Monday, December 10, 2018

A book and a play

Here is my column from today regarding a book I recently read and a play I recently saw. As I say, it’s not intended to be a review of either,  just some thoughts and my hearty recommendation of both.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

In the minority

There are any number of topics I have wanted to write about here on this blog over the past several weeks, but have not gotten around to getting it on here. While I would love to say I’ll do better next year, I’m not going to make promises I won’t keep.

I will, however, say I’ll try harder and as we head toward the end of the year, I’ll try to get at least a couple of those thoughts memorialized here.

We have had an election since I last posted. Here in Tennessee, we affirmed ourselves as solidly red. We had a hotly contested Senate race. Marsha Blackburn, currently a GOP congresswoman from the district I live in, defeated former Nashville Mayor and former Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen, a moderate Democrat.

I thought Bredesen, who was immensely popular in both of the aforementioned offices, would give Blackburn more of a run for her money but it was not to be. She beat him by more than ten percentage points.

In our governor’s race, political newcomer Bill Lee, a Republican, soundly defeated Democrat Karl Dean, another former Nashville mayor.

I’m not going to comment on how I voted other than to tell you I did not vote a straight party ballot. I am a staunchly independent voter and I find plenty to which I can object from both sides. I find that these days I am drawn toward candidates who say they will work across party lines and represent all citizens.

You may be thinking most candidates at least give lip service to that value, but you would be wrong. Marsha Blackburn hitched her wagon to Donald Trump and plastered the TV with commercials showing them together. He came here on a couple of occasions to campaign for her. She made a broad assumption of what the majority of Tennesseans wanted in a Senator and in the end it appears she was correct.

But she never said a word about representing all of her constituents and working with all of her colleagues in government to attempt to make a government that works better.

And I guess I am in the minority these days when I gravitate toward candidates who will work toward   bipartisanship.

But that’s OK.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018


I don’t care for the term “bucket list,” the overused two-word combination that became a thing after a movie of the same name, starring Morgan Freeman, was popular a few years ago.

It’s supposed to indicate something you want to do before you die - or “kick the bucket,” hence the name. In its overuse, it has become a bit trite, as in “getting my nails done” is on my bucket list this week.

The meaning has become watered down as it has joined the ranks of cliches and buzz words.

BUT ... while I will not participate in a discussion about bucket lists, there are without question places I want to go and things I want to do while I still can.

I got to do one of those last week, on the day that just happened to be my birthday. I went to a postseason major league baseball game. For you non-baseball fans, that’s a playoff game leading to the World Series after the regular season is done.

I won’t go into all the details of how it came together, but last Thursday, Wife, Younger Son (who was home for a week) and I flew to Houston for Game 5 of the American League Championship Series. After Houston, my favorite team since I was eight years old, won the World Series last year, I told Wife I would do my best to go if they were in postseason in 2018. They won their division and they won the division series.

With the way the Boston Red Sox played all year, I knew better than to count on a World Series game for the Astros this year. So we went to Game 5 and, other than the outcome (the Red Sox won, and won the American League pennant), it was everything I hoped  it would be. Tonight as I watch Game 2 of the World Series between the Red Sox and the Dodgers, I’m thinking back on that special night last week.

I’m low key when it comes to birthdays, but this one was special.

Who knows if I'll ever make it to a World Series game, but making it to this one will always be a good memory. .