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Chasing Ghosts

A silent battlefield, a chance encounter and a mysterious name inspire writer’s quest for lost family history

I stood in the late light on the lush green swale where the Union line broke from ego and pride and bad luck on Sept. 20 of 1863 on the battlefield of Chickamauga.

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Plenty to be thankful for in Rim Country

Outdoors Under the Rim

The Thanksgiving weekend is often a time for our family gathering, with an abundance of great food, plenty of football games on TV, and so many stories that seem to focus on the outdoors in the Rim Country.

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Songs of thanks had some lyrics

DJ's Music Trivia

This weekend, let’s take the time now and then always to reflect on the great blessings that we have had in our lifetimes.

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Depression years were good for us

Your Turn

I wouldn’t blame someone if he or she read the title to this column and said, “Well, that’s it; Tom has finally lost it.”

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Sounds of the changing seasons a real delight

Brrr! The temperature has dropped to a bone-chilling 29 degrees early in the morning in the Village.

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Here’s to ‘turkey brain’ time

Looking for a little exercise this weekend?

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Successful wine event takes chill out of month

Christopher Creek is well into the chill of November brought about by the deep tilt of earth’s axis and the late rising, low angle of the sun.

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Ever try buying a 1943 Ford or Chevy?

You’re wondering why I asked the question in the title, right?

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Remember — Tellabration is tomorrow

For a hoot of a good time, plan on attending the Senior Citizens Affair Foundation’s annual Tellabration tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 22 in the Pine Community Cultural Hall.

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Successful first elk hunt

The fall means hunting season for elk in the Rim Country with nu­merous weeklong hunts already finished.

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Amazing to read thoughts of our predecessors

Your Turn

I was reading Agatha Christie’s delightfully well-written autobiography when I came across something that really surprised me.

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All dog lovers do for their pooches

DJ's Music Trivia

I swear, on any given day, there must be at least 200 canine enthusiasts walking their pooches in Green Valley Park.

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Allen and the rock-throwing Sasquatch

Allen and Mary (their real names) are both Payson residents in their 70s and are retired ... and they are hiking buddies.

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The Basics – Stayin’ Alive

Jeepin' in Rim Country

Roosevelt Point on the Rim, after a late-afternoon storm front has moved through.

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Ring them bells Rim Country

DJ's Music Trivia

Christmas will be here before we know it. There are only 47 days to finish all the Christmas shopping and make plans for the holiday season.