Empathy

Hi y’all, I hope you’re enjoying 2018 so far. My family and friends have all had some version of the stomach bug, sinus infections, RSV, and pneumonia since Christmas. It sure seems like there’s a lot of sickness going around. I hope you have all been healthy. I’ve been thinking a lot about empathy lately….

Good Ole Rocky Top

Growing up in East Tennessee fairly close to the home of the Big Orange (University of Tennessee) necessitates 2 things:  1) rooting for the Vols any and every time they play a sport (mostly basketball and football) 2) learning the words to the fight song, Rocky Top I was in 3rd grade when I first…

Hamblen County, TN

Hi Everyone, Last week, something very bad and sad could’ve happened right here in our county. On Thursday evening, December 21, 2017, the Hamblen County Commission decided to take up an issue completely out of its jurisdiction, marriage equality. When I heard about it, I was completely and utterly blindsided. And then I found out…

Integrity vs. Despair by proxy

There’s this theory that was developed by a man named Erikson about how we develop thru our lifetimes. If you ever had a psychology class then you’re probably familiar with it. You can read more about it here:  Erikson’s theory Anyways, I’ve been thinking about the very last stage called Integrity versus Despair. People who…

“I live here, BUT I’m not FROM here.”

Have any of you heard a statement like that before? I was on a conference call the other day with some very highly educated people and we were taking turns introducing ourselves. Before we got to me, a lady said she lived in west Tennessee but she wasn’t from “the South” and she wanted people…

Hate Growing

Hi y’all. I haven’t written in a while. Life has a way of refocusing your attention. When I get overwhelmed, I turn to the garden. Since I’ve been distracted recently, my azalea plant was overtaken by kudzu.     <<<<<<My azalea with the addition of kudzu. I saw this vine last winter, but didn’t think…

Family Support

Hi everyone. It’s been a long time since I’ve written. So much has happened this past month and I took some time off from writing. During this trying time, I have received so much support from my family. We may not talk every single day, but when something happens, we all come together. We do…

Queen of the Hill(s)

I love, love, love Dolly Parton. I saw this today and I had to write a post:  Drunk History of Dolly Parton and Porter Wagner I already knew the story about Porter Wagner, one of her earliest mentors and I’m glad that the History channel decided to make that video about it. Imagine, having your own…

Tourist Moonshine

Hi y’all. There’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while now. I’m always reminded of it when I drive to Knoxville, which is often. Traveling down I-40 W will lead you past several billboards touting different types of moonshine that you can actually buy at a distillery or at package stores. It’s still unsettling…

Visiting Cemeteries

When I was little, my mother taught me the importance of paying respect to those who have died. She took me to funeral homes any time a friend or acquaintance or family member of a friend or acquaintance had passed away. Sometimes we just went after she picked me up from school to sign the…

I’m Worried Y’all

Hi everyone. I wrote a post about healthcare a few weeks ago. It was a personal post about a situation that affected me directly. I have employer provided health care that I still pay a sizable chunk each month for, right around $500. I am fortunate enough to be able to afford that for my…

Bean Station, TN

Both sides of my family are from Bean Station in Grainger County, TN so I’ve been there many, many times. Several family members still live there, but most of my parents’ siblings left there between the 1940s and 1960s. My parents left and moved to a bigger town across the lake. So I have cousins…

Church Homecoming

This weekend was the Annual Homecoming for the church my dad grew up in. In fact, he helped my grandfather build part of it a long time ago (the old part as he calls it). We’ve been attending this homecoming since I was a little kid. We used to eat outside at the picnic tables,…