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Giving Me Away

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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Where Beauty Softens Your Grief

East Tennessee PBS hosted a preview screening of “Homegoings” last week. The documentary about African-American funeral traditions will air tonight on East Tennessee PBS and most other PBS stations. PBS has built a website for the show that an educator … Continue reading

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Rest in Pieces

Many of the bones in the William M. Bass Skeletal Collection are from people who chose to donate their bodies to science. There are also some skeletons from people who had no idea their remains would go there. In a … Continue reading

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He Stopped Living

An interesting piece of Knoxville trivia is that Hank Williams either died in the Andrew Johnson Hotel or died in the car on his way out of town on New Year’s Eve 1952. He was honored with a “Hank Days … Continue reading

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Buddy Vision

Terry Morrow’s name turns up dozens of times in the archives of my blog, going back to its earliest days. He has been a friend just about as long as I’ve lived in Knoxville. Terry died today at age 52, … Continue reading

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And the Honor to the Lord

In the old days, the Anointing of the Sick was called Last Rites. In the really old days, it was called Extreme Unction. The sacrament is available to those who are seriously ill, not just those who are dying. My … Continue reading

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Hasten to Meet Her, Angels of the Lord

Today would have been my friend Karin’s birthday. She died on Easter Sunday. Seven months ago we didn’t think she’d live to see 2013. Yet seven days ago we were planning to send her birthday cards in the hope that she’d … Continue reading

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Over Underdog

Buck Biggers’ obituary taught me more about one of my favorite shows than I had ever known before. Biggers co-created the classic cartoon “Underdog.” His passing also prompted a cartoon-themed website to repost their interview with Biggers. Biggers and his colleagues worked … Continue reading

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Wrongful Death

Bridgette Martin asked the comedians at open-mic night if they wanted to chip in for the flowers she is sending in memory of Brian E. Kiley. The Nashville-based comic was on his way to the airport after a gig in North … Continue reading

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Koch Sighting

For the past two days I’ve been trying to recall which of my high school friends dragged me to a Joan Baez concert in Central Park. I wouldn’t consider myself a fan of her music. In fact, I had forgotten that … Continue reading

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Salty Cracker

The phrase “laughing out loud” has become a cliché thanks to overuse of the abbreviation LOL in text messages and on social media. I was listening to a podcast while eating lunch yesterday when I unexpectedly put the OL into … Continue reading

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Cremation ‘n’ Burial Companies

Last night CNBC broadcast an extremely interesting program called “Death: It’s a Living.” The hour-long show was reported by Tyler Mathisen. A representative from the Aurora Casket Company said the biggest trend in caskets is personalization. The colors of their metal caskets … Continue reading

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Cardinal, Arch, Bishop

A public visitation for the late Stan Musial will be held today at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis. The baseball great played his entire career for the St. Louis Cardinals and became a pillar of his community. Musial died … Continue reading

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–30–

Thirty years is a long time. What were you doing on January 21, 1983? A blogger named Glen chose to reconstruct that particular day from his youth. His parents had trusted him enough to leave him home alone. He burned … Continue reading

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