Pursuing my interests one post at a time


Pictures of Tilly is the title of this new blog and the name is inspired by The Who song “Pictures of Lily” and our family’s 4-year-old basset hound, Matilda, better known as Tilly.

The blog will be about my many interests, Tilly being one of them. You can expect to see pictures of Tilly. I just might have one running with this post. The thing is that the blog will not be pet-centric.

I’ve got so many other things I want to write about: The Beatles, books, bootlegs, pizza, po-boys, gyros,  New Orleans, Gulfport, Biloxi, Covington, Madisonville, Mandeville, sports, TV, movies, art and photography.

In recent years, I’ve written about my favorite food on my Give Pizza A Chance Facebook page and I’ve written about my favorite music on my Tripe Face Boogie Facebook page. Some of the posts on this blog will have the spirit of Give Pizza A Chance and Tripe Face Boogie.

And if I think of anything else I like, I will write about that, too. Oh, yeah. Maybe doughnuts.

For now, this is a work in progress, but I have the time and the patience to speed up the process.

This post was originally published Monday on a free WordPress site. It’s being reprinted with some rewrites after I paid for a Go Daddy-hosted WordPress site with all the SEO bells and whistles.

I have a lot of time for writing about my interests. I retired from the Sun Herald newspaper on March 3, 2017, after 45 years and now every day is a day off and every week is a week’s vacation.

My plan is never to take a day off from blogging.

What else might I write about this week?

  • “In Their Lives: Great Writers on Great Beatles Songs,” a new anthology of essays
  • An exercise in futility: A failed pursuit to buy an intriguing out-of-print novel after reading about it on The New York Times website
  • My long-running debate with Sun Herald sportswriter James Jones about Paul McCartney vs. Phil Collins

After that, maybe doughnuts.


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5 Replies to “Pursuing my interests one post at a time”

  1. There is room in my life for the Beatles AND Phil Collins, but there is no contest there. Beatles all the way. I’m prepared to look at pictures of Tilly till my eyes fall out or I drop off the perch, whichever comes first. And I wait with bated breath to hear/read what you find worthwhile watching on TV. Good to “hear” you again, J.B. I personally am discovering retirement is a mixed blessing, but being paid to stay home and do what I like will never get old. Enjoy it while we can, I say. Who knows when the fools in Washington might pull the plug.

    1. I picked a good time to retire, Jean. I believe the newsroom has lost five other people since I retired. Two were laid off and one of them was Kim Anderson. More layoffs and a newsroom restructuring may be on the way. My favorite TV show is the third season of “Fargo,” and the season ends tonight. The final episode could be epic. Take care.

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