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Jeanette DeMain

Jeanette DeMain
January 01
I've deleted most of my blogs, but will leave some "live" here (so I can link others to them) until I can find a new place for them. Thanks for the memories!

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NOVEMBER 5, 2014 10:36AM

I Now Know What It Means To Be Pro-Life In Tennessee

Actually, I've always known, and last night's election results have clarified it in a truly remarkable way.

Four proposed constitutional amendments passed here, but it is Amendment 1 and Amendment 3 that distill to its very essence what it means to be "pro-life" in the Volunteer State.

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MAY 24, 2012 7:43AM

Memorial Day, Jaws and the U.S.S. Indianapolis

There's that scene in the movie Jaws, the one where Amity Island Police Chief Martin Brody, oceanographer Matt Hooper and Captain Sam Quint (played brilliantly by Robert Shaw) are all sitting around after dinner inside The Orca - the boat that ends up being too small -/

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NOVEMBER 28, 2011 1:58PM

Making Peace with Disco (35 Years Later)

In 1976, I was a painfully shy, clumsy, skinny, glasses-wearing high school freshman, occupying that no man's land between Tiger Beat and Seventeen, trying desperately to find some place, any place, to fit in. It was a time of satin bomber jackets, Love's Baby Soft, Bonne Bell Lip Smackers, feat… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 21, 2011 12:05PM

Microsoft Introduces "Rightwingnuts" Font

In a bold move, Microsoft today unveiled a font that will now be available on all of its new computers, as well as being made available free of charge for uploading to existing PCs.

A Microsoft spokesman explained that, "In an effort help our more conservative Windows users&n… Read full post »

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AUGUST 11, 2011 8:03AM

Quitting Childlessness

Even if you haven't read it, chances are you might be familiar with the opening line of the novel The Go-Between.

The past is a foreign country. They do things differently there.

If you substitute "Parenthood" for "The past", that describes very well how I experienced the world for ma… Read full post »

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JULY 19, 2011 8:18AM

True Crime: In Cold Blood at the Grand Ole Opry

A couple of years before Robert Altman made his landmark film Nashville, which climaxed with the shooting of (mostly) fictional country music singer Barbara Jean in front of the Parthenon at Centennial Park, a chilling real-life murder took place in Music City, ending the lives of a beloved Gran… Read full post »

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APRIL 29, 2011 7:17AM

Nashville Post-Flood: Honky Tonkin' on Lower Broad

Downtown Flood

Flooded Downtown Nashville 

Flooded Studio

Jim's Flooded Studio  

One year ago this weekend, it started raining in Nashville, and it didn't stop for two whole days.  During that time, almost 14 inches of rain fell.  The city's rivers, creeks and streams overflowedRead full post »

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MARCH 8, 2011 7:29AM

Tennessee's Teachers Marched In the Rain For Their Rights

I don't think you could have ordered a worse day for a rally.  Here in Nashville on Saturday, March 5th, it was cold and the rains were torrential at times, and barely ever stopped altogether.  It was the kind of day when you just wanted to stay at home curled up… Read full post »

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JANUARY 26, 2011 7:39AM

Of Disparate January Anniversaries and Little White Crosses

Although the day came and went without a lot of hoopla, it was duly noted in our household on Saturday, January 22nd, that a fateful meeting had taken place on the date twenty-nine years earlier in Kent, Ohio, a meeting that eventually resulted in the long-runn… Read full post »

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JANUARY 6, 2011 9:09AM

Don't Ask Don't Tell (For Atheists)

Not for a moment am I saying that I have had to endure anything close to the bigotry and discrimination directed at gay people, but as a non-believer living in the Bible Belt, I think I have developed a pretty good understanding of what it means to have to hide a part of my… Read full post »

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JUNE 25, 2010 8:17AM

"The Environmentalists" and Deepwater Drilling

You might surmise from the title that I am going to make a causal connection between "the environmentalists" and deepwater drilling.  However, the purpose of this post is to illustrate, using actual facts instead of talking points, that such a connection is false. A fabricati… Read full post »

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JUNE 14, 2010 7:07AM

Boxes On Wheels (For Dad)

Last year for Father's Day, I answered an open call on Open Salon and submitted, anonymously, a piece that was the text of the eulogy I read at my father's burial service in July 2005.  It was challenging to write - trying to sum up my feelings about my father/

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APRIL 29, 2010 8:20AM

Thank You, Bill Moyers


(from pbs.org)

I am a creature of habit.  Routine gives me comfort and security.  When I have a sure thing to look forward to, I find it easier to get through weekly challenges and let minor irritations roll off my back.

For the past several years, my Friday night routine… Read full post »

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APRIL 22, 2010 9:45AM

Granola For The Reluctant Hippie

I always told myself that I was most emphatically not a hippie.

When I went off to college in 1980, the candidacy and election of Ronald Reagan heralded the dawn of "Morning in America."  For better or worse (mostly worse), MTV, cocaine, Iran Contra, and G… Read full post »

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APRIL 2, 2010 8:42AM

Amazon's One-Star Book Reviews

I tend to use Amazon more as a resource about books than to actually purchase books.  I can find publishing dates, latest editions, cover art, and synopses.  I can also read several pages of a book I might be interested in ordering, and I like the age recommendations if I am… Read full post »

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MARCH 23, 2010 8:20AM

A Bed For Every Head: Sweet Sleep in Transnistria

 "When you lie down you will not be afraid; when you lie down your sleep will be sweet."

~Proverbs 3:24 

It was an interesting series of coincidences and serendipitous events that led my husband, Jim,  to become associated with the non-profit faith-based organization called Sweet SleepRead full post »

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SEPTEMBER 17, 2009 9:14AM

Totally '80s! My Accidental Adventures As a New Wave Singer

You'll have to pardon me, but I'm positively reeling right now.  

Just for the hell of it, I did a Google search using two phrases from my wayward youth, and what I found has me in a state of shock.

However, I have to give you a little background first.  And… Read full post »