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    Top 30 Game of Thrones episodes (so far)

    The Great War is coming July 16 in Season 7 of HBO’s award-winning Game of Thrones. If you are like me, you want to re-watch as many previous episodes from the first six seasons as you can. If you have the time to watch all 60 episodes before season 7, then gather your supplies and get started. But if you don’t have that much time, here are 30 of the best episodes in chronological order. Season.Episode 1.1 Winter is Coming 1.4 Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things 1.6 A Golden Crown 1.9 Baelor 1.10 Fire and Blood 2.3 What is Dead May Never Die 2.6 The Old Gods and the New 2.9 Blackwater…

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    Mental gymnastics, i.e Nashville traffic reports

    Dear News Directors and Traffic Reporters,   As you know, driving around Nashville can be pretty tough and confusing, especially for newcomers who for some weird reason believe that a single street should only have a single name. Silly visitors. Bless their hearts. Seriously, can’t you do something about the mental gymnastics we drivers have to complete when you broadcast the locations of traffic accidents?   Take, for example, these recent reports: “There’s an accident on I-24 West near the exit ramp to Hayward Lane.” “I-40 Eastbound near White Bridge Road is slow due to construction on the bridge overpass.”  If someone doesn’t know that Hayward Lane and White Bridge…

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    His Little Girl

    “Kristin, it’s Daddy,” he whispered to his newborn baby girl. She opened her eyes, pedaled proudly on her new pink bicycle, giggled at the curly-haired boy shooting free throws, and smiled sweetly when he laid the last box on her dorm room floor. Kristin whispers through her long, white veil, “Daddy, it’s time.” CF

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    A Cubs’ Prayer

    As I lay my head upon my blue and red pillow, I thank you for the many blessings of today. Please send down your healing hands upon our helmets, grant our opponents a peaceful sooner-than-expected rest this winter, and give us another day to honor our fans. If it is not too much to ask, given our century-long wait for these sweet sweet victories, may we honor our fans with eight more wins this year? In Ernie’s name, amen. #‎ACubsPrayer‬ ‪#‎WeAreGood‬

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    Remembering Robin

    I am deeply saddened to hear of the death of Robin Williams. He was truly one of the funniest people on this planet and gave so many people such great joy. I hope he knew this. He certainly made me laugh uncontrollably on many occasions, especially late at night on The Tonight Show. This photo was taken at The Oxford Shop in Green Hills in July, 2013. I had the honor of working with him in a scene in the film Boulevard, which has received acclaim at recent film festivals and will now, more than likely, get a wider distribution this fall. While we were waiting to film The Oxford…

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    When a Tree Falls

    A Parable about Parenting This large hackberry tree fell in our backyard soon after the Great Divide in the summer of 2012. Its large, massive trunk and main branch toppled overnight after steady rain softened the surrounding soil. We awoke that morning to discover our backyard had forever changed; no longer would it be the same open landscape where our children played ball, hunted Easter eggs or ran around the house playing Hide n’ Seek. This massive tree had split that land in two, delineating the time between Then and Now. Oh agony, that such a living thing should die right before our eyes. What could we have done to…

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    Footprints in the sand

    I know many have read a version of “Footprints in the Sand,” in which a walker looks back at his journey with God. The two sets of footprints are evidence that the walker did his best to spend his life walking beside God. When he looks back and sees only one set of footprints, the walker asks God when that happened. He did not remember leaving God’s side. God replied that the two were always together, but that was a tough time in the walker’s life. The single set of footprints were made when God was carrying the walker through the hard times. What struck me this morning as I…

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    Good morning, Sandy Beach.

    After an eight-hour drive south on I-65 and zig-zagging through LA (lower Alabama), we arrived at the Sandestin resort. This place is in the same general area as our other beach stays, but this one is also beagle-friendly. We’re looking forward to enjoying a Super Beach Week, which we define as nine nights with non-stop views of the surf. I hope to do a lot of the main Rs: reading, writing and relaxing and also to follow closely the Rule of 15 (created by the marvelous Mary Corby): Never be more than 15 feet or 15 minutes away from food and drink. Cheers!

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    A Purrfect Surprise

    About four weeks ago a gray cat (named Grayson according to Wifey) was hanging around our front porch near a small crawl space under the stairs. Even then we wondered if she was pregnant and looking for a safe place. Fast forward to last night in our garage, where meek meows could be heard coming from an unused cabinet. Inside were three small kittens Momma cat is still actively parenting, leaving the brood safely behind while hunts field mice, chipmunks or other creatures. We put a box, complete with a short front door and shag carpeting in the cabinet for their comfort. Water and food have been left outside the…