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When the leaves change color in the fall, it is a grand sight. Gold, burgundy, fiery red, orange, yellow and various shades of each, are the colors of fall.

Last weekend I had the opportunity to watch my daughter Ramsey and her crew teammates compete in the Head of the Hooch regatta on the Tennessee River in Chattanooga.

My friends and loved ones have been transitioning at a very fast rate lately. My aunt who lived to be 100+ had a sense of humor about her friends who kept getting to their exits before she did. She would say, “My friends are now beginning to leave like a bunch of bananas.” I am beginning to …

As we observe Veterans Day in November, we honor those who have served in the United States Armed Forces. There are millions of veterans in the U.S. — some who were in combat, some who were stationed overseas to protect American interests, and some who remained stateside but ready to deploy …

Monday, Nov. 11, is Veterans Day. There is an annual observance of Veterans Day at Myrtle Hill Cemetery. Held at Veterans Plaza, the observance traditionally begins at 11 a.m. I plan to be there for the laying of the wreath at the Tomb of the Known Soldier. Please take advantage of this oppo…

September 30th was a day I had looked forward to for quite a while. It had been nine months since I had seen my son, which is longer than we usually go without a visit. Colorado and Atlanta seemed to be getting farther apart. It was way past time to see my boy.

Are you up to date on your well-women screenings? Guidelines for annual screenings are developed by national health organizations to facilitate the best practices for early detection of disease. Recommendations for women are made by the American Cancer Society, the American College of OB-GYN…

There are things and creatures that I dislike in this good world of ours. I will start out talking about the snakes. When we were small our parents would tell us stories about snakes. Most of the stories were not true but made up to keep us kids out of the woods. I remember that the more sto…

My wife loves scary movies. The problem is she can rarely find one. I always tell her there’s no such thing as a scary movie, but that doesn’t stop her from scrolling through every horror movie available trying to find one. It’s not that I don’t like scary movies, I just think the ones where…

As our families are getting smaller more of us find it less expensive and more convenient to eat out, therefore, many are doing so. As Americans we seem to have adopted the saying of old “eat, drink and be merry” as our philosophy of life. I suggest that we become more mindful of our surroun…

Golf’s simple purpose, made complicated by its attempt, satisfies our desire for pursuit while it frustrates an equal one for beauty and precision in accomplishing it.

Today is October 31, 2019. That’s right it’s Halloween. That day every year when we wonder how many times the door bell will ring tonight.

Five horses gathered at the fence behind the barn waiting for Miss Carter to bring them treats. She patted their noses, told them they were each special, and she would return with more love in the afternoon. Apple, the young colt, tilted his head as Carter whispered to him as only Miss Carte…

There’s an amount of dark humor in any profession in which one sees harsh realities of life on a daily basis. Working at a newspaper is one such profession.

Hiking the Appalachian Trail was one of the scariest times of my life, and yet one of the least dangerous.

October is more than a time to celebrate Halloween and enjoy hi-falutin fall festivals. Breast cancer has plowed deeply into the lives of many American families and the causes seem to be growing faster than the researchers can find cures. Not only that, but we must turn our attention to the …

A strange question that may alarm us or make us curious. The answer to both is simple and easy to do. ARKs can be found on the street, in your home, at work, or within a nonprofit organization. Just about anywhere you are you will be either a passenger (recipient) or a giver of an ARK. They …

Every once in a while, we hear about one of our favorite people behaving badly.

“The answer to that nonsense is that, if what you call your ‘faith’ in Christ does not involve taking the slightest notice of what He says, then it is not Faith at all – not faith or trust in Him, but only intellectual acceptance of some theory about Him.” — C.S. Lewis

My niece Betty Faile and her husband, Steve, were visiting me recently, and the subject of John Wisdom’s historic horse-back ride, from Gadsden to Rome, to warn the citizens that the Yankee soldiers were on their way to destroy the city, came up. Steve grew up in North Carolina and had never…

October is a fun month in which to have a birthday. My birthday was earlier this month. I am now 63. My granddaughter, Charlotte, has a birthday this week. She is now 5 years old.

As an interior designer for over 40 years, I walked through the doors of many houses and know within the walls of most homes are hidden secrets.

Y’all I have been in some pretty nice places before, but this weekend I saw the absolute fanciest house I have ever seen in my whole life.

There are many clichés about the power of working together. “Many hands make light work,” “Alone we can do little; together we can do so much.” Though it is perhaps an overused expression that we are strong when we work together, the saying is true.

For 55 years in a row, hot apple cider has been served by the cup from a cauldron heated over an open fire on a fall weekend in Rome. Sometimes the weather calls for it with a cool breeze and an overcast sky, but sometimes you drink it in spite of unseasonable heat or an unwelcome downpour b…

In a recent story that I wrote for the Rome News-Tribune (about a nudist party) I got some calls wanting me to answer some questions. As my readers know, I will never write anything that will cause embarrassment to anyone. Names I do not write in my stories. I will call first names sometimes…

William M. Tweed was a remarkable man. As the leader of Tammany Hall, the seat of New York City’s Democratic Party, he dominated the city and state Democratic Party in the 1860s. By controlling all Democratic Party nominations to city positions, his candidates were elected mayor of New York …

One of the greatest privileges, powers and honors which will always provide a way for us not only to survive but to thrive in this world is prayer.

“Consider the lilies, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these” (Luke 12:27).

Recently I read an article in Forks Over Knives magazine which explained why dairy should be avoided, particularly for those who have arthritis. The writer said dairy sets us up with inflammation. Arthritis is an inflammatory condition as are so many other diseases. I’d read enough. Right th…

Slavery was abolished in the United States on Dec. 2, 1865, after 750,000 Americans died from battles in the Civil War. I never dreamed the term “Civil War” would be mentioned again as a possibility 154 years later. A reasonable person would believe that we have learned from our history what…

Highway 59 winds through the foothills of Northwest Arkansas. As with so many similar highways, it was once a significant travel route, but is no longer. It tells a story of change, of being left behind, and of apparent rural poverty. I can only guess whether the residents were distressed or…

I am embarrassed to admit that I have a hard time getting through books these days. It is even more embarrassing when I see the confession written out before me. Sigh.

The sight of seeing the brother of the man who was killed in his own apartment by the police officer, have enough Christ in him to hug the officer at the end of the trial, is one of those things that we can witness in a lifetime that makes one proud to be a part of the human race. The behavi…

I believe national politics and federal elections to be of great importance to the health and security of our country. That being said, as voters our priorities have been moving in the wrong direction for many years now.