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Former Chattanooga Times publisher Paul Neely visited me in 1994 and asked me to write this column. I said, “I will try it for six months. If I like it and you like me, I will continue.”

A friend of mine recently received a marriage proposal of sorts.

Red Bank City Manager Chris Dorsey’s decision to fire Police Chief Larry Sneed has now landed the city a lawsuit. The tragedy is that it could have been avoided by simple openness with the people.

“I know what you should write about,” my friend said. “Why women don’t like sports.”

I am happy that J. Todd Foster is going to be the head person at our newspaper. I read an article he wrote in which he tuned up a lady with a severe stereotype about the South.

I am starting a series of podcasts on unsung heroes who have made big contributions to my life. For the first time ever, I have been jolted by the realization that unsung heroes impact us a lot more than recognized heroes.

I wasn't expecting a deep discussion when I had some guy friends over for dinner a few days ago, but I guess I should know by now to expect the unexpected.

Today I want to introduce you to a book but, more importantly, acquaint you with an unusual mind. As you know, I am a people collector. I love to fill my life with people who have interesting personalities and perspectives.

  • June 29th, 2010  |
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I had an epiphany a few weeks ago during a late-night text message conversation with one of my girlfriends.

Over the three-day Dragon Boat Festival national holiday (June 14-16), one of my students took me to visit his hometown in Sichuan Province.

  • June 22nd, 2010  |
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