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About Oh, the Places We See

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!

WPC: Faces in the Dolly Parton birthday crowd

Most of America (well, the world, for that matter) knows Dolly Parton for her hit songs (“Jolene,” “9 to 5,” “I Will Always Love You”) and movies (Coat of Many Colors, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Steel Magnolias).  And maybe … Continue reading

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Still morning in Stonington, Maine

October in Maine offers colorful leaves and paths to lighthouses teeming with tourists, but some days during early morning hours are simply still.  Especially at Stonington. One of our favorite places to visit in Maine, Stonington is a working harbor … Continue reading

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WPC: Variations on a Theme: Island Cottages, St. George Island

It would be hard to miss these island cottages on St. George Island.  On either side of the lighthouse, they stand tall with their backs to the Gulf while winking at passers-by on Gulf Beach Drive.  They may seem like … Continue reading

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Eclectic, creative, pure fun: the art of Peter Beerits at Nervous Nellie’s

If you’ve seen Nervous Nellie’s Jams and Jellies at tourist destinations and grocery stores all over Maine, you may have thought you’d seen it all.  And in some ways, you have.  Those made-in-small-batches jams cooked in a steam-jacketed kettle using … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Silence in a Garden

Although much of the U. S. (especially in the South) is blanketed with snow this week, many of us are dreaming of gardens lush and lovely.  Last spring, in Knoxville, one homeowner opened his garden during the Dogwood Arts Festival garden … Continue reading

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With renewed appreciation of shots of Bass Harbor Light

You can’t fault us.  After all, we had discovered a lovely photo of Bass Harbor Lighthouse on Mount Desert Island, Maine, on a site geared for our granddaughter:  kids.nationalgeographic.com.  It was a lovely scene — classic Maine lighthouse perched atop … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Weathered — The Charm of Monhegan

Weathered is what draws you into Monhegan.  Oh, sure, you want to get away.  To see the island where artists find retreat.  To stroll the pathways to the lighthouse or the rock beach.  Or to steal a picture of Jamie … Continue reading

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Shadowplay: Castine, Maine

Drive in to the small historic town of Castine on the Penobscot Bay, and you’ll notice that this isn’t the typical Maine small town.  Architecture varies from classic clapboard saltbox to stately homes with mansard roofs.  All understandable, you see, … Continue reading

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Warm up with an heirloom: Swans Island Blankets

  It would have been easy to drive past Swans Island Blankets on Maine’s Route 1.  The brown-shingled house next to a weathered barn doesn’t exactly scream, “Come in and see for yourself.”  But it should.  After all, a simple … Continue reading

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One love, one life: Celebrating 50 years together

  Celebrating 50 years of marriage. Interesting, romantic, friendly.  Sometimes up. Sometimes down. Mostly glorious, but always real. “Still lovin’ after all these years!”

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