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‘Tis the Season to Be Jolly

Writer and radio host Frank DeCaro has been collecting celebrities’ recipes for years. Who knew there were so many? Food.com has a bunch, as does Recipe Goldmine. DeCaro’s collections have a slight twist. All his recipes are from celebrities who … Continue reading

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Laurel the Graves of Our Dead

Composer John Purifoy compared the words of Abraham Lincoln to scripture. He set parts of the Emancipation Proclamation and the Gettysburg Address to music in his new work, “Chronicles of Blue and Gray.” Purifoy spoke with me about his composition … Continue reading

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Every Knee Shall Bend

The word tabernacle has shown up on my blog several times. In 2007, I saw a tabernacle in Georgia that looked like the Ark of the Covenant from “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” In 2010, I saw a tabernacle covered … Continue reading

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Fandance Festival

“Backyard Blockbusters,” a documentary about fan films, had its world premiere over Labor Day weekend at Dragon*Con in Atlanta. The movie will be shown again on Friday at Regal Downtown West Cinema 8 as the opener of the Secret City … Continue reading

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Gotta Have Faith

Here’s a new item for my résumé: podcast sidekick. Fr. Christian Mathis hosts a podcast called “Faith Seeking Understanding” on his website, “Blessed is the Kingdom.” His sidekick was, until recently, local sports anchor Jim Wogan. When Jim stepped aside, … Continue reading

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Tell Me Moore

Kenneth Moore loves working for the FBI. He was recently named special agent in charge of the Knoxville Division after serving as chief inspector at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C. Before that, he was assistant special agent in charge of … Continue reading

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Lights Rock, More Talk

The hotline rang as I was getting ready to leave the Star 102.1 studio on Tuesday afternoon. “Hi this is Branden from Neon Trees,” said the voice on the other end of the line. Due to a scheduling mishap, I … Continue reading

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Cruci Fiction

In the latest Body Farm novel, “The Inquisitor’s Key,” one character refers to “The Da Vinci Code” by the common expletive  for bovine manure. It made me laugh because the publicists for Jefferson Bass seem eager to capitalize on some … Continue reading

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Kicking Pill Dependence

Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch’s interview was timed to promote the upcoming Law Enforcement Memorial Run. The annual event takes place on the morning of May 12 at Volunteer Landing. The turning point of the conversation came when I asked … Continue reading

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Monumental Clarity

There is a major anachronistic flaw in the movie trailer for “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.” It shows a completed Washington Monument. On my last visit, I learned that an anti-Catholic group called the Know Nothings halted construction of the monument … Continue reading

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Contributive Justice

The 14th Annual Kids Helping Kids Fun Walk benefiting Columbus Home will be held on Sunday, April 1 at Knoxville Catholic High School. For the third year in a row, I’ve been asked to serve as honorary chair of the … Continue reading

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Self-Improvment Seminar

James and Krisha Newport of the Gatlinburg Improv Fest and Laurence Evans of the Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre were my guests on the East Tennessee Report that airs this morning. You can listen to a podcast of the show by … Continue reading

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Happy Disposition

The opening scene of last Wednesday’s episode of “The Middle” should be enough to earn award nominations for each of the five main cast members. The actors playing the Heck family displayed great comedic timing while driving home from Aunt … Continue reading

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Incarnation Conversation

Christmas is for giving. Christianity is for forgiving. I brought up the topic of forgiveness with Cardinal Justin Rigali during a radio interview that we recorded last month for broadcast today. Rigali worked for Pope John Paul II and was … Continue reading

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