• The road to church leads home

    Come Sunday, I am headed home. Back to the Trimble Campground Cumberland Presbyterian Church that is as much home to me as the house I grew up in. This time it will be in celebration of my dad’s 80th birthday. Long before I turn down …

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  • Trick-or-treating in ’30s, ’50s/’60s, and today

    Did you get treated, or tricked, this Halloween? Kaylee was dressed as a Jedi — no surprise there, I guess, considering my affinity for Star Wars. I figured this might be my last year to dress her up in what I wanted her to wear, …

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  • Teachers: Keep up the good work

    It’s a rare day my child comes home and wants to tell me about what she learned in school that day. As a matter of fact, normally when I ask her I get, “I don’t know,” which really means, “I don’t want to talk about …

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  • Flashbacks and impacts

    Flashbacks. People from my past have been wandering into my psyche for no rhyme or reason and I find myself connecting the dots to see what impact they had on my life. One was Harry. I was rather fond of this nice old gent who …

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  • Is it Nov. 5 yet?

    With all the political mudslinging and name-calling at the local, state and national levels, I find myself daydreaming of going to an island without phones, television or social media until Nov. 5. The Bruners recently went on vacation to Branson for a few days, and …

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  • Too many drinking songs are hard on ears

    When Merle sang “Swinging Doors” or Hank Williams Jr. was ready to get “Whiskey Bent,” their words cried out for being fed up, depressed or dealing with love gone wrong, but today’s drinking songs are most often all about a party. Most traditional country music …

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  • Looks can be deceiving

    The front hi-visibility front sight was centered perfectly on the bullseye, the butt snugged up nice and tight to my shoulder, a deep breath was half exhaled and the trigger slack slowly taken up to the point of release. POP! Not the expected sound from …

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  • My new American Dream

    While I was growing up, I was taught the American Dream consisted of working hard so you could one day own a home and provide for the needs of your family. The American Dream, however, has changed and coming at a price I am no …

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  • When one door opens, opportunity awaits

    My neurotic/Dumpster-diving/get-from-the-curb-free/I-can-spot-a-bargain friend once asked: What is your obsession with doors? Until then, I had no idea there was one, but decided there must be a reason I can’t pass up the oldest, ugliest, imperfect door, even when I have no idea what I am …

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  • Break from routine

    Ever since I’ve been old enough to reach the knobs on the stove, I’ve enjoyed cooking. And growing up with a single dad, it was something I got plenty of practice at — whether I wanted to or not. I will say, Dad did a …

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  • Some think they’re too good for the rules

    Got to love people who think the rules don’t apply to them. We see it every day and when we drive even the teeniest bit over the speed limit, are guilty ourselves, but breaking a quarantine because as a doctor you don’t believe you’re a …

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  • Zombie attack: The U.S. military has it covered

    It’s always good to know there’s a plan in case the unthinkable happens and in 2011 members of the military trained for a Zombie Apocalypse. No joke. Training against zombies has been ongoing and the planners of the exercise said they have found it to …

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