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Snow Place Like Home

The forecast called for snow, followed by freezing rain on Friday night into Saturday morning. It was supposed to switch to liquid rain after that. My wife had a performance with the Knoxville Choral Society on Friday night and I was … Continue reading

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Saw Her Standing There

The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and the Knoxville Choral Society missed a rehearsal earlier this week due to the ice storm. You wouldn’t have known it based on their excellent performance of Dvořák’s Stabat Mater at the Tennessee Theatre. I was ready … Continue reading

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Ice Isn’t Nice

The ice storm that started on Monday gave me two unexpected vacation days in a row. For my wife, it meant she didn’t have to use a sick day. The precipitation began while I was taking my wife to the … Continue reading

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Singer, Nerds, Lobsters

Saturday Night Live’s 40th anniversary show brought back a flood of great memories. I got hooked on the show while in high school and I have watched it regularly since. I was lucky enough to attend a dress rehearsal of … Continue reading

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The Beard Board

Catholic Charities of East Tennessee asked me to interview Fr. Eric Andrews, who will be the guest speaker at their upcoming Emerald O’Ccasion fundraising dinner. The catch is that Fr. Eric won’t be in Knoxville until the day before the … Continue reading

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Café Olé

The website for El Cafetalito is entirely in Spanish. I used Google’s translation tool to find out how the site described Café Super. The paragraph read: “It is a blend of premium coffees. It is characterized by its softness and … Continue reading

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Car Pray Diem

Fr. Michael Woods delivered a presentation about the Home Campaign before each of the Masses at All Saints on Sunday. He chose to speak about the fundraising effort before Mass instead of talking about it during his homily. To stay on … Continue reading

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Not So Small Talk

“How were your holidays?” I’ve heard the question many times in the past week now that people are returning to their normal routines. I want to give an honest answer without completely ruining the mood. I generally respond, “We had … Continue reading

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Bam Bambi

When the phone rings at 5:15 in the morning, it’s usually bad news. In fact, the first thing I said was “what’s wrong?” when my wife called me at 5:15 a.m. on December 16. She had hit a deer on … Continue reading

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Going to the Ball

Some people go to a ball on New Year’s Eve. I’m fortunate that the ball comes to me. For the second year, I was privileged to emcee the year-end countdown in Knoxville’s Market Square. Whitney Good of WATE-TV interviewed me on … Continue reading

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Juju’s Mettle

Walking into the Carlyle Club felt like walking onto the set of a 1930s or ’40s movie. I half expected the Haynes Sisters to show up and do a number. The art-deco themed club is located in Alexandria, Virginia. In a … Continue reading

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Pas des Oeufs

After the funeral Mass for my mother-in-law, my wife and two of her sisters went to their mother’s house to pick up a few things. In one box, they discovered a music box shaped like an egg. When you wind … Continue reading

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Speak in Remembrance of the Deceased

Here are the remarks I delivered before the final commendation at my mother-in-law’s funeral today: Good morning and merry Christmas! Mary was a great mother and a great mother-in-law. There are countless examples but you only have to look to … Continue reading

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Funeral Directed

On Friday morning, my wife and her sisters gathered at the funeral home to make the arrangements for their mother’s wake and burial. I went along, as did another sister’s husband. Two of the women had been through the process … Continue reading

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