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Columns

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Laughing at yourself to keep from crying

    The other day, a Facebook friend admitted to picking up a TV remote and trying to dial a phone number on it.

    As someone who has tried to change the channels with my phone, I could relate.

    I’ve also pointed my remote car key at the TV to turn it on. I’ve even distractedly pointed it at the house to lock or unlock the carport door.

    It seems that while we (and by we, I mean people older than the age of 35) embrace new technology, we aren’t quite the whiz kids with it that many in the younger generations are.

  • Impressions: Some hits, some misses, some other

     

  • A view from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen

    Gentle readers, be not disturbed if you do not immediately recognize the name Hetty Green, for she has not been prominent in the news for more than three-quarters of a century.
    But around 1900, Hetty Green was the richest woman in the entire world!
    And the tabloids of the period often wrote of her on account of her miserly ways.

  • 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.