If you love Knoxville . . .

. . . you will enjoy this site.  I stumbled upon it when looking for illustrations for another post.  It contains a variety of shots oh Knoxville–I especially enjoyed the downtown pictures and the Neyland Stadium shots.  And if you don’t know Knoxville,...
Coffee:  A Love Story

Coffee: A Love Story

It all began in the summer of 1986.  I was home after my first year at Georgetown, working as a waitress at Cracker Barrel, a thankless job if ever there was one.  Each evening, around 9:30, my exhausted fellow waitresses would retreat to a smoky cubicle equipped with...
Finding Balance

Finding Balance

Balance.  Does anyone have it?  You hear everyone talking about having too much on their plates.  Of juggling all their responsibilities.  Well, my plate overflows on a daily basis and I can’t keep all those balls in the air (in my case, it’s actually...

I'm gonna need an ocean of calamine lotion

I HATE POISON IVY.  I cannot seem to escape the stuff.  It encircled the backyard of our first house, right where I wanted to plant a border of daylilies.  I wore gloves and long sleeves when I tried to pull it up, and still ended up with welts all over my arms.  My...
'Tis the Month of Our Mother

'Tis the Month of Our Mother

Sitting outside this evening, I smelled the honeysuckle and looked over at our garden statue of the Blessed Mother and suddenly found myself launching into “‘Tis the Month of Our Mother.” (I frequently burst into song at the least provocation and...
Who Gave You Life?

Who Gave You Life?

This originally appeared as a column in The East Tennessee Catholic in 2006. Today is my “baby” sister’s 29th birthday.  My mother reminded me today that Anne owes her existence to her two big sisters. I remember well how much we begged and begged for a baby. ...

Tennessee Tragedy

If you don’t live in Tennessee, you might be unaware that heavy rains flooded Nashville.  My cousin and her husband went canoeing around her neighborhood.  The pictures from downtown are simply unbelievable.  Read about one family’s experience in my friend...
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