Sunday, May 08, 2022



Greetings! In my first 5/1/2022 article, one of the four sub-sections – for Tuesday, 3/29/2022 – was on “Advance Knox Psychobabble.” I need to dedicate this complete article to the topic. Yes, I know. It's another “poly-tics” (many ticks) article. I apologize. I must write this one, to get it off my mind.

With regret to my readers, who are not in Knox County, Tennessee, this article is not relevant – except for your passing interest. To my Knox County readers, you are welcome to read – to join the struggle – and to protect your interests – as I am doing. You are welcome to share this article, as long as you cite this source.

As a side note, during the afternoon of 5/7/2022, my website article views, at that moment in time, for the last seven days had included: United States 176. Russia 87. Germany 22. Sweden 13. France 10. Poland 8. Netherlands 6. Belgium 5. Saudi Arabia 5. Ukraine 5. Czechia 4. United Kingdom 4. Hungary 4. Austria 2. Belarus 2. Spain 2. Israel 2. Luxembourg 2. Canada 1. Other (not known) 8. That is 368 views in seven days, or just over 52 daily. In April 2022, my total views were 1,900, which is about my usual, monthly viewer total.

The Psychobabble, since 5/1/2022 (May Day, Sunday)

On 5/1/2022, via, I entered the following “Public Input:”

From a section in my website ( article, 5/1/22: "On 4/4/22, I replied to the 4/4/22 email that I had received, from I stated, as I had requested, in the 3/29/22 virtual meeting, that I was still awaiting a phone call from those folks. I had and have requested phone conversation with Advance Knox. As of this date, Advance Knox has not called me. The crickets chirp only."

On 5/6/2022, at 5:17 PM, via the same “Public Input” website, I entered the following:

See my 5/1/2022 comment. On 5/3/2022, a gentleman left me voice mail, when I could not answer. On 5/4/2022, I left the gentleman two voice mails. On 5/5/22, I emailed the gentleman. On 5/6/2022, I received a generic email from Advance Knox (which was probably sent to many). Later, on 5/6/2022, I replied to the Advance Knox email, with copy to the gentleman, whose "read receipt" I have seen. SO, WHEN WILL ANYONE CALL ME, again, for a CONVERSATION BY PHONE? Crickets still chirp. My "Appalachian Irishman" website may write about this -- if I have the interest to do so. I have local and international readers. My website started in 03/2006.

On 5/6/2022, at 9:37 PM, I received the gentleman's email reply, to my 5/5/2022 email to him. Apparently, he plans to call me, on 5/9/2022, Monday, at 9:30 AM. (I replied to his 5/6/2022 email to me, regarding my anticipation of his 5/9/2022 call to me.) I assume that my 3/29/2022 request for phone conversation will, finally, be completed. We will see.

Advance Knox (Layers of Bureaucracy)

This section details the Advance Knox bureaucracy (including government and non-government entities or individuals). The information, below, is cited exactly, from Advance Knox, “Project Overview,” “Who's Involved.” I added the links, for “Consultants” and “Staff” – since the Advance Knox website does not contain the links. I did the research. If you click the five “Consultants” links, you will find their physical locations and several details. My notes are underlined and in blue font color.

Project Overview

This 18-month process will be the first time Knox County has created an integrated land use and transportation plan, and it has the potential to be transformative.

It is crucial that this plan be built on the values, needs, and aspirations of people throughout the county, and be supported by good data. There will be multiple opportunities for community input and feedback throughout the process.

Who's Involved


Process leadership, expertise

Kimley-Horn and Planning NEXT will facilitate the process and share experience from other successful communities. Cannon & Cannon, Ninigret Partners, and Urban 3 will provide technical and subject matter expertise.



Staff from Knox County and Knoxville-Knox County Planning will support and help coordinate the work of all other groups and provide local knowledge and expertise.

Advisory Committee

Process, substance, and community outreach

A diverse group of community members that will provide guidance on the process and substance of the plan and will serve as community advocates.

[My note: twenty six “Members” are listed.]

Technical Committee

Local subject matter experts and advisors

A group of community members with specific technical knowledge that will provide direction at major milestones in the process.

[My note: fifteen “Representatives” are listed.]


Topical direction

Two subcommittees, focused on schools and utilities, and composed of members of the Advisory Committee and technical committee, will provide input and direction related to those topics.

[My note: nine “Utilities Subcommittee Representatives” are listed. One “School Subcommittee Representatives” (sic) is listed.]


Targeted input

Additional topical focus groups will be convened to inform specific aspects of the plan. These groups include business leaders, neighborhood associations, real estate professionals and developers, education professionals, students, and others.


Input and feedback

Community participation is vital to the plan’s success. Three rounds of input opportunities and online tools will offer a variety of different ways for the community to give input throughout the process.

Elected Officials

Monitor and adopt

County Commission will monitor the process through input and periodic briefings with the expectation to formally adopt the final plan. The Commission will have a central role in implementation through regulatory updates or funding allocations.

Advance Knox is a process to prepare a land use and transportation plan for Knox County that is informed by research and community input.

For additional information or general inquiries, please direct emails to

In summary, the Advance Knox “Who's Involved” includes fifty-eight entities and individuals – not including the unnumbered “Stakeholders,” “Public,” and “Elected Officials.” I am one of the “public” involved!

Knoxville-Knox County Planning (started in 1956)

The Knoxville-Knox County Planning is one of the two “Staff,” listed above, for Advance Knox. I “dug a little deeper in the well,” on those bureaucrats.

From their website, Knoxville-Knox County Planning was “established in 1956 by Knoxville and Knox County,” as authorized by “Title 13 of the Tennessee Code.” They started before I was born. I wonder why they did not plan to stop the various planning disasters that caused the many known interstate and highway “malfunctions” in Knoxville and Knox County – over their last sixty plus years of “planning.”

From the archives at Knoxville-Knox County Planning, the “Knoxville-Knox County General Plan 2033” is found. It is a 77-page PDF file, which I have downloaded and saved on my home computer. The plan was “Adopted by: Knoxville-Knox County Metropolitan Planning Commission, April 10, 2003. Knoxville City Council, May 12, 2003. Knox County Commission, May 27, 2003. Amended by the Knoxville-Knox County Park, Recreation and Greenways Plan adopted by MPC on July 9, 2009, by County Commission on January 25, 2010, and by City Council on January 26, 2010.”

I have read or skimmed through the 77-page PDF plan. This 30-year plan started on 4/10/2003 (the birth month and day of my deceased mother-in-law). The plan is nineteen years old. It has eleven more years of life, until, as I speculate, the bureaucrats extend its life.

Knoxville-Knox County Planning is a bureaucracy inside, and separate from, the Advance Knox bureaucracy. I have had to break through many spider webs, on many hikes.

(Free download via Image by Marina Rabazova.)

I understand bureaucratic spider webs. As a man of practical common sense, I do not understand why the bureaucratic spider webs exist – except to perpetuate themselves – and to provide salaries for the bureaucrats.


The Advance Knox bureaucrats do not have the ability to honor my 3/29/2022 request, to be contacted by phone – unless I push the correct buttons – to encourage them. My frustration is apparent.

So, on 5/9/2022, Monday, at 9:30 AM, I will know if an Advance Knox bureaucrat honors my 3/29/2022 request – to be contacted by phone. Six weeks of waiting for a phone call is too long – even for bureaucrats! Advance Knox needs to expedite its ability to return phone calls, in a timely manner – not taking six weeks to do so. Until Monday, the crickets are cornered and still chirping.

(Free download via by Marc Pascual.)

Don't worry, y'all! This is the first of four articles today. The second one will be somewhat humorous and brief. The third one will be theologically profound. The final article will be for Mother's Day (on VE Day).

Sunday, May 01, 2022

“DEVIL'S NOSE,” by WINNIE SEALS (published 5-1-2022; article #317)


My first article today was one rough draft that I finally finished. This is my second rough draft that I am finishing today.

The context: the fourth anniversary of the passing of my mother-in-law (Phyllis Ann House Gordon, 4/10/1941 - 4/30/2017) was yesterday. The celebratory article that I wrote yesterday helped Mrs. Appalachian Irishman and even her family survive the sad memory of my mother-in-law's passing.

One of the four sub-sections, in my first article today, was on CHS Yearbook. I was too late to have my website advertisement added to the 2022 Yearbook. I did, however, donate the price of a Yearbook, for a student, who could not afford one. Winnie (Winn) Seals and I conversed by phone, on 3/29/2022, as folks from Hawkins County Tennessee do. She is a teacher at Cherokee High School and a member of their Yearbook staff.

We both have an interest in Devil's Nose – in Hawkins County. If you search by my Topic Section on “Devil's Nose,” you will find five articles that I have written, over the years.

Winnie (Winn) Seals emailed me her painting of Devil's Nose, in two images, and her poem, “Devil's Nose.” Winnie (Winn) Seals granted me permission, on 3/29/2022, to publish her painting and poem, citing her full name, in a future article, once I got around to writing it. Well, Winn, here it is! I will email you after I publish this article, as I promised, on 3/29/2022!

Winn Seals' Devil's Nose Painting

In her second 3/29/2022 email to me Winnie (Winn) Seals wrote, “here is my work from Devil's Nose Inspiration.” I am inspired. I hope that my readers are.

Winn Seals' “Devil's Nose” Poem

Devil’s Nose

Sunlight breaks through the clouds

Revealing a mountain peak.

Sloping up from the valley below.

A crooked nose

Seen from far away.


At the foot of the summit

The valley hovers in its shadow.


Over two centuries ago

When the valley was settled

Folks made the climb.


The long trek up the bridge of the nose

Ascends in a challenging slant.

Crosses a shallow stream.



   A rugged trail.


Near the top of the trail

It ends in a flat surface.



   God’s place.


An early traveler once asked,

“What’s the mountain's name?”

The mountain pioneer replied,

“The Devil knows.”

– Winn Ann Seals

The origin of the name of Devil's Nose mountain is a mystery. One theory is in Winnie Seals' poem. The mountain, viewed from the east, looks like a crooked nose, as Winn's poem mentions. Another theory is that someone hiked Devil's Nose and never returned. The question, many decades ago, was “where did he go?” The reply was, “the devil knows.”

My hiking record, which I started tracking on 4/23/2000, lists ten hikes on Devil's Nose, from 2/16/2002 to 11/29/2013. My “bionic” life that started on 3/29/2016 has forestalled my next hike on Devil's Nose – for now!


When will I hike Devil's Nose again? God only knows!

Thank you, Winnie Seals, for allowing me to share your painting image and poem on my website. It took me a while to get to it, in “life, such as it was,” context. You are welcome to reprint or publish this article, by any means, as you desire. Let's get a group together, for a Devil's Nose hike, this fall! As of today, I have six “Devil's Nose” articles in my Topic Section!

LIFE, 'SUCH AS IT WAS,' LATE MARCH 2022 TO 4-1-2022: Coat Hanger, China Test Kits for China Virus, 'Bionic' 6-Year Anniversary, Vietnam War Veterans Day, Advance Knox Psychobabble, CHS Yearbook, National Atheists' Day (published 5-1-2022; article #316)

Introduction (5/1/2022, Sunday)

Happy May Day, y'all! See my article “5/1/2021, SATURDAY, MAY DAY: TRIBUTE TO A FINE OFFICER (Published 5/8/2021, Saturday, VE Day),” for May Day details. I doubt that many Russians are celebrating May Day today. See my Sunday, March 20, 2022, article. I still keep up with all the sad details of the Russian invasion of the Ukraine.

I have a backlog of rough draft articles and some articles that are in my mind only. This writer must get some of the backlog published and out of my mind!

Initial Introduction (4/3/2022, Sunday)

On Sunday, 4/3/2022, at 4:20 PM, as I had begun to write, I had wondered why I didn't hike that weekend. The weather had been right. My last hike was on House Mountain (hike #178, #42 “bionic”), on 4/18/2021. See my 4/25/2021 article. I decided to take a hiking sabbatical, for fall and winter 2021 - 2022 hiking. I could have hiked several times. I chose to focus on my website articles instead. I haven't stopped hiking – yet! My “bionic” body can still enjoy a good hike!

This article catches up on most of the “life, such as it was,” in late March 2022 to 4/1/2022. This is a long article. If you become bored, you are welcome to stop reading. I almost didn't publish this article. I wanted to get this into my journal, here, despite the passing of aunt Mona Beckner. (See my 4/10/2022 article.) Life must move on – until we, who are ready, join her, and so many others, at Home.

3/27, Sunday: Coat Hanger

Do you see the coat hanger, on the right (southwest) window? I modified the coat hanger, of course. That's the master's bedroom window, where Mrs. Appalachian Irishman sleeps also. The view looks south, toward our “back 40.” I took the photograph, on 3/27/2022, Sunday afternoon.

The plastic rod that adjusts the blinds had broken many moons ago. I had been adjusting the blinds by hand. Mrs. Appalachian Irishman, being vertically impaired, could not do so. My coat hanger adjustment rod works just fine! It's how a country boy uses his improvisation skills!

I thought that you would laugh!

3/28, Monday: China Test Kits for China Virus

On Monday, 3/28/2022, Mrs. Appalachian Irishman granted me permission to write the details in this section.

See my 1/23/2022 article on aunt Mona, to set the context. Mrs. Appalachian Irishman felt sickly, on 1/23/2022, Sunday. She didn't work the next day.

For historical context, my Dad (Earl Ferrell, 9/17/1927 - 1/25/2008) left this world on January 25, 2008. On 1/25/2022, my wife took a made in China home test, for the China virus. She tested positive. She stayed home and off work the rest of that week. My wife had the usual symptoms of a bad cold. She consulted her PCP, by phone. She didn't need any prescriptions. She took care of herself, at home, with some help from me. I worked at home all that week, since I had been exposed to the China virus. I felt fine.

On 1/29/2022, I bought a made in China test kit, at the local CVS. That's the sales receipt, in the above photograph. The other made in China test kits were “free,” provided by the USSA government – via a family member. Of course, the USSA government bought the “free” test kits from China – since the kits are made in China.

On 1/30/2022, Sunday, Mrs. Appalachian Irishman felt well enough. She took another made in China test. She tested positive again. Her PCP had told her that she would test positive for a few months. She went back to her work-a-day world the next day.

On 2/1/2022, Tuesday, and again, on 2/21/2022, Monday, Presidents' Day, I tested negative twice, using made in China tests, for the China virus. Aside from a mild case of “the snots,” I felt fine. Either I have had the China virus, when I didn't know it, or I am immune naturally.

Interestingly, Mrs. Appalachian Irishman had the first (two-round) China virus immunization series (2/24/21, 3/26/21). She had the booster immunization (12/28/21). (Note: Mom, Betty Wood Ferrell, 11/24/1932 - 12/27/2000, became ill on 12/28/1999.) My wife, despite the immunizations, still came down with the China virus. I have never taken a China virus immunization. I have not yet had the China virus – unless I did but treated it as a minor cold.

I'd glad that you are recovered fully, from a bad cold, dear! Thanks for allowing me to publish these details! Love you! Mean it!

3/29, Tuesday, Includes Four Sub-Sections

3/29/2022, Tuesday, needs four sub-sections. Yes, it was a “rich, full” day.

'Bionic' 6-Year Anniversary

The reading of my 8/26/2016 article, “I’M STILL ALIVE – WHY? (Published 8/26/2016),” will set the context. Over the last six years, I have mentioned “my bionic life,” a few times.

At least I worked at home, on the sixth anniversary of “my bionic life!” When I work at the office, I pass, going and returning, “the kill spot,” where my '95 Nissan pickup died and where I almost died, on 3/29/2016. That was a Tuesday also. I remember.

Vietnam War Veterans Day

I had heard about Vietnam War Veterans Day. I had forgotten about it, on 3/29/2022. The following are quotes from the websites cited.

“National Vietnam War Veterans Day is acknowledged on March 29 every year, honoring anyone who served during its 20-year time.” “It was President Donald Trump who signed the Act on March 29, calling for U.S. flags to be flown on this day to honor everyone who served during this time, whether they were in Vietnam or not.” “. . . it was founded in 2017.” (Source:

The Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017 was signed into law by 45th U.S. President Donald J. Trump, designating every March 29 as National Vietnam War Veterans Day.”(Source:

S.305 – Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017 is available, in full detail at

Welcome home, to all Vietnam War Veterans. This once great nation honors you. I wish that this once great nation would live in honor of your sacrifices.

Advance Knox Psychobabble

Advance Knox ( is some type of Knox County Tennessee government initiative, as far as I can figure out. They want to do great stuff for the county, so they claim. During my lunch, while working at home, on 3/29/2022, I attended a “virtual” meeting on the Interweb.

The organizers asked us to enter our points of view on various topics. I, as others, did. The meeting appeared to be a way for those folks to gather demographic and opinion research only. I asked that an organizer call our landline later that day or soon. I wanted to talk to someone, by phone at least. I was assured that I would be called.

On 4/4/22, I replied to the 4/4/22 email that I had received, from I stated, as I had requested, in the 3/29/22 virtual meeting, that I was still awaiting a phone call from those folks. I had and have requested phone conversation with Advance Knox. As of this date, Advance Knox has not called me. The crickets chirp only.

The bottom line is that Knox County will not turn farm land, in our area, into “McMansion” subdivisions! Various Interweb groups stand against it. I am a “virtual” participant in Gibbs Planning Advocates – GPA (via We will see what these Advance Knox taxpayer-funded bureaucrats do. Will they listen? Who knows, at this stage.

CHS Yearbook

I had wanted to place an advertisement, for this website, in the 2022 Cherokee High School Yearbook. Cherokee High School is in my hometown. I was too late, but I did converse, by email and phone, with a fine instructor at the school, on 3/29/2022.

This fine instructor emailed me her painting of Devil's Nose and her poem titled “Devil's Nose.” I have permission to share them, in a future website article. I plan to do so. I have not had the time to do so yet.

4/1, Friday: National Atheists' Day

April the first, annually, is called “April Fools' Day. I prefer to call it National Atheists' Day.

“The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God” (Psa. 14:1, 53:1, KJV). Atheism is a foolish notion. I affirm my written words, in my Friday, 4/2/2021, article “ATHEISTS' DAY, GOOD FRIDAY, RESURRECTION SUNDAY.”

I have helped several atheists on their journey to find salvation – especially in Russia. To any atheist readers, you are welcome to contact me. I will debate – in an effort to convert you – if you are interested.


On Good Friday, 4/15/2022, I had written: Resurrection Sunday is coming! This temporal “life, such as it is,” events – some good and some not good – will be placed in the context of everlasting life – eventually.

“But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Cor. 15:57-58 KJV).

Read the entire 15th chapter, by the inspired apostle Paul. At aunt Mona Beckner's funeral (4/13/2022) and gravesite (4/14/2022), the godly minister read from that chapter.

Saturday, April 30, 2022



Shanna Ferrell is our niece – the youngest daughter of my brother, who is about three years younger than me. We have known that Shanna was finishing her Bachelor of Science degree.

On 3/23/2022, we received her postal invitation, to attend her graduation today (4/30/2022). Shanna had called us, on 4/16/2022, to ensure that we had received her invitation. Shanna granted permission to me, to mention her by full name. Here you are, up in lights, Shanna!

Mrs. Appalachian Irishman and I, along with my youngest brother and his family, had hoped that we could attend in person. Various life factors forestalled that plan. We, however, were there in spirit! We were there “virtually” also!

Milligan University is about an hour and forty-five minute drive, one way, from our home (about 113 miles). The graduation ceremony was at 2 PM today.

Milligan University History

The Milligan University “about” section of their website indicates the history of the university.

I enjoyed reading that section. I had already known several of the details.

The university is named after Robert Milligan (7/25/1814 - 3/20/1875). He left this world at age 60. I am age 61 now. I have known about Robert Milligan, since the early 1980's. He was instrumental (pardon the pun, for those who understand) in the Restoration Movement.

Robert Milligan

The History of the Restoration Movement contains volumes of historical information. Their section on Robert Milligan includes his life history.

Robert Milligan wrote several books. Decades ago, when I was a “preacher boy,” in my college study days, I read most of his books. I still have, at least, in my library, his “Scheme of Redemption” and “Reason and Revelation.” All his books are available, on various websites, for purchase or reading.

Shanna's Graduation Day!

Within the context of the history that I have mentioned, Milligan University graduation day was today – for Shanna Ferrell and other graduates.

Milligan University lists the Commencement details and Commencement schedule on their website. Since life forestalled our hope to have been present in person, Mrs. Appalachian Irishman and I watched Shanna Ferrell, and others, graduate, by the virtual portal!

The entire ceremony was one hour and thirty-three minutes. We heard Shanna Ferrell's name called, watched her cross the stage, obtain her Bachelor of Science diploma, and walk – proudly and smiling – off the stage! Yes, family were present physically. We could hear family, and probably many friends also, clapping loudly! We clapped and hollered at home. I hope that our neighbors did not hear us!


Shanna Ferrell, your aunt and uncle are proud of you! Many friends and family are proud of you. My mind sees your Mamaw Ferrell (Betty Wood Ferrell, 11/24/1932 - 12/27-2000) smiling down on you, proudly, from heaven.

The family heritage is based on biblical, Christian values. Shanna Ferrell, keep up that tradition – for the generation that will follow you. We have faith that you will. God's blessings to you and your family! We love you!

By the way, Shanna, please give us some photographs! We will trade your photographs for the graduation present that we will give you! It will be a fair trade! We can't do that, until we all get together in person though! When will that be? We will work on the plans!

Friday, April 15, 2022

GOOD FRIDAY in CONTEXT of MONA BECKNER'S FUNERAL & GRAVESIDE (published 4-15-2022; article #314)


Today, Friday, 4/15/2022, Passover begins at sundown. It is also Good Friday. The dates match in some years.

The context is Jesus' resurrection of Lazarus. In reply to Martha, “Jesus said to her, 'I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?'" (John 11:25,26.)

4/13/2022, Wednesday

Papaw Marion Ferrell (4/13/1880 - 11/21/1970) was born on the date, in 1880. He lived to age 90.

The visitation and funeral for aunt Mona Beckner was on 4/13/2022. Visitation was 5 to 7 PM. The funeral was at 7 PM. My wife's aunt Mona lived to age 100. Family and friends who attended remember the tribute and honor to aunt Mona. Sad and joyful moments abounded.

Rose Mortuary has a video tribute and a photo tribute, for aunt Mona.

4/14/2022, Thursday

The graveside service for aunt Mona was at 1 PM yesterday. The clouds and cool wind became sunny and warm. Family and friends who gathered said our farewell – until we meet again.

We stayed, after the ceremony, for a long while. Family gathered at the Beckner home – where the devoted son, Mike, lives alone now. There is sorrow. There is joy.


Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life. He asked Martha if she believed him. I am sure that Martha did. Aunt Mona Beckner did. She enjoys the heavenly bliss of many, who have gone on before her.

Do you believe? Resurrection Day is coming!

Sunday, April 10, 2022

MONA BECKNER, AT AGE 100, HAS GONE HOME (published 4-10-2022; article #313)


Today is Palm Sunday, 4/10/2022. My mother-in-law, Phyllis Ann (House) Gordon, was born on 4/10/1941. She passed on 4/30/2017 – a year and a day after I almost died (3/29/2016).

Good Friday is coming. Resurrection Sunday is next Sunday.

That sets the context for this brief article of tribute. At least the sun is shining today – unlike yesterday's wind, rain mixed with snow, and clouds.

Mona Beckner Went Home, on Friday, 4/8/2022

The details are known to family. My wife was on spring break vacation last week. Her aunt Mona Beckner started to have trouble, on 4/4/2022. She was hospitalized that day. My wife sat the first shift at the hospital. Her cousin, aunt Mona's son, sat that shift also. Other family sat the second and third shifts.

Early in the morning, just after midnight, on Friday, 4/8/22, aunt Mona Beckner went Home. Her son and my wife arrived moments after aunt Mona had passed. One of my sister-in-laws was with aunt Mona, when she went Home.

Mona Beckner's Age 100 Tributes

My 1/17/2022 and 1/23/2022 articles mentioned the occasions of honor, to Mona Beckner, on the attainment of age 100. Her life as a faithful child of God was her main honor.

WBIR TV updated their 1/14/2022 video article, about aunt Mona, last evening: “One of the last living 'Calutron Girls,' who helped make history in East Tennessee, has passed away” – author; published 10:17 PM EDT April 9, 2022; updated 10:17 PM EDT April 9, 2022.

Mona Beckner's Poems

From age 80, aunt Mona was a writer. She wrote over 200 poems. The following is what she called her final poem, which she wrote at age 96.

Aunt Mona, at age 84, wrote the following poem, about my wife.


I apologize if the images are not clear enough. As a writer, I write to get thoughts out of my mind – to some degree. I write for that reason today. The main thought is that the family that remains are enduring the trial of the passing of aunt Mona Beckner.

Mona Beckner has gone Home. The sun is shining, on this Palm Sunday. Remember, Good Friday is coming this week. Resurrection Sunday is coming. The Son of God shines on Mona Beckner now. Her everlasting joy fortifies her family, who are still here.

Dear Lord, please comfort the family of Mona Beckner – especially her son, who cared for her daily, at their home. We long for your return, Lord! Will you come soon? We who are ready look forward to going Home also.

Saturday, April 09, 2022

KETANJI BROWN JACKSON CAN'T DEFINE “WOMAN” (published 4-9-2022; article #312)


On this Saturday, 4/9/2022, the weather has been “wonderful” today. We have had wind, clouds, rain and snow, sun, then more clouds and rain. At 3:39 PM, as I type now, the sun is out again. I wonder when the next batch of wind, clouds, and rain will hit us. Today would be “great” hiking weather – for no one.

I have several articles to write this weekend. The Fearghail and Gordon households have endured enough temporal difficulties, since my last (3/26/2022) article. I will write about them, along with another article, regarding SSG. Ryan Knauss. (See my 3/20/2022 article.)

I started my rough draft article, for this publication, on 2/25/2022, Friday. I might as well finish and publish it. The USSA Socialist Utopian demise into the Hadean Realm is continuing.

What is a Woman?

A woman is a person who has an innie. God created male and female. A man has an outie. There are no other choices. That fact should be obvious, to anyone who has any sense.

Ketanji Brown Jackson – who doesn't know if she is a woman, man, or something else -- is the next member of the USSA “Supreme Court.” This is a sad reality, as this once great nation continues to spiral into Socialist Utopian Oblivion.

I will avoid further commentary. The obvious insanity is known – to anyone who has, at least, common sense. The various media sources have made hay with this a while. I will cite a few websites.

(a) The folks at BALLOTPEDIA have an interesting context. See their undated and unaccredited article “Ketanji Brown Jackson.”

(b) To replace the retiring Justice Stephen Breyer, “on February 25, 2022, President Joe Biden nominated Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to become the 116th Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.” (Quote from Note, importantly, that Russia invaded the Ukraine, on February 24, 2022.

Ketanji Jackson is one of sixteen judges, on the United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit. (Source:

Her biography is listed on that website (

(c) The Federalist article of 3/23/2022, by Elle Reynolds, “If Ketanji Brown Jackson Doesn’t Know What a ‘Woman’ Is, Why Does She Use the Word so Much?” makes a little humorous hay with the point that Ketanji Jackson has no idea what a woman is – despite her ability to use the word often.

(d) Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn ( sent her “The Blackburn Report” email to folks, including me, today, at 2:08 PM. Y'all have heard about her question, to Ketanji Jackson, on the definition of a woman. It's made the various news media rounds. Her email linked to two Clarksville Online website articles. See the 3/29/2022 article, by “news staff,” titled “With Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Nomination, Democrats Put Politics Above Constitutional Principles.” See also the 4/7/2022 article, by “news staff” (who don't get much credit), titled “The Left is Waging War on the American People.”

I suggest that Ketanji Brown Jackson determine the definition of a woman. She may want to check, to see, if she has an innie or an outie – in the privacy of her own bathroom.


At 6:42 PM, as I wind down this little article, I took a break from writing, to call my brother, who attained age 59 today. Then, I called my youngest brother (13 years younger than me). The Fearghail clan is enduring the temporal realities well enough.

At least I have this article out of my system finally! Tomorrow, I hope to publish several more articles. Two will be profoundly important. Right now, I'm still waiting on Mrs. Appalachian Irishman to come home – with my supper! I'm hungry! It's almost an hour past supper time! Wait! She just came home – with my supper! I'll publish this, after I eat!