May 272010

After I got my black eye, I met with the man who had given it to me.  It was the next day afterward.  I had come to his office for the meeting.  He looked at the black eye approvingly.  He made some notes about it.  Then he had me start reading from an eye chart on the wall.  I was amazed.  The eye was reading four lines better than before.  It was reading 20/20. Continue reading »

May 222010

I ran onto this splendid DVD by accident.  I was browsing Netflix and in the mood for some music.  The word “Appalachian” caught my eye. I grew up in the southern Appalachian mountains.  The fact that this concert DVD is 10 years old and I had never heard of it before tips you off that I am no music critic and this is just a listener’s review. Continue reading »

Urging On

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May 212010

Some people find it hard to exercise regularly.  I find it hard NOT to.  I hate going to the pool on Saturday mornings for the reason I’m about to illustrate, but this morning I went anyway.  The swim teams are there on Saturday mornings, and they tie up 15 of the 17 lap lanes.  The 2 open lanes are like a traffic jam on the D.C. Beltway.  I tried the traffic jam for awhile and then retired to the hot tub.  The hot tub is out in the open and overlooking the swim lanes where the younger boys practice. Continue reading »

What We Leave Behind

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May 102010

I grew up in and around the small town of Maryville, Tennessee.  In one direction lay the big city of Knoxville.  In the other lay the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  I preferred the mountains to big cities, and still do.  So I spent more time in the park than in Knoxville. Continue reading »