Among gardens, garden centers, statuaries and yard art, the stone figure of a monk gently holding a bird in open hand is sometimes found. The statue of the robed monk is St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and ecology. But what of the monk who holds a spade?
Just writing to say thank you for the great time I had when I came down to sing with the Maryville College Community Choir for the "Chronicles of the Blue and Gray" concert on the night that kicked off your spring Pilgrimage.
In your May 7th edition, Harriet Vaughn commented on how water shortages in California may be exacerbated by the Endangered Species Act and have local effects here. Her reference was from a report ... aired on Fox News. As in some reports on Fox News, the story was exaggerated and distorted to match the opinions of the network.
You know we're off to the races when the first slip of the tongue by the presumed Republican presidential front-runner consumes the news for days and launches the primary race in earnest.
Last week I had the pleasure of visiting with both Uncle Bunky and Robert Snow.
On a recent morning around 6 o'clock, a black rooster on the front porch of the house across the street from Miracle Valley Holy Ghost Temple of Deliverance hopped up on the railing and began to crow.
Luis Lang would like you to send him some money. He has taken to GoFundMe (gofundme.com/s78e9w), the crowd-funding website, trying to raise $30,000. Lang, who is 49 and lives in Fort Mills, S.C., is slowly losing his eyesight to diabetes. Without surgery, he'll go blind. Those grim facts notwithstanding, some may not find Lang the most sympathetic candidate for charity.
Who knew that the Father of Our Country made and sold whiskey? Rye whiskey, most probably foul-tasting, un-aged, as was the custom of the day. I would not tell a lie.
Jeb Bush has spent last week debating with himself over whether he would have started the war his brother launched on Iraq. When he figures it out, hopefully, our would-be president will focus in on the campaign to drag us into yet another Mideast war -- this time to bring down Bashar Assad's regime in Syria.
There should be NC-17 stickers on B.B. King albums. Maybe even NC-30 stickers.
When the results of the state-mandated "third-grate gate" assessment were announced last week, two school districts out of 155 reported a 100-percent passing rate.
There are two kinds of people who grow up in a small town: those who embrace it and can't envision any better life anywhere else than home or those who can't wait to get away to a bigger and supposedly more exciting world.
When voters passed a $44 million bond for additions and improvements in the Lowndes County School District by the narrowest of margins, it brought to an end a difficult 10-month struggle for bond supporters.
The left's success in denying President Obama fast-track authority to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership is ugly to behold.
Law enforcement officers have been much in the news in recent weeks, for varying reasons -- all of them heart-breaking.
It is nearly axiomatic that presidential contests tend to shine a harsh light on conservative Christians -- inasmuch as they are viewed as the Republican Party's base and are, therefore, deemed fair game.
People know what "sexist" means. A sexist believes people of the opposite gender are inferior. A policy or law is sexist it if is based on this belief.
This time of year I find it hard to do anything but work in the yard.
1. Roses and thorns: 1/22/17 ROSES & THORNS
2. Partial to Home: Unclaimed baggage LOCAL COLUMNS
3. Patrick J. Buchanan: New president, new world NATIONAL COLUMNS
4. Voice of the people: Deborah Johnson LETTERS TO THE EDITOR (VOICE@CDISPATCH.COM)