Author of Tennessee Literary Luminaries: From Cormac McCarthy to Robert Penn Warren (The History Press, 2013) Sue Freeman Culverhouse has been a freelance writer for the past 36 years. Beginning in 1976, she published magazines articles in Americana, Historic Preservation, American Horticulturist, Flower and Garden, The Albemarle Magazine, and many others. Sue is the winner of two Virginia Press Awards in writing.
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Clarksville, TN – David Mallet is a folk singer and song writer whose name you may or may not know. Originally from Maine, he lived in Nashville for many years but returned to his home state in 1997. His signature theme is called “Garden Song” and contains the line, “We are made of dreams and bones.” Somehow this describes the human condition as only a poet can.
When educating a child, one has to always keep in mind the dual side of our existence on this planet. It’s not uncommon when you are working diligently on some concept to be interrupted by a kindergartener or first grader who claims dramatically that he is bleeding and be shown a pinprick at the end of a tiny finger. The intellect and physical life of a child are always interconnected.
Clarksville, TN – Recently on the playground, a first grader fell and hurt his lip. When he returned from a visit to the nurse, he announced to his teacher, “Nurse Teresa put gasoline on my lip.” His teacher said, “Don’t you mean that she used Vaseline?” “No, no,” he insisted, “it was gasoline!”
Children do not always interpret reality the same way that it is perceived by adults. This little boy knew the word gasoline, so he was sure that this was what the nurse was using.
When teachers are speaking to small children, they are always in danger of being misinterpreted.
Clarksville, TN – A large group of professionals get together and plan an extensive training just for you. The entire purpose of this training is to help you become successful in whatever career you choose. Can you picture this.
These people are serious about creating challenges for every aspect of your interests and talents. They spend not only the hours of the day for which they are paid but stay late and constantly design even better training tools.
In the summer they take extra classes to hone their skills. They spend their own money to supplement the meager tools and equipment their company provides for them. They read constantly to learn new techniques that can make their professional skills more proficient.
Clarksville, TN – Teaching is a stressful job. Since laughter is the best medicine for stress as well as other extreme medical conditions, I occasionally check out the internet to see what funny stories are circulating.
The following are not to be confused with those jokes that some people seem to need to send to your e-mail on occasion. I’ve read these on various internet sites by looking on google for what people seem to be reading these days. I hope they give you a giggle too.
Under the dumb things people do, you don’t have to look far. «Read the rest of this article»
Clarksville, TN – Marble Mountain: A Vietnam Memoir is a book that takes you inside the mind of a helicopter pilot in the throes of war.. When you begin the first chapter, you are captured by the understated play-by-play of the life of a young boy who grew up in Tullahoma and became a decorated pilot in one of the areas of heavy combat in Vietnam.
Bud Willis, author of Bluestocking and former resident of Clarksville, tells the story in Marble Mountain of being a pilot of a Huey (UH1-E, the workhorse helicopter of the Vietnam War; it is a forerunner of the Cobra) and being sent to pick up an injured Marine.
Clarksville, TN – When you are making your resolutions for 2016, please add these three authors because you’ll be doing yourself a favor. Each is a master story teller and will enrich your intellectual life immeasurably.
Ann Patchett, one of the owners of Parnassus Bookstore in Nashville, has written six novels, each of which has a new cast of unforgettable characters. Her novels are “The Patron Saint of Liars”, “Taft, The Magician’s Assistant”, “Bel Canto”, “Run”, and “State of Wonder”.
Clarksville, TN – There is a special kind of down-to-earth spirit that Tennesseans have that you don’t necessarily find in other parts of this country. Tennesseans aren’t about being uppity by bragging about how rich their family is or who has the biggest house.
They are much more concerned about how you treat your neighbors and if you’re good to your own family. Tennesseans want you to tell it like it is without putting on airs.
Clarksville, TN – Okay, we all have things that make us crazy. It might be the neighbor next door, our tendency to try to control everything and everyone around us, the world situation, or just the fact that mail carrier keeps putting someone else’s mail in our mailbox.
Whatever it is, each of us needs to have coping mechanisms to keep these annoyances from driving us nuts on a daily basis.
Here are a few ways you can at least turn loose of these irritants for a while.
Clarksville, TN – Michael Freeland, author of Blood River to Berlin, has also published Time and the River: A Memoir with photographs by his wife, Ellen. In Time and the River (Periploi Press, Nashville, Tennessee, 2010), Freeland has managed to tell not only a story of love and war but to give an intimate look at what goes on in the mind of a person who has returned from war.
Mike Freeland, a young man who grew up in rural Kentucky (now an octogenarian), shows us what it’s like riding the rails in the Roaring Twenties with his brother Chet. Their dreams of making money and writing a novel turned out to be the illusions of young men who have yet to face the real world.
Clarksville, TN – No matter how you celebrated New Year’s Eve this year, you’ve already completed your rituals. Some may have been joyful and, for some, a bit painful the next morning when your head felt like it had been run over by a steam roller. Whatever went on, it’s time to move on and see how next year’s event can improve.
A look at how people around the world celebrate New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day can be a real eye-opener.
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