Author Archives: Rusha Sams

About Rusha Sams

Rusha lives in Knoxville but hunts for great finds anywhere her travels take her!

Daily Photo Challenge: Dialogue

In most hotels, a dialogue with the housekeeper you never see begins with a hang tag on your door. But at Courtyard Hotel in Johannesburg, South Africa, you converse via these little handmade dolls. What a charming way to let … Continue reading

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Remembering the Gray Man: Foggy morning walk at Pawleys

Usually I’m up early at the beach.  I walk along the shore at Pawleys Island, South Carolina where we rent a house each summer.  Or follow Myrtle Avenue near the creek where I can see both the marsh and the … Continue reading

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Travel theme: Orange

If you’re searching for that magic fall color for this week’s Travel theme: Orange (from Where’s My Backpack), look no further than Knoxville, Tennessee, where Big Orange tradition brings out some of the biggest, bestest, party-goin’ fans in the SEC.  Orange isn’t … Continue reading

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Weekly Word Challenge: Fray

This week’s WordPress Weekly Word Challenge: Fray brought to mind a phrase familiar to anyone following fashion trends for the past decade or so:  frayed jeans. So I searched Pinterest (It’s easy, you know) for examples of these deliberately tattered, unabashedly fashionable, … Continue reading

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A Blast with the Past: East Tennessee History Fair 2014

If the term “jam-packed” ever defined a one-day festival, it would be most appropriate at the Eighth Annual East Tennessee History Fair sponsored by the East Tennessee Historical Society on August 16th! And you might wonder if anyone in our … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette

Staging a silhouette takes patience and good background lighting.  But sometimes a silhouette appears unexpectedly.  Like when we toured the Taj at sundown, right before closing time. We snapped a photo of the long lines waiting to snake around and … Continue reading

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Travel theme: Endearing

It could be said, I suppose, that travel to any locale is endearing.  And, to tell the truth, it is if you just love seeing something new. So on a recent trip to a friend’s ranch in Livermore, Colorado, with … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Zigzag

It wasn’t what I would call intentional.  Looking for zigzags, that is.  But nature has a way of showing off in an exquisite setting like Rocky Mountain National Park, offering magnificent examples for the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Zigzag. At the … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Texture

Adventures sometimes just happen.  Unexpectedly even.  And so it was on the last day of a trip to a friend’s ranch in Livermore, Colorado.  My friend, the owner of the ranch and an ATV, said, Let’s take a ride,  and in … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer Lovin’

One of the joys of being a grandparent:  showing off the city you love with your granddaughter who still loves wherever you take her!!! Summer in the City of Knoxville from the Sunsphere’s Observation Deck!  Our version of summer lovin’! … Continue reading

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