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  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Warming up to a good book

    Today I will have the pleasure of spending the evening with a book club on River Road.

    I’ve been looking forward to it since last November, when they originally asked me to join them for the session.

    I enjoy talking about good books, hearing what everyone else is reading and sharing the ones I love best.

    Recently, I temporarily swapped my copy of Edward Abbey’s classic Desert Solitaire for a friend’s copy of Ferrol Sams’ Run with the Horsemen.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Warming up to a good book

    Today I will have the pleasure of spending the evening with a book club on River Road.

    I’ve been looking forward to it since last November, when they originally asked me to join them for the session.

    I enjoy talking about good books, hearing what everyone else is reading and sharing the ones I love best.

    Recently, I temporarily swapped my copy of Edward Abbey’s classic Desert Solitaire for a friend’s copy of Ferrol Sams’ Run with the Horsemen.

  • IMPRESSIONS by Johnny Teglas

    We find our fun where we can here at the newspaper.
    Otherwise, we’d all just go bonkers.
    When I read editor Terri Likens’ column last Friday, I had to chuckle at her pirate-speak.
    Reading further it dawned on me she and I were on the same wavelength.
    Our brief chat after deadline confirmed my suspicion
    We are both “over it.”
    Our short exchange reminded me of a film from way back in the day.
    Anyone remember “Network”?
    It won four Academy Awards.

  • A View from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen

    The stories telling of the new Republican leadership in the House of Representatives instituting the reading of the Constitution at the beginning of the session was interesting.
    While we approve strongly of the Representatives reading the Constitution, as we think every citizen should read it periodically, in the case of the law-makers, it might raise the calibre of the laws they adopt if, in lieu of the Constitution, they were to read these selfsame laws before voting on them.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: ARGGGGGGGGGGGGHH!!!!

    No, this is not a column about pirate speak, although I do — in my own special way — honor International Talk Like a Pirate Day on Sept. 19.
    I’ve given up.
    I’m done.
    Finished.
    I’m sick of it!
    It once was my habit to study the weather forecasts as far as 10 days out, planning wonderful things for the nice days ahead.
    Now, I don’t even look at the forecasts.
    I don’t have to.
    Why?

  • Impressions: Flap over flapjacks leads to warning

    Folks know I get around. They also know that while on my travels I like to eat.
    Well, sometimes, overeat, as witnessed by the spare tire hanging around my middle.
    Since work regularly takes me to several counties in the greater Knoxville area, I’ve had an opportunity to sample many a restaurant’s fare.
    As not to cut into Bethel Poston’s “Out to Lunch” feature, I won’t name any names.
    Let’s just say there’s plenty of good places to chow down here and around here.

  • A view from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen

    The history of human communication is replete with divers methods and methodology.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Whirling duck fans the flames of cabin fever

    It was the glow that woke me up.
    One glance at the closed curtain, anther at the clock, and I knew what was outside: Snow and plenty of it.
    So around 3:30 a.m. Monday, I sat up in bed, threw back the curtain and watched snow pour like rain from the sky.
    It had already piled up.
    The little whirligig duck across the street at Joe and Lois Longmire’s carried a several-inch load of snow on its back.
    Its little wings spun wildly.

  • IMPRESSIONS by Johnny Teglas

    During my nearly 30 years of marriage, I’ve been blessed to have great in-laws.
    From what some of my friends and acquaintances say, my experience puts me in the minority.
    I’ll happily stay there.
    While my late father-in-law passed on 15 years ago and hasn’t been with us to watch his grandson grow into a fine young man, my mother-in-law is still very much a part of our lives.
    On Saturday night, after a wonderful home-cooked meal at her house, we finally had “Christmas.”

  • Out to lunch by Bethel Poston

    Several years ago my wife, Carol, and I qualified for a free trip to England and Ireland by buying a large quantity of appliances to sell at our Poston Furniture & Appliance stores.
    I like to say we won the trip, but my dad said, “You paid for it in the cost of washers, ranges and refrigerators.”
    (We decided to lower our selling prices in order to sell enough to qualify.)
    In our travels, after seeing many recognized attractions, we always left the tourist crowd and mixed with the locals.