12 weeks 3 days ago
It is Christmas time at the Watson house. My wife Jilda and I have funny ideas about holidays. We like to celebrate Christmas at Christmas.
We have friends and family with grandchildren who are so excited that they put the tree up at Halloween. Usually by Christmas afternoon, they are sick of the tree.
We wait until the second...
13 weeks 3 days ago
December is a month of reflection for me. It is the time of year when I think back on everything that has happened. It seems to me with all things considered, the good times usually outweigh the bad.
When viewed in this way, it allows me to put things into perspective.
Most people do not keep journals, so in December trying to...
14 weeks 3 days ago
I was in the Army in November of 1971. My duty station was just outside New York City, which was about a million miles from home, or so it seemed.
Back then, the military had not gone all volunteer so they still paid slave wages to privates, and I could not afford a plane ticket home.
For the first time in my life, I could not...
15 weeks 3 days ago
Jilda and I have been in eight states and three time zones since Nov. 1, and I can tell you it is good to be back home.
This past weekend we performed at the Johnson City Folk Festival near Bristol, Tenn. The property is an old farm nestled on the edge of The Great Smoky Mountains.
On the first day we were on the Blacksmith...
16 weeks 3 days ago
When Jilda's parents retired, they kept the roads hot. They owned a 1974 Pinto station wagon, and when they went shopping the first of every month, the back bumper of that old Pinto almost dragged pavement on their way home.
When they remodeled their house, they didn’t have a truck, but not to worry, the old Pinto doubled as...
17 weeks 3 days ago
We have two cases of Coca Cola bottles sitting on the front porch of our old house. I am not talking about plastic bottles made with petrochemicals, but the vintage green ones with ribbed sides and tiny air bubbles suspended within the glass.
As a kid, I held them up close to my eyes and turned the world around me into an...
18 weeks 3 days ago
Jilda and I tied the knot in May of 1974. The first 20 years were a blur, and as we approached the milestone date, she kept looking at magazines that featured stories about traveling to Ireland, Paris and Prague.
She left dog-eared copies of those stories in my bathroom and kept dropping subtle hints like, “I want to go to Ireland,...
19 weeks 3 days ago
Jilda and I did some autumn cleaning last Sunday in preparation for our monthly League of Extra Ornery Songwriters meeting, which was at our house this month.
The League is a collection of our songwriting buddies that gather to play new songs, share information on equipment, gigs, and the meaning of life.
As always, we gave...
20 weeks 3 days ago
I would rather pass a kidney stone than shop for shoes. My wife Jilda on the other hand, would skip a meal to shop for boots and pumps. I have talked about this before, but I think it’s a point worth reiterating.
Do you know anyone who has Zappo’s online shoe store on speed dial? The folks answering the phone at Zappo...