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Fignition

Could it be? During a routine inspection of my sapling fig tree┬áMonday, I noticed two tiny bulbous protrusions. It seems unlikely that my tree would attempt to produce fruit so soon. It also seems unlikely that the fruit will have … Continue reading

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Boomtown Crier

A thunder storm passed through Knoxville around 5:00 p.m. on Sunday while a large crowd was gathering on Neyland Drive for Boomsday. When event organizers got word of the approaching rain, they decided to suspend the festival until the bad … Continue reading

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Cuisses de Grenouille

There was a squirrel on my pool cover yesterday. On Monday, I spotted a bird on the cover. Neither critter was a pool-cover regular in the past. I may have inadvertently created a new ecosystem on the pool cover. In … Continue reading

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The Very Heart of It

The “Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together” benefit concert on NBC last night followed a format similar to the disaster-relief telethons we’ve seen regularly since 9/11. The artists and hosts did a great job. The one-hour program is available OnDemand, in case … Continue reading

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Froggie Went A-Courtin

About a half-dozen frogs joined me for my late-night swim on Tuesday. Yet when I returned on Wednesday night, there were none. A series of circumstances conspired to delay my swim both days. Instead of hitting the pool before performing … Continue reading

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Spied Spider

The idea of making a new Spider-Man movie seems to defy logic. Didn’t they just make one a few years ago? I looked it up. “Spider-Man” and its two sequels came out in 2002, 2004 and 2007. After watching only … 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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66, Water Not Being Comfortable

Autumn leaves and cooler weather inspire many of my Facebook friends to write about how it is their favorite time of year. I don’t like the shorter days and chilly air. I much prefer the optimism of Spring and the … Continue reading

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Oak, Ridge Vent

One would hope that a milestone birthday is memorable. I am unlikely to forget my big 5-0. On Tuesday night, I was emceeing the weekly Einstein Simplified show at Side Splitters Comedy Club. The lights began to flicker and the … Continue reading

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Make Every Dollar Count

A well-meaning pastor was on the news last week. He had a truck parked outside a local grocery store and was accepting donations of bottled water and canned food. He was taking the supplies to Alabama for tornado victims. He … 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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Twofer Wednesday

Somebody at “Live at Five at Four” volunteered me to eat some oysters. They didn’t know that my father introduced me to the delicacy at The Grand Central Oyster Bar when I was only a teen. They also couldn’t have … Continue reading

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Cloudburst Night

The rain started shortly before midnight on New Year’s Eve. Hours earlier, my wife and I left our umbrella in the car when we arrived for First Night Knoxville. To make matters worse, I was wearing my favorite suede jacket, … Continue reading

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Joe Btsfplk

It’s been a week since the crew from a local pool company re-opened my pool for the season. By Monday afternoon, the water was sparkling and inviting but the water temperature was only 67┬░. I wondered if I could stand … Continue reading

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