hubris usually plays a pretty big role in the run up to the fall, and lends itself to spectacular failu…

I stepped outside our front door one day late last week to be greeted by bright sunshine, blue skies, the aroma of lemon blossoms, the sound of birds chirping away and the sight of plants sprouting fresh leaves in their annual rebirth.....the kind of inspiring spring day that nurtures the soul.

Many of us are faced with a new normal this week, especially residents of California, Oregon and New York. School and work closures accompanied with uncertainty and fear - not just over this new virus - have left too many Americans unsure of their next steps. But take heart people, there are…

The two extremes being played out on the national stage regarding the issues surrounding COVID-19 have me very frustrated, and the noise it is generating is causing confusion and panic when concern and discussion of pro-active measures should be occurring.

As I woke up Tuesday morning, I hopped on social media to check the National Weather Service to see if the late night tornado warnings we got Monday amounted to anything as the storm crossed Tennessee.

Life comes at you fast during the primaries, and the Democratic presidential field is no exception. Between last week’s debate, Super Tuesday looming and candidates looking to garner attention by any means necessary, well, it makes for interesting television.