• Marcel Proust, the famous French writer and philosopher, penned between 1913 and 1927 one of the most famous works in the western literary tradition. Entitled In Search of Lost Time, this seven-volume novel remains today a bestseller. It is little wonder man is perpetually searching for, or trying to recapture, lost time.

  • So what’s the deal with all the signs?  

    Now before someone starts thinking I’ve gone ‘round the bend, let me just say I am well aware that there is an election coming up.

    But I still don’t get it.

    What does putting up signs from one end of the county to the other accomplish except a whole lot of post-election work for candidates who can’t remember where they put them all?  Or do they really mean something?

  •  That’s right, my friends, today is a very special day.

    It’s a holiday.

    While you’re reading this, I want to wish you a Happy Play Dress-Up With A Raccoon Day, a Happy Talk Like A Mad Scientist Day, and a Happy Chocolate Cake Appreciation Day.

    Now, I know what you’re thinking. You probably think I’ve lost my marbles or perhaps I’m one brick shy of a load. Please allow me to explain my fascination with such an unusual thing.    

  • Life, we all know, is a matter of perspective. In America, the nation of boundless freedom and wide open spaces, perspectives are as numerous as our citizens. We are a hyper-pluralistic society, one where everyone’s perspective, mainstream or off-the-wall, generally finds its way to the public forum. That’s what makes America the great nation it is.

  • I recently wrote a sad story about drug use and child abuse, but there was a small ray of light; the police and the Department of Children’s Services had intervened in the situation.

    After writing that article, I was alleged to have placed the DCS worker in danger, by using her name. When writing articles about crime, my information comes from police reports, which are public documents and therefore public domain. This means that anyone can access these records.

    I did not write anything that was secret information.

  • Journalists are always looking to land the exclusive interview.

    We all want to sit down with the “It” person of the moment and garner  details that no one else has uncovered.

    It seems that no matter how outrageous, wicked or just plain stupid someone acts there is a journalist waiting to interview them.

    So, being a journalist, when Phillip Pack began talking to me last week at his murder trial I stopped to listen, until I heard what he was saying.

  • The word socialism has come up a lot in our political debate over the last year.

    Perhaps you’ve noticed whenever a commentator has used this term, usually in context of some new Obama initiative, there’s nervous laughter and awkward gestures of embarrassment. Ever wonder why?  Let’s take a look at the definition:

  • Thomas Hobbes, a 16th century English philosopher, famously said that life is “poor, nasty, brutish, and short.”

    For much of the human existence, Hobbes’s observation hit the nail on the head; human life, as wonderful as it is, was, and remains today, overshadowed by cruelty.

  • Easter is by far one of my favorite times of the year.

    Although the religious significance of the season is a big part of why I love this time of year, it’s also the feeling in the atmosphere that excites me. The smell of hyacinths and honeysuckles that fill the warm, sun-kissed air and the vibrant colors that can’t help but make you feel at ease in the midst of personal storms.

  • At Monday night’s county commission meeting the group agreed to move forward with a justice center. That is great.

    But let’s be honest we have been here before.

    In fact, many times before. The last three budget cycles have all had allocations for a new justice center.

    Why the hold ups and hold offs?

    It could be any number of reasons. From the commission’s apprehension about borrowing money to some feeling ambivalent about taking care of criminals the delays have happened.

  • Let me start by saying I am a cat lover. I always have been. They’re neat, require little attention and basically fend for themselves; they’re more like extended stay house guests that you only occasionally have to entertain.

    What more could you want in a pet right?

    Well recently that all changed when I adopted a white German Shepherd puppy named Rosa Barks and believe me when I say that -Rosa barks!

    In the few short months that I have owned her, this dog has utterly turned my life upside down.

  • Shortly after the current LaFollette City Council was elected rumblings began that it could be a difficult group to work for.

    That statement could be said about nearly every elected body. However, as the months have passed the council has taken what began as speculation and given it a fair amount of credibility.

    But last week’s out of the blue chastising of fire chief Gary Byrd was dreadful. I will give the council some credit for not instigating the conflict. Nonetheless it gets a failing grade for not defending a long time city employee.

  • Thai meditation master Ajahn Chah once said, “Looking for peace is like looking for a turtle with a moustache. You won't be able to find it. But when your heart is ready, peace will come looking for you.”

    Oh, well. Judy Collins sung it best. Hey, I’m just the messenger. Nevertheless, I’m excited about something. Spring is about to be sprung and I‘m more than ready for it.

  • As children growing up in the 1960s, we conducted a harmless school drill called ‘duck and cover.’ Can you remember this one? Or how about this one: ‘This is a test. For the next 60 seconds, this station will conduct a test of the Emergency Broadcast System. This is only a test.’ In those days we faced nuclear weapons and MAD—mutually assured destruction. In our community, a tremendous cave served as the ‘fallout shelter.’ We could always go there in case someone used Weapons of Mass Destruction, or so we were told. What innocent days they were.

  • Have you heard about the recent economic threat to the European Union coming from Greece? Greece has a debt problem that could cause a domino effect in the Euro nations. The Greek currency has been debauched through deficit spending and now countries such as France and Germany are being compromised because their currencies are linked and vulnerable. The intricacies of EU currency agreements for the Euro have made this a ticking time bomb. reeping away from the crime scene, once again, is that manipulator of markets- Goldman Sachs. Sound familiar?

  • Today started out as just another day.

    Too many bills to pay, too many errands to run, and not enough of me to go around. Then, everything seemed to stop as I received your phone call telling me that you’re getting married.

    Just so I wouldn’t forget, I stopped everything and circled your special day on my office calendar. This is a happy, yet nerve-racked moment for you, I‘m sure.

  • No, not the 5th – the 10th.  

    The Tenth Amendment of the Constitution of the United States provides protection to the states from encroachment by the federal government.  The federal government has become more and more involved in our everyday lives from the college football bowls to the compulsory low-flush toilet bowls in our home.

  • Who needs to travel to Canada for the Winter Olympics? Especially with all the snow that we’ve been having right here in East Tennessee lately? We can have some winter games right here in our own back yard. Or at least that’s what my friends and I thought last week when we decided to invent an extreme winter sport of our own-snow canoeing.