One morning not long ago I was eager to hear about the stock market, if any news from Mt. Juliet somehow beat me on the newscast and the latest on a dwindling hurricane. So when I glanced at my flickering mini-television stuck on a shelf in my bedroom - while searching for a sweater at the bottom of my closet and trying to figure out how a Velcro curler works without getting stuck - I was taken aback. I stood up, teetered on one heel, buttoned my shirt, left the curler alone and peered at the television.
I am the greatest sinner among you. No, I'm serious. Oh, so rich in depravity am I. Weak and troubled, I fall upon God's mercies every morning. Understanding this about myself, I have closely inspected my righteous indignation swirling around this upcoming Presidential election.
"There was a bad wreck on 109 yesterday."
It's one of those sentences that, even though it shouldn't, kind of loses its impact after you've heard it over and over and over again, like "and there was another terrorist attack in the Middle East on Tuesday" or "last night, Donald Trump said something no viable presidential candidate in the history of our nation would've gotten away with."
Among a list of priorities to begin a new year should be a person's own mental wellness, according to Nathan Miller, director of Cumberland Mental Health Center, Lebanon.
Gov. Bill Haslam has declared Jan. 24-30, 2016 as School Board Appreciation Week in Tennessee. This week helps build awareness and understanding of the vital functions our locally elected boards of education play in our community.
Phil Neal and Bill Bryson have found how to get a good quail hunt in spite of the diminished number of birds in Wilson County and, actually, all over the state. Phil and Bill invited me and my family to chase the elusive birds and very confidently informed me that I should bring plenty of ammunition.
I remember first coming to Lebanon in 1974 and learning of the retirement of several doctors at the same time. One that stands out whom I never practiced with was Dr. Lowe. He seemed quite young to me at the time but had given up his work to play tennis and care for his property on Crowell Lane. I remember thinking that losing this asset seemed a real waste and subconsciously made the decision not to end my work prematurely.
Now that the New Year is upon us, I thought it would be the best time to tell you to keep up the great work and stay the course with your 2016 resolutions. Every New Year seems to bring many resolutions. Keeping resolutions can be tough if not impossible. Most only last about eight weeks or so. Some resolutions include quitting smoking, quitting drinking alcohol, starting an exercise program and so on.
This is going to be short and sweet.
It finally happened. I've been waiting, anticipating, planning, articulating my beautiful three point sermon with a tiny, but life changing poem in my head. And then, boom.
In the times of my youth in the early 1960s, the Christmas parade was always held at night after the fall of darkness. The Christmas decorations on the light poles were never turned on until the Christmas parade was taking place. The Christmas parade always went from east to west on East Main Street and around the Public Square and then onto West Main Street.
We hope all Tennesseans have a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year. Crissy and I fell blessed to live in this great state, and it is an honor to serve as your governor.
Today my younger daughter and three grandchildren got up early to make the 11-hour drive from Baltimore so that they could be home for Christmas. This time they would drive through the blowing rainstorm of a recent front passage, but many times they have tackled snowfall icing the roads to make this trip. Once, the car broke down, and they purchased another one rather than wait for a costly repair.
Have you ever noticed that we all seem to be more giving and kind when we're in a good or great mood? It's just human nature to do more good deeds and be nicer when we're happier. The struggle of committing good deeds and being nice is harder to do when we're agitated, aggravated, frustrated, mad, ill, tired, impatient, hot, cold, running late or distracted. Wow! It seems there are lots of things that can distract us from being kind, nice and committing good deeds.
Scents from the kitchen during the holiday season often stir memories of how mom added an extra touch of butter to her Christmas cookies or how dad would slip-in from work early with a bundle of colorfully wrapped packages, sprint to a nearby closet and hide them thinking no one had noticed.
As the political arena tightens, we begin to focus on who should lead our country, now only a year away. The latest scare tactic involves the Muslims and their contribution to terror. It plays on the wants of the Western world to distance ourselves from a religion that is little-known and therefore naturally suspect.
With what seems like a daily dose of bad news on our televisions, radios and computers, it's easy to see how someone could get depressed, stressed and become downright miserable. These are tough times most of us have never seen.
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