Ridiculous Behavior

By Joe Rector Well, it appears that July 4th fireworks took on a new meaning in Lonsdale. Officers were attacked when they tried to stop individuals who thought firing the explosives at cars passing by would be more entertaining. According to reports, the fireworks weren’t the traditional firecrackers or sparklers or even cherry bombs. These […]

RLS Relief

By Joe Rector For several years, I’ve been plagued by RLS—Restless Leg Syndrome. No, it’s not a disease, just like other conditions discussed in commercials aren’t diseases. Still, this thing is more than a bit troublesome. I constantly look for cures or aids for RLS but don’t discover many. For those who don’t know about […]

Broken Shells

By Joe Rector One of the best things about the beach is hunting seashells. Over the years, I collected enough to make a table that weighs just slightly under a ton and a bedside lamp that is much lighter. Bags of the things are tucked away in cabinets and boxes both inside the house and […]

Mesmerized by the beach

Neither Out Far Nor In Deep   The people along the sand All turn and look one way. They turn their back on the land. They look at the sea all day.   As long as it takes to pass A ship keeps raising its hull; The wetter ground like glass Reflects a standing gull […]

I know him

By Joe Rector Randy Boyd is running for governor in Tennessee. Over the past few weeks, Randy has traveled from one end of the state to the other. He seems to be intent on making contact with as many folks as possible so that they remember his name for election day. I know Randy in […]

Blossoming

By Joe Rector I find it interesting how living things start at one point and manage take it to a grander level. It’s a fascinating aspect of all things. A flower starts as a seed or a bulb. Given the right kind of soil and nutrients, those beginnings grow and eventually produce buds. Before we […]

Birthday Boy Blues

By Joe Rector So, I recently celebrated my true entrance into senior citizen life. To me, 65 is the correct age for entering the group, even though AARP mails out membership cards to folks when they reach 50. At any rate, I am a bonafide “senior.” Does this mean I am allowed to fuss and […]

A Minister’s Impact

By Joe Rector Although folks might find it difficult to believe, several favorite people throughout my life have been ministers. That’s especially surprising based on how I too often fall so short in living the kind of life that Christ and the bible promote. Still, I love these people who have been important to me […]

Leaking Brain

By Joe Rector Last night as I lay in bed, a topic for a new column came zooming into my head. Not only the topic but several points about it also appeared one after the other. I remember falling asleep with a contented feeling that my next writing would be all but done. This morning, […]

It’s Here

By Joe Rector The assignment was to read poems and prose about Knoxville and summer. Before long, I realized that neither piece of literature would impress my two students for one’s family roots were buried in Florida and the other’s ran deep in the soil of New York. The importance of words were lost on […]