While deleting old text messages on my phone, I came across a message that took me back to the start of what has been an unbelievably bizarre year. The text was from my friend Betty. It read, “A fire truck is at Debbie’s. I think she has passed.” Our neighbor Debbie was an odd bird, … Continue reading We’re all Saints and Sinners
“Unprecedented” should be retired from the dictionary after the COVID-19 pandemic has passed. Of the many terms used to describe this year, “dumpster fire” is by far my favorite. One of the latest headlines to hit is the recommendation by most mental health professionals to accept that normal (as defined by pre-COVID standards) will not … Continue reading Have you hugged your cat today?
As is usually the case, my wisecracking daughter and sharp-witted sister made two of the most astute observations concerning life in the face of COVID-19. “This will provide an easy out for a lot of people,” said my daughter, in referencing relationships. “’Sorry, it’s not you, it’s social distancing.’” My sister—never one to suffer fools—was … Continue reading Love and Loathing in the Age of Social Distancing
My excuse is that I waited up for my daughter to return home from a party late last night. That's why I turned off the alarm and cuddled up with the cat instead of rolling out of bed to go to the early service at our church. We Lutherans love tradition and music, gifts that … Continue reading Easy like Sunday morning.
First, let me just say that I am apparently not very good at this blogging thing. It's been well over a year since my last post. In my defense, I've been busy with work, family, bluegrass and life in general. However, this summer I did manage to pack in some extra fun on a trip … Continue reading We’ll always have Perugia
Julie Evans, one of my colleagues at Wake Tech, advises her students to know their value. “Don’t undersell yourself or your services,” she often says with conviction. This is sound advice, especially in the age of logo mills, and a world where Photoshop is a verb. This summer, as I embarked on a back-to-industry journey, … Continue reading Got a moose, got a moose, will you do the fandango?
Even after almost three decades, the memory is vivid. I ran into the art building to find Mr. Eubank, my sister in tow, my family waiting to make the long drive back home. After I spotted him, I burst out in tears. He was a massive man, with a wide girth and a handlebar mustache. … Continue reading And here’s to you, Mrs. Robinson …
The well-documented issues with our county’s public school transportation dictate numerous test runs of routes before the school year begins, but I was caught off-guard this week when the dry runs began. The unmistakable sound of the brakes almost made me call out to my daughter that she had better run out the door or … Continue reading The Orange of August
Characters make the neighborhood friendly and a place we like to call home.
A friend recently gave me a vintage poster from an old-time and bluegrass festival. She was doing some spring-cleaning when this relic of her 20s surfaced. “I knew that you would appreciate it,” she said. The poster features a pencil illustration of a banjo player and one of the headliners is none other than Janette … Continue reading 100 birthday candles and textured type