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I’m Ken, a Writer
in Memphis

I’m a former elementary school teacher and retired corporate benefits manager, who is an active advocate for melanoma research and skin cancer prevention. My cancer story has been published (online) by several national melanoma organizations. After retiring in 2016, I decided to pursue my lifelong passion of writing.

While I write a little bit of everything—personal narratives, travelogues, short story fiction, personal profiles, and non-fiction essays—my ultimate goal is to write and publish a novel.

In addition to writing and advocacy, I volunteer (also since 2016) my time at the Blues Hall of Fame in downtown Memphis, which led to a late-in-life love affair with blues music and my latest turn as an amateur blues historian.

Finally, my other passions are gardening—mostly potted flowering plants—and traveling with my wife, Vicki.

From the Blog

Summertime (Part 1)— Livin’ Easy

Summertime (Part 1)— Livin’ Easy

Writer's Note—This entry is the first of a three-part series entitled Summertime, based on the classic song from the musical Porgy and Bess. If you've never heard Ella Fitzgerald's version of this song, you should. Here are some of the lyrics: One of these morningsYou...

Lucky Number 13

Lucky Number 13

June 11, 2021— For centuries, the number thirteen (13) has been considered unlucky, which developed an irrational fear of the number and anything associated with it. Some historians trace the stigma of "13" back to Judas Iscariot—think Last Supper—the biblical...

I’m a Mess

I’m a Mess

April 28, 2021—The phlebotomy tech begins to poke an IV needle into a vein in my right hand. As part of the little stick portion of the process, he tries to distract me with small talk—a question about why I'm having an echo, questions about my overall health—and I...

Rollin’ Stone Week

Rollin’ Stone Week

March 13, 2021— It's been a week...man, it's been a week. As many of you know, I love blues music, and this week has been one continuous blues song—full of highs and lows, and just about everything in-between. The theme of this post is dedicated to that legendary...

And The Beat Goes On…

And The Beat Goes On…

February 4, 2021 - Before I get started, I want to say a big THANK YOU to everyone for your thoughts, prayers, support, and kind words. It means the world to me—and to my family.Today's message is The Beat Goes On, which, you might recall, is the title of a famous...

2020 – We Deserve a Happy Ending

2020 – We Deserve a Happy Ending

December 29, 2020 - SiriusXM is set to B.B. King's Bluesville. I'm driving east on Neshoba Road, headed to the Germantown Community Library to return several books. The volume's slightly low, so I'm not really listening. I'm a bit distracted. As I stop at the traffic...