Monthly Archives: October 2011

Cracker Hack

This is not my Halloween costume. In fact, it’s not my costume at all. For a few minutes on Sunday, I thought I would be wearing it in the Oak Ridge Civic Ballet Association’s production of “The Nutcracker.” After I … Continue reading

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Pin Da Club

The s’mores at the Tennessee Food & Wine Festival on October 22nd had some added pizazz. The marshmallows were impaled on wooden sticks that were similar to the stirrers at Starbucks. The chef toasted them using a small blowtorch. In … Continue reading

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Seven, Eleven

St. Louis loves the Cardinals the way Knoxville loves the Vols. I was similarly wowed by an area’s devotion to a team when I first moved to the Washington suburbs and saw the love for the Redskins. During my most … Continue reading

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Shake It Up

A scene in the new movie “Anonymous,” resonated with me. The movie imagines that Shakespeare’s plays were actually written by the Earl of Oxford, who dared not reveal his identity. He felt compelled to write because it quieted the voices … Continue reading

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Bean There

A picture of the interior of Doc Brown’s DeLorean got me thinking. Yesterday was the 26th anniversary of Marty McFly’s fictional trip from 1985 back to 1955. I realized that on the real Saturday, October 26, 1985, my friend Bean … Continue reading

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Yay Cloud

Kelly Clarkson sounded great on “Dancing with the Stars” a week ago. Of all people, she should sound good singing on a live television show, considering it was that exact skill which propelled her to stardom. Her new album, “Stronger,” … Continue reading

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Hold That Tiger

In the aftermath of the Ohio private zoo tragedy, Josh Ault of WATE did a report on how Tiger Haven in Roane County has taken precautions against an animal escape. Similarly, Ben Tracy of CBS News did a feature on … Continue reading

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Blue Streaking

There were almost as many recognizable faces in the crowd at Side Splitters as there were on stage Sunday night. Nine local media personalities competed in the second annual Host with the Most Fun’raiser. My wife and I bought tickets … Continue reading

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Fire, Cracker

If Peeps brûlée turn up on the menu at the Catholic Charities dinner next March, I will be ecstatic. It’s an extreme long shot but at least I planted the idea in the mind of Christopher Moore, executive chef for … Continue reading

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Middlebrook Initial

A construction crew is hard at work converting the former Middlebrook Gardens into Click Funeral Home’s new Middlebrook Chapel. My wife and I have attended several funerals at Click’s Farragut Chapel. The new location is much more convenient to our … Continue reading

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‘Cane Enable

Theodore Wiprud and Ittai Shapira took the stage to explain and demonstrate what we were about to hear. The composer and violinist described and then played the musical themes from Wiprud’s violin concerto “Katrina,” which had its world premiere in … Continue reading

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66, Water Not Being Comfortable

Autumn leaves and cooler weather inspire many of my Facebook friends to write about how it is their favorite time of year. I don’t like the shorter days and chilly air. I much prefer the optimism of Spring and the … Continue reading

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Banana Kick

Bananas on a burger? The combination of banana slices and green pepper was surprisingly fantastic. Last month I sampled three meals in Gatlinburg, two at Pancake Pantry and one at Bear Creek Grill. My dining excursion was recorded for “Smoky … Continue reading

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WATE, Your Turn

The playing field is level once again for Knoxville’s local TV news. Like WVLT and WBIR before it, WATE has started broadcasting its local newscasts in high-definition. I watched their evening and late-night news on Monday to see how it … Continue reading

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