• As kids age, bedwetting can be challenge for entire family

    Take a moment to think about the average kindergarten classroom, probably 20 to 25 kids, right? At least two or three of those kindergartners — so about 15 percent — face a medical issue that causes their families plenty of anxiety and likely affects the …

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  • Helping kids beat summer doldrums

    The summer months are almost upon us and everyone knows what that means. We are in the final weeks of school and soon parents across the state will be scrambling to find solutions to the ever-popular kid complaint of “I’m bored.” I don’t know about …

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  • Arlington National Cemetery: 150 years of service

    In the 40-plus years since my paternal grandparents passed away, I have often wondered about the status of Shiloh Cemetery, which was nestled on the hilltop above their humble farmhouse. Recently, my hometown newspaper, the Marshall County (Tenn.) Tribune, brought me up to date. Decades …

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  • More than a bandit: Frank James, the teacher

    When talking of Frank James, first we remember him as the older brother of Jesse James, second as an outlaw and bandit, third as a Partisan Ranger riding with William Clarke Quantrill and Bloody Bill Anderson. We may think of him as a brother, son, …

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  • Mayhaws: A Southern delicacy

    One of the most celebrated delicacies of the South was found almost by accident in the remote wetlands and marshes across the region. For generations, the mayhaw berry has been one of the most popular foods in the South. The mayhaw, sometimes called the hawthorn, …

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  • Why I taught my daughters how to be ambassadors in the fifth grade

    Both of my daughters got a passport when they graduated from the fifth grade. I grew up relatively untraveled. My family didn’t have a lot of money, and we had lots of kids, four in total, so “travel” was trips to South Carolina in our …

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  • Museum displays first ‘Daisy’

    “Buy a windmill — get a free air rifle.” That was an advertising gimmick dreamed up in the 1880s by the Plymouth (Michigan) Iron Windmill Co. However, this ploy backfired when people started asking to purchase the air guns instead of windmills. By 1895, the …

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  • Three men crucified

    Roman soldiers crucified three men that day: two thieves and one extremist. We have extremists across the political spectrum today, but not like this extremist. He was so extreme, he pronounced himself God. No one is more despicable than a thief, especially one who steals …

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  • Blood Moon apparently ushers in the stupid

    The Blood Moon on Monday night might have brought on the apocalypse, because a rash of stupidity in politics seems to have infected this great land of ours. When you have one major political party winning the argument against evolution, brainless is the new black. …

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  • Cuisine for rich, famous curbs appetite

    Recently an online ad caught my eye. It depicted a photo of a giant juicy burger with the words, “Would YOU pay $250 for a burger?” Well, no. I wouldn’t. And I can’t think of anyone I know who would either. But that ad did …

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  • Patronizing paychecks

    In a move as surprising as limos at a state funeral the GOP has misplaced their ticket for the clue train. Yes, again. Just when you think they get it, party leaders move heaven and earth and that place due south to prove that not …

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  • The new Talk Radio Party

    So what does the Tea Party want this fall? A repeat of 2010, or a repeat of 2012? The Tea Party succeeded spectacularly in 2010. Its principled enthusiasm put Republicans back in charge of the House of Representatives and, if the Tea Party hadn’t been …

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