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Deer Diary

The signs in Cumberland Gap National Historic Park taught me some things about Daniel Boone. He was a longhunter, which means he would go on hunting expeditions that lasted a long time. The lesson on the sign also said that … Continue reading

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In a Bog with a Frog

Ireland’s Wild River is scheduled to air on PBS this Wednesday night. It caught my attention for two reasons. It includes segments about bats and frogs, two of my favorite animals. I also was under the impression that our local … Continue reading

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The Lights Are Much Brighter There

Five or ten years ago, it would not have been a big deal to schedule a Knoxville Ice Bears hockey game and a Knoxville Symphony Orchestra concert on the same night. I remember one winter night a few years ago … Continue reading

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Turtle Power

Forest Park has been called the heart of St. Louis. The huge public park was dedicated in 1876. It was the site of the World’s Fair and several Olympic events in 1904. For the past year-and-a-half, Forest Park has been … Continue reading

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Squirrel Away

Smart Home Fix co-sponsored the WNOX booth at Boomsday this year. The family-owned repair service bought an advertising schedule and chose to have me do endorsement spots for them. Instead of paying me a talent fee, they come to my … Continue reading

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Hay Hay Hay Is for Horses

“Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke is one of the biggest songs of the summer, if not the whole year. It’s the song that had jaws dropping across America when Thicke and Miley Cyrus performed it horrifically on the MTV Video … Continue reading

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Go Fig-ure

It makes sense that the written word would rekindle my relationship with two librarian sisters who inspired me when they worked at the Crestwood Library during my youth. Nancy and Sheila found my blog about a year ago. Since then, … Continue reading

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Slamphibian

It’s a good thing that I’m not too squeamish. That thought occurred to me the other night as a frog leaped onto my bare chest while a bat swooped behind me. Every year I find myself chasing frogs away from … Continue reading

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The Case of the Chlorinated Croaker

How does a frog die in water? Every year I find dead frogs in my pool skimmer basket and I wonder about them. I assume that some of them drowned because they got caught in the pull of the skimmer’s … Continue reading

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Cuisses de Grenouille

There was a squirrel on my pool cover yesterday. On Monday, I spotted a bird on the cover. Neither critter was a pool-cover regular in the past. I may have inadvertently created a new ecosystem on the pool cover. In … Continue reading

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Redneckognize ’73

The ongoing digitization of the late Huell Howser’s video archives continues to amaze me. After graduating from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Howser’s television career included stops in Nashville and New York before he settled in Los Angeles. The … Continue reading

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Go, Diego, Go!

Lt. Paul Curtis of the Loudon County Sheriff’s Office was the guest speaker at the monthly meeting of the FBI Knoxville Citizens Academy Alumni Association on Monday night. Curtis trains and handles dogs for the LCSO and for an FBI … Continue reading

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Porpoise Drivin’ Lights

There were a couple of reminders on Twitter yesterday to go see the Christmas lights at Concord Park and Chilhowee Park before it’s too late. Since my family and I were going to be downtown for a late-night drop off … Continue reading

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Skin in the Game

It appears that the Deerskin Trading Post is no longer in business. My mother asked me to search online for the company when she found an old teddy bear they had made and wanted to buy another one like it.¬†An … Continue reading

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