• A busybody.

    Webster defines a “busybody” as a person who mixes into other people’s affairs through meddling and gossip. I just consider the whole concept as nothing but a waste of time; time should be spent uplifting a neighbor rather than telling everyone how imperfect he or she is.     

    Why do we make other people’s business our business? Why should it matter what other people do? It’s not like we’re going to have to answer for the things others do.

  • The next scheduled election for Campbell County officials is August 2010; that’s less than a year away.

    But it is time already that we as citizens begin thinking about the votes we will cast in that upcoming election.

    When we go into the voting booth and close the curtain behind us, what thoughts will be running through our head as we cast our votes?

    Will we be focused on the job that the person running for election did? Will we be thinking about the future of our county?

  • Being the proud mother of a 7-year-old son and nearly three-year-old daughter, I thought that I had seen the last of the four hour feedings.

    But this weekend I found myself being thrown back into the four hour feedings schedule. However this time the work was four times as hard. This time I have quadruplets to attend to.

    Luckily my son finds the process fun so he helps out with one of the four who he named Izak the second, after himself.

  • This week’s story is spun from something that has been brought to my attention.

     Keep in mind this week’s story is solely for the purpose of the child involved in all this. Trust me, you will either love it or hate it. Again trust me, there’s no “in-between” with  this one.

    This past week, I received a knock on my door. I looked through the peephole and saw a small child standing with a pamphlet in hand. Without hesitation, I opened the door and asked what they needed.

  • Our Republic is being stolen. It is being done systematically in the cover of darkness – bills that give more power to Washington and special interests and less to “we the people.”

    It is being done with radicals in Congress and the White House setting up a shadow government using czars to usurp the authority of Cabinet members and Congress.  Even Hillary has complained.

  • Today is September 19th: The sun rises over the East Tennessee mountains as the early morning chill causes my covers to seem more enticing and beckoning than usual. However, the timed percolation device on my electric tea pot has other plans.

    It’s time to start my day. I stretch, let out a huge yawn, and a herd of puppy kisses force me to rise from my paralyzing slumber. I check my emails and cell phone. How nice! An array of family and close friends wish me “HAPPY BIRTHDAY!”

  • It’s been a long, hot summer, politically, across the country. Americans from all walks of life, including Republicans, Independents, and Conservative Democrats have challenged politicians of all walks of political life. The catalyst, of course, has been the Obama proposal to nationalize our healthcare system, however. While healthcare has been the catalyst, Americans have showed that they are tired of out of control government spending.

  • For most of my politically conscious life, my conservative friends have played the same tune over and over, ad absurdum: “Keep government off my back.” Government, they say, should be kept “out of our lives.” Pundits like Lou Dobbs and Rush Limbaugh, among many others in the Washington-bashing business, claim that government is at the root of all evil. And by the looks of things, some of these same people are now organizing against President Obama’s health care plan and singing the same anti-government song.

  • Shakespeare quoted in his play, “Hamlet”: “To thine own self be true.” This week, I think we can all relate to this one, especially myself.

    Yes, there’s always been something that I’ve kept hidden from the world, except from a select few. It’s something that as soon as I step out and fully embrace, I can really become myself and feel the utmost freedom, unlike any other.

    That’s right, I’m talking about…my passion for wanting to ride a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

  • I don’t particularly like writing about my life.

    Let’s face it- that is not why you bought this paper and well, it is just not that interesting.

    However, I am convinced that at least five moms who are reading this will know exactly what I am talking about when they read this.

    They will say, “I did that” as this column progresses.

    So here we go… and by the way, a few fathers may get this as well.

    August can be tough month for mothers.

  • “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil.”  Isaiah 5:20

    This week the Obama administration reneged on its commitment to “look forward” and not prosecute the prior administration for alleged misconduct in the War on Terror.  Nevertheless, Attorney General Eric Holder has just authorized an investigation into the CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques used in the first months following the 9/11 attack.  

  • A popular ancient proverb says, “The man who lives only by hope will die with despair.”

    Within the next few weeks to come, I’ll be celebrating another year. About twenty-nine-and-holding-years ago, I came into this world. Grant it, I had no idea the direction my life would take, but I’m grateful it all worked like it did, both the bad and good: the bad to make me stronger and the good to make me cherish every yesterday when today is gloomy.

  • I love flea markets. Every once in a while, you can find a good deal on that one thing on this planet that you simply can’t live without.

    While looking through each knick-knack displayed on each table, I couldn’t help but wonder. Did the seller ever envision his or her items for sale would one day impact someone‘s life? Though the seller assumed each chipped and not-so-eye-appealing item was just another thing to sale, to someone else it was a lost treasure with tremendous impact.

  •   Greetings from your Campbell County Chamber of Commerce.

      This is the first in what I intend to be a monthly informational column to keep you up to date on community and economic development efforts here at your chamber.

      I know many, but certainly not all of you.  

  • A young lady used the metaphor at a town hall meeting in Pennsylvania with Senator Arlen Specter in describing what Liberals in Congress and the Obama administration have done to our country. And they know it.

    All over the country, real Americans with real concerns are turning out in record numbers to voice their opinions on not only healthcare, but also the exponential expansion of the federal government with more control over our lives while spending more of our hard-earned tax dollars to do it.

  • This past weekend we were at my daughter’s lovely houseboat on the lake where we had a birthday celebration for my great grandson Aydin who turned four years old on Aug. 12.

  • A former United States President once said, “Always remember others may hate you, but those who hate you don't win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself.”

    Before you answer the following question, keep in mind that none of us wear halos and angel wings, so by all means, be at liberty to answer honestly. Have you ever hated someone, or do you hate someone right now as we speak?

    We’ve all done this.

    I don’t care who you are.