Exhausting Lies

By Joe Rector The past weeks have been exhausting. No, working hasn’t been difficult; home is still the same, even with son Dallas and his dog Harvey staying with us for a while; the grass has slowed down so that I can keep up with it now. What’s just plain sucked all the energy from […]

Dealing with customer service

By Joe Rector I was sitting in the waiting room of the hospital in Lenoir City as my wife had a stress test run. It’s not my favorite thing to do at 7:00 a.m. in the morning, but I’d never let my girlfriend drive herself to such an ordeal. What made the ordeal even worse […]

I dare you

By Joe Rector Over the past couple of years, the partisanship and resulting animus between political sides has increased to a level that makes me wonder if our country will ever be all right. Politicians have managed to fracture the very fabric that makes American democracy so wonderful. The most important thing is for the […]

Goofy Love

By Joe Rector Ah, young love thrives in the halls of high schools around the country. I’ve seen so many couples in the hallways and common areas. Their actions aren’t much different from those of generations that preceded them. Back in the day, boys discovered females who would pay them brief moments of attention. Freshmen […]

Information the old way

By Joe Rector Schools are equipped with the technology to help students be successful. Of course, the choice is still the individuals as to whether he will take advantage of those resources. In too many cases, the only time a student uses any kind of technology is to send a text, play a video game, […]

Tight-legged jeans

By Joe Rector Anyone who catches even a glimpse of me immediately recognizes the fact that I’m not much of a dresser. Neither am I in the least bit interested in the latest fashions. So, it would surprise no one that I balked at the thought of wearing the pair of jeans my wife brought […]

Too much to do

  By Joe Rector I walked into the workroom early the first day of school after Labor Day because I like to arrive early to find out what I’m supposed to do for the day as a substitute. Some teachers were already present and readying their rooms for students in 7:00 a.m. classes. Others arrived […]

Back to clothes

By Joe Rector School started not long ago, and I’ve already been able to serve a couple of days as a substitute. Many of the days I’ve scheduled have 7:00 a.m. classes, but I don’t mind starting early so that I can finish before the traffic rush at the end of the day. Being around […]

John McCain

By Joe Rector John McCain passed late last month. Since then, many Americans have thought about the man and the services he gave to his country. He is in the truest sense of the word a patriot and a hero. First of all, I wasn’t an avid supporter of McCain. When he ran for president, […]

Keeping the old and the new

By Joe Rector Well, the day finally arrived. I gave in and purchased another vehicle. Doing so was a difficult decision because I struggle with the idea of having to make a car payment. However, times arrive in life when such actions must be taken. I bought a “new old car.” Ever loyal to Nissan, […]

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