The views expressed, and the falsehoods portrayed as truth in the Medium publication of January 7 make necessary a defined change of direction in the publication of my articles. This…


Good for us! 2020 dumpster fire ornaments were all the rage, as the world waited the few days to get it over with! Lots of rough stuff going on LAST year, oh it feels so good to call it that! But just letting 2021 go on and happen is not my scheme this year. I have been in an iffy line of work for the last 14 years, and I want it to go away! I go out to different places and take pictures, ask questions and turn it all in to one client or another. That’s property inspection work…


Its Thanksgiving weekend, and 2020 has been such a horrible year, I combined the two activities I do for Christmas, and put both outdoor and indoor decorations up in 3 days, just to make my wife happy. She’s a little girl and loves all the lights and ornaments and everything that makes it feel Christmas. She’s not alone in that.

We economized on outside lights and got the ones that run on the sun. This means not only do they NOT need a wall plug, but they also turn themselves on and off automatically. Makes it convenient. We already have…


It is now 5 times that someone has approached me in some fashion or another with a new employment opportunity. The latest was from a person who sent it to me via email, the check being a pdf. He sent the front and back of it, and asked me to print it out, cut it out to size, sign the back, scan it in and deposit it, all via the deposit function in a mobile bank app. Having already been approached with “funny money” before, I printed the check out, and took the printout to the bank to verify. The…


Between a Chinese virus and a hurricane season on steroids, people are lining up and staying up on New Year’s Eve to kick 2020 out the door, off their calendars! Add a particularly virulent election year that is running away with suspicions and mystery as to the next president. Its just been little short of hellacious what this country has been going through this year.

In January I got sent to St. Louis to look at various businesses for my insurance inspection work. Everything was normal, it seemed, downtown was bustling, hustlers were hustling and I was checking out restaurant…


There was an experiment conducted years ago, called the biosphere. It was a giant bubble, extended over a certain amount of ground, providing light, air, nutrients, but no wind, no breeze, even. It was an experiment in growing, to see how plant life would grow. I don’t pretend to know its true purpose completely, but it did have that effect.

This was done over a decade or more of time, enough to see what would grow, how it would grow, etc. The trees planted were some short, some tall. The tall trees grew tall, but fell over, having no strength…


A few articles ago, I wrote on what it takes to write. The general idea was that it takes a certain amount of courage and confidence to create something and publish it. True it is, but it goes much further than writing. Its for creating and showing in general, in a variety of media.

When you consider class assignments in various grades of school, add pictures taken and shown to people, and music conceived and played, then you’re talking a lifetime for me. It just seems to ooze out, and wants to speak up, no matter what form its in…


There’s something about sports in general that brings out the herd instinct in people. Not only do we enjoy our own team’s trials and triumphs, we get to do it in the company of those with like mind. Pro sports of late have gone a direction of public statement of disgust with the status quo, so they act in ways not appreciated by others. Veterans of foreign wars invested a certain amount of their lives defending a country and are turned away and off by those who don’t have any experience like that. Those who burn the US flag are…


In the South, as in any part of the world, we all have dialects, phrases, and ways of talking. Its
“The way people talk” Cybill Shepherd says about her song about her hometown “Talk Memphis to me”, (check it out on YouTube). While we are a region that is really SouthEAST US, we also used to call it “Dixie”. This is normal for people, the words and phrases and way they pronounce things. Cairo is Kyro in Egypt, but KAYro in Illinois. That long slip of land going east out of New York City is Long Island, but to hear…


I always thought it weird that the hurricane season doesn’t officially end until the end of October. It seemed a bit long to keep your eyes out and your guard up that late into the year. But I was basing that perception based on local weather trends, and not on where storms are born, in the tropics. In that part of the world, there IS no winter, trees don’t lose leaves, nothing changes color. Its all one season-summer!

And off the tips of Central America and the west coast of Africa, the conditions are always ripe for another low-pressure system…

Jim G Williams

A Memphis born and raised writer, with a genuine affection for the music that was also born here.

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