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  • Looking Back at 25

    Looking Back at 25

    Bill and I met in 1993, when we both worked at the Knoxville News-Sentinel. He in circulation, me in the newsroom. About 18 months later, we were married. I don’t know if–in the swirl of finding and buying a house, planning a wedding and a honeymoon–lots of marrying people imagine a future when that marriage […]

  • I Know That My Redeemer Lives

    I Know That My Redeemer Lives

    I haven’t posted in a while, I know. Today was Easter Sunday, and it was exceptional, one to remember for multiple reasons, so here I am. The exceptional and memorable part wasn’t all good. About 8 a.m. today, Bill got the call that his older sister, Mary, had passed away. She was about 16 years […]

  • The Top 18 of 2018

    The Top 18 of 2018

    ‘Tis the season: As a year winds down, lists pile up. Top-grossing movies: Topped in 2018 by “Black Panther” (Haven’t seen it). Biggest food fads: Avocado gelato, anyone? (I’ll pass) Best moments in sports: Way too subjective–forget that. 2018 has been a game-changer for me with a list of blessings way longer than I deserve, […]

  • 100 Years Ago Today

    100 Years Ago Today

      Allie Johnson was born 100 years ago today in a very rural part of Middle Tennessee. Her birthplace was near Center Hill Lake, only the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wouldn’t build Center Hill Dam and create that lake until 1948, 30 years after she was born in 1918. While Allie was her name, […]

  • Overnight on LeConte

    Overnight on LeConte

    It’s not for everybody. Climbing up almost 3,000 feet of elevation gain over 5.5 miles from the Alum Cave Trailhead to the 6,593-foot summit of Mount LeConte on a damp day, only to spend the night in a primitive cabin before hiking back down the next morning. Fortunately, everybody doesn’t want to do it. Just […]

  • Sometimes You Meet the Nicest People

    Sometimes You Meet the Nicest People

    Throughout my career, my line of work–in one setting or another–has steadily called for writing professionally. Often, the storytelling variety, which is my favorite writing to do. If you don’t know what it’s like to have writing be part of your job, I’ll let you in on a secret: It’s a great way to meet […]

  • Ten Tips to Take to College

    Ten Tips to Take to College

    Labor Day: It’s both the unofficial end of summer and beginning of the school year. Despite the wide-ranging starts of school—whether elementary, high school or college—once we’re past Labor Day, the rhythms of life tend to settle in on the academic calendar. This Labor Day weekend is the first I’m spending as a member of […]

  • Welcome to the Neighborhood

    Welcome to the Neighborhood

    It’s been about six weeks since Bill and I moved to Chattanooga and our house in the suburb of Hixson, but it seems longer. I expect anyone who’s ever moved their entire, long-established household to another city to take a new job in that city understands. I don’t mean it seems long in a bad […]

  • Thanks for the Memories

    Thanks for the Memories

    Ever spent 24 consecutive years in the same house? My husband and I just did–the house we moved into when we came home from our honeymoon. We sold it in June and moved to Chattanooga, which we are loving, by the way. Moving forces you to purge. The prospect of hauling stuff to a new […]

  • Moving Right Along

    Moving Right Along

    Knoxville, Tennessee stopped being my home on June 1, almost 26 years to the day since I moved there. Leaving was a little bit scary, a whole lot stressful, and very exciting. My entire professional working life had been spent in Knoxville, but a fantastic new opportunity that I am immensely grateful for was waiting […]

  • Helping Tennessee Achieve

    I want to be the person I would have wanted to mentor me. That’s how I approach volunteering to mentor Tennessee high school students making the jump to college. Waaay back when I was a first-generation college student, there was no program of mentoring on the sometimes-complex path toward pursuing a degree. My ACT composite […]

  • The Communicators Go to Washington

    The Communicators Go to Washington

    I recently spent half a week in Washington, D.C. For this student of history, consumer of headlines, and higher ed mouthpiece, it was like summer camp for grownups. I was in town to attend the annual conference for senior communication professionals of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. I’ve been to Washington a […]