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The Morah and the Maestro

The organizers of “Some Enchanted Evening” asked me to take on a few additional duties. I had previously agreed to be on the honorary committee for the March 23rd event, which was a benefit for the Knoxville Jewish Day School. … Continue reading

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Bench Warranted

Pope Francis gave a blessing to an unusual statue by Timothy P. Schmalz last week. It shows Jesus as a homeless man. I read about the statue in a New York Daily News article and realized that I had heard of the … Continue reading

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Frankly Boxed In

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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Go Peep

The winning entry in this year’s Washington Post Peeps diorama contest is very clever. The Peeps are having a funeral for their friend, the Twinkie. Other Hostess cakes are buried in the churchyard outside. While the Post displays Peeps as … Continue reading

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Yog-Art

Artist Elizabeth Kidder introduced herself to me at Orange Leaf Yogurt in Farragut. I had been admiring her mural on the wall without knowing that the artist herself was present. She explained that she was commissioned to paint murals at … Continue reading

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Buenos Tiempos

The Hola Festival is one of my favorite Knoxville events. I always see people I know; I try some authentic Latin American food and I hear some fun music. This year’s featured performers were a Puerto Rican band called Batukealo. … Continue reading

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For the Birds

Darryl Stillwell’s bird feeders don’t look like bird feeders. They look like miniature buildings. When I saw his booth at the Townsend Fall Heritage Festival, I was impressed by Darryl’s general store, farmhouse and church among others. He said some … Continue reading

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Fickle Finger of Fate

Sports Authority Field at Mile High has been the home of the Denver Broncos since 2001. It was called Invesco Field until 2011. The stairway to the stadium surrounds an impressive “horse feature” with seven bronze sculptures. The five broncos, … Continue reading

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Disguised as a Mild-Mannered Cartoonist…

Cartoonist Mike Peters may not have been the first person I would have guessed if asked to predict who would deliver the commencement address at Washington University in St. Louis. However, Peters’ speech yesterday was absolutely perfect. The alumnus of … Continue reading

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Descartes Before the Course

The progress marker on my Kindle made me think I still had a long way to go before finishing the short story “Madonna and Corpse.” The plot reached a satisfying conclusion even though the device told me I was only … Continue reading

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Irrelephant Conclusion

One of the little sidebar stories surrounding the arrival of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” in Knoxville concerned a helicopter. The show had to briefly suspend filming on Tuesday because of the noise from a helicopter overhead. One of the local … Continue reading

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The Second Day of Christmas

One of the churches we visited in St. Louis last week has a work of art that grabbed my attention. It’s a paper-cut Nativity scene in a reverse silhouette by artist Paul Lodes. The representation of the manger was great, … Continue reading

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Belleville Ringer

On the way to pick up our son from college, my wife and I listened to a recording of Frank Jr. at age 3, reciting “A Visit from St. Nicholas.” It is amazing to us that the same little boy … Continue reading

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Durkee and Fluffing

Susan Olsen was a VIP guest at the “What the Fluff?” festival in Somerville, Massachusetts on Saturday. Her pal Geri “Fake Jan” Reischl was there too as was Allee Willis, who wrote the Earth Wind & Fire song “September” and … Continue reading

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