Virtual restaurants started before the pandemic, but the explosion in delivery and curbside pickup has sped things up

I had Cajun-seasoned chicken wings and curly fries today from It’s Just Wings, a restaurant that doesn’t actually exist. The wings were just fine.

Some of you are already familiar with the concept of the “virtual restaurant,” but others may be less familiar. Basically, a virtual restaurant is a delivery-only…

If you’ve never made your own, you need to. ASAP.

Yesterday, the women of the church I attend held a bazaar and bake sale. I had contributed a dozen bottles of my homemade fermented hot sauce (nearly all of this year’s batch — I held out two bottles for myself). I ended up buying a jar of homemade dill pickles…

Concord United Methodist Church, Oct. 24, 2021

Mark 10:46–52 (CEB)

Jesus and his followers came into Jericho. As Jesus was leaving Jericho, together with his disciples and a sizable crowd, a blind beggar named Bartimaeus, Timaeus’ son, was sitting beside the road. When he heard that Jesus of Nazareth was there, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son…

An unexpected blessing, and a reminder of my old vocation

Four years ago, in 2017, when I was still with the Times-Gazette, I represented the newspaper at Rotary Club of Shelbyville’s annual Career Day, presenting several different sessions about journalism as a career to students from Bedford County’s three public high schools.

I did this several different times over the…

The departure of Food Network’s signature personality represents the changing face of food television

UPDATE: Flay has worked out a contract with Food Network after all…

ORIGINAL POST:

When I first got access to Food Network, I was thrilled. For years, I had watched various cooking shows that aired Saturdays on public TV — Julia Child, Jeff Smith, Justin Wilson, Martin Yan, Nick Stellino…

First United Methodist Church, Shelbyville, Tenn., Oct. 10, 2021

Mark 10:17–31 (CEB)

As Jesus continued down the road, a man ran up, knelt before him, and asked, “Good Teacher, what must I do to obtain eternal life?”

Jesus replied, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except the one God. You know the commandments: Don’t…

Is tonight’s hybrid presentation of the Tony Awards a harbinger of the future?

Television ratings for awards shows have been declining steadily for some time. There have been a number of possible factors discussed for this:

  • A widening gap between the kinds of movies, plays and TV shows favored by the awards show voters and those favored by the general public. This is…

A surprise opportunity to take a quick spin around Shelbyville

In 1937, the year my father was born, a DC-3 designated Flagship Detroit began operation for American Airlines. At a time when air travel was a luxury, it carried a number of elite passengers, such as Babe Ruth. The aircraft was one of the few of its type not converted…

John I. Carney

Author of “Dislike: Faith and Dialogue in the Age of Social Media,” available at http://www.lakeneuron.com/dislike

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