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Opinion

  • On October 3, 1863, President Lincoln, issued a proclamation of thanksgiving which set apart the last Thursday of November as a “day of Thanksgiving and Praise.”

    Earlier in his administration on November 28, 1861, Lincoln had ordered government departments closed for a local day of thanksgiving.  After that, there became an increasing interest to have Thanksgiving the same day in all the states.

  • As details in the Joseph Smith and Michelle Douglas’ case emerge, I am reminded of the Haley Spicer abuse case.

    In both cases, there is a biological parent and a paramour of some sorts and a child. A child that for some reason became the communal whipping post.

    It sickens me.

    The children at the center of both cases are believed to have suffered unspeakable pain. Their little bodies were covered in cigarette burns; they had untreated broken bones and bruises on obscure parts of their anatomy.

  • Have you ever been so excited to do something that you just couldn’t wait?

    I’m sure all of you have been there. It’s those moments when Pandora has to take a peak inside the box and the cat dies of curiosity a.k.a. you just can’t darn-well take it anymore!

  • Saturday nights in the fall of the year are a magical time. Whether it is attending little league football games, cheering on UT, or just spending time with your family, Saturdays tend to be more relaxing than Sunday.  

    However, this past Saturday night, in the middle of the night, Nancy Pelosi and her Liberal colleagues passed a bill they claim will reform the health care industry. The unfortunate truth is it will do nothing of the sort and could be devastating to the American economy.    

  • American author and motivational speaker Zig Ziglar once said, “The things that count most in life are the things that can‘t be counted.”

    The one thing I love about this time of year are the leaves.

    You’re probably going to disagree with me, but the one thing I find rather soothing is raking leaves into piles.

    There’s always been something about yard work that’s somewhat therapeutic.

  • We live in a fast forward society.

    We want our information now, our coffee in an instant and our packages expressed.

    This leaves me wondering- what’s the hurry?

    I question this pace even more when it comes to our children, especially our girl children.

    It seems that not only are they in a hurry to grow up, they have begun to take matters into their own hands physically forcing the hands of time forward.

    Little girls no longer look little. Older girls look even older.

  • I am in beautiful Buenos Aires, Argentina, as I write this. Buenos Aires is the capital of the world’s best steaks and the one and only Tango.

  • In recent months city newspapers have been tanking left and right.

    It seems like the biggest publications are barely hanging on in these times of economic uncertainty, and some of them are just plain going broke.

    In fact, I have read several stories from some of the larger news organizations about the dismal hope of future monetary gains for newsprint even after the current recession is over.

    On any given day I can see thousands of students on The University of Tennessee campus 'plugged in' to headphones and iPods and cell phones.

  • Picture this:  You wake up one morning and everything seems perfect. Your paycheck is more than you thought it would be, your car runs right for a change, and you enter your favorite store to buy that thing you always wanted.

    You walk through the front door and then, without warning, it happens. You see “them.” You know who “them” is. “Them” is that he or she that did something so catastrophic, and made life horrible for you. What’s worse is they see you in return.

    So, what do you do?

  • Change is not easy.  

    I’ll be the first to admit it.  If you want to know how well I have handled it historically, just ask my parents how I responded to the news that we were moving cross country just weeks after my high school graduation.  

    I can assure you it was not pretty.

    With that little confession out of the way, I will now readily admit over the years I have learned that change is a necessary evil.  Without it there is no moving forward or even backward for that matter.

  • Denver breaks 104 year old cold temperature record as Arctic chill sets in.  

    Coldest ever first half of October in Minnesota and Wisconsin.  

    Chicago: Chilliest October in 133 years.  

    Earliest snow of record in Pennsylvania.  

    Coldest early October ever in Lincoln, Nebraska.  

    Record lows in Central Florida.  

    Record snowfall in Pocatello, Idaho.

  • Christmas has got to be mine and my family’s favorite time of the year. The second, of course, is Halloween.

    When my sisters and I were little, our mom always made sure that holidays were special even if we didn’t go “all out.” Now that we’re adults, we lavish ourselves in haunted corn mazes, pumpkin spiced coffees and simply coming together as a family.

  • Last week, President Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

  • To hear television and radio talk masters tell it—or, more often than not, yell it—America is divided neatly into two warring factions; that on either side of the ideological frontier Liberals or Conservatives lurk stealthily for the opportune moment to destroy our country and end forever the “American Way of Life.”  

  • Culinary icon and “Chocolate Madame” Elaine Sherman once said, “Your stress-free life helps you maintain a youthful disposition, both physically and mentally. So, eat lots of chocolate!”

    For the past two weeks, I’ve felt like I’ve been on the warpath.

    You know those weeks; the ones where all hell breaks loose and anything you don’t want to have happen… well, happens.

    The past two weeks were those weeks for me.

    They’ve been trying.