Rock, Country or Soul food?

Well, each year at this time I am drawn to the activities in my part of the world by the ever-present media heralding the advent of CMA Fest in nearby Nashville and Bonnaroo just a skip, hop and jump down the four lane at Manchester, a lot closer. All the biggies always grace the stages at these flings. Last night while Rhonda and I sat with our son-in-law and granddaughter watching our grandson play baseball, our daughter, a bank exec who was in Nashville at a conference, sent a text about how much she was enjoying CMA Fest (from a privileged seat), and the fact that Kenny Chesney was going onstage at that moment.

Meanwhile, a close friend was posting on facebook that he couldn’t wait to hit the farm this morning at Bonnaroo. There Billy Joel is headlining a practically all-star cast of great performers through the next few days.

Here in our little town the McMinnville Main Street Live is kicking off Friday night with a five-member boy band called Bueller bringing back the hard rock sounds of such eighties groups as Def Leppard, AC/DC, Guns and Roses and  Van Halen. Well, I heard enough of them when my sons were teens.

So, once again I’ll be content with other stuff. This Saturday we will be driving to Georgia to help celebrate my aunt’s 95th birthday, and finding a restaurant where we can get some great soul food, and we’ll also find time for church attendance and quality reading, also food for the soul..

What will you be doing? The choice is up to you. Many find themselves highly entertained by a copy of my book, Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions. It is in a lot of libraries across America, and some colleges also chose to order one with no bidding or persuasion from me. I found  both a university in Arizona and one in Kentucky which have copies. Numerous folks have told me they used it in parties or gatherings, asking others for old sayings they wanted looked up. It’s also been used a lot on a local radio station in that respect.

Whatever you do, make it enjoyable and do it today. Remember, “Tomorrow never comes” (page 558, latest paperback version). Did you know that saying’s been around since 1826?


Elton John, Kanye West, Lionel Riche and Frank Ocean

The headline acts have recently been announced for Bonaroo, the mega Music and Arts Festival held near my home and office every year in June. In normal times I could make the drive in 20 to 30 minutes. During Bonaroo, however, it would likely take that long to get in the gates. A lot of others will be there as well. Lots of folks travel hundreds of miles to get there, spend big bucks and stay up long hours.

But this venue is not my ‘cup of tea’ (a common phrase found in Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions). The new and improved version is now being sold in paperback on my website at and on Amazon around the world. I have been waiting over a week for my first order of them to get here from my printer in South Carolina, and it seems like it’s been a ‘month of Sundays.’ UPS assures me that they will arrive day after tomorrow, and I am waiting ‘with bated breath.’ My friend, Kelly, from the radio station called me this morning just after I had returned from my aerobics class about another matter, and informed me that one of his other friends had borrowed his copy of my book and would likely be in touch soon. They are ‘selling like hot cakes,’ and I’m ‘tickled pink.’