Category Archives: Wonder

Dreams Walking in Broad Daylight

. . . dreams walking in broad daylightThree hundred, sixty five degreesBurning down the house. “Burning Down the House”, songwriters: David Byrne, Christopher Frantz, Martina Weymouth, Jerry Harrison Seeing the world through the eyes of a baby or toddler is … Continue reading

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What Life Needs Is a Soundtrack

Music inspires and moves me as much as anything in my life. Does life have a soundtrack? I have done my best to prove it can. Continue reading

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Gluing Together Our Broken Places

I got my first dose of the Covid vaccine today in a drive-through operation at Ft. Sanders Hospital West here in Knoxville, Tennessee. It was a flawless experience except they did not set up a second shot right away on … Continue reading

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Your Timeless Smile

A letter written to my 3 year old grandson Lincoln. Continue reading

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Seen, Heard, Loved

Humankind’s search for meaning has many twisting turns and blind alleys, but basically each person seeks to be seen, heard, and loved. Continue reading

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IndigoNation

Nothing compares with this dye’s ability to capture the blues of nature—a midnight sky, early dawn, or an impression of the sea. It can also define a mood—of melancholy, of mystery in the dark hues, or joy and vitality in lighter … Continue reading

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His Heart’s Eye Is Open

I grieve for each passing year that Daddy is not here to fervently hope that Clemson can beat Alabama for the NCAA football Championship. I grieve that he missed by 11 months seeing his great-grandson Lincoln’s endlessly fascinating face. I … Continue reading

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Finding Darcus

Since at least 1992, I have been searching for my grandmother, Darcus Montgomery. She gave birth to my father in April 1935, and only four months later–in early August–she died. Naturally I assumed Daddy’s mother died from childbirth complications, and … Continue reading

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Under the Influence

A possible way forward in the middle of turmoil and strife: adventure, balance, curiosity, dreams, education, and being found together. Continue reading

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Settling Down While Still Flapping Around

During my only graduate-level writing course at the University of Tennessee, Professor Jon Manchip White, an ex-patriate from Wales as well as from Hollywood where he spent his screenwriting days, advised us that we would-be writers should keep a commonplace … Continue reading

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