I’m making plans to go to cash some rain checks, hopefully in sunny weather, at First Horizon Park this summer.

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I have never been a knowledgeable or obsessed sports fan — I feel like I’m an embarrassment to my gender — but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy sports.

For a number of years, every August, I enjoyed going to see a Nashville Sounds game — first at Greer Stadium, more recently at First Tennessee Park — with a group from church, during the game for which the United Methodist conference had negotiated a block of tickets. Every year I would have a great time and say “you know, I need to do this more than once a summer.”


I’m trying to get back into using my SodaStream, but there are supply chain issues…

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This is one of the current SodaStream models, the Fizzi, with a CO2 bottle and two of the proprietary drink bottles in which water is carbonated.

I had wanted a SodaStream ever since I first heard about them. A few years back, I finally bought one online.

My timing was a little off — just a few months before my purchase, the Walmart here in Shelbyville had stopped carrying SodaStream equipment and flavorings. You could still exchange your CO2 canisters at the customer service desk, but that was it. There was nowhere in Shelbyville to buy the flavor syrups, spare drink bottles, or that kind of thing.

I got around this for a while by ordering the syrup from Walmart’s website and choosing the “ship-to-store” option…


No, I didn’t need (to replace) another kitchen gadget. But I bought it anyway….

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I had a bread machine, which I used to use quite often. Then, I got out of the habit — I think I had started using a no-knead recipe where the dough rises overnight in the refrigerator, and then baking it as a round loaf in a dutch oven, which gives you wonderful all-over browning. The bread machine went into the closet. Eventually, I got out of the bread-baking habit altogether.

I have not baked bread in some time — my…


No sushi, no room service, no trip to the mall — but hopefully, still a time of blessing and renewal

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Last year’s worship band, FRVR FREE.

For the past five years or so, I’ve been a chaperone when the youth of my church attend Warmth In Winter. This is (normally) a massive, in-person youth conference attended by more than 2,600 United Methodist youth and their adult leaders and chaperones — from throughout Middle Tennessee. The first year I attended, 2016, it was at the Embassy Suites hotel and conference center in Murfreesboro — but it had outgrown that facility and moved to the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville the following year.

I look forward to this every year — I get a…


This new shaver was 11 years in the making; so far, I think I like it.

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Image from shavelogic.com website

In 2013, after many years using an electric shaver, I decided I missed the ritual of blade shaving, and I was intrigued by two up-and-coming direct-to-consumer companies, Dollar Shave Club and (especially) Harry’s, which promised quality razors much cheaper than those of market leader Gillette.

I have used Harry’s razors ever since, except for a flirtation with Kroger’s store brand Bromley’s. I now like the kind of shaving cream that comes in a tube. My original Harry’s starter set came with a tube of their shaving cream, and while their cream (unlike their blades) was overpriced, it led me to…


You may be missing my favorite part of your HBO Max subscription.

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“Eh….. What’s up, doc?”

A while back, WarnerMedia — which is now owned by AT&T — decided to compete head-on with Netflix and Disney+. HBO, which has been WarnerMedia’s flagship TV property, had previously operated two separate streaming services, HBO Go (which was usually tied to having an HBO subscription through your cable or satellite provider) and HBO Now, which could be subscribed to by anyone. The two services primarily offered on-demand streaming of programs and movies from the existing HBO library. That’s nothing to sneeze at, but it’s not quite the breadth of programming offered by Netflix or Disney+.


A tragic tale of New Year’s Eve disappointment

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Usernet123u, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

One of the best things to come out of the pandemic here in Bedford County is the Catch The Wave-Shelbyville Food Mob Facebook group, started to promote locally-owned restaurants, food trucks and the like.

Not every post has to do with brick-and-mortar restaurants. Someone asked about tamales the other day, and a woman posted that she was taking orders for homemade tamales, to be picked up at 1 p.m. New Year’s Eve.

I love homemade tamales. I remember one of the first times my California-born sister-in-law was with us for the holidays, she made a big batch of tamales. I…


Goose Pond United Methodist Church, December 27, 2020

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Luke 2:22–40 (CEB)

When the time came for their ritual cleansing, in accordance with the Law from Moses, they brought Jesus up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord. (It’s written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male will be dedicated to the Lord.”) They offered a sacrifice in keeping with what’s stated in the Law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons. A man named Simeon was in Jerusalem. He was righteous and devout. He eagerly anticipated the restoration of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. The Holy Spirit revealed…


A familiar game show in a new disguise, with some twists

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After decades of having to work Christmas Eve at the newspaper, this year — as a county government employee — I got off both Christmas Eve and the day before Christmas Eve.

On Christmas Eve, about midday, I took a load of laundry to the laundromat. While I was sitting waiting on it, I happened to notice a game show on TV. Now, I grew up in the golden age of daytime game shows; I owned the “Concentration” home game. I loved “Match Game.” I was on a game show on TNN in the late 1980s (and again three years…


Goose Pond United Methodist Church, December 20, 2020

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Jan van Eyck, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Luke 1:26–38 (NRSV)

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and…

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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