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About: Sue Freeman Culverhouse

    Sue Freeman CulverhouseAuthor 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.

    She moved to Springfield, Tennessee in 2003 with her sculptor husband, Bill a retired attorney. Sue has one daughter,  Susan Leigh Miller who teaches poetry and creative writing at Rutgers University.

    Sue teaches music and writing at Watauga Elementary School in Ridgetop, Tennessee to approximately 500 students in kindergarten through fifth grade. She also publishes a literary magazine each year; all work in the magazine is written and illustrated by the students.

    Sue writes "Uncommon Sense," a column in the Robertson County Times, which also appears on Clarksville Online. She is the author of "Seven keys to a sucessful life", which is  available on and; this is a self-help book for all ages.

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    Make Sure You Do Your Homework before buying a Piano


    Clarksville, TN – Buying a piano is an exciting time in the life of any person or family. A piano can last as long as 40 years and can be as expensive a purchase as an automobile if you buy top quality.

    Most people buy their first piano in order for a child to take piano lessons. Many parents realize the importance of early training if a child is to become an accomplished musician. On the other hand, most parents, unless they are pianists themselves, rarely understand the complexity of buying a piano.

    Pianos come in several sizes. Grand pianos range in size from five to nine feet. Very few children start out practicing at home on a grand piano unless there is already one in the family. Most grand pianos cost thousands of dollars. «Read the rest of this article»

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    Eight Ways to Insure Your Restaurant Outlasts the Recession

    Keri Russell floats on cloud nine as Cheryl Hines and Lew Temple look on. Photo Credit: Alan Markfield : Waitress

    Keri Russell floats on cloud nine as Cheryl Hines and Lew Temple look on. (Alan Markfield, Waitress)

    Clarksville, TN – I owned a delicatessen once so I know how hard the restaurant business is. Creating the atmosphere for success with a restaurant is extremely difficult.

    Ask the number of restaurant owners who go out of business every year and you’ll see what I mean.

    As a consumer, here are eight of the things I think make the difference in my returning or not to a restaurant. «Read the rest of this article»

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    Hats off to the Ladies


    hatsClarksville, TN – It is no longer acceptable since Women’s Liberation to be called a lady. The term took on unacceptable connotations because it was viewed as a way that men kept women “in their places.” To be a lady meant you were theoretically put on a pedestal but were subliminally considered not quite up to par with a man.

    Ladies were the people for whom men opened doors, who wore hats and gloves, who did not enter the workplace and expect equal pay for equal work, who never swore in public or elsewhere, who spent most of their time making themselves attractive for their husbands’ pleasure, who loved spending their lives cleaning and cooking and being the June Cleaver from “Leave It to Beaver” or the mother on “Father Knows Best.” «Read the rest of this article»

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    The power of a Boy’s Imagination should never be Underestimate


    undergroundfortClarksville, TN – My husband Bill moved to Virginia Beach, Virginia when he was eight. He lived eventually on Mediterranean Avenue near a boy named Dave who became his best friend. The two had many adventures together throughout their school career.

    The summer when Dave was 12 and Bill was 11 found them in a cleared area of a vacant lot behind Dave’s house. Having built all types of forts above ground and in trees, it now became evident that the time had come to move underground for a secret fort known only to the two of them.

    Bill remembers that they dug for days to make a room-sized hole large enough to accommodate some apple crates and a small table where they could have secret meetings and play all types of spying games and other imaginary adventures. «Read the rest of this article»

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    Encountering some perfumes can be a nauseating expericence


    perfumeClarksville, TN – The word “perfume” is a derivative of the Latin word “parfumare” meaning “through smoke” and that leaves one to conjure ideas like “Is the perfume to cover up the scent of smoke?” or “Is the perfume to disguise the true scent of the wearer?” Actually, the name derived from the incense that was the first form of perfume.

    Perfumes were used by ancient Egyptians to honor their gods, to place with the dead, and to wear. Egyptian women had cones of resins and greases that they put on top of their heads; as the cones melted, they would perfume the hair and faces of the women.

    The ancient Greeks extended these uses to bath oils and scents. They also placed perfume containers in the graves of the dead. Greek athletes always perfumed their bodies before each test on the sports fields. «Read the rest of this article»

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    Listening to music can change your outlook on the world

    King David with his harp

    King David with his harp

    Clarksville, TN – Music therapy has been used throughout the ages to help people rise from despair. Greek philosophers used music therapy in ancient times. In Biblical times, King Saul was comforted by David’s playing the harp. Music therapy is taught in universities throughout the world in modern times.

    The American Music Therapy Association, Inc. states that music therapy can promote wellness, manage stress, alleviate pain, help express feelings, enhance memory, improve communication, and promote physical rehabilitation.

    You don’t have to be a certified musical therapist to see the effects of music on other people. «Read the rest of this article»

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    If you’re going to try to be Superman, be careful where you fly


    boysupermanClarksville, TN – Bill, my dear husband, was like most little boys when he was growing up—eagerly interested in trying out new and exciting adventures.

    That’s why Superman—and all super heroes—are so fascinating to children. The urge to fly is somehow innate. We see birds do it. We see butterflies do it. We see tiny insects do it. Why can’t we?

    In Bill’s case, he decided that if Superman could do it, so could he. Confiscating a towel to use as a cape, he sneaked over to a neighbor’s farm and climbed up into the barn. Climbing the ladder into the loft was a cinch as was opening the doors to the outside.

    That’s when things became a bit complicated. «Read the rest of this article»

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    I should have listened to my Husband this time


    Skin tones

    Clarksville, TN – Okay, this is another example of “there’s no vaccine for stupidity” and I have to admit I was wrong.

    We wives usually have a pretty good idea of how to handle consumer affairs, but once in a great while, we blow it. This is the one time in recent history that my husband was right—and I should have listened to him.

    It all started with a $2.00-off coupon I found in the newspaper. A sucker for a good deal, I just couldn’t pass this one up.

    Having been born with skin the color of a flounder fillet, I have always longed for a golden summer tan. Having no tolerance for lying in the blistering sunshine, I have rarely attained one.

    This sun bronzer (minus the $2.00) claims to give you the glorious tan you have dreamed of with just so-o-o-o-o little effort. Just spray it on and then add a little every day until you are the color you want to be.

    Sounds easy, doesn’t it? «Read the rest of this article»

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    You should never Judge a Person by Appearances Only


    facesClarksville, TN – Our culture has become fixated on what a person appears to be. Hundreds of books have been written on the subject; numerous television shows now describe this; scores of people now make their living by telling people what to wear. We believe that youth is the crowning age of life and everyone must work daily to present a youthful, attractive appearance.

    Both women and men are advised on how to succeed in their professions by wearing certain types of clothing, using the latest age-defying make-up, choosing the right hair style, buying that certain briefcase that shows you to be executive material, and having every blemish—from body language to teeth—corrected to fit the ideal presentation. «Read the rest of this article»

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    Wait to Shop on Christmas Eve? What a Concept!


    Christmas PresentsClarksville, TN – When I returned home late in the afternoon, I collapsed on the couch and announced that I was exhausted from shopping for Christmas.

    “Your problem is that you didn’t wait until Christmas Eve to shop,” my dear husband responded.

    His comment boggled my imagination. I could just see what kind of Christmas we’d have if I waited until Christmas Eve to begin.

    Shopping on Christmas Eve.

    Shopping on Christmas Eve.

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