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How do we celebrate Thanksgiving amidst a pandemic (COVID-19) that has affected millions of lives worldwide and has taken thousands of lives in our country? How do we celebrate Thanksgiving amidst racial tensions, protests, and violence?

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“This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. In every dark hour of our national life a leadership of frankness and vigor has met with that understanding and support of the people themselves which is essential to victory.” — Franklin D Roosevelt

Believe it or not, the holidays are here and, with the current pandemic, online purchases may break records this year.  Mobile payment apps (Venmo, Zelle and others) have increased in popularity because they allow a person to send money to another person (or merchant) directly, electronically and without exchanging cash or a check. 

I suppose I have always had a fascination with books. It may be because Mrs. Willingham turned me on to Ted and Sally in the first grade. Or, it may be because reading, writing and ‘rithmatic were emphasized more back in the days of my youth. I can’t remember my mother reading to me, but for some reason, I caught the reading bug early on, and I have been an avid reader ever since.

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Every year about this time, I suggest to my friends they get a head start on Thanksgiving. Our world is moving so fast, and this year has been further complicated by more distractions than you can shake a stick at. If we don’t take time and focus on that which is most important, Thanksgiving Day will come and go, and we will still be in a daze.

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What makes Gallatin so magical? The historic features, the nicest people in America, and our deep ties to tradition – whether it be Friday night football or how we celebrate the holidays – all come to mind. Christmas is a time for family, celebrations, and quite often, traditions. Gallatin’s…

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Another November is here. When I consider November, many thoughts come to mind. First, is the Thanksgiving holiday, then a myriad of sights and sounds and feelings and favorite things – pumpkins, falling leaves, fields of bleached corn stalks, a bite to the air and tobacco – stripping tobacco, throwing down tobacco, hauling off tobacco and selling tobacco.

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From time to time, one of my granddaughters will ask me to tell her about the olden days. Quite frankly, when I think of the olden days, I conger up pictures of   frontiersmen with long rifles crossing the Appalachian Mountains, of log cabins and of covered wagons crossing the Great Plains. On the other hand, she is inquiring about life in the 1950s and 1960s.

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I, like most of you, have given this COVID-19 pandemic a lot of thought. Please understand. I fully grasp the seriousness of its impact. Early in the outbreak I lost a friend who was as fine a man as I have ever known. A few months later, one of my younger brothers had a frighteningly close call with the virus. Since then, others I had known have passed away.

This crazy year of 2020 has truly been a contradiction of extremes. The pandemic slowly creeps in at the beginning of the year, then explodes in March. Businesses close. Thousands of workers furloughed. Gallatin sadly loses citizens to the virus. Our daily lives dramatically change with the …

A week or so back, I decided to go visit an old friend. So, I packed up some gear and headed for the Brim Hollow. I took two chain saws, a 12-gauge shotgun, and my favorite little ax; but most importantly, I took my time.

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A week or so back, I decided to go visit an old friend. So, I packed up some gear and headed for the Brim Hollow. I took two chain saws, a 12-gauge shotgun, and my favorite little ax; but most importantly, I took my time.

This election is no different from many in the past - voting between the lesser of two evils. A vote for either of the major party candidates just doesn't feel as good as it should (for me).

My earliest memories of a cornfield take me back to a time when I was four years old. In those days my father harvested corn by hand. The process was called “gathering corn.”

Some are and some are scammers.  So, what is a contact tracer?  In the fight against COVID-19, a weapon used by public health officials is the contact tracer.  These are people who contact you to discuss the fact that you have tested positive for the virus or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive.