Birds on Telephone Wires

Birds of Belle Meade

Millions of birds congregate on the telephone wires at the Belle Meade Shopping Center.  We see them in the evening when we go to Las Maracas for dinner.  They line up across three double spans of wire, birds so thick you can hardly see the wire.   It’s an amazing sight. I’ve tried to do a rough count, but it’s impossible.   New groups […]

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Coyotes just made a kill in the lower part of my yard.  I was out by the mailbox, and I heard that awful yipping, wailing, voices rising like sirens.  Where is Sarah Palin when we need her?  Off shooting wolves, no doubt.  Riding in a low-flying plane, gun stuck out window, a little lower please, come around again […]

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In Search of Christians

Sometimes I think the work Jesus did when he walked the earth was all for naught.  Are there any Christians out there?  Has anyone actually read the beatitudes?  Where in that  best-selling-book-of-all-time does it say we should ask the nationality of a person before we offer him a glass of water? I am utterly amazed […]

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Florida Room

Illegal Aliens? Maybe. Maybe not. Who cares?

I’ve hired two Mexicans to paint the Florida room in my house.  It’s a hard job, lots of windows and trim work, sanding, old leaks that stained the sheetrock, damage from the raccoons who lived for a time in the area above the ceiling. I’ve gotten to know these men.  Both are married.  They have children.  The one who barely speaks English […]

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Canadian Flag

Drugs from Canada

If I tell you about a website where you can price medications, send prescriptions, and get your meds in the mail, have I committed a crime?  Will the police come looking for me? The website is Go there.  Compare their prices with what you’re paying in the US.  You’ll be amazed.  Fill out a questionnaire […]

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Last photo of Bonnie without Clyde

More on Bonnie and Clyde

Could it be that the infamous J. Edgar Hoover, when questioning Blanche Barrow in the Des Moines jail in 1933, threatened to put out her other eye  if she didn’t rat on the Barrow Gang?  (She’d been blinded in one eye by flying glass.) Does this sound like the CIA under the Bush/Cheney administration?  We’ll rape […]

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Being Dead by Jim Crace

Fox Killed on Highway 70

A baby fox was killed on Highway 70 sometime Sunday night.  I saw him there on Monday morning when I drove up Nine Mile hill.  His head was so chiseled, his nose so pointed, his fur so distinctively red, he could have been sleeping.  Except that he wasn’t. On Tuesday he was still there, but there was less of him. On Wednesday,  he was no longer […]

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Granite Countertop

Granite Installers

Granite, the material of choice for kitchen countertops, weights about 25 pounds per square foot.  The granite I ordered from Stone World, 61.3 square feet, came in four sections.  Two were “L” shaped, the other two oblong.   Each piece weighed somewhere between 350 and 400 pounds.  One piece, the slab where my kitchen sink would be […]

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