Remember

On this Memorial Day, let’s enjoy the lake or the picnic or the backyard barbecue. But let’s also put at the front of our minds the veterans who have served our country honorably and have paid the ultimate price for freedom. Many come home to lead productive and exemplary lives. But many do not. They…

The third Chick

It was somewhere around 11 a.m. four days after the May 2010 flood when I realized Betsy and I could not handle providing flood relief for thousands of people by ourselves. I called my friend, Kim. “We need a third general,” I told her. She showed up a couple of hours later. That was more…

Bacon Wednesday: Juicy Lucy

A Juicy Lucy. With Bacon. Oh, yes. Yes, yes, yes. A Juicy Lucy is two hamburger patties encasing, like a gold nugget, American cheese. Yes, American cheese for its superior melting capabilities. What you do is this. For four people, use a little more than a pound of hamburger. Flatten the meat into eight thin…

Sharing Spree

Saving a buck and social change. What a great combination. That’s Sharing Spree. The idea behind Sharing Spree is providing really substantial online coupons that also allow the buyers to select a nonprofit agency to receive part of the proceeds. Obviously, the Chicks would like you to pick the Community Resource Center. Using your power…

Vegetables in training

The fruit and vegetable garden at the world headquarters of the Community Resource Center has been planted and is now officially growing. Last year, I made a terrible strategic mistake due to my extremely cheap nature and the fact that I didn’t have a hose. I decided to let nature take care of the watering….

The King Daddy of Kool-Aid

The flood of May 2010 brought many hidden blessings and one of them was Preston Bailey. Before the flood, we were amiable acquaintances. Preston would come by and pick up household items for his nonprofit, Welcome Home Ministries. But after the flood, when the Chicks were in full-on flood relief and recovery mode, Preston became…

Bacon and pimento cheese spread sandwiches

We had a truly revolutionary Bacon Wednesday a few weeks ago. Betsy made her grandmother’s pimento cheese spread. We used it on bacon and pimento cheese sandwiches. I am just going to say that we were happy nobody else was here because we were not up to sharing. I have Googled this extensively and there…

Up-Cycle Nashville

The pallet project now has a name: Up-Cycle Nashville. And we have prototypes! Kim has been hard at work at the Community Resource Center World Headquarters in her well-appointed workshop (folding table holding her tools) and in the outdoor construction area (concrete slab near the back door) creating the first of what we hope will…

Bow to King Frank and Queen Janice

It was a great Oyster Easter! The weather was perfect. The candidates for king and queen were on their best game, raising money and having fun on behalf of the Community Resource Center. A huge thanks to Roger Barnett and Patricia Apple, Rob Wagner and Chrystie Wooley, and Buddy Messer and Kim Hunter for their…

Meet our royalty

Hey, did you know that Oyster Easter and the Swan Ball are exactly the same age? We both turn 50 this year. Which one do you think is more fun? Since we’re junkyard dogs, we’ll never be invited to the Swan Ball so we’ll pick Oyster Easter! Our King and Queen candidates for Oyster Easter…