Goodnight Irene

A few housekeeping matters before we begin:


  1. Weather Report – Charlotte has had its first real snow since we moved here. It started yesterday morning, turned to sleet last night, and now it’s snowing harder than yesterday. Power is still on and its as beautiful here as I’ve seen. Stay warm and dry everyone.
  2.   Pete Seeger – A dear friend sent me a link to Harry Bellefonte and Arlo Guthrie inducting Pete Seeger into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It’s really worth watching.  Here’s the link:


Stop your rambling and stop your gambling

Stop staying out late at night

Go home to your wife and family

Sit down by the fireside bright

Irene, goodnight, Irene, goodnight. – Pete Seeger, L. Hays/ H. Ledbetter

If there is one thing Suzy and I miss in our new home it is a wood-burning fireplace. On a day like today where snow is falling a crackling fire in the fireplace brings more than warmth. There is a real sense of comfort that comes from Seeger’s image and the words  “wife”, “family,” “home,” and “fireside.”

At some point in most of our lives there was an attraction to “staying out late,” “rambling,” “gambling,” and all those other “ing’s” that go with a lifestyle that is glamorized every day in the movies, TV, and by social pressure. But if the wisdom that comes with maturity and age teaches us anything the comfort of home has no equal.

God sings “Goodnight Irene” to us as well. He knows we are drawn to experiment with “leaving home,” and the many “ings” that sing the sirens call. Yet, he waits patiently knowing at some point, at some time we will yearn only to sit down with him by “the fireside bright” and sing our song.


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About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.

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