Author Archives: Rusha Sams

About Rusha Sams

Met at University of Tennessee, been married for 47 years, and still passionate about travel whether we're volunteering with Habitat Global Village, combining work at Discovery with pleasure, or just seeing the world. Hope you'll join us as we try to see it all while we can!

Travel theme: Inviting

UT Gardens beckons travelers along Neyland Drive in Knoxville, Tennessee, to drive onto campus, pause, sit a spell, and reflect.  The never-static gardens reveal colors of the seasons which means the pinks and rosy reds of spring give way to … Continue reading

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A dream deferred: Political unrest delays Habitat build in Lesotho

Don’t ask three children living near Maseru, Lesotho, about an unexpected coup to oust the Prime Minister.  They may not know anything about it.  Or even care.  All they know is that their new house — a sturdy, clean, safe, … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Nighttime

If there’s a more lively place at nighttime than Las Vegas, we just haven’t been there (although Shanghai’s Bund comes close)!  It’s “lights on” everywhere — from the dancing Bellagio fountains to the uplighted Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas to the brown … Continue reading

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A Word a Week Photo Challenge: Hole

During Knoxville’s Open Gardens day, a Dogwood Arts Festival event, local homeowners voluntarily push open their gates and let those of us in love with flora and fauna roam the grounds freely. One formal garden held something quite unique — … Continue reading

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An interesting marriage — art and motorcyles — at KMA Art Fair!

It’s not every day that you see a line-up of vintage motorcycles AND tents filled with fine art at Knoxville’s Museum of Art.  But there they were.  Together.  Art on the lower level. Cycles upstairs and on the street.  With … Continue reading

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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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