Posts Tagged ‘Kevin Paulk’

At last, a job

On Monday morning, July 26, 2010, for the first time in more than 54 weeks, I’m taking Highway 12 to Nashville to go to work.

I accepted a job offer last week from the Federal Emergency Management Agency as a temporary employee. My position is writer/editor on the external affairs staff, part of the agency’s Nashville-based flood recovery unit for Tennessee. The contract runs for up to 120 days. I’ll have to ask whether that’s calendar days — or, about four months — or M-F work days — or, about six months.

Six months … that’s about the length of time I mistakenly assumed I’d be out of work after my layoff from The Tennessean on July 9 last year.  I had been at Nashville’s daily newspaper for close to 15 years.  In many ways — some good, some not — it had been like a family. I’ve said many times over the past year that I’m not sorry to be gone, just sorry about the resultant cash flow problem.  But, as long as I didn’t have a paycheck to replace the one with the little Gannett Co. “G” logo, I was emotionally tied to the paper.

On Monday, I’ll finally be able to say that I’m a former employee of The Tennessean — and mean it through and through.

Wish me luck!


On my 3 Chords a Day blog …

June 11-13
“Jolene” — A haunting melody and a great acoustic arrangement, along with Dolly Parton’s singing and songwriting talent, combine to create an undisputed classic.

June 10
“Have You Ever Been Lonely (Have You Ever Been Blue)” — a duet that never was, from Jim Reeves and Patsy Cline.

June 9
“The Letter (That Johnny Walker Read)” — Asleep At The Wheel’s biggest hit.

June 8
“Blues Stay Away From Me” — A classic from the influential Delmore Brothers.

June 7
“Green, Green Grass Of Home” — Porter Wagoner considered this tale of nostalgia with a twist to be his career hit.


For more …
3 Chords a Day — a blast of classic country … once a day, every day. Check it out, and if you like it, subscribe!

60 years ago, was Nashville on their minds?

Caught an odd reference to Nashville within dialog in a 1953 movie on TCM this week. In the B-level police procedural Vice Squad, Edward G. Robinson plays a chief of detectives in early-’50s L.A. He’s talking to another cop on the phone and learns that a suspect of theirs also has a warrant on him in Nashville. I don’t recall hearing a Southern city — especially one as small as Nashville was at the time — referred to offhandedly in movies back then. Their examples of Anywhere USA usually were in the Midwest or New England, and not the segregated South.

Vice Squad was made two or three years after broadcaster David Cobb coined the nickname “Music City U.S.A.” Makes you wonder if the growing marketing slogan was elevating Nashville in the national consciousness …

Operation “Abyssinia, Facebook” complete

My Facebook friends recently saw my note that said, in essence, I’d had enough of the continual rigamarole over Facebook changing its policies, and I was leaving the social network soon.

Well, “soon” has arrived. Last night, I finished harvesting the e-mail addresses of my Facebook friends. Then I unfriended them all and removed all personal info, except my photo, from my profile. I’m keeping my profile active to maintain the fan page that mirrors my 3 Chords A Day music blog. (That FB page is titled “3 Chords a Day” [no quotes]; the blog itself is at

It’ll be interesting to see how I fare in a Facebook-less world. Like many users, I became addicted to it, frequently checking my wall, joining pages and groups, and posting on others’ walls — from my computer and my smartphone.

I’ll be posting more frequently here, and I’m still connected on LinkedIn, Twitter,, FriendFeed and YouTube. I’ll probably be testing how all those services work with each other, so I apologize in advance for any trial messages that go out.

Aside from the linked sites above, here’s my other contact info:

ACN site:

Hope to see you around the Web!

Edward Woodward, RIP

Click photo to read an obituary of Edward Woodward, 1930-2009.

Actor Edward Woodward has died at age 79.  He was great in Breaker Morant, and to me even greater in the TV crime drama The Equalizer.  What other hero drove a Jaguar, drank only the best wine, had a killer Manhattan apartment — and boasted an arsenal that would rival a small nation’s?

Here’s an insightful appreciation on The American Culture blog.

Classic country … once a day, every day

Click to visit blog

Click to visit blog

That’s the theme of a blog I just started, 3 Chords a Day. It’s an outlet for me to share my lifelong love of country music.

I find free audio streams on the Internet (at or, or occasionally songs in my own collection, and each day link to one. I also provide a little history, commentary or both.

In the nearly three weeks I’ve been posting songs to Twitter and Facebook, I’ve included works from the ’30s through the ’80s, and artists from Jimmie Rodgers to Kitty Wells to Connie Smith to Ricky Skaggs. Today’s installment is my favorite George Strait song, “You Look So Good In Love” from 1983.

Check it out, and keep coming back if you love what Hall of Fame songwriter Harlan Howard termed “three chords and the truth.”

Sorry, Charlie Hustle. Not yet. Not ever.

Image from

Image from

Twenty years ago today, Pete Rose accepted a lifetime ban from baseball after it was proved he’d bet on the game. I just participated in a poll on LinkedIn that asked, “Do you think that Pete Rose’s ban from baseball should be lifted?” So far, I’m one of eight respondents, and I’m in the minority.  I voted no.

I added a comment, in response to the only other comment offered. It said: “How long should the Baseball Hypocrites hold onto this ‘Victorian moralist’ grudge?”

My response:

This isn’t about “Victorian moralism.” It’s an abject business decision.

Back when baseball really WAS America’s pastime, the Black Sox scandal threatened to destroy the game from loss of integrity. Commissioner Landis banned the participants for life to let the ticket-buying public know that cheating wouldn’t be tolerated. Pete Rose bet on his own team; there’s no excuse, and he should not be later rewarded by election to the Hall. It’s too bad, because none deserves it more in terms of sheer performance.

In my opinion, Major League Baseball needs a commissioner now like Landis, Bart Giamatti or Fay Vincent — one who’ll stand up to the owners, despite the fact they’re the folks who hired him or her. As long as one of the owners is “commissioner,” the current steroids scandal will surely obliterate the tiny sliver of relevance baseball has left.

Here’s a link to a short bio of Rose, should anyone need a memory refresher. And, for those who are on LinkedIn, here’s the poll thread.

I look forward to your comments.