Charlie Watts 1941-2021

Charlie Watts, drummer of the Rolling Stones since 1963, passed away, at age 80, on Tuesday, August 24th. I am still sad and in shock. I discovered the Rolling Stones when I was thirteen-years-old while packed in a minivan, with my family, driving through Memphis on our the way to Branson, Missouri, for a summer …

Book(s) of the Month, August: The Island and The Night Boat

The cycle of education continues as school has begun here in our little part of the great state of Tennessee.  As a working adult, I envy the kids.  Work nine months, receive two months off and all major holidays.  Two weeks at Christmas?  Awesome.  Fall break?  Spring break?  Where's Mr. Peabody's Wayback Machine? I didn't …

The High Lonesome

Everything went well until the townsfolk began shooting.  Franco, Horace, Jim, and Augie came out of the bank with three saddlebags burdened with cash and coins, and their faces loaded with smiles. They didn't bother with bandannas since their wanted posters, which bore no actual resemblance to them, hadn't made it this far west.  Danny, …