Editor's note: Barry Courter has a 24-year-old son who is a college graduate and a 19-year-old daughter who is a sophomore in college.
Q: What's on your mind?
A: Thanks for asking. I've been thinking a lot about hobbies lately and how important they are for people. I think everyone should have at least one that is truly there's. Spouses might share some hobbies, but everyone needs something that takes them to another place. Of course, there are limitations. Very expensive hobbies or ones that take up a lot of your time can be bad for couples, but being able to go into the kitchen or the garage or the garden for a break is very healthy.
Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...