I think of the bully as a seventh-grade boy and his gang of misfits who prey on the weak to pick on and push down on the playground — not one with grey hair by the water cooler.
As a young man, I had the pleasure of knowing some people who influenced me and my life in ways I did not immediately recognize, but who over time became pillars and anchors for me.
I recently attended a men’s conference that my church sponsored. At its conclusion, I was left with a few questions concerning religion and what is happening to religion, not only in America, but also, throughout the Christian world.
Side-hilling a meadow looking for deer, suddenly there she was. Or there they were, the biggest sow black bear I have ever seen and her almost-ready-to-fledge cub.
As the dust starts to settle from the fallout of the Afghanistan fiasco, the image to scorch my being and burn my eyes with tears was of the 13 flag-draped coffins as they roll off the plane at Dover Airforce Base.
“Read with great interest Amy Hudgins’ piece in The Post-Intelligencer describing her growth and success via her 4-H Public Speaking Contest experiences. Nice going, Amy – the ability to organize, present and represent one’s self and one’s thoughts is a super power that serves any and everyo…
As football season starts to heat up, it’s important to realize that there is more blitzing happening off the gridiron.
I’m not sure what I expected our country to look like in 2021, but I certainly did not expect it to be so fractured and so bogged down in hate.
Tennesseans talk a lot about the right of free speech, and they should. But it’s interesting to note that free Tennesseans have not always had the right of free speech, at least not on all topics.
There are so many concurrent events happening in the last few months that they are leaving me in a complete state of shock. I am having a very difficult time trying to understand if this is the nation I grew up in or am I in some weird time warp where everything I understood to be true has b…
It is time to call this misinformation crusade what it is — this is a covert enterprise to feed us a bushel of lies. And this is the nicest thing I can say to the hot air that blows in on the wind from them. At the core of this is greed. This money-hungry lot is here to play the long game to…
The jake didn’t know what to do, but the doe did. As I stood in my tree stand, bow ready, I could feel the dilemma facing the jake, or yearling male turkey.
This is going to be somewhat different. Don’t get me wrong. I have not nor will I ever lose my faith, but sometimes there is a need for some laughter in our lives — not just some these days, but a lot.
I’m of a couple minds about the revelation in Bob Woodward’s and Robert Costa’s new book, Peril, about the last days of the Donald Trump presidency.
The 652-mile Tennessee River has long defined our communities. It serves as a vital source of drinking water and electricity for many Tennesseans, and generates much of our local economy through transportation of goods and tourism opportunities.
The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) provided states and localities with a historic influx of federal funds, which policymakers have flexibility to spend on the solutions their communities need most.
The conundrum of voting issues reared its ugly head at a recent Friday morning breakfast of four elderly gentlemen.
We hadn’t heard the name Al Qaeda, and the term radical Islam was not part of our day-to-day vernacular — that is, until a drastic twist of fate on Sept. 9, 2001 — 9/11.
In late April, the City of Memphis abruptly changed course and shut down access to records that show how the city-owned animal shelter treats the dogs and cats in its care.
I would like to make an attempt at putting two and two together. However, having said that, I am just like a long-tailed tom cat in a room full of rocking chairs — nervous. Anyway, here we go.
Life presents challenges to us all, and most of us understand worry. There are enough ordeals along the way of life to cause each of us to worry our heads off.
Shivering in the cold November air, I waited for my dad to finish his attempts to push deer by my stand. I was 15 and was still waiting for my first deer. I had my chances in previous years, but had not yet figured out how to put it together into a successful hunt. When your dad only gets a …
The demonstrations slated for this past weekend in Washington put me in mind of a Ku Klux Klan rally I covered several years ago in Jasper, Texas. The Klan was there to disavow and distance themselves from the dragging murder of James Byrd — no reason not to believe every word they would say…
So jest you rear back and tell ol’ Alphonse here what you think of this, OK? Alphonse Wilson, here, the one they call Windy, a-course, bringin’ you whatever’s the latest stuff you need ta know jest to make your life a bunch gooder.
Prior to, let’s say, 1940, the European view of the sub-Saharan African was across the board very negative, or racist, as we have said for a long time.
Lately, I hear and see a lot about how flawed our history has been — slavery being what the country is built upon, how we treated the indigenous people, white privilege, critical race theory and how we exploited the world.
We, the members of the Henry County Republican Party, are actively recruiting servant candidates for local and regional public office. We are looking for those who wish to move beyond complaining about the problems and, instead, be part of the solutions. Our community, our nation and our wor…
Can we talk about rights for a moment? This is not a column about abortion, voting or masks. I’ll mention them, but I’m trying to understand things as today’s conversations get fuzzier and fuzzier. The Texas Legislature and Gov. Greg Abbott recently passed a law that made abortion in Texas e…
“Some fish tale folks in Connecticut are saying they caught maybe a world-record catfish at a size of 21.3 pounds. Oh, yeah? Well, I’m saying Kentucky Lake is just full to the brim with herds of 75-pound catfish, but they’re publicity shy.” — Clyde Peterson, Houston. “The stuff that doesn’t …
Like many Americans, last Saturday I paused a couple times during the day to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attack on the United States by radical Islamist terrorists and thought about how it impacted and changed this nation.
“So, here’s the deal: If I stand up and cheer every time I read a Donna Davidson column in The Post-Intelligencder, is the noise going to get me in trouble with my neighbors, or do you think I might get drowned out by all the other people who are cheering for Donna Davidson?” — Clyde Peterso…
The videos are amazing, people in power boats, riding along a river, spooking silver carp into the air, trying to catch the fish with nets.
The rise and fall of Memphis businessman Clarence Saunders involves Piggly Wiggly, the Pink Palace, the New York Stock Exchange, Sole Owner stores and (as a footnote) the Green Bay Packers. It’s hard to tell fact from fiction.
I know a businessman about my age who has a large acquaintance of other businessmen across the country who, like him, are directly or indirectly involved in real estate or banking.
I am a believer in common sense, which is one of the guiding principles of my life. More than 90% of my decisions are based on looking at things and applying a little common sense to the problem before acting or commenting on it.
Rays of sunshine play hide-and-seek and peek through the grey wisps that pepper the skies. The flagpole sways as the stars and stripes cleave tight and flap in the wind.
Hindsight is 20/20, and humans have never been able to predict the future. Today, we associate Gatlinburg with hotel rooms, kid-friendly museums, rides, tourist traps, mountain scenery and hiking. A century ago, practically no one foresaw this. Gatlinburg and the forests and mountains surrou…
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