The Magnetic Bracelet

I described here how my annual Christmas and birthday gifts to J.Hooligan are rib dinners at Montgomery Inn. In return, J. gives some very interesting, thoughtful presents. (He’s a good gift-giver in general to everyone, always considering his selections carefully. …
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A Holly-Jolly Hooligan

We had a pretty good Christmas season; all the better when you consider it stretches back four or five weeks. We got to do the things we wanted to do, everyone stayed well, the weather didn’t impede us, and we …
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That Vacation Trip, Days 4 & 5: The Anticlimax

On the darker side, assassins are running wild in the world and everyone is at each others’ throats. On the lighter side, the Christmas season is in full swing. Either way, I’m not really in a mood to talk about …
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That Vacation Trip, Day 3-B: A Guitar-Shaped Pool

Now that the holiday is over and my judging responsibilities have been met, back to catch-up blogging–at least for awhile yet. So, we saw Graceland. There was so much more I had wanted to see of Memphis if we’d had …
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That Vacation Trip, Day 3-A: We’re Going to Graceland, Graceland…

We knew our Graceland visit would eat up most of our full day in Memphis, but first we needed to find breakfast. I was surprised at what an unappealing area surrounds Elvis’ mansion. Apparently there are plans underway in the …
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That Vacation Trip, Day 2-C: Elvis is Everywhere

It says something about that second day of our 2015 vacation trip that it’s taken three blog posts to recount it. It makes me tired just writing about it. Not long after we left the Shiloh National Battlefield Park, we …
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That Vacation Trip, Day 2-B: Tennessee Back Roads to Shiloh

Once we left the Columbia Pike, we traveled a four-lane highway until our designated exit. There we took up a stretch of back roads that was gorgeous. Despite the heat, the June countryside looked green and full, the flowerings in …
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Rush the Attackers?

Like everyone else, I’ve watched the coverage of the Paris attacks with a sick heart and shuddered to imagine what it was like in the streets and music hall as the assault progressed. I’ve been to Paris once; I was …
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That Vacation Trip, Day 2-A: The Battle of Franklin

Since they served a good-looking breakfast buffet at the hotel, that’s where we started our day. For some odd reason (can’t imagine why), J.Hooligan decided to eat alone at one of the counters. Diamondqueen was thrilled to find they had …
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That Vacation Trip: Looking for James Conover

I thought Veteran’s Day would be a good time to talk a little about why I wanted to go to the Franklin, TN area in the first place. I’ve written before about my third great-grandfather James Conover. He was a …
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