Painted dogwood in UT Gardens

Lens-Artists Challenge 105: Spring

Knoxville is the ugliest city I ever saw in America, with the possible exception of some mill towns in New England. John Gunther, 1947 With that caustic statement (actually a blessing in disguise), Knoxville took note. We Knoxvillians had a pretty city then, but we have an even prettier city now. And to top it […]

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One Single Flower: Lens-Artists Challenge 101

The world needs who you were made to be. Anonymous Southern magnolias have been a part of me all my life. From the time I was born in Louisiana and then moved to Arkansas and Tennessee, I’ve never been without these gracious gems of trees, towering over lawns and stately homes (humble ones as well) […]

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Lens-Artists Challenge #95: All Wet

This week’s Lens-Artists Challenge features the theme of All Wet, and from our home in Knoxville (where we are still sheltering in place), a spring rain brought just what we needed for the challenge: gentle drops on tender new blossoms — all in our neighborhood. “Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon […]

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Discover Prompt 20: Music

Just the mention of fall in Knoxville brings to mind football with the Vols and the music of the Pride of the Southland Band. We can hear that music now — strains of the unofficial fight song, “Rocky Top,” being played as the band marches through campus into Neyland Stadium . . . or as […]

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Discover Prompt 18: New

As I read this morning that New was the Discover Prompt word for April 18, 2020, I looked back to one of our posts released a couple of weeks ago — Lens-Artist Challenge #90: Keeping the Distance in Knoxville — to see what was happening then and to compare what’s new in Knoxville now. Residents […]

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Discover Prompt 14: Books for Sale

When we look back on the mandated stay-at-home orders issued by most states in the U. S. to avert the pandemic, we may remember the books we read as a means of keeping our sanity. Perhaps these are books we’ve been yearning to read, books given to us as gifts, or books gathered from used […]

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Discover Prompt 13: Rick Bragg, Teacher

Margaret Bragg does not own a single cookbook. She measures in “dabs” and “smidgens” and “tads” and “you know, hon, just some.” Inside cover of The Best Cook in the World: Tales from My Momma’s Table With many of us staying home during the corona virus “Shelter in Place” mandate, we are finding ways to […]

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Discover Prompt 10: Orchestrate

Orchestration is part of the very soul of the work. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Although I’ve been in education 52 years, I’ve never taught in elementary school nor have I tried to orchestrate an end-of-year music program for third graders. If I had, I would have been overwhelmed. Totally. Orchestration requires planning — the right music, the […]

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