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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Diary will provide memories forever
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Diary will provide memories forever

You may have noticed that I skirted by new year’s resolutions this year.

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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Recent deaths certainly hit home
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Recent deaths certainly hit home

Our daughter, Anne, became engaged in February 2005, and hours later one of her friends called to chat about it, saying: “And they’re getting married in May and moving to New York.”

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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Frank's bits might not be best gift after all

While gathering birthday gifts for my daughter, Anne, this week, I found a hidden treasure in the basement that I planned to send.

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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Twitter lingo sure has changed communication
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Twitter lingo sure has changed communication

With rapid advances in technology and the popularity of texting, numerous new terms and acronyms have been cropping up in print and in the digital world.

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MRS. MURFREESBORO: 2013 was good

I’m sure there are those of you out there ready to see 2013 leave, but things have been going well for me this year and I am a little sad to see it go ‑‑ unlike some other years.

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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Dresses finally arrive after thinking outside the box
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Dresses finally arrive after thinking outside the box

In July, I started making Christmas dresses for my granddaughters.

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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Baking Christmas goodies still fun despite hiccups

I’ve had an opportunity recently to indulge in a pleasure that has evaded me for a couple of years. I’ve been baking Christmas goodies.

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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Unique gifts bring fantasy to life

It’s that time of year when we’re looking for gift ideas, and I would like to offer some suggestions for some of those on your list.

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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Time to decorate for Christmas

It’s that time of the year when I like to offer suggestions on decorating your house for Christmas.

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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Small comforts make life better

There are many wonderful things for which I am thankful this year, with my family and my health topping the list.

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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Make the most of what you have

I have a lot of interests and do a lot of things halfway, but one of the things I think I do well is making do with what I have.

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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Holidays call for tidier rooms

The columnist mentioned that Thanksgiving comes very late this year, on Thursday, Nov. 28 – making for a relatively short holiday shopping season.

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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Local events offer plethora of holiday fun

The holiday season kicks off soon with “Let Freedom Ring: A Veterans Day Celebration” on Friday, Nov. 8.

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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Tips to cozy up your guest room
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Tips to cozy up your guest room

I received a real estate agent’s newsletter this week that featured several tips on how to make your guest room more comfortable for holiday visitors.

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MRS. MURFREESBORO: How I met my husband
MRS. MURFREESBORO: How I met my husband

I met my husband, Tommy Bragg, at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in 1968.

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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Birthdays bring mixed feelings
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Birthdays bring mixed feelings

I am at a place in my life right now where fortunately I have mostly good days, but among the loneliest days a parent endures, in my opinion, is the day when their child who has a birthday lives in another town.

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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Get organized with these favorite finds

I’m always open to things that make life easier and have found a few goodies that I would like to share with you.

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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Collectibles bring back days gone by
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Collectibles bring back days gone by

I read once that to qualify as a collector you needed to have seven of something. I have sevens of a lot of things, and all are important to me.

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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Fall lineup means busy DVR

With the exception of football games, which I love watching, television programming has been relatively boring lately, so I am ready for the new lineups that will come out this fall.

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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Summer comes to close as fall begins

While reading the newspaper this morning, I heard a subtle thump at the window and noticed two hummingbirds knocking it as they flew erratically through the air.

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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Attitude can change bad day
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Attitude can change bad day

Do you have those days when nothing goes your way?

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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Odd weather brings bumper crop

The weather has been really unusual lately, uncharacteristically cool and full of rain. But, the by-product has been a Rutherford County Farmers Market overflowing with so much produce that even I can’t keep pace with it.

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MRS. MURFREESBORO: July too soon to sell Christmas decorations

Because I sew, paint and enjoy crafts in general, it blows my mind that one of our largest local craft stores has all its Christmas merchandise on the shelves now.

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MRS BORO: Old dogs can learn new tricks

I learned three new things today.

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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Technology brings world to you

Who could have envisioned – even 10 years ago – the conveniences of modern life that we now enjoy?

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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Summer's bounty fills farmers markets
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Summer's bounty fills farmers markets

The rain has caused mixed blessings for all of this summer.

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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Nashville boasts many stops for daytrippers
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Nashville boasts many stops for daytrippers

Like others my sister has been intrigued by the television show “Nashville” but had never truly visited many of sites.

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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Add Broadway to your bucket list

I am becoming a victim of too much information.

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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Books make perfect travel companions

I’ve been traveling a lot lately and have found some good books to accompany me along the way. 

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Bragg honored by Tennessee Municipal League

Jeanne Bragg, the wife of Murfreesboro Mayor Tommy Bragg, received the Tennessee Municipal League’s Stand by your Spouse award at its recent 74th annual conference in Memphis.

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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Forgotten favorites refresh dinner
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Forgotten favorites refresh dinner
Last week, I told my husband, Tommy, he was in charge of dinner.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Thoughts of dad flood Father's Day
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Thoughts of dad flood Father's Day
Father’s Day is bittersweet every year because, while I celebrate the loving father my husband is to our children, I don’t have my own father to hug anymore.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Make life easier by seeing ahead
Within the past few months, I have started having difficulty reading street signs well even though directions were sometimes luxuriously offered to me by an automated voice on my car’s GPS.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Share, save your interests on Pinterest
It’s hard for me to get any work done on the computer lately because all I want to do is cruise Pinterest.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Lost coat makes surprise appearance
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Lost coat makes surprise appearance
It is May 19, as I type and we have just returned from the wedding of a nephew in Florida.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Spring finally blooms
I’ve been outside smelling the roses – coffee in hand – this morning.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Grandchildren greatest Mother's Day gifts
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Grandchildren greatest Mother's Day gifts
Meeting deadlines for a newspaper should not be new to me, but I still fail to realize that articles come out on holidays and occasions, like Mother’s Day.
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MRS. BORO: Movies show best of possibilities
It is rare that I watch a television show from start to conclusion but I watched two complete movies in one day recently.
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MRS. BORO: New iPhone proves more challenging
MRS. BORO: New iPhone proves more challenging
I didn’t really know him but I think Apple’s genius went to the grave when Steve Jobs did.
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MRS. BORO: Warm weather brings thoughts of spring cleaning
Spring has finally arrived – about a month later than the calendar announced – and I’m enjoying the prolific blooms.
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MRS. BORO: Prepare to travel, no matter destination
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Easter in Miami was full of surprises
Our Easter was anything but ordinary this year.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Easter is early yet again
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Easter is early yet again
At our house, Easter means sunrise services preceded by a week of church liturgical services.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: City brims with sewing resources
MRS. MURFREESBORO: City brims with sewing resources
I love to sew. And while sewing seems to have skipped my children’s generation, it appears to be resurfacing with the next.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Being great grandparent is worth it
Within the past few minutes my granddaughter has taken everything out of the garbage can, figured out how to pull single sheets out of the filing cabinet, and fussed when I led her away from the shift bar on the computer.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Past makes me appreciate parenting today
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Past makes me appreciate parenting today
Some friends were raised in a two-parent home with times that sounded like the Cleavers, but further admissions have revealed that they, too, had secrets all their own.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Struggle to organize touches all
While it is against my inherent nature to be organized, I strive to be so daily.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Winter days bring fireside nights
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Winter days bring fireside nights
These blustery winter days have kept me confined to home lately, but I have enjoyed knitting and smocking by the fireplace while my husband, Tommy, watches television.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Trivial concerns occupy my thoughts
I bought a quality name-brand down-filled coat on sale last year, and at first, I loved it. But after about five wearings, the zipper started separating at tummy level.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Memorials bring thoughts on life
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Memorials bring thoughts on life
Although it may sound somber, I enjoy reading stories at the end of a year about about people who have passed.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: To-do list clutters the new year
Is it because it’s the first of the year that my mind is bouncing around with so many things to do? Or is it because we’ve been so busy since Thanksgiving that I feel so burdened?
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Tricky printers take up too much time
I often write about my innate tendency to be disorganized, though I try very hard to fight it, and I get peeved when objects or things betray me.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Holiday hangover lingers on
It’s been two weeks since Christmas left, and I still feel like I’ve been run over by a freight train.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Countdown until next visit begins
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Countdown until next visit begins
This was our year to have the grandchildren for Christmas, and they came like a windstorm and left like a tornado. Things are normally fairly calm around here, but when all that activity arrives, it is mayhem.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Resolved not to resolve in 2013
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Resolved not to resolve in 2013
My resolutions for 2012 didn’t materialize at all, and while they’d still be worthy goals for 2013, I’m not going to have a plan this year.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Christmas no longer holds surprises
I told my daughter Beth there aren’t any surprises in Christmas any more. I remember more surprises in earlier years.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Make the holidays a bit simpler
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Make the holidays a bit simpler
While I’ve been decking the halls a little less this year, I have found several things that have made my life simpler and would like to share them with you.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Bug sends holiday plans down the drain
While 'tis the season to be jolly, Mother Nature overturned my holiday plans by presenting me with a nasty abdominal virus this week.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Favorite finds make perfect gifts
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Favorite finds make perfect gifts
If you’re reading this on Sunday there are 23 days left until Christmas and you may still be looking for that “perfect” gift.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Time to declutter those cabinets
It’s that time of year when papers, magazines and notes start finding their way into stacks. And it’s already getting on my last nerve.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Fall colors are reason enough to thankful
These last few weeks of fall weather been beautiful, haven’t they?
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Degree needed to decipher deals
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Degree needed to decipher deals
On Sunday, I sit down with scissors, an index card, pen, paper and paper clips and make a list of what’s on sale where.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Weekly news binge quite informative
Wednesday is my favorite day to read newspapers. I read three papers a day and it can take up a lot of time, depending on how much I have to spend.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Be sure to enjoy the wonders of fall
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Be sure to enjoy the wonders of fall
Cooler weather, trees in brilliant colors, and darker mornings can only mean one thing: It’s fall.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Placing blame becomes silly habit
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Placing blame becomes silly habit
My husband, Tommy, and I have been spending a lot of time together lately. Several of our conversations have started with, “Do you remember where you put my (fill in the blank)?”
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Making dinner vegetarian style
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Making dinner vegetarian style
Television personality Dr. Nehmet Oz had a food expert on his show this week who discounted the value of Omega 3 acids found in fish.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Memories remain locked away
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Memories remain locked away
My husband, Tommy, said the other day that no one has photographs anymore because they're all locked up in someone's computer or camera. The more I think about it, he's right.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Needing vacation from my vacation
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Needing vacation from my vacation
I ran into my friend Andy Womack the other day, and he had a good idea for a column based on a conversation we had years ago.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: iLove my iPhone
MRS. MURFREESBORO: iLove my iPhone
I’m not sure if you’ve noticed but it seems that all the world has iPhones these days.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: World is too much with us
MRS. MURFREESBORO: World is too much with us
If William Wordsworth were alive to see how encumbered by the world I am in 2012 I think he’d be truly shocked.
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BRAGG: What are you reading this summer?
I’m a book junkie. My husband, Tommy, is a book junkie, too.
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BRAGG: Plight of ‘vertically challenged’
BRAGG: Plight of ‘vertically challenged’
So while I may bemoan the fact that my less than average height causes issues, I guess I should appreciate the fact that it can serve me well.
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BRAGG: Spring flowers serve to remind of lost friend
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BRAGG: Lent provides amends for failed resolutions
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BRAGG: Put some pork on my fork

I was fortunate this week to be a judge at A Taste of Elegance, a recipe contest sponsored by the Tennessee Pork Producers. The contest is held in conjunction with the their yearly convention at the Doubletree Hotel.

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BRAGG: Technology puts crimp in modern parenting
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BRAGG: Weather inspires food
BRAGG: Weather inspires food
The weather has been so picture-perfect lately that is has been inspirational.
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BRAGG: Favorite Finds are 'bees knees'
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Night with remote provides TV smorgasbord
When my friend Ted LaRoche read my article about the television shows Cash Cab and Project Runway, he said, "You watch too much TV.
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