12 May 2021

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Words of wisdom

Words of wisdom


“I am, indeed, a king, because I know how to rule myself.” -—Pietro Aretino Our parents and teachers offered advice for success in life, like...
05 May 2021

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Less is more

Less is more


Smithsonian Magazine reports an online survey that asked 806 people about a conversation they recently had with an intimate friend or family member. ...
28 April 2021

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The golden rule

The golden rule


Garrison Keillor writes of the day years ago when he tripped on the curb at 88th Street in New York City, fell and landed on his hands and knees. “W...
21 April 2021

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Thoughts on death

Thoughts on death


When are we dead? Our understanding of when death comes has changed. Through the centuries, people believed that death came when we “breathed our...
14 April 2021

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Keep shooting

Keep shooting


“I’m not throwing away my shot!” —Lin-Manuel Miranda My favorite line from the musical “Hamilton” is from the song “My Shot”: “I...
07 April 2021

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Bless you

Bless you


This pandemic has given me cause to think more critically about the sneeze. I was taught that a sneeze is the human body’s way, as with our pet dogs...
31 March 2021

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Spring is coming

Spring is coming


“Hope begins in the dark. If you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work. You don’t give up....
24 March 2021

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Bird watching

Bird watching


I was not taught not to kill a mockingbird. However, when my parents gave me a Red Ryder BB gun, my great-aunt, Auntie, instructed me never to shoot a...
17 March 2021

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True religion

True religion


When I was 5, my parents decided to move “off the mountain.” We lived somewhere between Coalmont and Monteagle, Tenn., where my father worked stri...
10 March 2021

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Why?

Why?


Why is it that just some of the people who forgo wearing masks are taken down by COVID-19, while most of the mask-less are not? Why do some people who...