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Knox, Knox… Who’s There?

In East Tennessee, it’s a fairly common practice to name streets after political figures who are still living. In 1792, Knox County was named after the still-living General Henry Knox. The 42-year-old was Secretary of War under President George Washington. … Continue reading

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How to Cope

The librarian sisters who encouraged my reading as a child saw something they knew would interest me. Of course they were right. It was an article about forensics and Catholicism on a blog called Joan’s Rome. The blog post publicized a … Continue reading

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Fourscore Check-in

The actual spot where Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address is now believed to be in the Evergreen Cemetery adjacent to Gettysburg National Military Park. Previous generations marked what they thought was the spot with the Soldiers’ National Monument. My … Continue reading

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Never Say Never

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 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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Brock of Ages

The star power of Stan Brock drew my attention to Remote Area Medical about nine years ago when I interviewed him for a “Where Are They Wednesday” bit. I called him because he was on “Wild Kingdom” but I quickly … Continue reading

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Stupe de Jure

A single word in a Time Magazine article irked me. The word “conjure” can mean “to summon by invocation or incantation.” I think the more common usages are “to use a conjurer’s tricks” and “to make (something) appear unexpectedly or seemingly … 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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A Mean Joe Green

You have already heard part of the Verdi Requiem but you may not know it. His version of the “Dies Irae” hymn has been used in countless movies and trailers. I felt the power of Giuseppe Verdi’s work while listening to … Continue reading

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Beret of Hope

“Are you the Frank who wrote a book about me?” The fascinating question arrived via email from a man in Africa. Unfortunately, I’m not the Frank he sought. I did find it pretty exciting to hear from someone notable enough to … Continue reading

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Whan that Aprill

Several tragic events occurred on April 15 throughout history. Today we added an awful bombing at the Boston Marathon to the list. As a youth, I read “The Day Lincoln Was Shot” by Jim Bishop and “A Night to Remember” … Continue reading

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And Live Each Moment

Linda Ragsdale was in the restaurant of the Oberoi Hotel in Mumbai when terrorists attacked on November 27, 2008. The Nashville artist and teacher was one of many who were shot but one of few who survived. A friend in the FBI … Continue reading

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God Bless the D.o.K.

The noon Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral celebrated three things: the Feast of St. Joseph, the inauguration of Pope Francis; and the fourth anniversary of the ordination of Bishop Richard Stika. In his homily, Bishop Stika told a story about … Continue reading

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Channel of Thy Peace

My father’s college diploma was written in Latin. It hung in a frame next to my mother’s diploma, which was also written in Latin. To me, the most recognizable Latin words were their first names: Franciscum and Alicia. My jaw dropped … Continue reading

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