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Archive: 2017

CHRISTMAS IN THE BALANCE

Posted on December 5th, 2017

One out of every two marriages in this country ends in a divorce.  Why?  Well, I can’t prove this, but I firmly believe that the alarming divorce rate in this country is directly related to putting up Christmas trees.

REMEMBERING MY FRIEND, KIM JOHNSON

Posted on November 9th, 2017

Every once in a while in life we are blessed to meet a deeply spiritual person.  There is a common misunderstanding about what it means to be a “deeply spiritual person.”  Many people think that such a person is someone who is expressive, if not outspoken, about their faith and their beliefs.  They believe a deeply spiritual person is someone who has great certainty rather than doubts, and is fond of quoting scripture or praying in public.

HEADING HOME FOR HOMECOMING

Posted on November 3rd, 2017

I’m a proud graduate of the University of Tennessee where I obtained my Bachelor of Conservative Arts degree with a major in football appreciation, and a minor in miscellaneous extracurricular activities.

PEYTON TAKES A PASS

Posted on September 28th, 2017

On Tuesday, United States Senator Bob Corker announced that he will not run for reelection to the Senate next year. Within minutes after his announcement, people across the Volunteer State were asking: Will Peyton Manning throw his helmet into the ring? 

It was no surprise that Tennesseans began to wonder if there was a Senator Peyton in their future.

ELVIS IS ALIVE, AND I'M FEELING PRETTY GOOD MYSELF

Posted on August 16th, 2017

My all-time favorite newspaper columnist, the late, great Lewis Grizzard, once wrote a book with the wonderful title, Elvis is Dead and I Don’t Feel So Good Myself . While I love the title, I respectfully disagree with it. 

Some 40 years after the King went to Rock and Roll Heaven (where as the Righteous Brothers reminded us, you know they have a hell of a band), Elvis remains very much with us in spirit. He remains alive in our hearts and makes us feel good when we hear his music.

SHOULD LAWYERS VET THE PRESIDENT'S TWEETS?

Posted on August 4th, 2017

Forty-four years ago, a young Tennessee Senator named Howard Baker appeared on national television during a Senate hearing and asked the following compound question: “What did the President know, and when did the President know it?”

RETURN OF THE LIGHTNING BUG

Posted on July 28th, 2017

When I was a child growing up nearly 60 years ago, lightning bugs or “fireflies” filled the summer night skies.

MEETING MY HERO, TIM McCARVER

Posted on June 30th, 2017

On an October afternoon in 1964, I sat impatiently in the back of Mrs. Evans’ 7th grade history class at Frayser Junior High School.  I had the small plastic earpiece of my Japanese transistor radio in my right ear so I could listen to the 5th game of the World Series between the evil New York Yankees and my beloved St. Louis Cardinals.

HAPPY MEDICARE TO ME!

Posted on June 23rd, 2017

Last Saturday, I celebrated (sic) my 65th birthday.  My present was a Medicare card. Yes, it’s happy Medicare for me! 

Now that the Federal government has issued me a Medicare card, it’s official: I’m an old geezer.

NATIONAL SEERSUCKER DAY: A BIPARTISAN FASHION STATEMENT

Posted on June 8th, 2017

JUNE 8, WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today is National Seersucker Day, and I’m celebrating it in the United States Capitol with Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, and many other well-dressed Senators participating in “Seersucker Thursday.”

REMEMBERING JFK

Posted on May 26th, 2017

This coming Monday, Memorial Day, marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of our 35th President, John Fitzgerald Kennedy. 

Like almost every American over the age of 60, I can tell you precisely where I was on Friday afternoon, November 22, 1963, when I heard the news that President Kennedy had been assassinated.

GOOD AFTERNOON, FOOTBALL FANS, AND WELCOME TO PIGGLY WIGGLY STADIUM!

Posted on May 5th, 2017

On Monday, the University of Kentucky announced that it is changing the name of its football stadium from Commonwealth Stadium to Kroger Field.  That’s right, frequent football shoppers! Come September, the University of Kentucky Wildcat football team will be playing in a football stadium named after a grocery store.

THE STREETCARS WE DESIRE

Posted on April 28th, 2017

Tonight is Trolley Night on South Main Street in downtown Memphis.  Except there won’t be any trollies. There will be those hideous looking buses designed to look like trollies.  Those faux trolley buses are the Elvis impersonators of mass transit.

SEERSUCKER SEASON IS BACK!

Posted on April 21st, 2017

Behold, brothers and sisters!  I bring you good tidings of great joy … and comfort! Seersucker season is back, at least for those of us who live south of the Sweet Tea Line!

MEMORIES OF EASTER SUNDAYS

Posted on April 14th, 2017

When I was a child, Easter Sunday always began in darkness.  And it always ended in sunlight.

My mother would awaken me dark and early on Sunday morning long before sunrise.  I would put on the Sunday clothes she had laid out for me. A white sports jacket. White dress shirt. A colorful bowtie. Black pressed trousers and black shoes my father had shined on Easter Eve.

AT SPRING TRAINING, STILL DREAMING

Posted on March 17th, 2017

JUPITER, FLORIDA:  I am at this very sunlit moment sitting in one of my favorite places on Earth, Roger Dean Stadium, winter home of my beloved St.Louis Cardinals.  It is 83 degrees, and there is not a cloud in the skyIf Heaven is better than this, it must really be something.

PLEASE DISREGARD THE PREVIOUS ANNOUNCEMENT

Posted on March 3rd, 2017

We are now living in the era of fake news.   If you don’t believe it, you obviously did not watch the telecast of the Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday night.

HOW A COUPLE OF MOUNTAIN LAWYERS SAVED THE CONSTITUTION

Posted on February 17th, 2017

In the spring of 1973, I was an undergraduate majoring in Football Appreciation at the University of Tennessee.  Like a lot of college students, I skipped several classes that spring, and I’ve got the transcript to prove it. 

But I didn’t cut class in May of 1973 to throw a Frisbee or to enjoy springtime in the mountains of East Tennessee.

WHY A LAWYER SHOULD BE YOUR VALENTINE!

Posted on February 13th, 2017

Unless you are a divorce lawyer, February is one of the best months of the year.  That's because right smack in the middle of the year's shortest month comes a day for lovers ... Valentine's Day!

DEATH OF BOOKSTORE

Posted on January 6th, 2017

I love bookstores.  I particularly love small, cozy independent bookstores that are cluttered with stacks of books. 

I generally hate to shop, but I make an exception when it comes to bookstores. I love to browse around them, sipping on a cup of coffee, and occasionally plopping myself into an available lounge chair and start reading some special book I have found and intend to buy before I leave the store.