It is no exaggeration for me to say the original Star Wars movie – “Episode IV: A New Hope” – completely changed my life when I watched it in the theater as a child in the 1970s. In this day and age of digital wizardry, it’s difficult for some people to imagine that when that… Read More

For the past three weeks, I have been a newspaper journalist … again. I originally worked for the Murray Ledger & Times newspaper in Murray, Kentucky, during the late 1990s/early 2000s. I left to take a job with a local book publishing company, swearing on my way out the door that I would never return.… Read More

I’ve been keeping a relatively low profile on social media lately. I have a few different reasons for this. One is that I have been weathering one of the worst seasons of depression I have ever faced, and I haven’t had the words for how to express that. Even when I did think of something… Read More

Today was so horribly and wretchedly bad that I am not even going to attempt to write anything of any substance here tonight. In its place, here are a couple of new things about the blog. You have probably already noticed this, but Lights in the Darkness now has its own website, All the… Read More

I had the opportunity to eat lunch at the Mellow Mushroom in Nashville on Father’s Day. I would highly recommend it. They have some really awesome pizzas there, and the service was great, too. Lots of music stuff inside, which is right up my alley, of course. Just an overall pleasant experience. It’s been a… Read More

Enough already. The scenario is always the same. A horrific shooting incident occurs. There is an initial outpouring of grief and sympathy, and people actually appear to get along for a brief period of time. Then the gun control debate begins. And once that topic has been thoroughly exhausted, the discussion of the treatment of… Read More