Enemy of the State

Last night we watched Enemy of the State, starring Will Smith, Gene Hackman, and Jon Voight.  This movie was made in 1998, pre-9/11, and watching it in today’s climate was downright scary.  The basic premise is that a Congressman is murdered because of his refusal to support a bill that authorizes the government to initiate … Continue reading Enemy of the State

Challenger Reflections

This past week marked the 20th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.  Much has already been said about this being a seminal moment in history, similar to the JFK assassination or the 9/11 attacks.  Everyone remembers where they were when they heard the news of (fill in the blank.) For me, the anniversary drives … Continue reading Challenger Reflections

Stax Seafood Grill

After a long day of chain-sawing and clearing debris from the last ice storm, Laura and I decided to treat ourselves to one of our favorite Greenville restaurants. I figured it was also high time this place got a review here. Background The Stax restaurant empire was founded by brothers George and Frank Stathakis, and … Continue reading Stax Seafood Grill


Yesterday I spend the morning in a meeting with Skip, Cooter, and Peewee.  These were all grown men, and they all had the same responsibilities. A goofy nickname must be in the job description somewhere. Continue reading Nicknames

Rock Me Amadeus

Happy 250th Birthday, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart! There have been many commemorations today, starting with Mozart’s Mass in C on XM Vox, and ending with several segments analyzing his music on NPR’s All Things Considered.  The Greenville Symphony has plans for an all-Mozart concert Saturday evening. While I didn’t rush home and play several Mozart sonatas … Continue reading Rock Me Amadeus

The Single Dilemma

I think I’m finally getting my digital music library straightened out.  I wasn’t sure I was going to like iTunes, but it’s growing on me, and I’m finding ways to organize my nearly 60 GB of audio files.  Many of those files are duplicates, and though they are contained on one shared drive, they are … Continue reading The Single Dilemma

The Hidden Choir

When I first started working at First Presbyterian in Laurens I was single.   As is typical for someone of that age, I enjoyed hanging out with my friends in Greenville.  Sometimes we would have some late Saturday nights, so I would crash at my sister’s house and get up early enough on Sunday to make … Continue reading The Hidden Choir

No more minibottles?

We hadn’t noticed.  It’s not like we hang out in bars on a regular basis.  However, we were early for our  dinner appointment at Italian Market, and decided to wait in the bar with a couple of glasses of wine.  It took a few minutes for it to sink in – large bottles with pour … Continue reading No more minibottles?

I think I’ll stay anonymous

C-Net has reported that a provision in the Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act would make it illegal to send anonymous e-mail or post anonymously on discussion forums… "Whoever…utilizes any device or software that can be used to originate telecommunications or other types of communications that are transmitted, in whole or in … Continue reading I think I’ll stay anonymous