Cold Play

By Joe Rector The past week saw winter rear its ugly head. A small amount of snow didn’t look like too much of a problem, but temperatures that stayed in the teens and twenties turned melting snow into sheets of ice. Anytime in my life that the white stuff stacks up...

Ray Blanton, Part 4

Ray Blanton emerged from the 1974 primary as the Democratic nominee for governor of Tennessee. It had been a contentious primary in with twelve men competing for the nomination. Blanton had barely edged banker Jake Butcher to be the nominee. The Republicans had their...

Closing the old year

By Rosie Moore It is a sad time, the end of an old year, yet we try to liven it up by making resolutions, which we invariably don’t keep. A few days before January 1st, I saw in my little book, “My Daily Psalms and Prayers” a remarkable prayer that helped me cross...

Family Arguments

By Joe Rector When people are together for any length of time, they are bound to argue. If they are family members, the spats are worse, sometimes even leading to fights. To be honest, most of those family quarrels begin over rather ridiculous things. Husbands and...