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There are simply no words. Or rather – I haven’t found the right ones. Red and black ribbons have shown up on your mailboxes, in the colors of The Covenant School. They say to me “we grieve together.” They say…

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On a friend’s recommendation, I picked up the 1970 classic, Notes to Myself: My Struggle to Become a Person, by Hugh Prather. Color me impressed! Enchanted, even. It seems a perfect artifact of its time, in its zen-flavored earnestness, and…

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Life, Death & Halloween

Halloween’s about candy these days. But maybe it’s still a little bit about ghosts and death and the meaning of life, too? In her article “Living among the Dead in Manhattan,” Faith Bottum thinks about how we moderns banish death…

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Top 10 Books for Fall

As the days grow short and dark, novels beckon us into their bright worlds. Here are ten to consider for fall… The Marriage Portrait, by Maggie O’Farrell, is a gleaming invitation to 16th century Italy, a world in which court…

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Tulips at Cheekwood will peak this week!  “Everything is Beautiful” at the Frist.  Susan Page speaks, meets, and greets at the Nashville Public Library (Washington Bureau chief of USA Today, she’s written books on Barbara Bush and Nancy Pelosi).  Nashville…

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Dead and Buried

I was already feeling bad about uprooting the orange and black pansies – flourishing in their pots since October – for the sole reason that they look like Halloween, not Spring.“I’m sorry,” I whispered to them. “You have been very…

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