Garrett: On bleacher butt prevention, giving in and giving up

It’s been less than a year since I wrote — mostly tongue-in-cheek — about Bleacher Butt Syndrome, a real condition that is described at length by the University of...

Oden: Dragonfly bus brings back memories of aspiring ‘hippieness’

Way back in the day when I had shoulder-length hair, wore bell-bottom jeans, and played electric guitar in a garage band, my aspiration was to buy a Volkswagen microbus...

Garrett: We’re too quick to link weather to climate change

I’m not a climate change denier. It’s fair to say that I’m a skeptic — if only because I’m not convinced the warmth that is currently flooding the globe is...

Garrett: Cold stops being fun as you get older

I hate cold weather. It isn’t a deep, abiding, despise-it-with-every-fiber-of-my-being hate. Not yet, at least. But it’s getting there. The older I get, the harder it is for me to get along...

Oden: Bro. Leroy saw Christ’s life revealed on brushy slopes

The bowl of ragged hillside resembled a WW I battlefield in December daylight. Muddy rutted paths and trenches led between plywood structures cobbled together like hobo shelters. Strands of old...

Oden: Respect for funeral processions and state law

The uniformed soldier stood tall and proud in the rain beside his private vehicle, rigid right hand held steadily to his U.S. Army BDU patrol cap in order to...

Garrett: Much to be thankful for, even if we often aren’t

I was in a bad mood Saturday evening. I was cold, tired and wet . . . really wet. Myself and 90,000 others had just endured a monsoon at Neyland Stadium...

Oden: The last days of Good Dog

The last days of the best dog ever in our family were full of happiness but pain and fear, too. Mason Leviticus Oden, the lab-shepherd mix, was a 13-year-old,...

Garrett: Spider invasion proves to be a headache

I keep a .357 magnum revolver next to my bed, just in case. “Just in case” can mean a lot of things. A hopped-up-on-meth intruder who wants to kidnap me at...

Oden: Some marketing and PR advice for the KKK

Being selected for membership in a well-known fraternal organization, one with roots in history and known across the world, is a heady experience. This recently happened to me, but...

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