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Still bitter over Mother’s Day burglary

Rick Jacobs It only took 30 years. That’s how long I’ve been living in my home. In that time, my wife and I have raised four children and several dogs. We’ve survived countless storms and straight-line winds. Our house burned and was then rebuilt. Three decades of love, laughter, a few tears and one or […]

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Lessons learned from writing ‘great American novel’

The great American novel has been written. Well, at least my great American novel. After more than a year of writing, rewriting, despair, exhilaration, self-motivation and, ultimately, euphoria, I wrote the final two words that every novelist, amateur or professional, so looks forward to: The End. Of course, the words were completely false. There remains […]

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Empty nest evokes feelings of joy, sadness

By Rick Jacobs I wonder who it was that first coined the phrase, “empty nest?” I refer to, of course, the time when your last child moves out of your home and into his, or her, new home. For those of you who have experienced this you know exactly what I mean. I’m very close. […]

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A few ‘answers’ to start your day

Several weeks ago this column carried the title, Some totally useless information. Perhaps you agreed. Today you might say to yourself, “well, McGowan has done it again.” Whereas the first column’s information was taken from a book titled The Book of Useless Information, today’s has a more positive title. The information has been taken from […]

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To be, or not to be — buried or cremated

By Robert McGowan  The National Funeral Directors Association predicts, or projects, an increase in cremation rates in the U.S. from 3.56 percent in 1960 to 51.12 percent in 2025. Interestingly, the actual cremation rate in the U.S. in the 55-year period from 1960 to 2010 increased from 3.56 to 40.62 percent. The cremation rates tend […]

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Victory Garden

We made excellent progress in the garden dis morning. Amy, Adam, and I got plots two and five all weeded and all the unplanted spaces planted in purplehull peas and set out mater plants 19-21 and spread out all the bags of grass clippings in plots two and five. We watered everwhere needed. We ran […]

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Early Voting

Collierville’s Elese Hathaway, 13, watches mother Pam vote last Wednesday at Collierville Church of Christ. Early voting began on Oct. 17 and will last through Nov. 1. Collierville residents interested in voting early can do so from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Collierville Church […]

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Free press under attack again: Does anyone care?

When the media exclaims that the free press is under attack once again, too often the resulting response is one of indifference. Who cares if elected officials meet in questionable circumstances to determine your communities’ future? Who cares if attempts are being made to “out” anonymous bloggers as a possible means of intimidating the same […]

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