Category Archives: Op/Ed Thoughts

What Life Needs Is a Soundtrack

Music inspires and moves me as much as anything in my life. Does life have a soundtrack? I have done my best to prove it can. Continue reading

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Gluing Together Our Broken Places

I got my first dose of the Covid vaccine today in a drive-through operation at Ft. Sanders Hospital West here in Knoxville, Tennessee. It was a flawless experience except they did not set up a second shot right away on … Continue reading

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Seen, Heard, Loved

Humankind’s search for meaning has many twisting turns and blind alleys, but basically each person seeks to be seen, heard, and loved. Continue reading

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Down to the Root

“I carry you within me, to the very root And though I may blossom,still you will be here.” Continue reading

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The Wisdom That Does Not Cry

Wisdom is not a monopoly held only by adults. There is so much we can learn from the deep wisdom of very young children. May we stoop from our greater height, bend our ear close, and listen. Continue reading

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IndigoNation

Nothing compares with this dye’s ability to capture the blues of nature—a midnight sky, early dawn, or an impression of the sea. It can also define a mood—of melancholy, of mystery in the dark hues, or joy and vitality in lighter … Continue reading

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Collateral Damage

Throughout history humans have sought easy answers to complex issues. When things go wrong, how can we protect the most vulnerable: Women, older people, the poor, and our children? Continue reading

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Safety Not Guaranteed

In this ever-changing, pandemic-frought world, the title of one of our favorites movies, Safety Not Guaranteed, could be the headline for our lives. Continue reading

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A Larger Canvas for Our Tiny Boats

When history takes charge, our stories are rewritten in a heartbeat. But history is not the only force of nature. Continue reading

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Found Wanting for His Moment in History

Yesterday I learned that Senator Lamar Alexander–one of two senators representing my home state of Tennessee in the U.S. Senate–voted not to call witnesses during the our current President’s impeachment trial in the Senate. I was not surprised, in fact, … Continue reading

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