A rare night at the theater

By Joe Rector Amy and I had the opportunity to see “White Christmas” at the Tennessee Theater not long ago. I’m not much for musicals, but this show is different. The cast and orchestra did a commendable job of presenting one of the most loved shows for the Christmas season. Other sights during the evening […]

Thankful for it all

By Joe Rector Yes, I know that Thanksgiving is still three more days away, but I wanted to get a jump on it and make my list of all the things for which I am thankful and for the blessings poured out to me. I’m thankful for the job I have. The previous one that […]

Start at home first

By Joe Rector I listened to the Democratic Debate a couple of weeks ago. No, it didn’t have the flair for dramatics that came from the earlier GOP gatherings, but some of the answers that the Dems gave for questions were every bit as frustrating as Republican comments. Over the years, I’ve heard plenty of […]

Awfulizing

By Joe Rector Walt Whitman, one of my favorite poets, said, “Do anything, but let it produce joy.” I can only wish following that advice has been easy, but the opposite is true. It’s the way I’m turned. Heredity probably has much to do with it as well. Whatever the cause, too often my view […]

Baloney

By Joe Rector I don’t know about the rest of you, but the WHO’s latest proclamation turned out to be one big bummer for me. Processed meats, those wonderful things like bologna, ham, sausage, and bacon, are now declared cancer causing. Are you kidding? For years I’ve known that eating hotdogs and bologna and other […]

Looking for the artist in me

By Joe Rector I love art. No one would ever call me an expert or critic, but as Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart said about pornography, “I know it when I see it”—art that is. Jim Gray pieces inspire me; just down the road from my house, Ruby Dayton’s home and gallery are filled with […]

History repeats itself

By Joe Rector For some reason, I feel as if my writing has been more on rants than lighter topics. I’d like that to change, but too many topics cry out for attention. The most recent topic deals with the latest Holocaust news. It seems that history repeats itself. According to CBS’s “Sixty Minutes,” Father […]

What really matters

By Joe Rector Somehow UT managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in its latest game against Florida. Plenty of social media buzz spewed forth, and many of us are plenty disgusted enough with the entire thing to stop putting ourselves through such anguish. We’ll pray that a more creative offense evolves sooner […]

Winter House Arrest

By Joe Rector Summer wound down much too quickly for me. If I were in charge, the hot days of the season would bleed into those colder ones of winter. I just don’t much care for cold weather and never have, nor do I like being under house arrest when it hits. Others can have […]

The Wisdom of Dads

By Joe Rector I recently changed jobs, but my duties still revolve around moving vehicles. In this new position, my travels are confined to the parking lot of the business. I’ve met some new folks and talked with them about a variety of things. It’s during one of those workdays that I discovered some wise […]