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Cold winter air brings on clear thinking

Pettus Read

By Pettus L. Read Tenn. Farm Bureau It was an afternoon after one of the TV news talk shows had discussed pretty negatively many of the items found in the national Farm Bill that I pulled into the long gravel driveway of Uncle Sid and Aunt Sadie’s farm. The day had been an unusually cold […]

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The beautiful blue Danube — well, maybe

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By Robert McGowan Columnist Our daughter, Beth, gave me two books for Christmas, including a few others. One book was “Learn Something New Every Day — 365 Facts to Fulfill Your Life,” written by Kee Malesky. The other book was “Flying by the Seat of Your Pants: Surprising Origins of Everyday Expressions,” by Harry Oliver. […]

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A few ‘answers’ to start your day

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By Robert McGowan Columnist Several weeks ago this column carried the title “Some Totally Useless Information.” Perhaps you agreed. And, today, you might say to yourself — “Well, McGowan has done it again.” Whereas the first column’s information was taken from a book titled “The Book of Useless Information,” today’s has a more positive title. […]

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How to fill that long country-road ride to work

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By Carolyn Bahm Express Editor Because I already had a home in Collierville when I took this job and because I’m reluctant to disrupt my younger daughter’s last few years in high school, I will be commuting to work for the foreseeable future. That works just fine for me. As an introvert who doesn’t find […]

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To be, or not to be … buried or cremated

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By Robert McGowan Columnist The National Funeral Directors Association predicts, or projects, an increase in cremation rates in the U.S. from 3.56 percent in 1960 to 51.12 percent in 2025. Interestingly, the actual cremation rate in the U.S. in the 55-year period from 1960 to 2010 increased from 3.56 to 40.62 percent. The cremation rates […]

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New things ahead for the New Year

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By Pettus Read Columnist Well, I’m finally going to do it. With the prospects of it happening, there were those who suggested it, others greeted it with happiness, and even a few tears were shed by some, but I’m going to hang up my Farm Bureau keys. After 44 years and five months of being […]

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Resolving to tighten and cherish those ‘ties that bind’ for 2013

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By Rick Jacobs Columnist When this column goes to print, Christmas will have come and gone. The gifts have been opened and the lines to exchange or return some of them will be long and slow moving. Lights and trees will come down. Christmas music will be shelved until next year. In a few short […]

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Future advanced technology: Let’s define ‘advanced’

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By Robert McGowan Columnist Have you heard or read about graphene? If you haven’t, it is a newly discovered and very special form of graphite. This is a special breakthrough — so special that two scientists who were the first to produce single-atomic thick crystals of graphite were awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics. […]

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3 lessons I got right this year

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By Carolyn Bahm Express Editor Once again, I look back over an imperfect year and see many small steps (the only kind that ever seem to get me anywhere) that helped me be more authentic, kind, and happy today. It’s been an uneven path of successes and failures: I worked hard to lose 60 pounds, […]

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Love the city, kind of hate my washer

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By Carolyn Bahm Editor The first week on the job has been a trip. I’ve gotten to talk to all three of the Bartlett superintendent candidates and can’t wait to see who will take on the challenge of hiring, inspiring, and firing up everything the district needs by summer 2014. I cast votes for the […]

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Tennessee tradition must continue

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By Pettus Read Columnist Christmas is a special time of the year for most of us, especially those of us who have come from rural backgrounds. It is when most of the farm harvest is complete and the coldness of winter is settling in. In years past, it was also a great time to go […]

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Using the Tao to understand happiness

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By Robert McGowan Columnist A few days ago I watched a television program called “What Is Happiness.” I wish they would have answered the question for me. However, not unexpectedly, they didn’t or couldn’t. The program, a hodgepodge of inconsistencies and expanded trivialities, did motivate me to look again into a couple of books that […]

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