Divided in politics, Family united as Americans

November 26, 2017
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The first carload arrived Wednesday afternoon around 3, the second straight up 5 and the last a grateful early arrival of 9:30. They hail from Nashville, Dallas and Kansas City. Their ages ranged from a high of 63 down to a budding powerhouse of wit and sarcasm of the ripe old age of 10 going…

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Katie Armiger: Character over Career

November 19, 2017
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My first encounter with this young woman was over lunch with my step-daughter in a deli outside Nashville.  She was not yet 20 years old and checked off so many of the stereotypical boxes:  won a talent contest in her teens, had some success on the radio circuit, and beaming with hope. She carried herself…

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A sister’s love takes on the U.S. Army

November 12, 2017
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The email came in from across the Atlantic: “After exactly 52 weeks I got it yesterday…….Amazing to read and heartbreaking letters from his sister asking that his body stays at cemetery where he was buried after he was recovered from wreck” It came from my fellow friend in history Peter den Tek.  Peter is the…

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On election 2016 anniversary: Let the screams begin

November 5, 2017
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The screams of fright usually end at midnight on October 31st and the costumes are stored away for next year’s Halloween frenzy. Leftover candy is taken to work hoping co-workers will share in the calorie count. And if it’s an even calendar year there’s either at least a Congressional election coming up or we’re almost…

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Orange, the new color of hope.

October 29, 2017
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Well, well, well…..after now almost a full year of spoon feeding the American public a daily dose of there’s a Russian behind every tree and each and every one of those trees hide collusion with Donald Trump, the Washington Post, finally had to admit Tuesday that every coin has two sides. The headline was simple…

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One flag, two nations

October 15, 2017
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Arriving in my inbox Monday morning was a most gracious email from a reader of this column.  The subject was last Sunday’s column the Las Vegas horror and the 2nd Amendment. While it was nice to know that there are indeed other Americans who understand that there will always be evil in this world and…

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