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Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

Dovie & Walter

By: Brian Scott Pittman Getting to spend the holidays with grandparents at 52 years old is just about one of the finest blessings a man can have. For the first time in my life I left their home, to return to my own , feeling saddened by their general decline. These things put your own

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Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

Surviving Suicide & Flourishing

By: September Max Today, four years ago, I survived the most extreme, and, ultimately, the last suicide attempt I’ve made. Not sure how. Or why. But, here. Me. Now. Four years later. The sun was brighter today....

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Monday, March 25th, 2019

Life & Work in the Masai Mara National Reserve

Cover photo courtesy of Dee White. By: Judy S. Blackstock My last trip to Kenya was in 2003. I wasn’t sure if I would ever be able to go back. Life changes, reality sets in and aging...

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Wednesday, March 6th, 2019

Beguiling Beauty: Photography by Herman Miller

“What I do is not for everybody,” says Herman Miller, a self-taught portrait photographer from Claiborne County, TN.  “Compared to what most photographers do today, my style is seen as outdated....

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Thursday, November 29th, 2018

“It Started Like Hell and Ended Like Heaven”

Jonathan Nicolosi’s Evolution on the  Camino de Santiago & the Camino Ferristerre in Spain “We’re all just walking each other home.” – Ram Dass Inspired by the movie The Way, Knoxvillian Jonathan Nicolosi quickly began preparing for...

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Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

Moving Forward After A Mass Shooting

Cover photo by: Kelsey Smith Article by: Teryn Dixon When I was 10 years old, a man barged into my church and opened fire on my congregation during a production of the musical Annie Jr. Nine people were...

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Monday, October 29th, 2018

A Miraculous Music Lesson

Cover photo by: Starr Cline Article by: Ben Maney I spend a couple of hours a week, in the inner city, teaching general music and music appreciation at the Community School of the Arts,  as part of...

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Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

The Gnarly Gnome

By: Debra Dylan We Plot By Moonlight Peter Pan’s Lost Boys could find a perfect hideaway at Mike’s Day Lilies in Powell, Tennessee. The otherworldly front yard was “dug out by hand with a clay pick,” says...

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Thursday, September 27th, 2018

Where We Live: John Messner’s Crime & Street Photography

Photos by: John Messner Article by: Debra Dylan “When I was sixteen, a man taught me black and white photography, and I started working at a newspaper. That was over thirty years ago,” says John Messner. Today...

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Monday, August 20th, 2018

My Year as a Las Vegas Go-Go Dancer

By: Debra Dylan After Glenda Jordan graduated with an art degree from the University of Tennesse, she immediately moved to Las Vegas. Why did you move to Vegas? I had visited Vegas twice before, and I didn’t...

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Monday, January 15th, 2018

Long Distance Hiking Earworms

By: Debra Dylan When we went hiking with llamas, our guide told us about his miserable and unsuccessful attempt to hike the Appalachian Trail. Adding to his low self-esteem was a group of hikers who kept singing...

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Monday, December 12th, 2016

When Hell Broke Loose at Standing Rock

By: Cindy Moffett “They shot me.” Weeks later, Mark Runge still sounds stunned. On Sunday, November 20, after a 22-hour drive from Maryville, Tenn., high school teacher Runge reached Standing Rock, North Dakota. There the Oceti Sakowin,...

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Monday, November 14th, 2016

Racism ~ Everywhere ~ All the Time

By: Kate Riffle Roper As a white mother of two black children, three white children, who all have a white father, I have something to say. Racism exists. It is real and tangible. And it is everywhere,...

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Sunday, October 30th, 2016

Short Story: From the Inside Out

Halloween is the perfect time to enjoy this amusing ghost story from Three Bridges: An Anthology (2014, Word Portrait Writing Services, 168 pages). The book’s title is also its theme: all 11 short stories reference one or more...

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Friday, April 29th, 2016

Could This Technology Solve Environmental Problems?

By: Paul Clouse From the back lot of the Wampler’s Farm Sausage facility in Lenoir City, TN, Ted Wampler, Jr., says a new technology is being tested that could have global implications. It is called a Cellulose...

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