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.
There are no safe assumptions about any bill - even a bill named the "Pay Equality Act."
There's a great scene about public records in the movie "Spotlight," which is based on the true story of The Boston Globe's investigative reporting of child sex abuse by Catholic priests.
Each month CedarStone Bank "simply salutes" an influential leader in Wilson County. This month the bank is proud to recognize the Wilson County Community Help Center.
As we buy candy and cards in the United States and around the world, it might surprise you - it did me - that there are places where the holiday and romantic love in general are frowned upon. How could anyone be against the natural urge to embrace love? Then I thought about the cultures with arranged marriages like India where, even with its British influence, the idea of falling in love hasn't found its way into the masses.
Each month CedarStone Bank "simply salutes" an influential leader in Wilson County. This month the bank is proud to recognize Dr. Paul Stumb, president of Cumberland University.
My desire to get out of the cold was fully realized in the trip to the French Polynesian Islands. From our first arrival in the tropical environment with temperatures ranging from 87 degrees daytime to 74 at night, we were able to shed the long-sleeved shirts for swimsuits.
Oftentimes, we find ourselves saying, "Nothing good ever happens around here." Well, for the east side of Lebanon and Wilson County that simply isn't true. There have been so many good things happening here that maybe some of them have gone unnoticed or unmentioned. I feel this is a fitting time to remind everyone of the hard work that is taking place.
It's really easy to look at the actions of others and make judgments then tell ourselves how we could have done it differently or better.
As human beings we sometimes take for granted being healthy or realizing how truly blessed we are to have our health. Normally, only after we've lost something we had before, like good health, do most of us realize the many blessings that come with good health.
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