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Last January in my column, “Let the Stories Live On”, I wrote about a new project that was being introduced to the 1st District by Congressman Dr. Phil Roe. Congressman Roe introduced his new staff member Terry Harris who would be working throughout the district, recording the stories of Veterans.

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Hello to everyone reading this today. My wish for you all is to have a very nice day. I hope all of you are taking care of yourselves during these hot days and nights. So many records have been broken with each passing day, and now the weathermen are say we’re in a drought.

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Oddly enough, this column, written in 2009, has generated more talk around the water coolers than any other (as far as I know); and it has been repeated more than once; but you still ask for it again.

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Researchers have devoted decades to studying how to study. The research literature is frankly overwhelming. The authors of a comprehensive guide published a few years ago examined ten different study techniques and drew on the results of nearly 400 prior studies. They awarded ratings to the …

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Teachers and parents who read aloud to children have long known that good stories have the power to captivate the most restless of children.

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In the seemingly never-ending supply of reality shows on television; this oft-repeated expression is oft-repeated: “What’s in it for me?”

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Does this sound familiar? “The evidence is pretty clear that there was collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) on November 17, 2018.

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Long, long ago, in the film universe far away; before I was even born (I know, I know, that does not seem possible, but it is – there were stuff and things happening before Tommy graced the domicile of Fred Marvin and Josephine Celeste Mooty’s place).

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Does anyone besides me long for the cooler, crisp days of fall? It seems like fall is mighty slow getting here this year. But when it does, I have found for us the best ever slow cooker recipes.

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I went to a Veteran’s organization’s state conference this weekend. When I arrived at the hotel, I saw an old friend standing outside and went to say hi. After we talked a few minutes I started inside and he told me to look at the USA Today paper that was laying at the front desk. He said, “…

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I was talking to my friend Jim “Chopper” Phillips the other day; and he offered the following silo full of a rather unique substance I simply choose to call “column fodder.” Chopper’s silo was filled to the brim with really good stuff; running over the top, spilling over the sides, leaking t…

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I recently saw this quote: “When a child is learning how to walk and falls down fifty times, they never think to themselves, ‘Maybe this isn’t for me!’ They get up, and they try again.”

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Communities across the country are fighting an epidemic against opioid abuse, and Northeast Tennessee is at the epicenter of this crisis. Chances are you know someone – a friend, relative, or coworker – who has been affected.

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Several years ago, I watched the news report of the collapse of the I-35 bridge in Milwaukee; and I said to myself, “Myself.” Myself said, “Huh?” I said, “That had to be the act of a terrorist, didn’t it? I mean that couldn’t have happened in these United States, could it?”

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I received mixed reactions from my story last week by both men and women. Many of the women shared they had similar discrimination in their lives and would like me to continue writing about their issues.

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As you know, one of my favorite columns to write is about a male cook, and I have a humdinger today. Not only is Marty a male cook, he cooks healthy. Forced into changing his eating habits when he was diagnosed with diabetes and suffered a heart attack, he has changed his total outlook on fo…

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It has been my joy to be able to pen these columns for several years. Whew, I don’t really even remember when they started flowing from what little creative juices I was able to muster back then.

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The goal of school is learning. The challenge for our schools is to help all students to learn when students are so different.

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Last December, the United States became a net exporter of oil – breaking an almost continuous 75-year streak of dependence on foreign oil and is now the world’s 8th largest oil exporter.

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Several years ago (2009); I attended the historical drama, “Under the Apple Trees”, written by historian playwright, Jariel O’Neil (who writes under the pseudonym of “Duay O’Neil.” (Don’t blame me, Duay; Iliff McMahan; descendant of the infamous Wils McMahan started it).

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Julia didn’t take a tremendous interest in cooking until she got married when she was 20. Then it became do or starve! Her classic dishes were, until that time, wieners stuffed with cheese and boxed macaroni. In fact, her first solo dish was the cheese-stuffed wieners. With the help of her m…

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This week a conversation and a greeting at a meeting “struck a chord” and a memory that I need to bring to the forefront. The message is that women veterans need to be remembered and honored for what they have done by serving in the United States military.

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Kids should have the opportunity to snuggle up with a book and enjoy it, beginning as soon as their chubby fingers allow. They need to discover that books are good anytime.

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For those of you who have not been called upon to try to maintain your cool during a disaster, “chatter” means radio “traffic”; and radio “traffic” means “conversations” or “radio communications”; and “radio conversations” means … well, you know…..

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This week I am writing an article by request on tips and recipes for low sodium diets, so this one’s for you, Betty. First of all, the best way to control salt in a diet is to cook it yourself; that way you can control the amount of salt in your dishes.

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Those of you that are regular readers of this five minutes of (great stuff) (garbage) — you choose one – will notice a slight bit of difference in today’s (great stuff) (garbage) – you still have to choose one!

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Recently I was in Louisville, KY for the AMVETS National Convention. I attended several different committee meetings learning all I could. One of the meetings I attended was the Suicide Prevention Committee.

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This is the last column in the three-part series on how to get your child ready and out the door for school while keeping your sanity.

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Beginning last September, I have written columns to bring awareness to the estimated 22 Veterans taking their own lives every day. While there have been many attempts to curb this epidemic by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and many other agencies and organizations this trend continu…

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Today we shall revisit some of the best cooks in our community who shared recipes with us many years ago. We are so fortunate that these recipes have been captured for us to share for generations to come.

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Long before folks turned on ignitions and revved up car engines, the world had found footstep-free ways to get around, horse and camel, natural energy, river currents. As time went by, it was found that wood-heated water made steam and that pushed wheels.

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Some time ago – well, several, several years ago – there was a man named Jake, who had several – well several, several – children, mostly boys who worked around the farm.

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Parents know that school day mornings can be hectic. But there are several ways to make such mornings go more smoothly so everyone gets where they need to be on time.

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A couple of months ago, we all celebrated graduation and commencement ceremonies in our various school systems; and everyone was congratulatory of the achievement of the various students – no matter what level had been reached.

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The last couple of weeks have been full of my coverage of Congressman Roe’s visit to Newport and DAV Chapter 102’s members. There has been a lot of news out of Washington and one of the newest is the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) report.

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(Because we are at the beginning of another school year, the next three columns will be reprints of previous columns offering hints and tips on how to get your kids ready and out the door for school.)