2/7/21 Above Average Intelligence

100% of the people think that they are above average intelligence. Think about that for a minute if you’re of a mind. I asked around and discovered that no one will admit to being below average, nor even average. Someone is kidding themselves at best, and fooling themselves at worst. Which do you think is…

2/5/21 A better View From Here

Sometimes the storm brings the unexpected. Sometimes it just brings rain. Other times the clouds gather and the wind blows, yet the storm never comes, just a gentle breeze and the soothing sound of raindrops on a tin roof. Last night was like that. Few things soothe like raindrops on a metal roof. The drone…

2/2/21 Naive? Me?

Sometimes, I am naive. I am inclined to think that when I’m face to face with someone and they are speaking they are telling the truth, because I think everyone is honest and telling the truth. My naiveté has led me to a few disappointments in my time. Perhaps you have experienced this, too. I…

8/16/20 Let’s Get Some Culture

Culture is a valuable commodity, apparently. Some are willing to pay for it. “It ain’t gon’ hurt y’all to get some culture,” said Uncle Forney to a small handful of unwashed nephews one Saturday afternoon. Thus, the day before, Forney had forked out eight dollars at a self-service kiosk put up at the Piggly-Wiggly for…

11/23/19 Bad People, Bad Life Decisions

I reckon I have made a bait (an archaic Southern expression I am still fond of meaning a whole lot) of bad life decisions. Me and a lot of other people have had the same problem. To some, the bad life decision I have made is to continue living in the rural area that I…

10/13/19 So Many Changes

The past ten months have seen more changes in my life than any other period. I daresay few of the changes have been good. It has not been a pleasant time. In November 2018 my daughter’s husband, for some unfathomable reason, took his own life. My beloved stepfather passed away from pancreatic cancer in December,…

6/22/19 I Don’t Know

“I don’t know,” said Hemocastle as to the diagnosis of Myelo’s pain and other symptoms. After several CT scans and Ultrasounds, Surgeon Two Lips declared, “There are several things that I know that are not wrong with him, but I don’t know what is,” adding, “But I see nothing that requires surgery.” This was a…

4/23/19 The Part in Front of You

Just look at the part in front of you; the whole is overwhelming. That’s what I repeatedly tell myself, overwhelmed as I am. I survey the twelve acres of publicly accessible Timberview Lodge property, amid the hundreds of acres not observable from here: The roofless Guest House, the damaged Main Lodge, the holes in the…

2/1/19 Logic Thwarts Medical Experts, or Not

Several times, I have had doctors ask me, “Do you have any medical training?” Formerly, I was asked it in the manner of a rebuke, as if physicians were implying that it was not possible for me to have any valid opinion about the rabbit hole I could see them going down, that it was…