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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Discover Prompt 6: Hand

When I give to you what I make with my hands, I share with you my heart. Anonymous Hand-made quilts have always been a wonder to me: Tiny stitches close together forming a pattern of their own. Stitched by a hard-working person who had no more time than what I have now. And a utilitarian […]

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Discover Prompt 3: Song

Whenever we travel, especially to foreign countries, people ask us where we are from. We answer proudly “Tennessee”! But if we detect a hesitancy as they process our answer, we only have to say a couple of words about famous singers like Elvis and Dolly Parton, and we get a head nod and a reassuring […]

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Discover Prompt 2: Open

The word open literally opens the door to images concrete and literal: a barely open door leading to who knows where, a neon sign that says OPEN (when most businesses are shut these days), an open mouth speaking frankly (or maybe even too vehemently), an institution open to all comers . . . or not. […]

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