“Well, That Sucks!”: The Fall of the House of Vacuums

I’d always had a strange attraction to the House of Vacuums, the distinct building on the stretch of Huntsville Road that runs through the Sweetwater District of Florence, AL. I’m by no means a vacuum cleaner enthusiast. When it’s my turn to break out the Dyson and gather up the masses of dog hair littering … More “Well, That Sucks!”: The Fall of the House of Vacuums

British Foxes, American Joes & Russian Bears: The Birth of a Storyteller

My older cousins called my grandfather “Granddaddy.” My younger ones referred to him as “Bapaw.” Me, I called him “Ernie” or more familiarly “Ern.” Somewhere in my childhood, I had articulated to him that I was Bert, so it only stood to reason he’d be my tangerine-faced counterpart. Once, when far too old to continue … More British Foxes, American Joes & Russian Bears: The Birth of a Storyteller

Blue Blood, Bad Books, Boogeymen, and Bummers

Alexander Pope once quipped that the ninth Beatitude was “Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.” Thomas Hardy outlined his formula for a happy life in a poem titled “He Never Expected Much.” It had such an impact that it’s inscribed on his tombstone. To my credit, I’ve internalized these … More Blue Blood, Bad Books, Boogeymen, and Bummers

Election Dejection

Tomorrow is November 8th, a very important day for our nation: The International Day of Radiology. No bones about it. Oh, yeah, it’s also the day that a little less than half of a record 200 million registered voters will stay home. I get it. Election fatigue is a real thing. It doesn’t help that, like … More Election Dejection

“Paranoia Strikes Deep”: Your Electronics Are Snitchin’

The University of North Alabama and the University of South Alabama: two colleges 6 hours away from one another, each perched on opposing ends of the Western side of the state. This Friday, both campuses will be deserted due to fall break. That means I’ll get to see my kid for the first time in … More “Paranoia Strikes Deep”: Your Electronics Are Snitchin’

Hirsch’s List: History’s Dead White Men Are Both Relevant and Irrelevant

Stop me if you’ve heard this one. Werner Heisenberg is taking his shiny new car out for a drive. Along the way he decides to pick up his buddy Erwin Schrödinger. They’re cruising the boulevard, not a care in the world when they see blue lights behind them. Heisenberg pulls to the curb, rolls down … More Hirsch’s List: History’s Dead White Men Are Both Relevant and Irrelevant