Saralee Terry Woods

Saralee Terry Woods

Saralee Terry Woods is an uppity independent who ran BookManBookWoman Bookstore for more than 25 years in Nashville.


A wish list for Nashville’s next mayor

By: - August 28, 2023

Nashville is getting a new Mayor in September and this Angry Grandmother has suggestions about sidewalks, assault weapons and healthcare for our two finalists in the upcoming mayoral election.  The day our next Mayor is elected  — don’t wait until the swearing in a week later; we have waited too long already —  I want […]

The controversial bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest perches in the Tennessee Capitol's second floor, between the chambers of the House of Representatives and Senate. (Photo: John Partipilo)

The truth about the Civil War

By: - July 4, 2023

“I, Randy McNally, Speaker of the Senate in the One Hundred Thirteenth General Assembly of the State of Tennessee, in conjunction with the undersigned, do hereby proclaim that we join with citizens from across this State in commemorating the month of April 2023 as Confederate History Month and encourage all Tennesseans to increase their knowledge […]

Teenage protesters, and a few parents, fill the Tennessee House of Representatives gallery on March 30 to ask for safe gun laws.(Photo: John Partipilo)

The Tennessee Legislature cannot say their names

By: - April 27, 2023

Evelyn Dieckhaus. Hallie Scruggs. William Kinney. Cynthia Peak. Katherine Koonce. Mike Hill.  Those are names of the students and school staff members killed in the March 27 shooting at Nashville’s Covenant School.  The Tennessee Legislature had a chance to do something meaningful and stand up for children, but they did not. Instead, members made it […]

Members of the Tennessee House of Representatives greeting each other on opening day of session. Jan. 9, 2023.(Photo: John Partipilo)

The angry grandmother: When Tennessee’s lawmakers act worse than toddlers

By: - February 27, 2023

Have you ever dealt with a grandchild who throws a tantrum when things do not go their way? If they don’t get their favorite food, if it rains during the time scheduled for the playground, or if they have to share their toys? We all have a way of cajoling young ones to be a […]

(Photo illustration by John Partipilo)

The angry grandmother’s “Twelve Banned Books of Christmas”

By: - December 12, 2022

All y’all know I love to read, I always have and one of the joys of owning a bookstore was recommending books to customers of all ages. Once someone discovers the pleasure of escaping mentally with a great book, that wanting to read never goes away.  This grandmother is stunned to learn that some of […]

Riot outside the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. (Photo: Alex Kent)

Response to Jan. 6, 2021 defines election deniers

By: - November 3, 2022

It is no surprise to those who know me that I have become way too “uppity” to identify with a political party.  Today we have three major political parties: Re-Trumplicans, Democrats and Republicans.  In the spirit of the upcoming holiday season, I need to stress that no matter how they vote, I will not stop […]

WASHINGTON, D.C. — People protest in response to the Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization ruling in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on June 24, 2022, in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

Roe v. Wade and male contraception: An angry grandmother is confused

By: - July 1, 2022

Now that Roe v. Wade  has been overruled, this grandmother is very confused because decisions about our bodies have been taken over by the government. Females are now subject to government control about what they can and cannot do with their ability to reproduce. So in fairness I want the next topic addressed by lawmakers […]

(Photo taken Feb. 3, 2021 in Memphis, Tennessee, by Karen Pulfer Focht.)

Commentary: An angry grandmother speaks out

By: - June 8, 2022

I am an angry grandmother If you want to read about polls, money spent and campaign contributions, then stop reading now. But if you need to share in my frustration and anger about the continued massacre of our children, read on. Our children have just been through a pandemic. Many of them have not been […]

Despite complaints from the National Rifle Association and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) Gov. Bill Lee says he will sign a financial transparency bill into law. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Commentary: Will Hillsdale charter schools teach truth?

By: - March 15, 2022

Watching the news unfold about Hillsdale College creating Tennessee schools that my tax dollars will pay for is like watching a horror film where you know bad things are going to happen.  I am a product of  Tennessee public schools in Oneida, Tennessee, married a graduate of a public school, and am the stepmother of […]