Monthly Archives: April 2011

Comedy Connections

Erin Donovan’s infamous snort almost gave her away at Side Splitters Comedy Club on Saturday night. She was sitting at the table behind Terry Morrow and me during the show headlined by Lynne Koplitz. I think a few of the … Continue reading

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Raw Umber

One of the names in my high school’s alumni magazine was familiar. Sadly, Robert Crayhon was mentioned on the “In Memoriam” page. Robert was in my graduating class. Twice during my senior year, I bought tickets to see Steve Martin … Continue reading

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Hail Wary

Wednesday night is church night in the South. Maybe that’s why some former Baptists at All Saints Catholic Church scheduled choir practice on Wednesdays. Last night’s practice was a full rehearsal with the orchestra for the Easter Cantata that will … Continue reading

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Fifteen Bones

The FBI Knoxville Citizens Academy tried something new for its April meeting on Tuesday evening. They made it a fundraiser and charged admission. Of course, only a superstar speaker could warrant such a move. The guest was Body Farm founder … Continue reading

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Crow Hawk

The hawk that has been visiting my backyard has as friend. On Sunday, blog reader Giannine watched the video I posted and suggested that the bird is a broad-winged hawk. Later that day, I spotted the hawk sunning itself on … Continue reading

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Egg Timer

To keep me from sneaking a peek at our Easter baskets, my wife draped them with an extra tablecloth. This came about around midnight, when we got home from the Easter Vigil. She would be leaving early in the morning … Continue reading

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Blazon Night

48 adults and 6 children were received into the Catholic Church at All Saints last night. It was almost the largest RCIA class in the history of the Diocese of Knoxville. The group would have been even larger except that … Continue reading

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Hurricane Jim

George Mason University’s commitment to basketball began when they built the Patriot Center. My class was the first to graduate in the almost-finished building. Things got more interesting when GMU hired Jim Larranaga as head coach. Obviously the highlight of … Continue reading

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Knoxville Predators

A large bird of prey has taken up residence in my backyard. I think he’s a hawk but I don’t know what kind. There have always been plenty of small critters on my property that would make a good meal … Continue reading

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Life Lessons

The last blog post I wrote about at KROQ was going to be the last blog post I wrote about KROQ, or so I thought. In it, I wrote that I was disappointed to discover the quirks my friend Jessica … Continue reading

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‘Ello Guv’nahs!

There are no tours of the Body Farm. People who are interested in learning about decomposition can read “Death’s Acre” or watch a documentary made by Jon Jefferson or go to a lecture by Dr. Bill Bass. On Monday, Dr. … Continue reading

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Jumboree

Something looked different about the Jumble in Monday’s paper. I can’t quite put my finger on it. Did they get a new cartoonist? Or was it the presence of zombies that seemed unusual? Zombies were in the news on Monday. … Continue reading

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Surrattogate

The opening scenes of “The Conspirator” depicted Abraham Lincoln’s assassination exactly like I imagined it after visiting Ford’s Theater and reading “Manhunt.” The film questions whether Mary Surratt should have been executed as a co-conspirator in Lincoln’s death. Those not … Continue reading

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Try to Remember

“The Fantasticks” is known as the longest-running musical in history. It played off-Broadway for almost 42 years. I assume my parents went to see it at least once because my father frequently listened to  the original cast album. My wife … Continue reading

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