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Of eagles, time and ice cream

It saddens me to report that the country adage, "them that has, gets," is alive and well in Franklin. I'm referring to the news reports that a nesting pair of bald eagles, our national bird, has taken up residence in our fair city.

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Shades of Grey: Early Radio Quiz Shows

About 1940, the country was beginning to emerge from the Depression, and the tall poles bearing electric wires were marching deeper into the rural areas of the country.

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Voices of Experience: Clear the Way Home with Susan Gardner
Susan Gardner
Voices of Experience: Clear the Way Home with Susan Gardner

Dora turned to me and said, "I can't walk through our living room anymore without stepping on stacks of papers." I was immediately concerned about my friend's safety.

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Kissinger, Capers ...
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Kissinger, Capers ...

Henry Kissinger, Jerry Orbach, County Kerry, capers. This is my mantra to assure myself that I'm not afflicted with "the ol' timers." There's one more, but I can't remember what it is.

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Exercise Your Whimsy
Exercise Your Whimsy

My bucket list seems more like a sand pail. A friend sent a broadcast e-mail of his summer in a wisteria-draped villetta he rented in Tuscany from which he pedals out for two-day bike rides in the countryside. That's a bucket.

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Voices of Experience: What Will Be YOUR Legacy?
Eelco Wilbrink and his grandfather both left a legacy of love.
Voices of Experience: What Will Be YOUR Legacy?

Another life suddenly cut short! Whether it happens on the news or in your family, we feel a sadness for the untoward violence, accident, or disease.

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Selectively
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Selectively "Senior": When Do You Consider Yourself a Senior?

What is it about the passing of years that gives us a love/hate approach to life? We talk about aging as a derogatory term, but isn't living longer a wonderful chance to truly embrace life to its fullest?

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Shades of Grey: Early Radio Programs

For those of us growing up in the rural South in the 1930s and 40s, radio was our window to the outside world. Radio transported us to any place in the world because it forced us to use our imagination.

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Shades of Grey: Tying Up Loose Ends

My writing folder seems to collect a lot of fragments - things that don't quite fit any particular place. I suppose it's something like the odd pieces of cloth a tailor is left with after he gets through making a suit.

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Voices of Experience: Family Only - Your Secret Stash of Memories
The sister authors visit Australia, Marion Mingle and Anne Strang.
Voices of Experience: Family Only - Your Secret Stash of Memories

"I showed my book to a friend at FiftyForward Donelson Station. She wanted to buy a copy!" Marion Mingle was surprised, flattered and, instead of selling, loaned the copy of her own life story, "Growing Up in Glasgow: A Conversation Between Two Sisters."

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Having a Catch
Having a Catch

Something soul satisfying about the simplicity of having a catch - not to be confused with playing catch.

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Are You Living in Your PJs?
Are You Living in Your PJs?

I'm waiting for my flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles when I catch a familiar face gliding by. "Hmmm. No, can't be." Then I hear his voice.

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Shades of Grey: Children and Church

Children are unpredictable, to say the least. They are especially unpredictable in situations which they do not face on a regular basis. Church can be one of these.

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Shades of Grey: More Odds and Ends

My title for this piece reminded me of the story about two young doctors, a psychiatrist and a proctologist, who were just beginning their practices. Since money was tight for both of them, they decided to rent an office together.

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Voices of Experience: Go Ask Your Mother
Voices of Experience: Go Ask Your Mother

Look both ways when you cross the street. I still hear the Mom's firm voice echoing in memory whenever I approach a street curb, especially when I hold the hand of my granddaughter, Sophia.

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Have an Affair with Steve McQueen?
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Have an Affair with Steve McQueen?

I dreamt I was on the verge of having an affair with Steve McQueen. We were right "there" when I found myself trying to reason him out of being his "Steve McQueenie self."

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Shades of Grey: Military Stories, Part II

If you missed my last column, it consisted of several accounts of unusual events that happened when I served in the Army back in the mid-1950s. Here are a few more.

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Voices of Experience: Spring Clean Your Memories
Margaret Wells Hayslip, of Franklin, found boxes of her grandmother\'s journals in her father\'s barn while spring cleaning. She transformed them into the heirloom Wells family history book, "If You Care to Keep the Last Letter."
Voices of Experience: Spring Clean Your Memories

Spring brings the hankering for fresh starts: a clean house, a neat desk and a clutter-free mind.

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Joy in Your Pockets
Joy in Your Pockets

Thomas Wolfe wrote "You Can't Go Home Again." Nuts. You can, but accept that the bones may be the same; yet the flesh will be different - new.

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Shades of Grey: Military Stories, Part I

It was 1955, and the truce that had halted the fighting in the Korean War was still in effect.

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Voices of Experience: Childhood Then and Now
From left, Jennifer Mobley shares ideas with Megan Hardgrave and Deborah Wilbrink.
Voices of Experience: Childhood Then and Now

"My dad said we were his boys, since he didn't have any," 95-year-old Susie Majors told Jennifer Mobley, director of the FiftyForward Bordeaux Center.

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Creating a Treasure Trail to You
Creating a Treasure Trail to You

The days of stoop settin', sitting at a parent's or grandparent's knee, listening to the stories of their lives with the rapt attention worthy of an old radio mystery has been replaced with texts, Tweets, Facebook blasts and not sharing anything meaningful at all.

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What's In Your Drawers?
What's In Your Drawers?

I have a box of teeth in the drawer of my bedside table.

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Voices of Experience: Step on the HeartBridge
Voices of Experience: Step on the HeartBridge

How did you meet your loved one? The most iconic image of a kiss is one between strangers who never met again.

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Shades of Grey: It's All About Time

We live in a world that seems to be obsessed by time. Pick up any book of quotations, and you will find a whole bunch of statements about it. The Greek Pericles said, "Time is the wisest counsellor of all."

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