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Partly cloudy with a chance of volcanoes

The National Weather Service has issued a volcano watch for Southwest Virginia, southern West Virginia, and the mountainous parts of Tennessee and North Carolina. A volcano watch means conditions are…

The utility of cats

When the earthquake hit, I was sitting at my desk contemplating a timeline of American Puritanism. If there is an optimum time for the earth to move, this is not…

Making it up along the way

This week, although it is difficult to believe, my beautiful daughters turned 25. They are fun, intelligent, self-actualized people who make our lives joyful, and we are blessed to have…

Hold the phone

Last spring, in the middle of a multiple-day class discussion about the role of technology in culture, one of my students sent a text message in class. This happens all…

Zucchinis in the mist

Have you noticed what a furtive time of year this is? People who are usually paragons of moral rectitude suddenly begin sneaking onto their neighbors’ porches in the dead of…

Whatever you do, keep it clean

This great nation of ours is made up of all kinds of people. I won’t try to describe the theories, beliefs, or actions of any particular category that people fall…

Another day of infamy

Lest we forget, as has been done over the eons of time, today is a day Americans should not forget, another day of infamy as President Franklin D. Roosevelt said…

Wheel has no fortune

Although I rarely tune it in anymore, Wheel of Fortune used to be one of my favorite game shows years ago. I was generally pretty good at it from home,…

Pew… my luck is running out

Even though I live in Northwest Pulaski, I have been fortunate enough to not have problems with skunks like some of my neighbors closer to town. As a matter of…

It’s wise to keep wood around

I made a comment a few years back that I’m beginning to regret. You know how superstition says you’re supposed to knock on wood to keep bad things from happening…