Newfangled Things

By Joe Rector I made a run to Costco the week before Christmas. My goal was to pick up a few things that Amy had on her list. I arrived before the place even opened, quick-stepped it through the entrance a few minutes later and arrived back at the car in about 10 minutes. Leaning […]

Christmas Offers Us Hope

By Joe Rector Well, it’s here. Little ones thought the time would never come; some adults wished it hadn’t. Either way, Christmas is upon us. The year has been a tough one for us, but in spite of the bad, something magical occurs when this time of year arrives. Our challenges in life are many, […]

Diversity at What Expense?

By Joe Rector Everyone seems to be piling on in regard to the UT situation and Chancellor Jimmy Cheek’s handling of it. I’ve read the clippings from most of the major players involved, and after having done so, I’m adding my “two-cents worth, whether it’s needed or not. Folks, we all do dumb things in […]

Brotherly Projects

By Joe Rector Thanksgiving weekend offered most of us the chance to sit back, kick our feet up, and spend the time watching football, eating leftovers, and taking naps. However, that’s not the Rector way. Jim and I had jobs to do and set out to complete the “to-do” list before the work week began. […]

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 […]