What Our Jonquils Know About Climate Change

Earlier this month (February 2017) the outdoor temperature was 77 degrees F. Even in the previous month, January, the mercury often registered above 60 degrees — and rarely fell below high 40s to mid 50s. This in East Tennessee! When … Continue reading

How to Fact-Check Gary Matthews (or Anyone Else)

One thing I love about today’s Internet is how easily you can fact-check anything I say. Don’t believe me about something? Fine! Fire up Google (or any other search engine). Type in the topic. Seconds later you’re studying it in … Continue reading

Why Gary Matthews Shuns Politics

There aren’t many people for whom I’ll cheerfully take a bullet. One of them is my friend Tim. He’s among the smartest folks I know. He has really good instincts. His opinions matter to me – a lot. The following note … Continue reading

How the Post Office Could Have Saved Itself

The US Postal Service had the chance, early on, to become a provider of email. This was during the Internet’s early days. Few people at that time foresaw the importance email would attain. Neither, it seems, did the Postal Service. … Continue reading

Did We Just Trade Away the Internet?

Did we just trade away the Internet? It sure looks that way. Don’t take me too literally. We’ll always have something called “the Internet”. It just won’t necessarily be the real Internet, the one we’ve come to take for granted. … Continue reading

Two Words: Were / Where

Has anyone else noticed a recent uptick in the frequency with which people misspell “where” as “were”? That is, leaving out the “h”? Resulting in written sentences like “I wonder were I left my car keys?” I’ve seen this a … Continue reading

The Most Romantic Valentine City

Happy Valentine’s Day from America’s Most Consistently Romantic City — Knoxville, Tennessee, home of “Notes from Stonehaven”.  Okay, so I had to weasel-word that (with “consistently”) in order to justify the “most” boast. Technically, Knoxville was bumped this year from … Continue reading