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Danny Day & the "Midnight Train to Memphis" Band on September 12 at a kick off party for the Cooper Young 4 miler and festival. 

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Mojo, our goofy 9-year old Aussie-Border Collie mix is spoiled rotten, and there is no use in denying it. Oh, we started out on the right foot. There was the Good Canine Citizenship class the three of us attended each Monday evening for six weeks when we first adopted him. With Michael and m…

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The sign on our back door says, “Take time to smell the flowers.” It could also read, “Take time to watch the wildlife.” Without going on a safari, you can create a habitat right outside your door. Then watch carefully for some fascinating sights.

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We are in the best of times, our 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and beyond. Vintage, rewind, and recycle. We are the proven put together in a new way, embracing contemporary design combined with the glamor of past decades. We are fashion.

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In 1985 I moved to Memphis and immediately began calling it home. We liked Memphis from the start – the people, churches, shopping, weather, beautiful homes, sporting events and opportunities.

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At times I feel like an anachronistic throwback with no understanding of the modern world. Last week a monster SUV pulled up beside me and a young boy around 6 gave me the middle finger, much to the delight of his burly and menacing father.

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Gardeners split into two camps when it comes to fall vegetable gardens. There are those who breathe a sigh of relief as the traditional gardening season winds down and they look forward to the first frost when they can jerk those battered tomato vines out with a clear conscience. Other garde…

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There had been no discussions about adopting another cat when Terry looked at the photo Frank texted him of a tiny blond and white kitten. “Look what found me!” Frank’s message crowed. Terry wasted no time responding. “Absolutely not. Don’t even think about it.”

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When my mom moved to Memphis in the late forties—leaving forever the small town of McKenzie, Tenn.— she lived in a duplex on Felix Avenue. She walked daily to Cooper Avenue, where she caught a streetcar that took her downtown to the telephone company where she worked as a switchboard operator.

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At my high school reunion this summer (a milestone year, not saying which one) someone asked, “Is there anything to get rid of sweetgum balls?” Here’s the answer I promised my classmate.

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Retirees are often advised to stay busy. We’re expected to volunteer, take classes or travel. And, for the most part, it is a good idea to stay active.

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“The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly” - F. Scott Fitzgerald.

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Last month, one perfect sunny morning, Mojo and I were returning from a brisk, one-mile jaunt. Moe was behaving well—no lurching at cats, no insolent glares at scampering squirrels. No Bucky Buckingham antics. But as we headed into the cove I noticed a neighbor’s dog playing contentedly in h…

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Ed Tuten, the antiques and collectibles columnist for The Best Times, has said the collecting of items is akin to a hunt, or a search that can become personally consuming.

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Callas are an elegant addition to an early summer garden. Ever since their arrival in this country in the late 1800s, Americans have loved this graceful flower. It was a popular motif in Art Deco design, showing up in paintings, stained glass, fabrics, and of course bouquets. In old movies, …

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An ever-shrinking number of American veterans will stand on Normandy’s beaches on June 6 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the massive World War II invasion to help liberate France from Nazi Germany.

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The way we see ourselves, and how we perceive others see us, shapes our very identity. Yet older adults with Alzheimer’s disease experience a cognitive unraveling of the memories that weave together their sense of self. As our older brothers and sisters in Christ struggle to recall their own…

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What triggers the act of bonding with a cat? Is it that casual encounter where eye contact is made, and sustained? Maybe it begins with a petting session, or just boils down to feeding a hungry vagabond who decides you’re a human worthy of attention and affection.

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A glossy brown buckeye seed in your pocket is supposed to bring good luck. A buckeye seed in your mouth is poisonous. A buckeye plant in your garden can provide years of pleasure with attractive flowers in spring and early summer.

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Physicians and health care professionals often become so used to walking into and around hospitals that we forget that most people are frightened at some level with the experience of being in a hospital.

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Tipton County Master Gardeners Sale & Expo: April 6, 9-4 p.m., Brighton High School, 8045 US-51, Brighton, Tenn. Plants, garden art, herb gardening, composting, vegetables, speakers and visits with the Master Gardeners. Door prizes. Free admission. A special garden provided for children.…

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