Joe Pagetta

Joe Pagetta

Freelance Writer and Essayist

Director of Community Initiatives for Community Foundation of Middle TN; former Media Relations Dir for Nashville Pub TV. Reader, Writer, Cooker, Eater, Bike Rider.

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Personal Essay | Nashville Scene | When your mother becomes someone you recognize less and less, and vice versa

My mother told me the other day that she hated me. It was not the strangest or most surprising thing she has done lately. My mother has taken to referring to me in the third person. Which makes all he...

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Personal Essay | Nashville Scene | On the 10th anniversary of 9/11, several Middle Tennesseans recall their own experiences on the day the world changed

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Before the attacks changed everything, I was dealing with something that at the time seemed huge: my annual sinus infection. On Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, I was laid out on the living room couch of my fiancée Kathy's East Nashville home, drugged up on antibiotics and steroids and preparing to take the day off. We were supposed to get married in four days. I remember her waking me up by turning the television on and telling me that a plane had crashed into one of the towers.