Put the phone down

By Joe Rector During my travels up and down the Interstate highways in Knoxville and surrounding areas, I’ve noticed the electronic signs that the state has erected. Just the other day, the message read, “Don’t text and drive; it’s against the law!” I’m sure doing so is also quite illegal, but that hasn’t had much […]

Catherine

By Joe Rector I’m taking this opportunity to write about someone special. Instead of telling a story from my past or writing a diatribe about politics or the younger generation, my goal is to honor to a person who has touched so many lives. By the time I finish, I hope you’ll want to know […]

New Job Training

By Joe Rector I’m back in the workforce for a week now. Admittedly, adjusting to working as many as 10 hours a day is tough, but getting up isn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be. In fact, having a schedule by which to go is something I like…sort of. This job is […]

Senior Pranks

By Joe Rector In the next couple of weeks, high school seniors will graduate and turn their sights on future pursuits. However, before they leave their schools, many will attempt to make a mark by pulling stunts that they think are funny. A few years ago, dress codes weren’t nearly so lenient. School administrators demanded […]

Easter is still special

By Joe Rector Well, here it is, the biggest week in the Christian year. I know most folks think that Christmas is more popular, but when the beliefs that we claim to hold are considered, Easter wins hands down. I’ve always liked the day, even the strange things. As a kid, I liked going to […]

Hitch’n a ride

By Joe Rector I’ve been doing a bit of driving to supplement my income. The job entails delivering a new car to one dealer and then returning with another from that lot. It’s a good job; I only wish the drives came at least a couple of times each week. At any rate, during these […]

I’m an expert… in my own mind

By Joe Rector I am an expert at, well, everything. At least that’s what my wife and kids tell me. On so many occasions throughout the year, I’ve had to straighten them out on a multitude of issues. Those whom I love so much have been misguided souls at times, and it was my duty […]

A simpler landscaping way

By Joe Rector I don’t want to jinx anything, but it does looks as if spring might make an appearance on time. Most of us are weary from all the snow and frigid temperatures that have assaulted us this winter. So, with a few days of warm weather, we’re ready to arise from our hibernation […]

Back Rubs

By Joe Rector Feeling low? Feeling lost? Feeling left out? All of us hit bottom several times in our lives. It’s during those blue periods that we most crave something to soothe the soul, to find a healing balm for the pain. I’m pretty sure that’s just what a back rub is. No, I’m not […]

Didn’t Your Parents Raise You Better?

By Joe Rector She arrived after several other customers on that Sunday. The vet’s office didn’t open until 5:00 p.m., and all of us were there to pick up our pets. This young woman jumped out of her car, and as soon as the door opened, she rushed to the counter without any regard to […]

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