Porch Light

  By Joe Rector Today’s youth have missed out on so many good things that we old people enjoyed. Don’t tell me how much better life is now because I realize how fortunate we are to have all the technology that supposedly makes things easier. How could we ever survive without refrigerators that remind us […]

Porcelain Cat

By Joe Rector I remember when Amy and I were young. We married in December 1974 and moved into UT student housing on New Year’s Day. Our first place was a concrete block box with a concrete slab that was covered with some of the ugliest and cheapest carpet ever made. The place was furnished […]

Pace yourself

  By Joe Rector Last Memorial Day, the nation was closed down tightly as Covid-19 ravaged even the smallest towns. This year, things were much different. Responsible folks chose to get vaccinations, and enough have done so that we can cautiously come out for the spring and summer season. If you’re thinking things seem different, […]

Old Cars and Old People

  By Joe Rector I bought a new Pathfinder in 1987. In past columns I’ve talked about that car. The truth is I love that hunk of metal. Too many memories, good and bad, have been made in that car that getting rid of it is unthinkable. Amy isn’t thrilled with the decision to hold […]

Beach time

By Joe Rector We’re home from vacation. Everything is unloaded and before long, I’ll have the sand out of shoes and suitcases. The weather was perfect. Highs were in the upper 70s to the low 80s. The rains hit on Monday and Tuesday, but we still found things to keep us busy. In all, the […]

That’s what the DVR is for

  By Joe Rector As stated on many occasions, I like to watch television. That doesn’t mean that I’ll sit down and watch any show that comes on. In fact, my list of favorite shows is limited. For instance, I’m amazed at the writing of episodes of “This Is Us,” but I can find not […]

Avoiding viruses

By Joe Rector Are you tired of hearing how terrible 2020 was with the appearance of COVID-19? I might agree with folks if we hadn’t already had 3.2 million cases and 573,000 deaths—so far. For those who have suffered through the disease or who have lost loved ones and friends, nothing can ever erase the […]

I’d like to own a drive-in restaurant

By Joe Rector Amy and I spent the last weekend in Hendersonville as we celebrated our daughter Lacey’s and son-in-law Nick’s April birthdays. For the first time in more than a year, we had the chance to hug them, as well as grandson Madden. It was a wonderful weekend. On the way home, I tuned […]

Surprised at our age

By Joe Rector I called an old friend not long ago to see how he was doing and if he and his wife had completed their vaccinations against this cursed virus that’s plagued us for over a year. He assured me that all is well and he would soon receive both shots and be in […]

Old movies foretell the future

By Joe Rector I am a movie fan. If I could, I’d go every week to see a new one. A “film,” as it’s called in the production world, is one of the few things that can keep me in my seat for longer than half an hour. What I like even better are old […]

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