22 September 2021

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On the mend

On the mend


Cartoonist and author Mimi Pond asked, quoting a line from the hit 1966 song by Jimmy Ruffin, “What becomes of the broken-hearted?” Pond’s an...
15 September 2021

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Traits and values

Traits and values


Back in the 1950s, at the Caney Fork River Boy Scout camp in middle Tennessee, I learned four basic swimming strokes: breast, side, back and freestyle...
08 September 2021

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Reach out

Reach out


In 1883, as poet Ella Wheeler Wilcox was traveling by train to attend a festivity in Madison, Wis., she noticed a young woman seated across the aisle ...
01 September 2021

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Mortal thoughts

Mortal thoughts


In 1960, when John F. Kennedy accepted the Democratic Party’s nomination for president, he adopted “The New Frontier” as his campaign slogan. ...
25 August 2021

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School days

School days


“School days, school days, Dear old golden rule days.” —William Denight Cobb (1907) Two generations in America, my parents’ generation and ...
18 August 2021

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Giving back

Giving back


“The man who dies rich dies disgraced.” —Andrew Carnegie My favorite read is a biography. I love true stories of individuals who overcame tre...
11 August 2021

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Real fortune

Real fortune


How much are you worth? Not to the one who loves you most, or one who might say you are worth everything or a million dollars or that your worth is in...
04 August 2021

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Simply the best

Simply the best


“The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice. Ironically, ...
28 July 2021

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Be willing to improvise

Be willing to improvise


On our annual summer vacation at the beach, this addicted amateur photographer rises before dawn, hoping to greet an exquisite sunrise. This past w...
21 July 2021

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Activist levels

Activist levels


“I am awake.” —Gautama Buddha It is a relatively new term. It was not added to the Oxford English Dictionary until 2017. The word is “woke....