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 […]

Baseball Time

By Joe Rector I’m back in the baseball watching business again. Yes, just a few weeks ago I said that I was stepping away from sports for a while. However, that was before UT’s team began its season and put on several exciting exhibitions of grit, determination, and talent. Things also have changed since my […]

Renewed Energy

By Joe Rector Can you feel that new excitement? Are you being flooded with a new energy that’s lain dormant for many months? Is a new pep in your step noticeable to everyone? If you’re like me, all of these things are true because Daylight Savings Time arrived this past Sunday. I’ve always been a […]

A better plan

By Joe Rector In the past couple of months, vaccinations for Covid-19 have increased. At this point, a third of the country has received protection that will enable them to safely be around others. Most Americans are excited, but the process of getting vaccinated has been rather difficult. People have spent hours on computers to […]

Spinning world

By Joe Rector That Thursday night was a rough one. I got out of bed about 2:00 a.m. to do what we older guys have to do. Immediately, the room spun, and I pinballed down the hall to the bathroom. Once back in bed, I lay on one side, hugged a pillow, and prayed that […]

Covered in paint

By Joe Rector Give a retired man and his wife enough time at home, and the chores will start piling up. Mix in a bit of winter-time boredom for good measure, and a man might be excited to do something that otherwise would be a real pain. This past week, I spent hours with a […]

We’re losing our local writers

By Joe Rector Local writers have been on my mind. That’s because the Knoxville community recently lost one of its best, David Hunter. He’s just one of the writers who has either passed or whose parts in daily news have diminished over the years. David Hunter and I met at a Knoxville Writers’ Guild get […]

Something good out of the bad

By Joe Rector COVID-19 has just about worn all of us out. We aren’t used to being confined for such long periods of time. Many people haven’t been out except to the grocery store for a year. Yes, some have developed rather snippy, hateful dispositions, but although such behavior is never acceptable, it is understood. […]