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  • VIEW FROM LICK SKILLET: Some random thoughts on the passing scene

    By Gerald Largen

  • IMPRESSIONS by Johnny Teglas

    My social-network friends often share snippets of their lives with me and the rest of the cyberworld on a daily basis.
    That’s fine. I enjoy keeping up with their comings and goings that way.
    To be honest, though, I seldom post much about my world.
    I choose to share those thoughts with you here in this space.
    While I am known to blog at roanecounty.com, I am much more comfortable offering up ramblings on paper with ink.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: Recent outrages require comment & criticism

    Kind reader, we are not unaware of the fact that since the beginning of the new year we have failed to follow our usual pattern of choice of subject matter upon which to write these weekly columns.
    From the inception of these columns we have tried, and generally been successful in writing about several different fields.
    These have included history, biography, reminiscences, travel, gastronomy, gardening, tributes — both current and post mortem, law, philosophy and politics.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Views from on high — and down under

    When the group I sometimes hike with decided to take on a 10-mile hike at Cumberland Gap National Historic Park, I hesitated.

    Ten miles is a long hike, and the long climb to the White Rocks and Sand Cave also is listed as strenuous.

    I was well aware of this fact.

    I had done this hike several times as a much younger woman when I lived on the edge of the park.

    I also knew the beauty that lay ahead.

    And so, last Saturday, I went with about a dozen other hardy hikers and began the 1,655-foot climb.

  • Impressions: Icky stuff is actually sign of good stuff to come

    SPLAT!
    It was yucky.
    Some sort of great big bug committed suicide on my windshield as I was driving home from a meeting at our newspaper in Campbell County Friday afternoon.
    I won’t go into all the gory details, but what remained of the insect left green, yellow and reddish-purple juices streaming down the glass and onto the hood.
    To be honest, I don’t know how that much liquid a bug can hold, but this one must have been a beaut.
    The darned thing’s remains pretty much turned my stomach.

  • A view from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen

    Last week, we wrote about the Tennessee General Assembly’s assault upon the Tennessee Education Association, the teachers’ union.
    This is just one small piece in the giant mosaic of right-wing attacks upon the poor, the underprivileged and the working class.

  • IMPRESSIONS by Johnny Teglas

    Decisions, decisions.We face them with every breath we take.
    Sometimes, they’re no brainers … we breathe in, and we breathe out. The most wonderful wife in the world has to remind her wayward husband to do it every now and again.
    At least that’s what she says when I do something stupid that gets on her nerves. Needless to say, I comply with pretty much everything she says because I know she knows what’s best for me.

  • Impressions: There’s light you can create in dark times

     

  • A view from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen

    All right class, we are going to start the lessons with a pop quiz.
    What president of the U.S. during an eight year tenure in that office got the Congress to raise taxes a total of 11 times, thus averaging more than one tax increase each year?
    The answer appears at the end of this column. (If you listened to NPR’s “Morning Edition”, last Friday, [WUOT, 5 a. m. to 7 a.m., repeated 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., each weekday,] you will immediately have the answer.)
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  • IMPRESSIONS by Johnny Teglas

    A tough guy … that’s what most of us weekend warriors like to think of ourselves.
    Fact of the matter is, we’re all pretty much far from it, as the Boss reminds me quite often.
    Just a few days ago, the most wonderful woman on God’s green earth shook “my world.”
    “Quit whining!” she ordered.
    Weenie that I am, I immediately complied.
    Still, I secretly pined inside.
    When I awoke and showered before church, I could tell something wasn’t just right.