This morning, like most mornings, I grabbed a cup of coffee and the paper. My routine is fairly, well, routine. I start with the front page and work my way through, slowly so as not to miss anything. I like reading articles closely because sometimes I get the chance to read between the lines. So, […]

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My father died when I was a freshman in high school. Apart from the grief my family and I still bear from time to time, the things that he said have taken on a near-sacred aurora. I think a lot of families elevate things their loved ones say or did as a means of holding […]

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*Just a quick note: Since I have declared that I am running for Sullivan County Commissioner I will not be able to contribute to the Bristol Herald Courier until the election is over. I’ll be posting things here – hopefully – weekly.  This time last weekend the government was shut down. It has been called […]

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This article was published on Sunday, January 21, 2018, by the Bristol Herald Courier The late Neil Postman, the author of “Amusing Ourselves to Death,” once pointed out that “How we talk is how we think.” Of course, that idea wasn’t original with Postman. Jesus himself pointed this out when he said, “What comes out […]

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Every morning, like a lot of people, I step out into the darkness of the predawn hours to fetch my newspaper – the Bristol Herald Courier. The last few days, I’ve had to brave arctic blasts, which frankly are as out of place in the south as a Big Ten football fan. But, the trip […]

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See this post in Bristol Herald Courier (Sunday, January 14, 2017).   On Monday, banks will be closed. The mail will not run. A lot of students will get the day off, although some school systems (like BTCS) will use the day for a teacher in-service. It’s MLK Day. The cities of Bristol, Tennessee, and Bristol, […]

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The following article is published in the Bristol Herald Courier –  It is New Year’s Eve and the words of the 18th-century Scottish poet Robert Burns will be on the lips of millions at the stroke of midnight. I suppose, though, most people will not connect Burns to “Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never […]

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