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Have you ever dived into one of those popcorn tins—you know the divided ones with different flavors?   Well, I’m one who just can’t seem to help but mix it up. more
Inflation has hit its fastest pace in 40 years, and its future path, as always, is unpredictable. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) clocked in at 7% in December. The CPI is flawed, though an in-depth … more
There are two sides here for me: I don’t want to use dirt roads, but I hate to see houses in the cornfield. I can speak from observation.   more
Since about age 4, I’ve perused bookshelves everywhere I go. Thanks to my family providing me with lots of books, I began reading at a very early age. But I realize the most important resource I have right at my fingertips—The Bible.   more
This week, I would like to go over some interesting facts about the legislature in Tennessee.   more
There is a commercial on television that opens with the line, “Everyone remembers where they were when they first heard they had cancer.” Well, I definitely remember where I was. more
The Legislative Session started back at noon, Tuesday the 11th. This is the second year of the 112th General Assembly and we’ll probably adjourn around the first of May.   more
For 2 years, going on 3 now, we have lived under tremendous stress. We’ve endured lock-downs, job losses, school closings, masks, double masks, vaccine mandates, elderly passing away totally alone and global totalitarianism, just to name a few.   more
January is that time of year that so many people make plans to change their lives, change their habits, change their bodies, and on and on and on the lists go.   more
I have always believed movies and television prepare us for the future in many ways, some of them not very comforting.   Often the truth of the predictions is downright freaky. more
It is a New Year. Finally! We can now say goodbye to the year that changed our lives forever. But…I guess we can say that about every year… can’t we?   more
I am not one for making resolutions. So many go into each new year making a list of resolutions so long they cannot all be kept. I am not in that category.   more
On January 11, 1972, ABC aired “The Night Stalker” –which entered the American psyche as the highest-rated made-for-TV movie up until that time. more
We can now say goodbye to the year that changed our lives forever. But…I guess we can say that about every year…can’t we? more
So, Dr. Anthony Fauci is telling us not to attend large New Year’s Eve gatherings with strangers.   more
Perhaps one reason I never get invited to New Year’s Eve parties is that I tend to overanalyze things. more
The late journalist and author Charles Kuralt (one of my all-time favorites) said once, “I did stories about unexpected encounters, back roads, small towns and ordinary folk, sometimes doing … more
One of my favorite pictures of my father, Fred Dezotell, was a black and white photo of him standing on a tall ladder decorating a 20-foot-tall Christmas tree.   more
During the research for one of my symposium presentations at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York I made an interesting discovery in Savannah, Tennessee.   more
Christmas Eve is a special time for my family and for my church family at Cannon United Methodist. But last year we had to cut back on special celebrations due to COVID-19. more
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