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I, Myself, on Paragraphing


I think this is something simple, but I’d like to know the rules. I am not confident I know what I’m doing, but when writing I’m never sure when to start a new paragraph. What exactly should be in a paragraph?

                        -Actually Don’t Write That Much


Formerly, I didn’t write that much, either. Letter writing and its odious companions, Keeping Enough Stationery and Keeping Enough Stamps, somehow kept me stymied. This meant as years passed friends from other places tired of my selfishly rare responses. They followed my lead and didn’t write back. 


[ATA (According to Anne) – Don’t confuse stationary, an adjective meaning to remain in fixed position or one place, and stationery, a noun meaning paper for writing letters. Possible mnemonic help: ary – think “always there.”]


I had had stellar letter writing modeled for me. My mother and father were both avid correspondents. Day after day when I checked the campus post office I had a letter. My dad’s were short and to the point. A summary of pet news. What better? My mother tended to give tumor reports about hometown citizens. A bit of a downer, but it’s the thought that counts, right?  She also offered advice. Not that I ever asked for any, a policy I’ve maintained unwaveringly to the present. My grandson can just hang it up with his clothing advice.


The Age of the Personal Computer, luckily arriving before I had too much age myself, unleashed e-mail upon an unsuspecting world. [Dr. & Mrs. B.B., did you catch that myself ?  Some time ago, Dr. B.B. pointed out the misuse of myself that’s rampant around here. The error consists of replacing an ordinary pronoun (like I, me) with the intensive or reflexive pronoun (like myself). It’s usually first person, singular. The error then reads like this (DON’T DO THIS – INCORRECT! ) John and myself think you need to get a new hobby.]  


E-mail reconnected me with written correspondence between family and friends. Often great, and only a few finger thumps away with a screen that can be edited without any white liquid involved, something for which I would have given my eye teeth back in the old manual typewriter days. 


So, perhaps I should wander a bit nearer to today’s question, and perhaps I should consider answering. Aye, there’s the rub. (Shakespeare, Hamlet, from the famous “To be, or not to be…”soliloquy.) Presumptuous of me to quote Shakespeare in amidst my blathering, but, hey, that’s what he’s for – everyday life.


Guest Column

Dont miss this event set for December 11


I don’t know what your plans might be for Thursday, Dec. 11, but if you would be so kind as to circle that date on your calendar, we’d love to have you attend our event at The Mill.

On that date we plan to host a special show, a Boomer Extravaganza, at The Mill, that will be open to the public and free for all to attend.

From 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., The Mill, once renowned for making woolen blankets and being Lebanon’s leading manufacturer, is going to take on the appearance of a circus-like environment.

There will arts and crafts, Greyhounds to be adopted, health screenings, important seminars, a new car exhibit, food booths, information about insurance and estate planning, and much, much more.

Part of the much, much more includes an unbelievable line-up of entertainment including Johnny Cash and Minnie Pearl look-a-likes and the real, honest to goodness Ben Jones, who played the character “Cooter” in the hit television series “Dukes of Hazard.”


General News

Historic Watertown Tour of Homes set for Sunday

The Wilson Post

Historic Watertown with the help of Watertown Elementary PALS is hosting a special tour of country homes all fixed up for Christmas on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 4-8 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 7, from 1-5 p.m.

The tour begins at the Watertown Square with the studio apartment of Jay and Lisa Chesley overlooking the Square.

“The apartment is in a residential/commercial brick building built in 1905. The restaurant space below is leased to Juan and Elena Ayala who own and operate Mi Ranchito, a Mexican restaurant there,” Lisa said.

During its 103-year history, the building has housed a bottling plant, a hardware store, a jewelry store and a beauty shop.

Judicial Committee to meet

Wilson County Commission’s Judicial Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 2 in Conference Room 2, Wilson County Courthouse, Lebanon.

Mayor reflects on past

The Wilson Post

Friday will be Lebanon Mayor Don Fox’s last day in office and he says there are a lot of good memories and some things he will really miss about serving in the city’s highest office.

“The best day would have to be the afternoon we finished the playground at the park,” Fox said in an interview Tuesday. “We had 350 kids in the playground and we were still working on the trails. We didn’t have any shelters yet and the bathrooms weren’t finished.”

He explained that 1,400 Lebanon citizens had built the playground in what came to known as Don Fox Community Park in seven days. “That’s what happens when this community comes together,” he added.

Mrs. Word turns 100

From Post staff reports 

Friends and family gathered together on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2008 at Ponderosa Steak House to celebrate Ms. Irene Word’s 100th birthday.

This special occasion was given to her by her two daughters, Mrs. Norma Jean Armstrong of Lebanon and Mrs. Ethelyne Farris of Detroit, Mich.

Also present were Ms. Word’s grandsons, David and Maynard Armstrong, Ronnie Farris of Detroit and great-grandson Dannie Farris, also of Detroit.

Other guests included William Armstrong, son-in-law; Dennis Armstrong, Mae Garrison, Lisa DeVault, Abbe Farris and Nick Winn.

Ms. Word wanted to celebrate her birthday at Ponderosa where she has enjoyed Saturday night dinner for so many years. A very special thank you goes to Bill Mullinax, owner of the restaurant, and to Melinda who served as waitress.


MTEMC plans outages Dec. 10 in Lebanon, wraps 3-month project

From Post staff reports

Middle Tennessee Electric will work to improve residential and commercial electric service in Lebanon early the morning of Dec. 10, requiring outages along South Cumberland Street.

The scheduled work is the final leg of a three-month project to double the voltage of MTEMC lines along South Cumberland Street. The outages will require approximately 30 residential customers and 18 commercial businesses to be without power. The scheduled times for the outages are from midnight until 4 a.m.

Squire accused of illicit checks on local citizens

Special to The Wilson Post

MT. JULIET -- A Wilson County commissioner who reportedly used a state website to access background information on private citizens may be facing an inquisition by his own commission, of which one member thinks the violation of privacy should be investigated.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation recently conducted an audit of a program known as the Criminal Justice Portal at the Smyrna Airport police department at the request of Mt. Juliet Police Chief Andy Garrett. Garrett had received a copy of an email sent by Mt. Juliet Storm Water Coordinator Gary Gaskin to Mt. Juliet Human Resources Director Jill Johnson in December 2007.

In that email, obtained by The Chronicle of Mt. Juliet, Gaskin expressed his “deep concern about the arbitrary availability of information” from his file to the “public.”

“I am terribly troubled about how these matters are being dealt with and what the City of Mt. Juliet is doing to protect me from these invasions into my personal life,” Gaskin wrote on Dec. 11, 2007. “All outward appearances suggest that some information has already been compromised.”

Wilson Co. loves the Christmas season

The Wilson Post

It is officially Christmas time in Wilson County as annual parades featuring the Jolly Old Elf Himself are set to roll in the coming weeks along with other events guaranteed to put you in the spirit of the season.

There are three parades, Christmas on the Square, the Festival of Lights and a performance of the “Nutcracker Ballet.” And that doesn’t count the Christmas bazaars at local churches and schools that are set, as well.

First, on Thursday, Dec. 4, at 5 p.m., the Festival of Lights opens at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center. The festival will be open every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 5-9 p.m. through

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