• I knew that’d get your attention!

    No, I’m not trying to attract more of a reading audience through colorful phrases and quirky puns. This week’s story is one that is designated for those who either live with uncontrollable guilt placed by someone else or by themselves.

    William Shakespeare once said it best, “What’s done cannot be undone.”

    How true that is, indeed!

    Do you have anything in your life that you wish you could do over again?

  • We should all thank Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi for supporting the enhanced interrogation techniques that have been used at Guantanamo Bay that may have saved thousands of American lives.

    You have probably heard her mention how she supports President Obama on shutting down the Gitmo Detention Center and how she thinks water boarding is torture, when in fact, she was the ranking Democrat on the House Select Committee on Intelligence and sat in on the sessions that detailed interrogation and approved techniques for use on suspected Al-Qaeda members.

  • For as long as I’ve been writing, the one question I’m always asked is, “Where do you come up with your writing ideas?”

    Though this is a common question, the truth is that my creativity can come from anywhere. I’ve gotten inspiration for whole chapters while pumping gas, walking in the park, or even cleaning the bathroom toilet. You never know when it will hit, but that’s why I’ve got to keep an open mind and a notepad handy.

    Also, I have another secret.

  • Last week, over a million people turned out for an estimated 850 tea party events held across the nation.  

    Adopting the imagery of the Boston Tea Party, these independent activists from across the political spectrum brought out their pitchforks and protest signs to voice their outrage over unparalleled government spending.  

  • Have you ever heard the old saying, “It’s an oldie but a goodie?”

    This past weekend was Easter. In a religious sense, it’s by far my favorite holiday due to the example of renewal, rebirth, and hope for all.

    In a nostalgic sense, there were so many great movies on as well that I remember as a child.

  • President Barack Obama has just completed his first overseas international trip in his young presidency.  

    While in Europe, Obama attended the G-20 meeting in Great Britain, a NATO meeting in France, and a European Union meeting in the Czech Republic.During the same time, international events transpired that showed the naivety of Obama and the foreign policy he is implementing.  

  • Having special days that reminds us to love and be loved is so wonderful.

    For the past several weeks, I have had more rare opportunities than usual, to really enjoy some quality time with some of my children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. One day in March, I took my little 3-year-grandson, Bryson with me to meet my daughter Patty at her house in Jacksboro. The three of us drove over to Knoxville Zoo where we met up with Patty’s daughter, Sandy, and her three children, Ava, 5-years-old, Aydin, 3-years-old, and Alex, 2-years-old.

  • What do you think when you hear about the end of the world?

    Do you believe it will happen, or do you feel as though it’s nothing more than a mere hoax? Despite your beliefs, this week’s story relates to everyone, Christian or not.

    Anyone who knows me, personally or through my weekly column, knows that I whole-heartedly believe in God.

  • It is called a diversion or sleight of hand, in magic.  

    In Gunsmoke, the bad guys would have set fire to the livery stable and while Doc, Festus and Marshall Dillon were putting out the fire, the guys in the black hats robbed the bank, or the Longbranch – or both.  

    In Washington, they just robbed the taxpayers.

    But, even though we just passed the largest spending bill in history, I am disturbed that something much bigger is in the making, such as our liberty and our individual freedoms being pilfered.   

  • Harold N. A. Hurry was a man who was like his middle and last names, always in a hurry.

    He complained so much that he’d often miss out on the little blessings that were all around. In fact, his favorite saying was, “Isn’t there any goodness left in the world?”

    Harold drove to the post office and was in a hurry, as usual. He was angry because the red light wasn’t turning green fast enough, as well as the man in the car next to him that was singing off-key with his windows rolled down.

  • Mark Levin is a nationally-syndicated radio host and conservative commentator.  He has just released a landmark new book, “Liberty and Tyranny:  a Conservative Manifesto.”  

  • Elected officials and those vying for office should not hesitate to answer questions from the public and the media.

    But last week that is what Jackboro’s mayor and some of the board of aldermen, along with one of the challengers competing for office, did.

    Earlier this month sitting board members Avery Burden, Mattie Lou Nance and June Forstner were hand delivered candidate questionnaires from the Press at the town’s monthly meeting. Mayor Jack Cannon was not there but a questionnaire was left for him.

  • As news about the AIG fiasco began to break late last week, it proved yet again how unprepared Barack Obama is to lead America out of this current economic conundrum.  

  • Author Anthony J. D'Angelo once said, “Treasure your relationships, not your possessions.”

    Have you ever seen that credit card commercial on television that says, “shrimp, $50; a night on the town, $75; having a good time with those you love, priceless.”

    Isn’t it amazing how we take so many important things for granted yet value something that only lasts for a few years and feel we’ve conquered the world?