Monthly Archives: March 2012

A to Z in the USA

A St. Louis real estate agent emailed me about a journalist moving from Los Angeles to Knoxville. I’ve known Bruce Butler, the real estate agent selling Aunt Dee’s condo, since the days when he worked for a radio syndication company … Continue reading

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Crock o’ Style

After a recent Einstein Simplified show, one of the audience regulars was seated at the bar in the lounge at Side Splitters Comedy Club. She was checking Pinterest on her smart phone, looking at recipes. One was so interesting (or … Continue reading

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Catch and Release

Today’s post was a collaborative effort. On May 8, Jennifer Alexander and I will co-emcee an event for the release of the new Jefferson Bass novel, The Inquisitor’s Key. Jennifer wrote the first draft of a press-release and sent it … Continue reading

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Ritzy Quackers

“There once was an ugly duckling, with feathers all stubby and brown,” sang Danny Kaye in the film “Hans Christian Andersen.” The movie was one of my family’s favorites when I was growing up. The story of the ugly duckling … Continue reading

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Ten, I See

March 27, 2002 was Wednesday of Holy Week. It was also the first day of my on-air audition in Knoxville. Over the weekend, I was reminded of my ten-year anniversary by the program director who hired me. My wife and … Continue reading

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Working for the Weekend

Somewhere in my consciousness is the memory of a “seven-day weather pattern.” I don’t recall which TV weatherman talked about it or where I was living at the time. Regardless of the details, I want for the pattern to be … Continue reading

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Hawking Heads

The hawks and I peacefully coexist. In fact, I enjoy seeing them in my backyard. Last year my son snapped a photo of one of the hawks on our back deck. They probably eat mice or chipmunks, which makes them … Continue reading

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Sphygmomanometer Significance

Dollywood officially opens for the season today after a preview day for season pass holders yesterday. On Wednesday, they allowed local radio personalities to ride the new Wild Eagle, the first wing coaster to open in America. A similar ride … Continue reading

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Batkini Traffic School

The original Batmobile is in one of the family photos that my daughter and son used to decorate the tables at my wife’s surprise party. While working at Power 106, I had the opportunity to meet and interview George Barris, … Continue reading

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Soar Stomach

How old is too old to ride roller coasters? The AARP says you’re never too old. I’m not sure that I agree. I have very much enjoyed zip-lining in recent years but roller coasters may have passed me by. Although … Continue reading

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NASCent

NASCAR has never been one of my strong points. I knew so little about racing that I thought Bristol Motor Speedway was in Bristol, Virginia. It’s actually in Bristol, Tennessee. Last summer, a friend at church invited me to go … Continue reading

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Swagabus

Almost all the passengers had already boarded the Megabus. My two kids were aboard as were several Karen students who now live in Smyrna, Tennessee. The students had arrived in a Rutherford County Schools bus. My wife wanted to wait … Continue reading

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Life, Believe It or Not, Is Improvised

Kaihla Dailey asked if any of us in Einstein Simplified could help facilitate a class on improv. On Saturday, she was the guest lecturer in a class of students studying to be teachers at LMU’s Cedar Bluff campus. Paul Simmons … Continue reading

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Shared Celebration

Fr. Michael Woods thought that celebrating my wife’s birthday at Friday’s Lenten Supper was a great idea. When I first asked him about it, I mentioned that our fellow parishioners at All Saints are like family to my wife and … Continue reading

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