How close can you get to the edge of a rock cliff with a Jeep tire before it breaks off? I can tell you from experience that it takes more than a tire's breadth because that was the margin I had on a ride up to Imogene Pass.
People have told me for some time I need to write a book and to be honest, I don't know where to start or what to say exactly. So here it goes...
As I have repeatedly told you, some stories must be told in their entirety, not just snippets of the story.
Wilson County is currently in the process of hiring a new director for the convention and visitors bureau. In an effort to effectively and openly communicate with the citizens of Wilson County, I would like to give you an update on where we are with the tourism department and the search for a new tourism director.
I once received a call from one of our wonderful residents who wanted to tell me about her life and how it might inspire or help others.
What is the best way to try to kill yourself on a hot September day? It may be to bike to Norene and back from Cedars of Lebanon State Park.
What's the difference between a canyon and a gorge? While the defining characteristics are somewhat arbitrary, a gorge tends to have almost straight-up walls and be about as narrow at the top as it is at the bottom. In contrast, a canyon has more of a funneling configuration of slated walls.
What ever happened to front porches? Front porches were great. You could sit on your front porch and watch everything that went on in your neighborhood. You knew who your neighbors were, when they went to work, when they came home, what they drove, where they lived and how many kids they had.
How much light do you need in a 20' x 20' room? We have a vaulted ceiling in the living room with a new remote-controlled fan. Remote control is good because otherwise you would need a long pull cord to turn it off and on. However, in addition to the fan there is a light fixture that my wife says she likes which is also remotely controlled. In the living room already, and designed from its first construction, are indirect fluorescent bulbs, a heavy two-bulb, large lighted table and three floodlights over the fireplace.
What's the worst distraction to a hard-nosed adult fisherman? It's a little boy, a tagalong son who, when he's not hung up on a log with his fishing line, wants to catch a turtle.
When it comes to our senior citizens, we must do all that we can to honor and cherish them. Unfortunately, we don't always do that. Just about on a daily basis I hear someone, especially our younger citizens, complaining about some of the things our senior citizens do or don't do. The No. 1 complaint usually pertains to senior citizens' driving poorly. I also must admit that I've seen virtually every age group driving poorly or in an unsafe manner at times as well.
As the countdown to complete retirement continues, I have another dagger-in-the-heart to report. My slowdown seemed to start with a cutback in the office with a loss of space in which to work. As new doctors came into our practice, my work area was gradually cut to make space for them. I used to have three exam rooms and two operators, which are really just rooms with overhead lights designed for minor surgical procedures. I guess I might have made the first move by cutting back my office hours. This was accompanied by the use of "my space" by the other providers.
Every minute of every day, our precious world and community loses another precious person. These are the precious people who have passed away and went on to a better place. The precious memories we'll carry and cherish forever. The friendships, laughs, smiling faces, personal belongings and even the scent of the person will live forever in our hearts and minds.
In a two-week period of time in August there were four teen suicides reported in Middle Tennessee and at least one incident where a teen was threatening to commit suicide but retreated after a law enforcement officer saw him in distress on a busy highway bridge, stopped and, speaking with him, convinced him that suicide was not the right choice.
I couldn't contain my desire to run the rapids in Bledsoe Creek after that five-inches-in-one-night rainfall. I just knew that conditions would be perfect for the adventure which, in all reality, could only happen perhaps once a year. This is because there is so much fall (downward slant of the land) that a lot of water flow is needed to float your canoe. Plus, there is the fact that the temperature has to be such that if you get wet (almost a guarantee) it won't be life-threatening. Can you say hypothermia?
If you like to climb trees, I've got the highflying activity for you. My son learned of a special offer at the Nashville Shores park and included me and my wife in on the climbing adventure. The course is set up to take all of the risk out of being high in the trees by keeping you on a permanent cable tethered to everything you are climbing.
President Obama has made it clear that, as he runs out the clock on his lame-duck Presidency, he is not slowing down. From his dangerously flawed Iran nuclear deal, to his efforts to "normalize" relations with the hostile Cuban regime, to his attempts to unilaterally disarm Americans of their 2nd Amendment rights - this is a President who intends on making the most of his final months to advance his liberal priorities.
Have you ever wondered why we as humans act the way we do sometimes? Why do we worry so much about how other people perceive or think of us? Why are we bothered when people see us not made-up, our hair a mess, non-shaven, the lack of makeup and so on? Why do we apologize about our home not being neat and clean when someone shows up unexpectedly or without notice?
I was excited to get the new audio CD in the mail. I had ordered it from The Great Courses Company a couple of weeks ago, and I knew it would be interesting. The subject, "Memory throughout the human lifespan," was to be delivered in 24 lectures of 30 minutes each by a college professor. It was supposed to help with both the understanding and performance of memory.
Each month CedarStone Bank "simply salutes" an influential leader in Wilson County. This month the bank is proud to recognize the Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce.
Thinking that there might be still some bite to winter, we arranged a trip to Lake City, Fla. with Road Scholar for a cultural exchange coupled with a kayaking experience. Even before the formal beginning of the course, Linda and I arrived early at Big Shoals State Park for bicycling on a nice asphalt trail through the scrub forest.
In our lifetimes we will have to make literally thousands, if not millions, of decisions. Some of the decisions we make in our lives will be good ones, while others won't work out as we had hoped or planned. Unfortunately, as a result of the many decisions we have to make on a day-to-day basis, we sometimes find ourselves worrying or stressing about what decision to make. Simply put, it's just life, and every human being on the face of the planet has to make the same decisions each and every day.
We would be driving back south for a kayaking trip near Lake City, Fla. and would be passing by the old stomping grounds of my internship in Macon, Ga. Since leaving the Macon hospital some 50 years ago, I wondered what things might have still been around in the town I had spent a year in. we had enough time in our schedule to make a quick visit, so I ask Siri, our Google map IT guide, to find our old address. Between Linda and Siri, I preferred the high-tech directions I could understand and were rarely wrong.
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