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Tom Griscom

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For at least 530 weeks -- over more than 10 years -- you allowed me to come into your home for a Sunday visit.

At certain times in life, the question arises as to whether a bucket list exists.

Those who have followed this column know that one word has been dominant: context.

About three years ago, this column was composed from a message that was found on the side of a paper coffee cup at a local Starbucks.

Four candidates vying for the Republican Party’s nomination in the 2010 governor’s race in Tennessee faced off last week in Memphis.

The placement of any item in the daily newspaper leads to a certain amount of questioning: Why?

The Washington Post Co. announced recently that Newsweek, a one-time weekly staple in shaping the national agenda, was on the block to be sold.

What is good journalism?

Several weeks ago the editor of a midsize metropolitan newspaper in the Southeast called. He was searching for advice and a few ideas.

A recent visitor asked how people will separate fact from fiction if newspapers die.

Social media. It is all the rage.

In most instances, you get one bite of the apple.

Sen. Lamar Alexander described American attitudes toward politics, policy and people as ugly, with even more hidden beneath the surface.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The spring sojourn to the Sunshine State is the first sign that the cold days of winter are ending and a warming trend is on the horizon.

Warning: If you plan to visit the nation’s capital in the next few weeks, beware of excessive hot air, high winds, dust storms and general malaise. To avoid contact, citizens are asked to avoid both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue, specifically the White House, the Capitol and the assorted congressional office buildings that frame an unfortified border around the halls of government.

Another cycle is about to be repeated at the University of Tennessee: the selection of a system president.

We are in a span of time in America when, if something does not go our way, the response is a string of blames, complaints and accusations.

If members of Congress were invited to appear on a game show, the title would be quite simple: “The Blame Game.”

The numbers said it all. The New York Times/CBS News poll showed that 75 percent of respondents disapproved of the job Congress was doing. Only 8 percent agreed that members of Congress should be re-elected.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin left her audience at the National Tea Party convention with a memorable piece of advice: Remain leaderless.

The operative phrase in Tennessee for several weeks was a “Race to the Top.”

Gov. Phil Bredesen was signing legislation to revamp accountability in the state's education system.

Please stay with me. I am over Lane Kiffin, University of Tennessee football (at least for a while), and the soap opera that enveloped the Vols Nation.

Those words are attached to a scandal that hit professional baseball during the 1919 World Series between the Chicago White Sox and the Cincinnati Reds.

Those who dabble in politics know that an hour can be a political lifetime. With the advent of the Internet, the time frame has shortened.

Many will wish 2009 away without regret.

Timing is everything.

For all the hand-wringing concerning the demise of the printed word, every so often a gentle reminder to the contrary arrives in your inbox.

Today's front page carries a story on the financial fortunes of the candidates vying to be the Republican nominee for governor in the 2010 elections.

The arcane processes and procedures that govern the United States Senate are known to be good bedtime reading: They put you to sleep.

Last week a reader sent a message about the three freshman football players who were charged with attempted armed robbery.

Life is full of choices. The act of reaching a decision results in a domino effect as others are brought into the mix. Last week was a time to assess whether decisions reached more than 20 years earlier made a difference. Two things brought this to mind.

There are moments in history that cause us to recall where we were and what we were doing at the time.

This is a trying time for many in the media.

NAPLES, Fla. -- Unlike what was said in the past about political parties that could hold meetings in a phone booth, people came to the 106th annual convention of the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association. Not as many as may have attended in past years, but for an industry that continually flogs itself, there was respectability in numbers.

The race to be first with hybrid cars powered by anything but gasoline is the rage.

Gov. Phil Bredesen has been a reformer.

There are many who cloak themselves in the First Amendment and the protections of free speech.

On a recent trip to South Korea, we met a Japanese government official who was traveling with his parents. As we waited for a bus at the Korean Folk Village, his father asked us whether we were British.

A piece of civility fell by the wayside last week.

Something quite interesting happened across the country and here at home last week.

Let's pause for a moment and listen to the long exhaling of air from the lungs of many members of Congress.

There was little doubt that at some point during Congress' August recess, the real issues on the minds of some Americans would come to the forefront.

So, another week has ended and members of Congress see the end in sight from a raucous August recess.

Congressional recesses, particularly in August, traditionally have been portrayed as an opportunity for the elected to reconnect with the electors.

The Food Network has its version of a reality show each week: "Iron Chef America."

OK, let's go ahead and acknowledge that politicians are human beings. And being human, they make mistakes. The disclaimer is done. An elected official is not being placed on a pedestal higher than that of an ordinary citizen. The playing field has been leveled.

Guarding an emperor

Clay soldiers and horses, wooden chariots stand the test of time in China

There are spaces in the world that instantly consume visitors with feelings of awe and wonderment.

There was initial criticism of all-news cable channels such as CNN for less-than-expected coverage of the Iranian election aftermath that poured into the streets of Tehran. When you tout wall-to-wall reporting on virtually any topic, you invite criticism.

For those of the 1970s, there was an affinity for Kodachrome, the color slide film produced by the Eastman Kodak Co.

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