I have always associated this time of the year with light. Indeed, I have always associated my own faith with light. I have always associated Christmas, the central celebration in my faith tradition, with light and lights. 

The weather has turned cold. Mornings are quiet because the birds have gone south, and when church bells ring, the sound cuts through, loud and clear, in the still winter air. That means fruitcake weather has arrived.

“First things first” is Habit No. 3 in Stephen Covey’s book (along with Roger and Merrill), “7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” and it means being clear about your priorities and acting on them.

At the passing of George H. W. Bush, I find my thoughts racing back to the late ’80s and early ’90s.  If you were voting age 30 years ago, for 41’s term – Jan. 20, 1989 through Jan. 20, 1993 – join me for a nostalgic moment with a local perspective. 

When I was a student at Belmont, majoring in history, my Western Civilizations textbook was titled “The Mainstream of Civilization,” a thick tome that I marked up with underlinings and marginalia in an attempt to digest its contents. I still own the book, and just today I lifted it from an u…

In Carl Sagan’s 1994 book, “Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space,” Sagan provides a prophetic quote:“The significance of our lives and our fragile planet is then determined only by our own wisdom and courage. We are the custodians of life's meaning. We long for a Parent to ca…

Last week’s editorial by Democratic columnist Marshall Ward and his co-columnist Ken Wolf about the state of teaching left me depressed. This week, respectfully, I would like to share another view.

In America, we always associate the first Thanksgiving with the Plymouth Pilgrims, those separatist Puritans who in October 1621 celebrated the harvest with their Native American neighbors, Massasoit and some 90 Wampanoags, with feasting and games and prayers. We continue to have cause for T…

Of all the Alexander daughters, who would have thought Pamela would be the one? We’re talking about Pamela Jane, the middle child, known for secretly ordering six-packs from the local liquor store and having them delivered to the house when the parents were out of town.   

After sending in Ancestry.com’s DNA test — a Christmas present from my children — I found out that I am 30 percent Irish. It should not have surprised me. So what did I do? I ordered the dean of travel writer’s “In Search of Ireland,” of course. There is no better travel guide than H. V. Mor…

As Dixon Dragons sixth-graders at the Old Dixon School, we were an ambitious lot. After all, as students we produced a series of newspapers called The Dragonfly Times. Yes; The Dragonfly Times. I served as editor, with a staff of Phillip Newman, Ronnie Farmer and Debra Stone. Our intrepid re…