A Hard Day's Blog
- Nashville, Tennessee,
- January 01
- Can you teach an old blog new tricks?
MY RECENT POSTS
- A Quiet Life, A Quiet Death
December 02, 2013 02:10PM
- Meet Me at the Fair (Part 1)
September 10, 2013 09:26AM
- All Things Sirenita
July 27, 2013 11:51AM
- My Ennui and Peggy Lee
July 26, 2013 10:12AM
- Song to the Siren(ita)
July 16, 2013 08:10PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “It's incidents such as
these that make the "thin blue
- “Losing your baby sister
is something that shouldn't
happen. How sorry I am
December 07, 2013 04:57PM
- “I like the rhythm of
your words here.”
December 05, 2013 03:41PM
- “"how could we go on if
we knew all this pain, I
December 05, 2013 01:59PM
- “I don't want to live in
a world without mayonnaise.
it's French!) I
December 05, 2013 01:26PM
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Being a creature of habit, my several-times-weekly exercise walks have, for a number of years, followed a never varying three-mile route through my unpretentious west Nashville neighborhood. I find that not having to think about where I'm going allows my mind to wander, while at the sa… Read full post »
Since 1906, September has been State Fair time in Tennessee. In the 24 years we've lived here, I don't think we've missed too many. And although there are things that have changed over the years (e.g., having to go through security at the entrance gate, a much more diverse crowd of fairgoe… Read full post »
This is a collection of links to blogs by and about Sirenita Lake. It is something I offer so that all of these can be located in one place. I don't know - maybe it will provide some comfort to family and friends. I just feel like I have to do something,… Read full post »
After four-and-a-half years commenting and blogging on Open Salon, I find myself asking an age-old question. (Or at least a question that dates from some time in the 1960s, as penned by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.) This isn't a matter of announcing, bouncing, or even flou… Read full post »
After reading trig's post today and seeing the photos of our friend, Sirenita, I was reminded again of an old, beautiful song, Song to the Siren, written and performed here by Tim Buckley. It has taken on a whole new meaning now, and I offer it with love and wishes for a peaceful… Read full post »
I saw the post from an old college friend on Facebook today. A photo of a guy in a plastic wig, "Farewell Alan" written underneath.
Alan Myers, Devo's drummer from 1976-1986, died on Monday at the age of 58. Cancer. Here's the obit from Rolling Stone.
I admit that my initial introduc… Read full post »
Here are some photos that Jim took over the course of this spring, all in our backyard. It has been a glorious spring, not too hot and just enough rain. I'll be looking back fondly on these come the dog days of summer.
I'm rather late in sharing this with you, as it happened over a month ago, but at dusk on the evening of April 5th, Jim heard a soft hooting outside the living room window. Peeking out of the blind, he suddenly dashed out to the front porch, calling for me to hurry… Read full post »
I've been reading about the impending Brood II 17-Year Periodical Cicada emergence that will be happening on the east coast very soon. If any of you are going to be affected by the East Coast Brood, I want to try and give you a sense of what might be in store for you.&n… Read full post »
Another legend was lost today. George Jones has died in Nashville at the age of 81. I don't think one could overstate the influence he has had on generations of male country singers. Everyone wants to sound like "The Possum." I bet they'll be belting out some George Jones song… Read full post »
I'm just a hollowed-out shell of a blogger these days. Reliving the glory days and trying to find something else to write about.
But since I'm only temporarily (I hope) uninspired, I thought I'd dig up this oldie from 2010, which marked a high point in my "career" at Open Salon. What I… Read full post »
I'll admit the headline is rather dramatic, but I don't think it's all that far from the truth. I really thought that things couldn't get any more hateful in the Tennessee General Assembly this year. I thought it had reached its nadir when a bill was introduced which proposed… Read full post »
I wish I could take credit for discovering her, but that belongs to my sister, Karen. For Christmas in 1988, she asked me to buy her an album called Shadowland by someone named k.d. lang. (Small "k", small "d", small "l" - big, big, big voice.) I admit that I had a/… Read full post »
No offense to Paul McCartney, but I think I have had enough of silly love songs. So here's a few from my misspent youth that are a bit more unconventional.
Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!
The Ramones - I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend
The month of May, which is when the Tennessee legislature normally adjourns, feels like a million years away right now, and there's no telling how much damage will be done by then. There is a bill to arm teachers. There is a bill requiring an ultrasound in or… Read full post »
Why, it seems like just last year the Tennessee State Legislature was calling teachers overpaid, incompetent, selfish union thugs. I get teary-eyed just thinking about those good old days.
But being a group of people not overly concerned with things like consistency or logic, this sam… Read full post »
Actually, the title of this post is longer than what will fit into the 60-character limit.
I Don't Have That, So You Shouldn't Either (or I Do Have That, But It's Only Because I'm So Much Worthier Than You)
My very long title refers to the constant demonization (from "above"… Read full post »
Several weeks ago, in a planter filled with dense coleus leaves attached to the side of our house, we noticed a little nest that looked like an igloo made of small twigs, leaves, and pieces of fluff. It was very well hidden, but inside we could see four speckled eggs, watched… Read full post »
In which I present two true stories and ask which one is the real problem?
Along with an increasing number of states, Tennessee has recently passed a law requiring state-issued photo identification in order to vote. The rationale behind this new law is that it will pr… Read full post »
As my fellow Volunteers know, 2010 marked a seismic shift in the state of Tennessee in that, for the first time since Reconstruction, the Republican party took control of the Governorship and both houses of the State Legislature. Prior to that time, there had always been enough of an even distr… Read full post »
Country music pioneer Kitty Wells has died at the age of 92.
Do you believe there was a time when they thought women couldn't make hit records? She showed those good old boys what the gals were really made of.
Her signature song, It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels, was a st/… Read full post »
As I prepare to celebrate my semicentennial, I can think of no better role model.
Hit it, Sally.