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Hamptoween

 A nice surprise arrived just in time for Halloween. In appreciation for her visit last week, our friend Nancy sent a thank-you gift to my wife and me. She was obviously paying attention to what we liked during dinner and … Continue reading

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Samples of Service

Leeann Samples’ birthday would have been on Wednesday. Her husband Don created a Facebook event called Leeann Samples Flu Shot Day. Here’s Don’s explanation: On January 2nd of this year, my healthy, beautiful wife entered the hospital and was admitted … Continue reading

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Hail to the Censoredskins

What’s a Redskins fan to do? The team is under fire for having a name that is considered politically incorrect. My family and I are longtime fans of the burgundy and gold, whether they win or lose. By the way, … Continue reading

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Oyster It Up

The visit of our friend Nancy for the award ceremony on Thursday was more than enough of a reason to have celebratory dinners on consecutive nights. On Wednesday night, we went to Knox Mason. On Thursday, we went to Shuck Raw … Continue reading

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Friends with Words

Five local writers and one Friends of Literacy student were honored at the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame luncheon on Thursday at the Lighthouse Knoxville. The 2014 Friends of Literacy East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame inductees are: Lifetime … Continue reading

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Jar for the Course

The foodies whom I follow on Instagram and Twitter have posted enticing pictures of their meals at Knox Mason. The restaurant has also received a lot of attention recently from travel writers who have visited Knoxville. I finally tried it on Wednesday night. My … Continue reading

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Patel the Truth

The October program in the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s Moxley Carmichael Masterworks series features music that is very appropriate for the Halloween season. Guest conductor Sameer Patel pointed out that fact during his comments between Night on Bald Mountain and The Sorcerer’s … Continue reading

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Glimmer Swimmer

A Walmart store in Bristol, Virginia, has something I haven’t seen in years. They have live tropical fish in tanks that were similar to the displays at the variety stores I remember from childhood. My parents would shop at stores like Woolworth, Kresge, … Continue reading

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Babuji Barbeque

The website for a barbeque contest in Maryland promised “live bands, a beer garden, vendors, a kids’ area, food, and lots and lots of BBQ.” Judging was scheduled for noon with winners to be announced at 3:00 p.m. My family … Continue reading

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Stock Dividends

Most of the food booths at the HoLa Festival had closed by the time my wife and I got there. The entertainment on stage and the information booths still had another hour to go. On our way to the festival, … Continue reading

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Heart Knox Life

The 2014 Greater Knoxville Heart Walk drew a large crowd to World’s Fair Park on Sunday. I was the event emcee but I was also a participant. The cause is meaningful to me because, like many others, I’ve lost relatives … Continue reading

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Neath the Sunsphere

On Saturday, first responders in Knoxville participated in the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb to honor the 343 firefighters who died in New York on 9/11/01. The participants climbed the equivalent of 110 stories at the Sunsphere while wearing their gear. … Continue reading

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In the Schrivers’ Seat

In box office parlance, “tenth row center” is the location of the best seats in the house. From there, you can see and hear everything on the stage. It’s not too far, not too close. It’s just right. When I worked … Continue reading

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Emcee You in September

Photographers Scott Maentz and Stephanie Richer took hundreds of photos at the Diocese of Knoxville Homecoming Celebration on Saturday. My wife and I are in several of their pictures. I was the emcee during the day’s family-oriented activities. My wife … Continue reading

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