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Fine dining in Northeast Tennessee

Because I’m a nice person and don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings, I don’t want to say this too loudly, but IT’S SPRING BREAK! WOOHOO! Oh, wait, I said I…

Layers of Life

Layers of Life

By Pat Farrell Life has what I describe as many layers. On the top layer, where I have lived most of my life, it’s very worldly. Earthy. I see physically…

Great Changes in Living

Looking Back with Lloyd Mathews, originally printed May 4, 2003 I have been reading a book entitled “The Big Change” in which the author, Frederick Lewis Allen, talks about life…

God signs show up in times and places designed especially for our senses and situations

God signs show up in times and places designed especially for our senses and situations

By Pat Farrell God surrounds us with Himself. His mystery shows up in times and places designed especially for our senses and situations. He shows up at just the time we…

“Saturdays Were Special”

Looking Back with Lloyd Mathews originally printed Oct. 28, 2001 I believe that the older one gets, the more he dwells on the past. I try to focus my thinking…

Be grateful for all things in life

Be grateful for all things in life

By Pat Farrell My husband and I recently moved and had to downsize our lives. While we sorted through and decided what to keep and what to throw away, I stopped…

A second lesson from His Second Coming

A second lesson from His Second Coming

By Pat Farrell “Be careful or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap.…

Days of neighborhood stores passing us by

Looking Back with Lloyd Mathews, originally printed October 21, 1990 Remember when you used to go to the corner grocery store? There was one in every neighborhood back before the…

Recognizing two outstanding black leaders in the NRV

To the editor: As we come to Black History Month, I am reminded of two outstanding leaders in the New River Valley who demonstrated the possibility of unity in the…

The power of kindness shown to a stranger

The power of kindness shown to a stranger

By Pat Farrell There I was at the local laundry mat, dirty and covered with paint. I stuffed an oversized bedspread to be washed in the extra-large washer and was four…