Learning their places the hard way

By Joe Rector Teenagers are a funny bunch, and freshman are always the most comical. Over my lifetime, I’ve been one and have watched many classes of them during 30 years as a teacher. They arrive at high school “wet behind the ears” but act as if they are seasoned veterans. It doesn’t take long […]

Working hard to please

By Joe Rector I’ve become a millennial! It happened without my knowing what was happening. My reason for saying this is that I’m changing part time jobs again. After almost a year at Toyota of Knoxville, my body is aching from the walking on concrete all day long. If I could survive that one thing, […]

Letting our voices and spirits rise

By Joe Rector One of the blessings of this life is singing. I’ve heard some folks say they can’t carry a tune in a bucket, but the fact is that the lack of ability rarely prevents any of us from belting out a tune. It’s “making a joyful noise unto the lord.” Most of us […]

It takes only one event

By Joe Rector You’re where you are in life through a series of events. I suppose the fact that for every action there is a consequence comes into play. At this point, I’m pretty sure that one major event in my life dictated what paths I’ve taken. The most serious event that changed my life […]

A DVR Life

By Joe Rector Like millions of people in this country, I remember a time before television. When a tv set found its way to our house, it was a boxy, metallic gadget that weighed about as much as a gun safe. Over the years, we’ve witnessed the growth of programming from three channels to thousands […]

Summer Meals

By Joe Rector Summer’s hot weather has wilted plenty of folks this year. To be honest, it’s zapped me more than usual, and on a couple of occasions, I’ve almost “white-eyed.” When the temperatures are so stifling, appetites turn for a while, but the truth is that some foods taste better during the dog-days of […]

Summer wasn’t so grand

By Joe Rector Ah, summer! Is anything comparable to it? Plenty of hot weather comes to the point so that some folks long for the snowy months. Gardens and flowers burst forth in exhibition of our green thumbs. Most of all, the kids are out of school and are overcome with joy about their temporary […]

More than just fireworks

By Joe Rector July 4th is one of only a few days that has become a national holiday. We Americans know how to celebrate it with style. We spend bundles on explosives that fizz or whir or boom for a few minutes, and all we’re left with are aching ears, smoke-filled eyes, and empty pockets. […]

Your Talent

By Joe Rector On “60 Minutes” the other Sunday, a young boy played jazz piano with the stars of the genre. He amazed even the pros with his abilities to understand the music and to include his own interpretations, something difficult for most seasoned veterans. Last weekend, I traveled with other church members to Marion, […]

Thumped by an eight year old

By Joe Rector I took my grandson Madden back home the other day. He’d come to our house during Memorial Day and stayed a while after his parents went back to Nashville and to work. Any time with the boy is pure gold, even if I’m weary by the time he leaves. During this trip […]

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