School Days Tough Days For Some

And finally-  Phil WIlliams and Hallerin were talking about how much harder they had it when they were kids, relative to the youngsters today.  I don’t believe it.  Children have to learn more, faster, and under different conditions.   Computers help, but the computer between our ears has not expanded significantly, and there’s several worlds of…

Keeping Secrets

But I was cleared to work in one building, and I’m sure I could have managed to see something I shouldn’t have…but for two things. I’d like to think I’m too honest a person to go ’round sniffing in places deemed secure and beyond the scope my work. Secondly, I didn’t want a couple of well dressed young people, one at each arm, hauling me out and before a federal magistrate.

Special VFR

It was a cloudy and rainy day, and my pilot and I were tired and ready to return to the airport from our morning shift.   But the air traffic controller would not grant clearance for our “special VFR” (visual flight rules) approach.   Helicopters were allowed to land and take off from the airport…

Breaking News Needs Fixin’

A note from the geezer in the balcony. Breaking news is broken. The phrase “breaking news” is one of the most over-used, mis-used, abused, scattered, covered, and smothered phrases in the history of news writing. Breaking news is supposed to mean a developing story, something that is happening at that very moment. I’ll give you…

Another Chapter In Life

It’s back. It’s officially called Stage IV colon cancer, metastatic to the right lower lobe of my liver. The unofficial name is heartbreak. I know I am not alone in a fight like this and I thought the folks who check in with this blog  deserve some info, too. Here is part of an e-mail I…

Random Tuesday Thoughts

**I sound like Andy Devine if try to stretch into the upper range of pitch… as in NEWStalk ninety-eight-point seven. Comes out like NeWWss Talk. I think it’s the RAGGggweed. **Speaking of voice, I heard a young person in a band today doing a great job on Marty Robbins’ old hit “Big Iron ON His…

New Police Cars- And A Tale From My Files

A The City of Knoxville Police unveiled their choice, and color scheme for new police cruisers today.  Dodge won the trials, and this is what we will start to see on the streets:  A few years ago, a KPD officer had placed a woman under arrest. I was working outside doing traffic and street reporting…

Apologies Are In Order

I see where I have missed many comments that needed approval on this site.  That is one of the big sins of blogging, and I’m sorry.   I’ll do better from today on.   Promise !

I Missed My Day

Yesterday was National Cancer Survivors Day.   I don’t know how I managed to miss it.  It’s meant something to me since 1996.  That’s when the doctor told me I had bladder cancer and needed surgery. Since that time, I have managed another bout with cancer.  This time, it was colon cancer.  The doctors believe…