Random Things that Fall Out of My Head

Frank Michels

Frank Michels
Nashville, Tennessee, USA
March 29
Frank Michels is a songwriter, musician, and producer in Nashville, Tennessee. He likes to dig in the dirt and plant flowers, cook tasty things, walk his dog, and play really fast riffs on a telecaster guitar.


FEBRUARY 24, 2012 7:48AM

It's Time to do Taxes! (groan)

                             tax time 

For many years, I did my own taxes. I figured, hey, I’m a pretty smart guy, and my tax situation is fairly straiRead full post »

FEBRUARY 22, 2012 7:41AM

Questioning Obama's Faith

                             Obama in church 

Rick Santorum has been in the headlines lately, after throwing heaping handfuls of red meat to the Republican base toRead full post »


The other day I was reading an article in the newspaper. (Yes, I’m one of the dwindling number that still do that.)  ThRead full post »

FEBRUARY 17, 2012 7:24AM

Amazing Stuff I Can't Live Without

                            amazing stuff 

I never knew what I’ve been missing all these years until I flew recently, and to stave off boredom I started leafing… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 15, 2012 8:36AM

Hangin' With the Canadian Snowbirds


I’m in Mesa, Arizona to back up singer Michelle Wright at a couple of concerts for the Canadian Snowbird Associa… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 13, 2012 6:57AM

Your Cat is Controlling Your Mind


What if your cat Fluffy had a microscopic parasite, which you ingested one day when you absentmindedly stuck your finger in your mouth after petting her? What if that parasite migrated throughoutRead full post »

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FEBRUARY 10, 2012 8:04AM

Climate Change a Hoax? My Daffodils Disagree.


Here in Nashville, we are having a very warm winter. So warm, in fact, that the thousands of daffodils I have planted over tRead full post »

FEBRUARY 8, 2012 7:59AM

Battle of the Local TV Weather Radars!


A local Nashville TV station has upgraded its weather radar, which will now allow it to scare viewers like never before, accRead full post »

FEBRUARY 6, 2012 7:49AM

Why Do We Love Cats?

                                cat burrito 

My wife and I share our home with a young cat named Lucy, and she can sometimes be a pretty big painRead full post »

FEBRUARY 3, 2012 8:00AM

The Neighbor From Hell

                        getting back at the neighbor

Fifteen years ago, my wife and I decided that our 2-bedroom, 1-bath bungalow in West Nashville’s Sylvan Park was getting too small for our growing family, and we started looking around for a biggerRead full post »

FEBRUARY 1, 2012 7:55AM

Here Comes Groundhog Day...Again

                             groundhog day poster  

Thursday is Groundhog Day, and I will be doing what I do every year on the second of February, popping a bRead full post »

JANUARY 30, 2012 7:59AM

How to Tell if You Are a Republican

                           what am I?

With primary season in full swing, many voters are still confused about who they should vote for, or even what political party they should belong too. Here is a simple test you can take to see wheRead full post »

JANUARY 27, 2012 8:07AM

I'm a Kindle Fire Convert

                             kindle fire 

I love reading, and I read a lot. Every morning, I sit down with my cereal and coffee and page through the TennesseanRead full post »

JANUARY 25, 2012 7:52AM

I Can Get Chickens! Well...maybe


Here in Nashville where I live, our city council has just approved a resolution that will allow residents of the city to raise chickens in their back yardRead full post »

JANUARY 23, 2012 7:47AM

Remembering the Death of a Theme Park

opryland map 

Here in Nashville, Gaylord Entertainment and Dolly Parton’s Dollywood Company have announced a joint project to build a water and snow theme park over the next couple of years. The park will be located on property Gaylord owns across the highway from their huge Opryland Hotel andRead full post »


It was a cold, grey, day in Nashville. A hard rain beat against my window like a punk drummer on ecstasy as I leaned bRead full post »

JANUARY 18, 2012 7:50AM

A Walk on a Forgotten Battlefield

Cumberland River 

I went for a walk yesterday in the woods about a mile from my house, down by the Cumberland River about nine miles west of downtown Nashville. The hilly property was deserted, as usual, although sometimes in the summer homeless men camp up there. Back in 2008, developers came inRead full post »

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JANUARY 16, 2012 7:43AM

I Don't Miss the Bars

                             Frank on stage

I’ve seen a lot of bar rooms. As a 21 year-old, I wanted to be a musician, and being a musician meant having a close rRead full post »

JANUARY 13, 2012 7:50AM

My Cat is a Retriever

                               cat and ball 

My wife and I have owned a Black Labrador Retriever for about 13 years. Sam is a great dog, but he’sRead full post »

JANUARY 11, 2012 7:53AM

Where's All the Dang Snow?

     snow scene 

According to the news this morning, all the snow is in Cordova, Alaska, where they have had 18 feet in recent days, with no end in sight. Meanwhile, much of the U.S. and Canada are bare. 

The area of the country where I live, middle Tennessee, is not kRead full post »

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JANUARY 9, 2012 7:53AM

They Must be Stopped

                      New Hampshire debate 

Last Saturday, I watched some of the Republican debate in New Hampshire, by which I mean that I caught a few snippets of the debate during the commercials in thRead full post »

                            old man yells at cloud 

 With about a year and a half until I turn 60, I have been ever-so-slowly giving up trying to hold on to the youthful sRead full post »

DECEMBER 22, 2011 10:53PM

It's Time to Go Home for Christmas

Madawaska River 

(I am on a Christmas tour of Canada with singer Michelle Wright. This is a road journal of the tour)

Day 22—Wednesday, Dec. 21—Burnstown, Ontario


Once again we wake in a motel parking lot, surrounded by a cold, desolate-looking landscape. Burnstown is a good bit away,… Read full post »

DECEMBER 20, 2011 11:02PM

Cool Small Towns, Rivers and Lakes

River in Lindsay 

(I am on a Christmas concert tour of Canada with singer Michelle Wright. This is a road journal of the tour.)

Day 20—Dec. 19—Lindsay, Ontario


After an hour drive under leaden skies, we arrive in Lindsay, a picturesque little former mill town with a main street filled w… Read full post »

DECEMBER 19, 2011 9:04AM

Wandering Across Ontario

dawn at TV station 

(I am on a Christmas concert tour of Canada with singer Michelle Wright. This is a road journal of the tour.)

Day 17—Friday, Dec. 16—St. Catharines, Ontario


Way too early I feel the bus engine start, and we drive a couple of miles to the CTV studios in Toronto. They… Read full post »