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New Year’s always inspires new goals for self-improvements or habits we’d like to change. Yet, even with the best intentions, very few of us make our resolutions a reality. This can leave us feeling frustrated and discouraged, but the problem is usually not with us—instead, the problem is of…

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I remember vividly telling my husband Michael that within a few years the pet industry was going to be explosive. This was back in the mid-nineties. Already a small business entrepreneur and animal lover, I suggested we create some sort of pet related business. I wasn’t sure what specific pr…

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Vic Crutchfield, a volunteer at Saint Francis Hospital- Bartlett, runs the “goody cart” three days a week, selling candy and drinks to the staff and guests.

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When is a lily not a lily? My copy of The National Gardening Association Dictionary of Horticulture provided some clues. In the index, I found over 200 common names that include the word “lily.” Calla lily, toad lily, ginger lily, and lily-of-the-valley are just a few. Of those listings, onl…

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In December, Trezevant hosted its annual Christmas party in various areas of the senior living community, located at 177 North Highland. Trezevant residents, families and guests were treated to a variety of hors d'oeuvres, beverages, and entertainment. The evening included music and dancing …

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The Bible gives a broad framework for living and aging well. Those who follow a pattern of wickedness find it hard to change. Those whose feet walk a righteous path must keep to the disciplines and choices it requires.

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Do you know anyone whose birthday is Dec. 25? I have several friends born that day. As a matter of fact, experts tell us 16 million people around the world were born on Dec. 25. So what’s so special about the fact Jesus was born on that day?

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When I brought Bernie into our home—rescued from a retailer whose kind employees had spotted him shivering under the dumpster behind their store—the tiny yellow kitten found himself in a household occupied by three elderly cats and two dogs.

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Gardeners often suffer from “nature deficiency” in December. The days are short, and time is short. If the weather gets warm and dry enough for outdoor activity, those rare days often coincide with a busy schedule of holiday- related events. There’s little time to enjoy the benefits of the n…

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The Holiday English Tea at the Woman's Exchange was full of treats. Longtime WE chef Rev. Emmenuel "Rev" Bailey said goodbye to guiests. Bailey is retiring the end of this year and his daughter will take his place.

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There are plenty of choices ranging from high-rise apartments to houseboats and retirement communities for older adults planning to retire or those who want a change in housing.

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The Wings of Ave Maria, the Ave Maria Foundation, and the Compass group hosted a gala celebration honoring Monsignor Peter Buchignani at TPC Southwind on Oct. 6. The gala was a fundraiser for the Ave Maria Home.

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The Great War came to an end with an armistice that started at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.

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The dark purple stains on my fingers suggest this is a good time to write about black walnuts (Juglans nigra). At the Walnut Room restaurant in the old Baptist Hospital, my dad was a fan of their black walnut ice cream, one of the best ways to enjoy these native nuts.

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Cheerful, moody, lazy, predictable, or easygoing— these are a few characteristics we observe daily in humans. They’re traits that help define an individual’s personality, and when matched against our own, we may find ourselves drawn to certain people and chilled by others. One’s personality …

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There’s no one-size-fits-all blueprint for expats moving abroad with children, according to Jason Holland, long-time correspondent for International Living and author of a new report on the topic.

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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.