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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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    When You Rescue an Animal from a Shelter,

    A boxer

    A boxer

    One afternoon my husband Bill and I went to the Animal Shelter. One little puppy captured our hearts and we took her home with us.

    Fawn, named because she is the color of a deer, has big brown eyes, huge paws, and the sculptured body of a boxer. The animal control officer, believed she would eventually weigh about 55 pounds. She now weighs 96 pounds (our fault, we are assured by her vet), and she is, unfortunately, somewhat obsessive-compulsive.

    Fawn believes that order should reign in this world. When any object in our house is moved to a new location, Fawn is disturbed. When she was a puppy, she would stand and bark at the object until she finally decided that we weren’t going to move it again. She now just avoids that area for several weeks at a time.

    Fawn does not believe that life’s activities are flexible. She has a routine and you are supposed to adhere to it. The minute I return from school in the afternoon, Fawn is to receive treats—numerous ones if she can convince me that starvation is imminent. She does not expect this service from Bill. «Read the rest of this article»

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    Three keys to improving the literacy of Tennessee children


    educationThe absolute essential for success in school and in life is the ability to read. Literacy is no longer a luxury; it’s a necessity.

    In Tennessee, currently one-fifth (twenty per cent) of adults do not have a high school diploma. I suspect that many of these people also have difficulty reading, whether from a learning disability or from not being able to attend school on a regular basis.

    How can we prevent this problem? I think the following three changes could make a huge difference in the lives of our children and their success rate. «Read the rest of this article»

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    Never judge a person by appearances


    facesOur 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.

    Over the years I’ve learned of some rather interesting misconceptions formed by judging people on their appearances. «Read the rest of this article»

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    I should have listened to my husband


    Skin tones

    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-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) 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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