On Being There and Not Being There

One of the hardest things about moving to Knoxville from Chicagoland last year was leaving our sons behind. If you’re new here, don’t worry: we weren’t cruelly abandoning little baby boys. They are now 23 and just shy of 26, and they stayed in the...

What Happens in Vegas

This “Jackpot Bank” is one of my most-prized possessions. While I’m sure thousands were made at the Reno Plastic Manufacturing Company in Sparks, Nevada back in the 1970’s (and I see a few available on eBay today), my grandparents brought only...

Harry and Meghan and Melisa

It’s wedding week and the three of us are so excited! If you’ve been reading for seven years or more, first: thank you! Second, you may remember how I live-blogged the wedding of William and Kate. If you need a refresher or just want to relive the madness...

Doggy Dreams

This cute little ball of mischief has been gone from my day-to-day life for more than two years now. Oddly enough, she still appears at night. I’ve been having dreams of Roxie off and on. Actually, “dreams” would be great, because what I’m...

How To Spend an Epic Twelve Hours*

*If you’re me, that is. 2:45pm Tuesday: Settle into the passenger seat while Jim takes the wheel for the drive from Knoxville, Tennessee to Lexington, Kentucky, where the Foo Fighters are playing. Plan to make the trip with NO STOPS WHATSOEVER because the length...

The Problem with Digital Cameras

I have always enjoyed taking lots of pictures. LOTS. Picture-taking was very different back in the day. Most of today’s youngsters will never experience old-timey photography (and by “old-timey” I guess I mean “middle-timey”:...

Surround Yourself With What You Love.

Today this picture came up for me on Facebook when I looked up my “On This Day”. I snapped it with my iPhone three years ago today on the boardwalk in Seaside Heights, New Jersey. It is one of the best pictures I’ve ever taken. While I did punch up...