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  • 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.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: A pin-striped fig leaf for Adam and Eve?

    Two miles in and six miles out was the running joke among the hikers I was with in Cumberland County on New Year’s Eve.

    The 50-degree weather was nice for the last day of December as we made our way down Black Mountain to Windlass Cave.

    The wind kicked up at intervals, necessitating some wardrobe adjustments, but we all had adequate layers.

    The couple of miles downhill was an easy romp. Even though we covered the same ground on the way out, it was all uphill — hence the joke about it being three times longer.

  • A view from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen

    Gentle reader, we hope that you had happy and healthy holidays and have entered the New Year with a good attitude and prosperous prospects for this to be a good year.
    As stated in our notes for the last two weeks, we anticipated that several things would happen during the interval since our last opinion column, and sure enough thus it was, so here are some of our thoughts on events of the last month:
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  • IMPRESSIONS by Johnny Teglas

    We’ve crossed into another new year and I pray the next 360 or so days will find each of you and your families blessed beyond belief.
    As with most of you, I choose to look forward to the promise of the “new.”
    I also cherish memories and tend to think back on lessons learned.
    A story in last Wednesday’s Roane County News made me realize we can all share in the best of both worlds.
    “Channel 15, Harriman’s new government access channel, has the capabilities to put on quite a production.”

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: May we ring in another great year together

    New Year’s Eve, 1999.

    It was an uncertain time in my life, and not just because of the looming new millennium.

    I had left Chicago and was transitioning out of a two-year freelance stint that hadn’t lived up to my expectations. Now I was tying up those lose ends and holding a temp job in the law firm of a large electric utility.

    As I sat around the TV with my brothers on that long-ago New Year’s Eve, my edginess wasn’t just over whether planes might fall out of the sky.

  • IMPRESSIONS by Johnny Teglas

    Folks here at the office work hard to get information to you.
    They also know they’re more than welcome to share a lighter moment when we push past a deadline and put another issue to bed.
    We call it “decompression time.”
    It’s when we take a healthy breath and step back from our deadline-driven lives.
    It is in those moments that we remember we’re fellow sojourners along life’s highway.
    Banter ranges across many subjects and disciplines.

  • Impressions

    Observations from a slightly frozen fellow who says or does what guys most often do … the wrong thing.
    While vigorously ringing my Salvation Army “ding-a-ling” bell outside Kingston Food City the past couple of weeks, I picked up on a trend.
    I spied a steady stream of guys toting out red roses.
    Most carried out a single bud.
    Others juggled at least a dozen.
    “Hmmm … must be in the doghouse.”