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Bob and Becky live on a farm in Vermont. They make ice cream there. The brand is “The Sisters of Anarchy.” The reason for the name? Their wild, smart, talented daughters — Lily, Sunshine, and Maggie. I worked with the girls a couple of years ago on a jingle for their company — a rap about ic…

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I couldn’t help but think he looked like a Hobbit, which happens to be one of my favorite Tolkien characters. He was extremely short, gnarly of face, bald as a boulder, and often as grumpy as all that. He was a client referred to me by a friend. He had lost his dear wife and wanted to sell h…

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The new school year started and I do not feel even a tiny bit of longing. I am, honestly, surprised by my lack of nostalgia for the classroom. Teaching was my jam — I had the shirt to prove it. Recently, I donated the shirt to the thrift store because teaching is not my jam any longer.

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“Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win” Sun Tzu

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I get a lot of advice on writing columns. Some people tell me to write funnier. Others say, “Be more serious. Solve the world’s problems.”

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A Thomas Wolfe novel proclaimed that you can’t go home again. He meant when you try to return to a place you remember from the past, it won’t be the same as you remember it.

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I’ve been enjoying spending time in the library. The air-conditioning is marvelous and the wi-fi is fast, but that’s not why I go there. I could get both those benefits in many lovely coffee shops around town. I go for the books.

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“The greater a child’s terror, and the earlier it is experienced, the harder it becomes to develop a strong and healthy sense of self.”― Nathaniel Branden

It happened the other day. I was reminded of the richness of my life because of the treasure trove of long, lasting friendships.

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I have been covering schools for thirty years, and I have visited more schools than the milk delivery guys. As Johnny Cash sang, I’ve been everywhere, man. From the modest rural schools to the swanky private prep schools, and everywhere in between.

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Thanks to technology, the January 6 hearings are the closest thing a journalist gets to being at the insurrection. Not that I’d participate in overthrowing the country. I’d never do that. I’m a patriot and love America, warts and all.

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When I was young and hadn’t learned the fine art of appropriate (and inappropriate) conversation topics, my grandmother Hattie was always there to help. I would bring up something particularly gooey at the dinner table (maybe about animal entrails or some bathroom encounter). She would sligh…

One of my favorite days is always the first Saturday in May when hundreds of private jets land in Louisville, Kentucky, and limousines arrive for a ride over to beautiful Churchill Downs.

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To most Southerners, without question, they are the two sweetest, albeit four-letter words, in our language.

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Our judicial system is based on an adversarial model where the ultimate goal is to find the truth of an underlying matter. Direct examination, cross-examination, and the rules of evidence assist the judge and/or jury in determining what happened or what needs to happen.

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It’s no secret that if you are looking to buy a new car, there are few choices available on the market. The continued supply chain crisis has hit the semiconductor industry hard and that has shut down vehicle manufacturing plants across the country.

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I used to tell my wife that I was the most patient man in America. This was usually followed by a swift verbal reprimand, so I stopped saying that.

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Last month, my daughter Sommer and her friends beat the heat during their annual tubing trip down the Shenandoah river. She rode with Carla, a new addition to the group from Baltimore, and they discussed travel destinations and precautions. Sommer gave her advice about staying safe.

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I get the weirdest jobs. This week I’m getting paid to talk. Let me explain. I work for several companies out of Atlanta that specializes in making corporate informational videos. Essentially, they send a little camera crew to interview certain company executives about business-related topic…

It had been a long day. Not a particularly tiring or stressful one.

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The phone rang the other night. I hit “pause” on our relaxing evening and answered. A polite young man on the other end of the line spoke. “This is Chris, from Big Deal Gym. How are you this evening?”

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Twice each year, I do a “From the Mailbag” column, serving up your comments, questions, and corrections. You might think this is an easy way to fill space during a week in which I am actually on vacation. You would be right about that.

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This item appeared July 1 in Newsweek magazine: “The continued rise of Ron DeSantis has now resulted in the Republican becoming favorite to win the 2024 election,” Matthew Shaddick, Smarkets Head of Political Markets said in a statement to Newsweek magazine.

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The craft of writing is complex. It does not come easy, not even to the most talented of scribes.

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I’m seeing them everywhere — clad in black and yellow, both in groups and flying solo. They want a handout and are hostile if they don’t get one. It’s that time of year again — yellowjacket time. They’re on the move, they’re hungry and they’re irritable.

This item appeared 7/1/22 in Newsweek magazine: “The continued rise of Ron DeSantis has now resulted in the Republican becoming favorite to win the 2024 election,” Matthew Shaddick, Smarkets Head of Political Markets said in a statement to Newsweek magazine.

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If you have not seen the movie, “The Legend of Bagger Vance,” it may be a good idea to stop reading this column. It is one of the best movies ever produced and I do not want to give away the story to those who have not enjoyed it.

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Perhaps you’ll want to sit down for this. It might even be advisable to grab a cool, wet washrag for your forehead in case you feel swimmy-headed over this news.

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The January 6 hearings are the most important story of my journalistic life. Of your life. In your children’s lives. An attempted coup. Treason. Schemes. Intimidation. Violence. The bottom of the barrel of unpatriotic behavior.

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My hair was still bristling with tangles and I was rubbing the sleep out of my eyes when the phone rang. It was mama. “Mimi, the bull’s out.”

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Every few years, I clean out my pockets, and share the notes I’ve made while watching a few hundred sporting events on TV. I listen carefully to the sportscasters, and most of them are from a handful of families: the Bucks, the Carays, and the Alberts. I hear a lot of clichés.

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The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued perhaps the most important decision since 1973. The Court over- turned the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling which created a women’s constitutional right to abortion.

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The old man shuffled along the sidewalk, his work boots dusty with a hint of red mud clinging to one heel. From the pocket of well-worn overalls, he pulled a red bandana and wiped his nose.

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A couple of weeks ago, I saw a golden eagle on Trojan Drive. It was hunkered down over a road kill possum. Did anybody else see it? When I returned to the area a couple hours later, it was wheeling around in the sky above it. How do I know it was a golden eagle? I’ve seen one before, almost …

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Everyone has opinions, but mine end up in the newspaper. One goal is to educate. Even if readers don’t like my point of view, maybe they’ll learn something. I write about politics and culture. That covers a lot of territory and taps into my interests. Trips around the block amassed experienc…

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What a country, right? As we celebrate America’s 246th birthday on the 4th of July, let’s pause and list a few reasons to love America.

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That January day 17 months ago, an alarming email from my daughter said, “They breached the Capitol.” She was at work less than a mile from the symbol of democracy, and it was under attack. From Americans. It was an insurrection. I watched in disbelief while it played out on television.

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That January day 17 months ago, an alarming email from my daughter said, “They breached the Capitol.” She was at work less than a mile from the symbol of democracy, and it was under attack. From Americans. It was an insurrection. I watched in disbelief while it played out on television.