We did it!  We hiked to the top of Mount LeConte.  More importantly, we made it back down.  Rather than spend a lot of time writing about an experience that cannot be described in words, I have created a video blog in four chapters.  Here they are: Chapter 1 - Alum Cave Bluff This is … Continue reading LeConte


Getting old stinks, but it beats the alternative.

Since hitting double digits, I have rarely been extremely excited about celebrating my own birthday. The fact that my 48th just passed did not help improve that outlook, pushing my reflections into the realm of confronting my rapid approach to 50 years of age. I mean 50!  That is a half a century.  I’m just … Continue reading Getting old stinks, but it beats the alternative.

Learning 21st century grandparenting techniques

I may not be smarter than a 5th grader, but I can darned sure pull one over on a 10-month-old. To my immense displeasure, it seems my grandson keeps helping himself to my prized remote controls, one for the television and a second one for Amazon fire TV.  He much prefers the Amazon Fire remote’s … Continue reading Learning 21st century grandparenting techniques

The curious case of the abandoned cooler

I may have robbed a homeless person.  It isn’t quite as bad as that sounds, but I feel horrible about it nonetheless. You see, I work in an area of Knoxville where it is not uncommon for us to encounter homeless persons.  As a non-profit organization, we go where the property values give us the … Continue reading The curious case of the abandoned cooler

Success and who it costs

I love a good success story. I have been reading about a businessman recently.  I’ll call him Mark. Mark is a hard worker.  He started his business in 2006 with one store and today has over a thousand stores in 21 states. His bio indicates that he is a family man, a triathlete, hunts for … Continue reading Success and who it costs

Something’s Shady in Kodak…

Those of us Sevier Countians who live on “the other side of the river” know all too well the plight we share, a menacing presence reminiscent of the Star Wars evil empire.  A heartless, uncaring force mercilessly imposing its will on the innocent citizens of our beloved Kodak. For starters, zoned in a separate State … Continue reading Something’s Shady in Kodak…

Shop Class Helped me earn my mettle*

In the high school of the ‘80s, masters of the quick and deadly retort reigned supreme, and I liked to fancy I held my own with the sharpest wits among them.  It just took one class working with tools and sharp objects, however, for me to learn that I was not the sharpest tool in … Continue reading Shop Class Helped me earn my mettle*