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
- “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
- “"There you are, in my
Oh dear. I
think that is called
December 05, 2013 09:42AM
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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 »
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 -/… Read full post »
Oh, Tennessee, you've done it again! You even made The Colbert Report.
Because our abstinence-only sex education curriculum hasn't been quite as successful as it should have been (we were still a top-10 state last year in the number of teen pregnancies, and gosh, I wonder why?) our l… Read full post »
Not content to sit idly by while states like Virginia, Georgia and Texas grab all the headlines about abortion, and since attacking teachers is so last year, the nice folks in the Tennessee legislature have decided to make a splash with the "Life Defense Act of 2012". As I'm… Read full post »
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 »
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 »
The opening line of the novel The Go-Between is one with which many people are familiar.
The past is a foreign country. They do things differently there.
If you substitute the word "parenthood" for "the past", that describes very well how I looked at the world for many years, and I of… Read full post »
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 »
Flooded Downtown Nashville
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 overflowed… Read full post »
Many Opinions - Little Direct Experience
Rather unexpectedly, the subject of collective bargaining has become a hot topic, ever since the news from Wisconsin that Governor Scott Walker decided to push a bill through the state legislature there that would eliminate the collective bargaining rights of… Read full post »
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 »
Have you heard? Google is hiring!
According to a recent story from NPR, the internet giant is planning to expand its workforce by more than 6,000 people this coming year. Of course, that number of jobs, although impressive for one company, will probably only make a small dent in… Read full post »
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 that date twenty-nine years earlier in Kent, Ohio, a meeting that eventually resulted in the long-run… Read full post »
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 »
I came across an article on Yahoo News recently, about so-called "moral" search engines, aimed at providing religious internet users with a way to filter out potentially offensive content. At first, this story elicited nothing more than a roll of the eyes and an amused chuckle but, af… Read full post »
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 »
Let me start by saying that I don't know Elizabeth personally, and I might not have even known about Elizabeth if I hadn't been watching the local news one morning.
Of course, I was familiar with the case in general. A serial rapist had been on the loose in Nashville for a… Read full post »
Hey y'all. Just checking in again to let you know that Nashville is still here. I wanted to write a little bit more about what's happening in the city at large. Our personal situation is under control, and we're going to be OK. (As Jim said when a bunch of friends… Read full post »
Below are photos of the scene on Sunday morning at Jim's mastering studio, near the Nashville Fairgrounds. Less than a block away is a bridge over a creek that is normally a trickle, but, as of Saturday, that trickle had turned into a raging torrent, and, as of Sunday morning, had overflow… Read full post »
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 »
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 »
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 »
"When you lie down you will not be afraid; when you lie down your sleep will be sweet."
There have always been female rock artists, but up until the 1970's, it was rare to see a woman really rock out, much less wail on the guitar or let loose on the drums. For every Wanda Jackson or Willie Mae Thornton, there were a hundred Elvises, and it was rare to hear… Read full post »