Louisville Landing Marina, where I took this picture. We got the boat off the car, loaded our gear into it and were ready to put the boat on the water when I realized we'd forgotten the paddles.
I knocked on Harbor Master Mike Fenton's office door, and he invited me in. I admitted our predicament and asked if he had any paddles we could borrow. Unfortunately, he didn't have any, but he remembered me from my Louisville Lake days because he said, "Don't you live around here?" He was right. If I still lived in my old house I could've walked over and had the paddles to the marina in ten minutes. Of course, that wouldn't have been a problem back in those days because I always paddled to the marina.
Saturday, May 31, 2014
Friday, May 30, 2014
On May 30, 1806, Andrew Jackson killed Charles Dickinson in a duel. Mr. Dickinson made the unfortunate decision to accuse Jackson's wife of bigamy. There was also a dispute over a Nashville horse race that led to the duel. Dickinson actually fired first and hit Jackson in the chest. After being hit, Jackson took his shot, which killed Dickinson. Jackson carried the bullet in his chest for the rest of his life.
Thursday, May 29, 2014
We Have the War Upon Us: The Onset of the Civil War, November 1860-April 1861 in audiobook form. It was interesting in its narrow focus on the few months of the secession crisis and the outbreak of hostilities at Fort Sumpter, South Carolina, at the beginning of the Civil War. Lincoln is portrayed as uncompromising in his refusal to negotiate an end to the crisis by agreeing to at least some slavery in the territories, although there were several different attempts at compromise along those lines by various politicians. There is more about the book at the link.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
here. My dad and Jim and Fran grew up playing in this creek, and so did my generation. Now Sarah and Grace are playing there, too. This creek has seen a lot of family in a lot of lawn chairs. Note the watermelon on bank.
The Big Bang Theory.
Monday, May 26, 2014
Sunday, May 25, 2014
Hillwood students mounted a successful campaign to bring Brian Williams of NBC News to Hillwood High to deliver the commencement address. The veteran newscaster interviewed Edward Snowden in Russia, and then flew back to Nashville to keep his commitment to these students. Of course, the man had to take care of his day job and anchor NBC Nightly News on the lawn outside the graduation venue at Lipscomb University before dashing in to address the graduating class. All in a day's work.
"Your adventures are just beginning. -- You will be missed." Finally, as Lieutenant Worf, I say "Kaplah!" (Klingon for "Success!")
Saturday, May 24, 2014
Friday, May 23, 2014
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Rachel Donelson Jackson or Anne Robertson Johnston Cockrill, but she chose Reese Witherspoon, who grew up in Nashville. I was aware of this meme, and printed it out for her.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
American Red Cross in Washington, D.C. This is its historic headquarters, which I visited when I was chair of the Blount County Chapter of the American Red Cross in the early Nineties.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Bar-B-Q, and we thought we'd try making some at home. They turned out pretty good, but they do not keep for long at all. They are best enjoyed as soon as they are cool enough to eat.
Monday, May 19, 2014
Sunday, May 18, 2014
John Weston, Sr., Community Garden. Sarah was excited to get to pick a couple of carrots, and Sherry came home with some lettuce for salad. After gardening, we watched a movie based upon a book Sarah and her classmates read in school. It was the first time she has ever read a book before seeing the movie based on it, and she enjoyed the experience, sharing with Sherry and me how the movie differed from the book.
Friday, May 16, 2014
On May 16, 1771, the Battle of Alamance took place in what is now Alamance County, North Carolina. It was part of an early rebellion, the War of Regulation, against taxation and British authority. Those opposed to government practices were known as the Regulators.
Thursday, May 15, 2014
The Green Dragon Public House. I'll have to ask my Murfreesboro kinfolk about it.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
This was taken using the timer on the camera so Grace could be in the picture, too.