Yesterday, for the first time in my new career, I parked in one of the Pro spaces at Home Depot. You know the ones, up front, reserved for contractors and professional builder types? It reminded me of the first time I filled in a bubble on a form declaring my occupation as Writer. That is … Continue reading Who Do You Think You Are?
Occasionally, you stumble across a straight-faced piece of journalism that reads straight-up like something out of The Onion. For example, I just read in a remodeling publication that the 2019 Color of the Year for a particular brand of residential roofing shingle is... drumroll please...Black Sable. The completely irony-free article explains that the "Color of … Continue reading Shingle All the Way
Julia Wilk, founder of Lovewood Custom Home Furnishings, is stronger with a chainsaw than she is with Instagram. That's probably because she's too busy in her workshop, shaping, sanding and otherwise coaxing the natural beauty out of ragged tree trunks to spend much time on social media. Plus, her work gloves make it hard to … Continue reading Who Wouldn’t Love a Gift from Lovewood?
I love the saying, "To a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail." Known as Maslow's Law of the Hammer or the Law of the Instrument, the maxim says that we all rely on familiar tools to solve tasks at hand. It could also be expressed, "To a surgeon, every malady requires a … Continue reading Law of the Tape Measure
When I was in middle school, my parents came into possession of a giant blue sedan that had been orphaned upon the death of an octogenarian friend. The car, which probably hadn't been driven for a decade, was a vehicle that only a bootlegger could love. The trunk was higher than the nose, and the … Continue reading Life is a Glorious Patchwork
Remember when you were a kid and you drew pictures of houses? Each house had a triangular roof, square windows and a rectangular door—until some predictable spurt of brain development prompted you to add shutters to the windows and your parents declared you a savant. I'm guessing you probably never thought much more about shutters … Continue reading What’s It Gonna Take to Shutter Up?
On a dreary day of fall break staycation, I took the boys to the new Tennessee State Museum, which opened this month. Despite constant drizzle and overcast skies outside the massive windows, the museum itself was anything but dreary, enlivened by sweeping views of the Capitol, Bicentennial Mall and Nashville Farmers' Market and by soaring … Continue reading Tennessee State Museum Musings
I'm almost too tired to type this. After a day on a Habitat for Humanity build in Nashville, every fiber of my being aches. But I feel awesome. The day started with coffee, doughnuts, and a prayer for "mercies of safety and productivity," administered by a volunteer from First Presbyterian Church, which coordinated the build. … Continue reading Happy Day With Habitat for Humanity
File this in the column of Sweetest Things Ever: On a wedding weekend where no detail went unimagined or unexecuted, an adorable blue-and-white wooden cart rolled onto the dance floor during a break in the music. "It's the gelato cart the groom's brother made," a bridesmaid explained, pointing toward the twee vehicle adorned with laser-cut … Continue reading Gelato Love in The Room
People make fun of my driving. I drive slow. I have a Walking District Pace Car bumper sticker. In the event that, say, a Bird runs into a Lime runs into a Pedal Tavern in front of me, I plan to minimize potential harm by driving 30 to 35 miles an hour. Honk if you … Continue reading A Bridge Too Far