Marianne Worthington calls him “The Acts Man” in her beautiful poem.  (Stop.  Click the link.  Read the poem.  Come back.)  We called him the Bicycle Preacher.  I’ve recently been informed that his name was Mr. Wilson. Knoxville was his beat.  Some...
25 Reasons to Love Knoxville UPDATED

25 Reasons to Love Knoxville UPDATED

It’s no secret to anyone who knows me that I love my hometown.  Five years away for college and my first year of marriage was enough for me and I don’t ever want to live anywhere else. I could list dozens of reasons for my love of Knoxville.  But...

So This Is Christmas

Except it isn’t, not really.  It isn’t even Advent yet.  Once upon a time I might have complained about the onslaught of Christmas when Thanksgiving is barely over, but no more.  I used up all my indignation fussing about people putting up decorations...

If This Stone Could Shout!

Can you guess what this is?  If you were at Immaculate Conception Church this morning you probably can, but I’m guessing everyone else is going to be puzzled. It’s slate.  A slate roof tile from the church, as a matter of fact.  With a new roof being...

I Will Keep Sunday Holy

Second grade is a big year for Catholic children.  Lorelei and her classmates will prepare all year for First Communion, and this Saturday they will participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time.  Lorelei has said the Act of Contrition about 10,000...

What Mothers Do

I’ve got five kids and I’ve been a mother for over 21 years.  I find that my “mothering urges” sort of spread themselves over whatever children happen to be around me.  When my kids have friends over, I’m all “sweetheart” and...

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