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Oh, by all means, I'd be quite prepared for that eventuality.

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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JULY 27, 2013 8:04PM

All Things Sirenita

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 »

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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/

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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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What do you think of when you hear the words "twin peaks"?  Until recently, I would have thought first of David Lynch's deliciously bizarre television show that had us all asking who killed Laura Palmer over twenty years ago. But now, instead of fond memories of damn good coffee (and hot!)

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It has become abundantly clear in the last few days how painfully out of touch certain older, white, and in some cases, celibate men are with middle American culture and the unwashed, fornicating masses.  Out of touch with reality, actually.

But if they're looking for some clues about what's goi… Read full post »

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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 »

After thirteen long years of underground slumber, the Great Southern Brood has arisen, wreaking havoc in Tennessee and almost a dozen other southeastern states.  The only sounds louder than their unearthly calls are the shrieks of their victims.

Sounds like a zombie invasion, right?  Or may… 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 »

This is a re-post of a blog I wrote in September 2009.  I'm  posting it again for National Infertility Awareness Week, April 24-30.

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, my husband and I spent several years navigating the rather surreal world of infertility.  Tubes… Read 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 »

DECEMBER 17, 2010 6:49AM

Alena, The Face of Joy

In March of this year, my husband, Jim, traveled to Transnistria, a tiny and very poor country in eastern Europe, with Sweet Sleep, a non-profit organization that builds beds in orphanages.  He used my blog to write about his trip and to post his photographs of some of the children herRead full post »

DECEMBER 6, 2010 7:52AM

Surviving Nostalgia

I always knew it was a cliché, but I thought it was one that applied only to other people.  The one about turning 50 and suddenly needing to relive the past?  Well, shockingly, it has started happening to us.

I've written before about the punk/new wave scene in Akron and Kent, O… Read full post »


(NOTE:  I first published this blog a year ago.  It didn't get a lot of views then, so I am reposting it today, with some minor updating, as I feel it's an important issue and I'd like it to get wider viewing - not for me, but for the people who are… 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 »

APRIL 20, 2010 10:57AM

We've Had a Good Time, Haven't We?

Next week, Jim and I will be celebrating our wedding anniversary.  On April 29th, I'll be able to make the lame joke that, if my marriage was a person, it could legally buy a bottle of Veuve Clicquot to celebrate.

So why does it say "The Suicide Tourist" up there… 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 »