Americans have been in a bad mood for the past few years, and as my Papaw Carroll would say about his aches and pains, “It ain’t gettin’ any better.”

I witnessed a rare sight while enjoying my fast food lunch. The manager was at the next table interviewing a job applicant. They were chatting…

Since our last visit, I have been busier than usual. Life’s parade includes events of joy, like a son’s wedding (exhilarating, but tiring). Li…

Schools across Tennessee are open, and so much is already up in the air. Confusion and uncertainty with the Delta variant, mask mandates, the …

When my local daily newspaper announced they were going all-digital, the response was fast and furious.

The events of September 11, 2001, are so fresh in my mind. It’s hard to believe that today’s high school seniors were not even born when terro…

One year ago this week, I wrote a column called “Four Years Notice.” It was an open letter to Democratic and Republican party leaders, encoura…

The sign was at the restaurant entrance, plain for all to see: “Please be patient with our team. We are understaffed, and we are trying very hard.”

It happened in a doctor’s office. It was during one of those awkward moments, when a medical assistant and I were awaiting the arrival of a do…

It’s back to school time, at least for now. Can we be sure of anything these days? After the students return, if the new COVID variant starts …

As a kid, I would read my favorite newspaper columnists. I loved looking up the big words used by George Will. Lewis Grizzard’s humor was soli…

About 25 years ago, I was listening to the radio, and I heard an interview with a local business owner. He was asked, “How do you start your d…

Each week the Associated Press publishes “Not Real News: A Look at What Didn’t Happen Last Week.” It is a collection of fake news, most of whi…

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