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Call me weird, but one of my favorite subjects in school was Math. Geometry was my first choice, but I was also fascinated by percentages and the way they could predict how likely the chances were … more
Having a career in community newspapers can call for a person to wear many hats. Because our teams usually do not have the largest rosters, each member of our staff must have that ability to juggle many things throughout a day. On a day-to-day … more
I know the instant my taste in music changed. It was the summer of 1971. I’d just turned 20 and had begun serving two years in the US Army. At one moment my favorite music included Neil Diamond, the Four Seasons and Tom Jones. The next moment I … more
In an attempt to provide our readers with the best possible coverage of the mayoral runoff set for Tuesday in Jasper, David O'Mary and Greg Tinker, the two candidates facing off in the election, were invited to the Daily Mountain Eagle office Friday … more
I sharpened my pruning shears this week. They will be pressed into service this winter when the sap drops in the fruit trees. Pruning is vital for the health of trees as they age, and in a sense, it’s important for people too. I’ve neglected … more
I bought a new garden bench for the shady area in our front yard. I bought it because it was a great deal on something I’d wanted for a long time, but I got a time machine in the bargain. We have a big yard, but I knew at once where I wanted to … more
For about 15 years after losing my grandfather to a massive heart attack, my grandmother, Ruby Phillips (known to me simply as Granny), spent a lot of her time traveling the country with other senior … more
Early last week, I got a text message asking, “Were the two nuns killed in the town where you lived in Mississippi?” I had read the reports a couple of days earlier that two nuns had been killed in Durant, Miss., which is very close to the … more
Something happened this past week that made me dance a little jig. Last Thursday after work, I decided to take a walk. Our collie, Caillou, loves walking in winter, but he is less than enthused in August. Maybe the mink coat he wears makes him … more
Sept. 18, 1995, is a day that I will never forget. more
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