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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The weekly columnists in The Free Press are a great source of news and opinion - both local and global. Click on one below to start your journey.

  • Is President Trump more vulnerable over alleged Russian ties or Oval Office rages? We have been focusing on Russiagate, but Michael Wolff’s new book shifts that focus. Russian meddling points to impeachment, but doubts about . . .
  • Sixty-eight days of winter remain, and while not all of them will reveal a polar landscape at dawn and have temperatures dipping to 20 below, it’s still a long wait for those who want to start digging and planting. My advice: turn away . . .
  • Q: Looking for suggestions about how to manage screen time. Problem is every time we walk in the door of our house, a child says, Can I have screen time? and every time there is a moment of nothing, a child says, Can I have screen time? . . .
  • Don’t you just love to make photographs? I know I do. Maybe it’s time to talk about photography just to get a few things straight and to see where our photographic skills fit into the big picture. Photography is so enjoyable because . . . 
  • I was thinking about resolving to be more efficient and productive this year. There certainly are enough bits of fluffy advice online toward that end. All those highly structured individuals whose feet hit the floor each morning, and they . . .
  • Faces of Our Homeless
    I work at the Knox County Homeless Coalition (KCHC) three days a week and have some cleaning jobs to fill in. I have a car and I have been in the same apartment for two years now. Three years ago I was homeless. I had no job, no vehicle . . .
  • The Tamarisk or “salt cedar” is a species of invasive tree that has found incredible success in the Southwestern United States. Originally imported from the steppes of Russia as a means of stabilizing hillsides that were eroding . . .
  • I wrote my first column for The Free Press exactly 16 years ago, a few weeks after 9/11, in response to a request from Alice McFadden, the publisher — then and now — for some insights into the Arab World, where I had spent the majority . . .
  • Around church-going time on Sunday, I saw the first Jack in the Pulpit alongside a damp woods road. I lifted up the purple-and-green-striped canopy of the pulpit to see what Preacher Jack had to say, holy or otherwise. . . .
  • The Way Rice Should Be: Lamb Rendang
    Throughout history human beings have figured out ways to prepare and preserve food based on the climate and their living conditions. In the 16th century, long before refrigeration, the Minangkabau people of . . .
  • We Americans are not a servile people. We did not, this last November, anoint a new master, some deus ex machina to descend into our midst to rule us, or bless us, to determine our passive fate by scribbling it on the back of a . . .
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