Monthly Archives: June 2012

What Up, Folk Life?

Frank Jr. had an early-morning appointment in Washington, D.C. on Thursday. After finishing work, he had a few hours to kill before a college alumni gathering at Clyde’s that night. He got on the Metro, intending to browse a favorite … Continue reading

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Fixation Station

The newest program from SMOMOtv is “The Weekly Fix,” which airs on 10 News 2 at 11:00 a.m. on Thursdays. It repeats once, as an online stream at 11:00 a.m. on Fridays. This week’s program started with a round-table discussion … Continue reading

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The Galloping Gore May…

Based on my what I saw two years ago at Yellowstone National Park, I’m surprised more people aren’t gored by bison. As my wife and I waited for Old Faithful to erupt, two bison walked through the area. This past … Continue reading

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Craftswoman Rules

Cheryl Burchett was the winner on the premiere episode of “Craft Wars,” which was broadcast on TLC last night. On her blog and Facebook page, Cheryl was concerned that viewers might think she was overweight and not realize she is … Continue reading

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Fortnight-ification

Don’t let anyone trick you into thinking that the Fortnight for Freedom is only about contraception. The two-week period of prayer and study is actually about religious liberty and the freedom to practice your beliefs. Opponents of the Catholic Church … Continue reading

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Nothing to Hide, Believe What I Say

It wasn’t easy but my daughter got the organizers of the Pigapalooza Comedy Improv Festival to surprise me by announcing my birthday. My wife and I spent the day on Friday driving to Frederick, Maryland. We got there just in time to … Continue reading

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Tell Me Moore

Kenneth Moore loves working for the FBI. He was recently named special agent in charge of the Knoxville Division after serving as chief inspector at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C. Before that, he was assistant special agent in charge of … Continue reading

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Death-Defying Act

Most people with a programmable coffee maker will set it at night and wake up to fresh coffee. For my birthday, my wife and kids gave me a new Mr. Coffee Optimal Brew programmable coffee maker. I intend to set … Continue reading

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Caring, Sharing

What kind of impression did you make as a kid? I had reason to think about my own childhood when I received a very nice email from an important person from my past. She thought I would grow up to … Continue reading

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Lights, Camera, Make It Up

“Whose Line Is It Anyway?” got me interested in comedy improv. My wife was a fan of the British version of the show before I got hooked. Before long, I started taking an improv class from the City of Burbank. … Continue reading

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Yummy Break

The Peanut Butter & Jelly Dessert on the daily specials at Bonefish Grill sounded too good to pass up. Besides, my wife and I still had some money left on the gift cards we had been saving since Christmas. We … Continue reading

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Fair Notice

The Tennessee Valley Fair is still three months away and I’m already excited about it. Sure, I’m looking forward to trying whatever new deep-fried treat they’re serving but the big news for me is that Einstein Simplified will perform at … Continue reading

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If You’re Not Having Fun, You’re Doing Something Wrong

The problem with surprises is that you don’t see them coming. In hindsight, I wish I had recorded my Skype conversation with my kids on Father’s Day. As is our family tradition, they sang the Father’s Day song that I … Continue reading

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Maryville and Maryland

Father’s Day weekend is a great time for a BBQ contest. For the second consecutive year, I was invited to be a judge at the Big BBQ Bash in Blount County, which benefits the Helen Ross McNabb Center. We tasted … Continue reading

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