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The other night Matt Coe and I looked at each other and acknowledged we’re entering a new phase of parenting and, perhaps, marriage.

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Driving to the airport on Tuesday I heaved a big sigh, hoping to expel all the anxiety and fear weighing me down these last weeks.

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A few weeks ago, a friend of mine recalled for me the King Saul story from the First Book of Samuel — the one where the Israelites beg the prophet for a king to rule over the nation.

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It’s been a week of conference calls and Zoom meetings from my little desk in Downtown Athens. As director of national programs for the Center for Rural Strategies, I spend a lot of time talking with other rural advocates across the country — to people who are working at all levels, from the…

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In anticipation of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, I offer up this reflection from January 2018. It still rings true to me.

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When the Wild Eagle roller coaster opened at Dollywood back in 2012, my husband said something along the lines of, “You’re going to try this one with me, right?”

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The social media hashtag for the week tells me that it’s Working Parents Week — a time to shed light on how families are really doing when it comes to balancing careers, raising children and achieving some quality of life.

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When people ask my daughters what they want to be when they grow up, my girls respond with a concrete occupation: “I want to be a dentist,” says my youngest. “Or a popstar.”

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As I watched the third Civic Saturday program unfold last weekend, I let my mind wander a little bit through memories and moments, words and testimonies that have shaped my own notion of what it means to be an engaged U.S. citizen.

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There is an historical marker on Sullivan’s Island in South Carolina that complicates the story vacationers envision as they look out across the harbor to Charleston.

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As I read the horror stories that are coming out of the camps on U.S.-Mexico border, I’m reminded of a conversation I had a long time ago with my grandparents.

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For my children, the most thrilling summer activity is spinning the prize wheel at E.G. Fisher Public Library.

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A few nights ago, I pulled out my old AP English portfolio from my junior year in high school.

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The other day I walked into a bookstore and had the delightful thought that, in my lifetime, I will never run out of books to read.

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How do we share our grief and show support for our Muslim brothers and sisters in the wake of the recent terrorist attack in mosques in New Zealand? This is the question I’ve wrestled with in recent days.

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On Saturday, March 2, Art & Frame shop on North Jackson Street in Downtown Athens nearly burst at the seams as it welcomed a full-house of local citizens for the second Civic Saturday, hosted by the Athens Thrives Team.

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When I reflect upon our first Civic Saturday at the end of November last year, the image that comes to mind is that of Main Street Director Lisa Dotson delivering the final searing lines of Maya Angelou’s poem, “Still I Rise.”

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Have you ever been in a conversation with someone about feminism and had it reduced to a lament about who gets to open the door?

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Against the backdrop of the second-longest government shutdown in history, members of All McMinn Modern Professionals (AMMP) gathered to celebrate their first year as McMinn County’s young professionals group and to recognize members for outstanding leadership and service to the community in 2018.

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I offer my Christmas op-ed from a year ago — 2017 – because we find ourselves yet again preoccupied with borders at Christmas time, with the additional pressure of a government shutdown over unmet demands for more funding for a border wall.

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Occasionally, the New York Times or another big news publication will run a glossy story prophesying the imminent decline of rural America’s small towns. One such story ran in the Times only last week, in fact.

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Everyone needs an eight-year-old in their life to keep them honest.

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In the dark chaos of Black Friday, the Trump Administration released the most recent National Climate Assessment, a sweeping scientific study that details the severe effects of climate change across our country.

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On Saturday, nearly 70 people gathered in Pocket Park on North Jackson Street in Downtown Athens for Civic Saturday.

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I wish I could bottle up that feeling I get when a middle school band plays the Salute to the Services medley and men and women from each branch of our U.S. Armed Forces stand for their song.

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By the time this column appears, the 2018 midterm election will be over and, make no mistake, the country will still need compassionate, courageous citizens.

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For some time, I’ve wanted to devote a column to raising awareness about the opioid crisis and addiction in our community, but I couldn’t find the right words, or perhaps, muster the courage. So, I found someone else with courage and wisdom to tell the story true. Stephen Dick was my teacher…

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