Mint to Share

Last summer in construction class, I built a tiny (really tiny) house to serve as a neighborhood library. I installed it in the perennial border at the end of my driveway, where at any given moment it holds an assortment of fiction and nonfiction, young adult novels, doggie poop bags for neighborhood canines, and a … Continue reading Mint to Share


Ain’t Nobody Here But Us, Eating Chicken

Thursday is Chicken Day in Building Construction Technology class at Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Nashville. We used to drive to Publix to grab buckets of fried drumsticks and eat in the classroom among the sawdust. Since then, the tradition has evolved into a field trip to a nearby chicken shack. Now that I've graduated, one of the … Continue reading Ain’t Nobody Here But Us, Eating Chicken

Remembering “Banner” Days

Twenty years ago today, the venerable Nashville Banner newspaper closed its doors. While I only worked in that newsroom from May 1997 until February 1998, when I moved upstairs to The Tennessean, I developed lifelong friends and mentors, including food writer Nicki Pendleton Wood, automotive writer Beth Stein, and penny-pinching columnist Mary Hance, better known … Continue reading Remembering “Banner” Days

Madam Secretary has Plumbing Problems, Too

Was I the only person watching Madam Secretary last night who thought the episode might have been brought to us by SkillsUSA? Because when Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord's water pipes burst in her D.C. brownstone, Earl the Plumber was talking more sense than the Commander-in-Chief. His commonsense and seasonally appropriate monologue about strong foundations … Continue reading Madam Secretary has Plumbing Problems, Too