Pawn Sacrifice

It was 1999. My host, having picked me up at the Reykjavik airport, was showing me around Iceland’s capital city. “There”, he told me, “is the stadium where Reagan and Gorbachev signed the treaty that ended the Cold War.” “That’s … Continue reading

One Word: Solitude

Some words I love because of the way they sound. The way they feel when I write them. Their playful ambiguities. Their spelling quirks. Others I love mostly on account of what they mean to me. “Solitude” is a word … Continue reading

Crock-pot Turkey: Best Ever!

For the juiciest, tastiest, tenderest turkey you’ll ever enjoy — bake it in a crock-pot! Here’s how. Cheri and I taught ourselves this trick, this past Thanksgiving. We acted on pure impulse. Nothing wrong with turkeys we’ve baked before, for ourselves and … Continue reading

It Happened Almost at our Door!

Knoxville school bus crash kills two students, injures many more. Tragedies hit home, especially when they involve children. Way too many of those, these days. But when one lands practically on your doorstep! Cheri and I still are reeling. What … Continue reading

My Favorite Mushrooms!

Walking in the neighborhood. About a block and a half from my East Knoxville house in Tennessee — these bodacious mushrooms: Almost couldn’t believe the brazen boldness of these fungi! Just to capture the sense of scale, I plunked my … Continue reading

Synchronized Fireflies of the Smoky Mountains

Just saw my first summer fireflies within the past week or two. They come out, here in East Tennessee, sometime in June. Now that July has arrived, so have they, in full force. This fractal picture I drew may be … Continue reading