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President Biden said it himself: the pandemic is over. So why is his Department of Defense (DoD) willing to look at the brave men and women who volunteered to serve our nation and say, “You’re fired” – all because they chose not to get the COVID shot?

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Growing up, you hear the expressions, “rub some dirt on it” or “suck it up” when trying to express emotions through pain, sadness or fear. For some, these expressions have been passed down from previous generations as a way to encourage men to be strong and resilient. From an early age, men are often forced to repress and express emotions very differently than women, and this can lead to emotional challenges.

I guess everybody's noticed that the weather is getting better. Of course as I say that, I do recognize that some people wouldn't say it's better. Some people like the hot weather a whole lot better than the cold and vice versa.

My late mother, Mary Helen Brim McCall, was a phenomenal person. I suppose every boy who had a nurturing mother felt her to be phenomenal. Mine was not only very intelligent, but she also had loads of “common sense.” You know what they say about common sense – “common sense is not so common.”

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After watching whatever that was on Saturday night, I’ve decided that the Titans don’t deserve the playoffs. Todd Downing retaining his job throughout the season is the main testament to that.

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Recently, I wrote a story about your one resolution you should use in the new year. The theme was that whatever you want to do in 2023, go all in. Yes, simply go all in. Twelve months can move fast, and if you go all in, it will move even faster.

The New Year can often bring goals and expectations that are impossible to keep up with. Instead of focusing on what you’re not getting done, take the time to think about what you really want to achieve. After all, goals represent things you want the most, and the best way to make yourself happy is by making goals that are achievable.

President Biden said it himself: the pandemic is over. So why is his Department of Defense (DoD) willing to look at the brave men and women who volunteered to serve our nation and say, “You’re fired” – all because they chose not to get the COVID shot?

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The housing market has been a roller coaster the last few years, going from a frenzied market of low mortgage rates, all-cash offers and showings of 30+ buyers to the recent cooldown, where closings are trending downward with longer days on the market.

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Resolutions, resolutions and more resolutions. That is all we wanted to talk about as we left 2022 and entered a new year. We conjured up all these great things we wanted to do — but by mid-February, that list will be the same as my hairline: gone.

My wife, Kathy, and I made our annual November trip to the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge area to Christmas shop a few weeks ago. After over four decades of marriage, I suppose most couples settle into some kind of routine. Our mornings play out like this. She sleeps late, and I do breakfast on my own.