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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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    In a Moment of Insanity, Should I Dye


    Dye Your Own HairClarksville, TN – Two people in this lifetime you should never keep waiting are your attorney and your hairdresser. Without a doubt, you never ever want to get your hairdresser mad at you. (Think hair cut from the Underworld or hair style like a rock star!)

    If you are–like me–totally incompetent at styling your own hair, you realize that your hairdresser is your best friend. (Hopefully, you rarely need the services of your lawyer except to draw up your will and assist with the purchase of your house so we’ll now proceed to the important area of your hair color!)

    At any rate, in the olden days when I was delusional to the point that I believed I could dye my own hair, I actually tried it on several occasions. Born with mousey brown hair, I have had my hair frosted, auburn, blonde and once, mistakenly black! «Read the rest of this article»

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    Surprising Sporting Suspenders Saga

    John Lithgow sporting suspenders

    John Lithgow sporting suspenders

    Clarksville, TN – At some point in the life of some older men, a shift occurs. The former rounded derriere becomes flattened and the formerly flat abdomen becomes a rounded tummy.

    This can occur because of lessened activity due to illness of some variety, a hernia that can happen to the central muscles of a man’s chest, or simply the advent of becoming a “couch potato” for a number of years. It can even happen when someone has indulged in too many trips to the beer keg or drinks cabinet. (Or, as someone has put it, he might have traded one “six pack” set of muscles for too many others in cans or bottles!)

    The result of this shift to “no hips” and “more tummy than one wishes” may necessitate moving from the use of a belt to hold up one’s pants to the purchase of suspenders.
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    You Don’t Want to Miss these Five Authors Books


    Clarksville, TN – Summer typically provides at least a few more hours for reading, whether it’s during vacation or just because you have more daylight hours for relaxing. Here are some authors I consider worth reading:

    1. Karen von Blixen-Finecke (Isak Dinesen). “I had a farm in Africa” in the romantic OUT OF AFRICA (first published in 1937) is one of the most memorable first lines in any book I’ve ever read. These six simple words somehow create an atmosphere of intrigue that extends throughout the book. If you have seen the movie and enjoyed it, you will love the book. «Read the rest of this article»


    Are Women’s Only Choices Bare Bellies, Too Tight Jeans and Visible Underwear?


    Clarksville, TN – At the risk of being a person living in a glass house with plenty of people who could throw stones at my way of dressing, I have decided to tackle a ticklish subject—women’s attire for summer. As hot weather begins to envelope us, we females need to stop and think before we select the outfits in which we are viewed in public.

    Please be aware that I am not setting myself up as any kind of role model in the fashion world. I am a dumpy, past middle-age female whose figure has long since gone to flab. «Read the rest of this article»

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    Some Unusual Situations can occur going to the Movies


    Clarksville, TN – A group of friends–several couples–had been out to dinner. They decided to go to the movies. After having been settled in their seats for quite some time, one of the ladies decided to retire to repair her make-up. She began walking, face towards the screen and scooting sideways towards the aisle.

    Several gentlemen rose to let her by. Unfortunately for one of them, he noticed that his zipper had somehow been left unzipped. As he rose to let her by, he stood and simultaneously zipped. «Read the rest of this article»

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    What’s a Cataract and How Do I Get Rid of It?


    CataractClarksville, TN – When I recently had surgery on both my eyes to remove cataracts, I was told at Clarksville Ophthalmology that some people come to their first appointment expecting to have surgery that day. That’s not how it works.

    Dr. C. Patrick Fitch carefully explained the procedures to me after I had had numerous tests. Dr. Fitch has literally performed at least 10,000 cataract surgeries during his career and is dedicated to the health of all his patients.

    It seems appropriate to look at what is involved in cataract surgery since a large portion of the population will at some time encounter the need for this procedure.



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    Every Parent should make a Plan of Safety in Case of Fire

    The Clarksville Fire Department fights a house fire

    The Clarksville Fire Department fights a house fire

    Clarksville, TN – In only 60 seconds fire can engulf your home.

    Think about it. You have one minute between safety and disaster in case of a major home fire.

    Do your children know what to do? Do you have a plan for getting out? Is there a fire escape ladder in your child’s bedroom or your bedroom if they are on the second, third or fourth floor of your home? Do you have a fire extinguisher beside your kitchen stove? Have your children learned to “stop, drop and roll” in case their clothes catch on fire? Do you have smoke alarms throughout your home? Are the batteries working in your smoke alarms? Do your children know how to call 911 in case of fire or other real emergency? «Read the rest of this article»

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    My Hair Color is not Who I Am


    Clarksville, TN – How many times a day do we look at another person or hear him speak and judge who we think this person to be? Our prejudices filter people when we first look at them.

    If that other person has on baggy pants or has a hair style we consider wild, we may even cross the street to avoid him. If we hear someone speaking English with a foreign accent, we may have preconceived ideas about that person even if we’ve never had any interaction with her.

    Our experiences form our prejudices based on the type of interactions we have or those our family has instilled in us. Most racial prejudice is learned at home. Overcoming our fears—and fear is the basis of all prejudice—is not easy. «Read the rest of this article»

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    When I’m gone it will be too late to send me Flowers


    An elderly couple

    Clarksville, TN – This is a true story but the names of the people have been changed.

    By the time I met them, both Jack and Alice were in their senior years. Originally from Chicago, Jack was a retired high school counselor and Alice still taught voice lessons in their home. Jack was short, bald and a bit rotund; he had an amazing mind and a great sense of humor. Alice was petite, had wavy white hair, and had a pleasant smile for everyone.

    They lived in a huge Victorian home on one of the premier streets of Charlottesville. All the rooms in the massive first floor had very high ceilings. «Read the rest of this article»

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    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society


    Clarksville Book ReviewClarksville, TN – Once in a while when you’re in a second-hand store, you can run across a book you’ve missed when it first came out, but one that becomes a lifelong favorite. That’s what happened to me when I found “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (The Dial Press, August, 2008).

    Who could resist a book with a title like this!

    The entire book is a series of letters with the central character a writer named Juliet Ashton. The initial setting is just after World War II as Juliet is setting out on a book tour for her collection of columns she wrote during the war to help keep up spirits of those at home in England.

    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society «Read the rest of this article»


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