Almost every weekday afternoon in the mid-1950s, when my father would come home from his store, he’d find me in front of the television watching “The Mickey Mouse Club.” The same was true in the houses of my friends as well, at least the ones who had TVs. In the mid-1950s television sets were not everywhere yet.
How is an elected official supposed to know what the public wants him to do? Better yet, should his decisions as an elected official be based just on consensus from his constituents, or on his own sense of right and wrong?
If you think the idea of bipartisanship is a good thing welcomed by all Americans, think again. That may be a stated desire of members of Congress and the president, but when you answer to constituents back home, it can create some problems.
I’ll never forget what a journalist friend said when I told him I was thinking about getting into the profession.
I was out to eat with some friends not long ago, and I asked if anyone might want an appetizer of shrimp. “Oh, no,” one said. “I hate shrimp.”
He hates shrimp. That’s fine. But where did that hatred come from? Was he born hating it? Did he get some bad shrimp one time? Is he a vegetarian? Does he own goldfish?
There are around a million applications — commonly called apps — available to be downloaded to a tablet or smartphone. Robin Aletras has one in mind. He hopes it will become one of those success stories so he can share the profits with a local ministry and, frankly, make some money for himself.
They’re called Court Appointed Special Advocates, better known by the acronym CASA.
These are volunteers who go through 30 hours of training and then agree to be advocates for children in crisis. They meet with school officials. They make home visits. They report to the judge. They are perhaps the lone person on the planet who exists solely to serve the needs of a particular child in trouble.
Too many babies are born in Tennessee dependent on addictive drugs their mother took while pregnant. Often within a few hours of delivery, the baby starts the painful process of withdrawal. It’s difficult to watch, even if you’re a clinician accustomed to seeing a lot of suffering.
As I’m writing this, I’m in Orlando, at a time-share unit. Part of my family flew in from England, and the other part from Washington State.
You have to wonder if this country’s national leaders ever will see their way clear to significant cuts to the federal budget.
In his fifth State of the Union address, President Obama underscored the importance of creating jobs and promoting economic growth, addressing the upcoming sequester, making investments in education and infrastructure, and passing comprehensive immigration reform.
The Pigeon Forge Parks and Recreation Department has been advertising in our paper for umpires, and each time I see it I am reminded of my own experience as an umpire for youth baseball and adult softball.
We all have had friends through the years. Some we’ve had since we were children. Those are the rarest of all since we tend to disperse all over the country. As they say, “Out of sight, out of mind.”
Who among us has not been shopping in Kroger or Food City or Wal-Mart and had someone — sensing we were locals — approach us to ask: Where can I buy wine? Why don’t they have it in the grocery store?
As director of a small-helps ministry whose main emphasis has been to render support to other parachurch ministries, to help further their ongoing outreach to those in need, surface involvement in hot-button political issues has generally taken a backseat.
On Wednesday night, when the Memphis Grizzlies traded their leading scorer Rudy Gay for what seems like nothing, one Twitter user said Gay had a terrible PER. Now you may be thinking, what does that mean?
January means different things to different people. The Christmas and New Year holidays are over, children back in school. It is cold. Hours of sunshine are short.
I came across an article in Forbes magazine about the top 10 countries in the world to live in. To my surprise, the United States was not on the list. It had been number 10 in the last poll, but had sunk to number 12 this time.
I don’t go to the movies very often, and when I do I am selective about it. I am not a snob about films. I just figure if I am going to go, I want it to be to see something of quality, not “Texas Chainsaw 3D” or the “Twilight” saga.
A little bit of this and that for a winter’s day ....
That was some interesting week of weather, wasn’t it? I don’t ever remember it raining, without let-up, for so many days in a row. Then such a quick and steady snowfall. Now I get a sense of what Noah felt like.
My last words this year; wishing I didn’t have to talk about this subject.
As you know, we had a horrific shooting two weeks ago. These things are becoming more and more common these days. Many have asked, why? Many have given answers and solutions. Nothing seems to work.
Can a 37-year-old guy really walk away from a thriving law practice? Well, maybe not walk away, but certainly he can scale it back several notches if there is something else that demands his attention.
In all the discussion about restricting the sale of certain guns, closing some loopholes and generally trying to make the country safer, I am drawn to one fact above the others, the one that convinces me we have to do better:
Having just typed in hundreds of letters to Santa, I have some idea of what children in these parts are hoping they get for Christmas. Like last year and the year before and the years before those, it all comes down to one big thing: electronics.