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Some years ago, there was a TV show whose name I cannot recall, but its premise was that everybody has a story and that there are interesting people everywhere in the U.S. 

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“I hate liberals and Democrats,” were some guy’s final words to me just as I was about to leave. “Well, I don’t really hate ‘em … yeah, I guess I do. They’re the stupidest people I’ve ever met.”

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Thought for the week: A change of circumstances is rarely as important as a change in attitude. If you change your thoughts, you will most certainly change your circumstances.

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I was scanning the obituaries recently and ran across a familiar name. His picture, taken in his later years, did not ring a bell with me, mainly because I’d not seen him in more than 60 years. But there he was, dead at 87 after a long and distinguished career in civil engineering. However, …

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I went out for a walk the other morning around 2 a.m. because I have insomnia and know from years of experience I’m only fooling myself thinking I’ll actually get any rest after waking from only a couple of hours of sleep. About half the time I’ll get up and either read or write, or sometime…

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Spring in Middle Tennessee offers beautiful landscapes and enjoyable temperatures, making moving your workout outdoors an easy decision. That’s something Christopher Stark, M.D., an orthopaedic surgeon at Bone and Joint Institute of Tennessee, understands well. 

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When I was doing research for my doctoral dissertation, one of my tasks was to survey The Times from 1780 through 1811. Note that I listed it as The Times. Many people think its full name is The Times of London, but it’s not. To the English, the location is understood as if they’re saying, “…

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When we consider risk, we often think in absolutes. Typically, something like a casino comes to mind, where you bet on a specific outcome and either win money or lose money based on that outcome. When I speak with people who are reluctant to invest, I usually hear comments such as, “That’s j…

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Thought for the week: God offers you the priceless gift of eternal life. If you have not accepted His gift, the appropriate moment to do so is now.   

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I was minding my own business thinking about Cheetos and drain cleaner when I was accosted by an elderly lady outside of the grocery store the other day and chastised — very loudly and passionately — about my columns. The top of the lady’s head barely made it to my chin, and she was wearing …

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As a business owner, you’re always busy, so it’s understandable if you’ve put off thinking about events that won’t occur until far in the future — such as your retirement, the sale or transfer of your business and the settling of your estate. Nonetheless, it’s a good idea to start planning n…

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After I saw the commercial on television reminding me of the upcoming Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Georgia, in a couple of weeks, I went outside, sat on the back steps and cried for a while.