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Don Williams is a prize-winning columnist, short story writer, freelancer, and the founding editor and publisher of New Millennium Writings, an annual anthology of literary stories, essays and poems. His awards include a National Endowment for the Humanities Michigan Journalism Fellowship, a Golden Presscard Award and the Malcolm Law Journalism Prize. He just finished a novel, "Oracle of the Orchid Lounge," set in his native Tennessee. Publishers or agents may inquire via email. His book of selected journalism, "Heroes, Sheroes and Zeroes, the Best Writings About People" by Don Williams, is due a second printing. In 2007, he gave up his weekly column at the Knoxville News-Sentinel rather than see it cut back to every-other-week by editors who endorsed Bush-Cheney.

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Remembering Greatness: Solemn Remembrance of the Day When Hope + Tragedy Collided -- Transformed thru Opportunity in Dark Days #JFK #50YearsLater #LivingLegacyOfCourage, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 22, 2013
JFK's three, yes, cosmic, accomplishments John F. Kennedy, murdered on this date fifty years ago, was more than a handsome young prince of some mythic Camelot who served 1,000 days. He was our greatest president.He gave us the moon. He saved us from nuclear doom. He launched the Whole Earth movement.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 26, 2011
"Brisk, but with feeling'--my ET Hall of Fame remarks On Oct. 20, I was inducted into the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame, an honor I thought would never come my way, as my writings, tho popular, had been highly controversial in the region. I'd walked away from my column of 21 years at the Knoxville News-Sentinel rather than agree to stop writing about national issues. This was the elephant in the ballroom, last Thursday, and I felt I had to acknowledge it. Here's my speech.
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 6, 2011
Obama at Ground Zero--How Executing Osama bin Laden Brutalized Us All And if we've come to this, applauding like chimps for acts of barbaric bloodletting that took place in front of the slaughtered man's 12-year-old daughter and others, then we are at ground zero on the evolutionary scale. We shot the suspect in the heart and head, then threw his body in the sea. Tell me how this makes the past decade of needless war, lies, torture and waste any easier. To me it's just more of the same.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Fear and Loathing in the Twilight Zone of Talking Heads I'd always wondered what it's like to play guest commentator on a newsy show tuned in by thousands or millions. I found out last Thursday. It's Fear and Loathing meets The Twilight Zone.
(28 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Why Obama's right on Libya but Bush was wrong on Iraq Start with the lies. President Obama was forthright last night in telling Americans and the world why we must intervene in Libya. No one could doubt the evidence he used to build his case of opposing a bloodbath. The evidence was everywhere before our eyes. This was not true of Bush and Iraq. The reasons he concocted for going to war did not pass the sniff test.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 28, 2011
Atoms for War, Atoms for Peace: Only Japan knows both sides of nuclear coin Only God--if anyone--knows how critical this crisis can become, but it's bad enough to render Japan a poster child for extremes of nuclear madness experienced by humans to date. So how did Japan go from target of war nukes to willing participant in nuclear madness.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 18, 2010
Cheney-Bush Still Gushing Toxic History Into Our World In his second administration--two wars and a million deaths later--Bush demoted Cheney, but by then it was too late. Cheney had unleashed forces that will haunt the world for decades if not centuries. Even now oil gushes from a hole in the bottom of the sea, thanks to Bush, Cheney, Halliburton and BP.
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 18, 2010
Cheney-Bush still gushing toxic history into our world In 2003 I wrote, "If George W. Bush had run for president on a platform of making the world uninhabitable for humankind, he could scarcely have done better at starting us down such a path." Even now oil gushes from a hole in the bottom of the sea, thanks to Bush, Cheney, Halliburton and BP.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Crunch Time--Tell Tennessee to Save Global Treasures You can make a difference if you ACT NOW. Vast forest carbon wells, species migration routes, rivers and spawning grounds have been put at risk by a hesitant state legislature.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 9, 2010
A Storybook Picture on Mother's Day A Mother's Day column from the archives... about an unexpected sight... be warned
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 30, 2010
Obama and that old June, croon, spoon moon It's astounding that Obama intends pulling the plug on President Bush's plans to return us to the moon by about 2020, with no cut in spending. I'm no Bush fan, but his moon plans were based on designing a program reminiscent of Apollo, which gave us damn near all the tools a space-faring nation needs to explore the entire solar system.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 20, 2010
A Nation of Wolves and Sheep First, I urge you to support healthcare reform by contacting your U.S. representative
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 11, 2010
Celebrating My Country Within-A-Country there were times when I didn't recognize my country anymore, and more than once when I've heard somebody say, "America, love it or leave it," I considered leaving.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 21, 2010
Mysterious friend calls Obama out Flamboyant friend calls out not only Obama but supportive columnists... "kind of like the orchestra on the Titanic..."
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 6, 2010
At Last We've Entered the New Millennium... Sort of Start with the cultural. "Avatar," the flashiest and most popular new film in years proffers a message born of a Whole Earth mentality... Other indicators offer hope as well, but dark tones pertain.
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 4, 2009
I can't go along just because it's Obama's war If Osama bin Laden's still alive, he must be laughing. He's damn near bankrupted us. Yet, instead of cutting back, Obama's upping the ante.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 26, 2009
Go ahead, hug that tree and give thanks It may be impossible to say anything truer about happiness than this: Giving thanks is the key to happiness.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Say No to a New Nuclear Bomb Plant If you love our world, drop everything for ten minutes and visit Leave a comment there telling the US government to get behind a vision embraced by unlikely bedfellows who have envisioned a nuclear-weapons-free future. Specifically, ask our politicos and bureaucrats to drop plans to build a ruinous new weapons complex in Oak Ridge, TN.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 5, 2009
On Obama's role in New Millennium Writings Perhaps childishly, some of us looked to the new millennium as a time when humans would emerge from our planetary nursery and set aside childish things such as war, economic hooliganism and environmental abuse. Our species would graduate to embrace the shining chalice of our Whole Earth and drink deep her royal blue promise. It hasn't quite worked out that way.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 9, 2009
Obama wins Nobel Prize... but can he live up to it? President Obama's selection for the Nobel Prize, announced this morning, caught many by surprise, but can he live up to it?

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