You may have noticed that I skirted by new year’s resolutions this year.
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.”
While gathering birthday gifts for my daughter, Anne, this week, I found a hidden treasure in the basement that I planned to send.
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.
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.
In July, I started making Christmas dresses for my granddaughters.
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.
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.
It’s that time of the year when I like to offer suggestions on decorating your house for Christmas.
There are many wonderful things for which I am thankful this year, with my family and my health topping the list.
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.
The columnist mentioned that Thanksgiving comes very late this year, on Thursday, Nov. 28 – making for a relatively short holiday shopping season.
The holiday season kicks off soon with “Let Freedom Ring: A Veterans Day Celebration” on Friday, Nov. 8.
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.
I met my husband, Tommy Bragg, at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in 1968.
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.
I’m always open to things that make life easier and have found a few goodies that I would like to share with you.
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.
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.
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.
Do you have those days when nothing goes your way?
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.
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.
I learned three new things today.
Who could have envisioned – even 10 years ago – the conveniences of modern life that we now enjoy?
The rain has caused mixed blessings for all of this summer.
Like others my sister has been intrigued by the television show “Nashville” but had never truly visited many of sites.
I am becoming a victim of too much information.
I’ve been traveling a lot lately and have found some good books to accompany me along the way.
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.
Last week, I told my husband, Tommy, he was in charge of dinner.
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.
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.
It’s hard for me to get any work done on the computer lately because all I want to do is cruise Pinterest.
It is May 19, as I type and we have just returned from the wedding of a nephew in Florida.
I’ve been outside smelling the roses – coffee in hand – this morning.
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.
It is rare that I watch a television show from start to conclusion but I watched two complete movies in one day recently.
I didn’t really know him but I think Apple’s genius went to the grave when Steve Jobs did.
Spring has finally arrived – about a month later than the calendar announced – and I’m enjoying the prolific blooms.
Our Easter was anything but ordinary this year.
At our house, Easter means sunrise services preceded by a week of church liturgical services.
I love to sew. And while sewing seems to have skipped my children’s generation, it appears to be resurfacing with the next.
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.
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.
While it is against my inherent nature to be organized, I strive to be so daily.
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.
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.
Although it may sound somber, I enjoy reading stories at the end of a year about about people who have passed.
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?
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.
It’s been two weeks since Christmas left, and I still feel like I’ve been run over by a freight train.
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.
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.
I told my daughter Beth there aren’t any surprises in Christmas any more. I remember more surprises in earlier years.
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.
While 'tis the season to be jolly, Mother Nature overturned my holiday plans by presenting me with a nasty abdominal virus this week.
If you’re reading this on Sunday there are 23 days left until Christmas and you may still be looking for that “perfect” gift.
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.
These last few weeks of fall weather been beautiful, haven’t they?
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.
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.
Cooler weather, trees in brilliant colors, and darker mornings can only mean one thing: It’s fall.
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)?”
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.
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.
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.
I’m not sure if you’ve noticed but it seems that all the world has iPhones these days.
If William Wordsworth were alive to see how encumbered by the world I am in 2012 I think he’d be truly shocked.
I’m a book junkie. My husband, Tommy, is a book junkie, too.
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.
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.
The weather has been so picture-perfect lately that is has been inspirational.
When my friend Ted LaRoche read my article about the television shows Cash Cab and Project Runway, he said, "You watch too much TV.