incoming (2005-46)

Dog-Gone Hilarious

An Oasis in Sight?

Sights, Sounds, Senses

Nudists Aren’t Crazy!

Judge Not

Classical Dance

Dog-Gone Hilarious

It was the perfect read-aloud article to share with my wife while her dog was busy removing all the sheets from the bed. Thanks.

K.L. Webb


An Oasis in Sight?

A beleaguered Vol fan asks God if the arena will ever be finished. God replies with good news/bad news: “Yes, it will be built. But not in your lifetime.”  

Clark eloquently hits the nail on the head. UT Men’s basketball fans have felt adrift and forsaken in the desert for many years. Now we have a Hebrew gentleman to lead us to the promised land.  

A winning men’s basketball program? “Yes, and maybe even in our lifetime.”

Welcome, Bruce Pearl.

Joshua Williams


Sights, Sounds, Senses

I remember a time when I was about 11 years old trying to tell my Mom how her fried chicken made me feel. When she asked what I meant, I told her, and she responded in a very negative way. Never again would I tell anyone that fried chicken made my fingertips  “prickly ” or that most classical music I saw in sweeping colors. I  “see” certain noises, yes, I hear them in the normal way, but a visual is what is dominant. And some letters of the alphabet were definite colors, others not so well defined.

It was not until a trip to Portland, Ore., several years ago, when I picked up a Delta Sky magazine and my eye caught an interesting heading, “&...Synesthesia.”  I had never heard of that and found that I was reading about myself. I was so excited I could have torn up and down the aisles of that plane chanting, “I am not crazy.”

Of course, had I done that I probably would have been perceived as just that. Since then, I have read considerable work addressing the phenomenon and have come to terms with my odd way of perceiving my environment.

It is with some regret that as I get older the synthesizing of my senses seems to be lessening. And as a painter, that is not a blessing.

Victoria Lenne


Nudists Aren’t Crazy!

Most people who know this are shocked that a major corporation can get away with it, but unfortunately there is nothing I can do about it except go on. In my mind, it is their loss, not mine. But it does indicate how out of touch with the rest of the world people can be. These very educated, very successful people don’t seem to have a clue that nudists are not crazy, not perverted, nor even a fringe element of society.

The vast majority of Americans, four out of every five, see nothing wrong with nudists enjoying themselves as long as they aren’t forcing it on others. As a matter of fact, every fourth person you meet has been in a true nudist setting at some time in their life!

My friends think I ought to get the hell out of Dodge and live someplace where my lifestyle is more acceptable. I’m not convinced that’s necessary. The general perception is that people in East Tennessee are not like the rest of the United States. I don’t agree. I think they are just less open about their true beliefs and more afraid to be different than the perceived norm. So, while I may have to leave to find gainful employment, I will not do so because of the perceived bias against my passion.

My main goal in attempting to form the East Tennessee Bares as a regional naturist organization is to provide support for those of us who want to regularly enjoy nudist activities. My secondary goal is to make the public aware that the nudist lifestyle is mainstream and that it is not a danger to society. My long-term goal is to see our local and state government recognize that nudists are a legitimate special-interest group and allocate resources that would allow us to enjoy our activities without fear of legal problems. 

I’m a dreamer. That’s always gotten me in trouble and will continue to do so. But I’m stubborn. Despite my setbacks, I’m still promoting the East Tennessee Bares. Saturday, Nov. 19 there will be a clothing-optional gathering open to the public. If you’d like more information about it or the naturist/nudist lifestyle in general, pull up the website or email me at

Dale Overturf


Judge Not

Bellydance is thought to be one of the oldest dance forms, with roots in the ancient Greek and Roman empires, Persia, and North Africa. Both men and women practiced this ancient art form in its originating cultures, performing dances in celebration at weddings, religious ceremonies, births, and to entertain one another.

In cultures where women were rarely able to socialize outside of their homes, women danced for one another in family groups and individually, not only to entertain, but also to shepherd young women through important events in their lives like the onset of fertility, marriage, and childbirth.

Certainly this oldest of dances is a sensual art because it focuses attention on a woman’s hips and midriff.  It is not, however, intended to be a sexual dance in any manner of speaking. Bellydance combines dazzling theatrics with incredible athleticism, balance, coordination, artistic interpretation, and outstanding courage and teamwork. The result is a spellbinding fusion of Oriental, Latin, Greek, and American sounds with a spectacular array of color and movement.

I have had the honor of studying under Alexia for a very short time and already my fitness has improved, my confidence has blossomed, and I have developed a passion for this breathtaking dance.  I suggest that Ms. Wylie consider a lesson or two herself before wantonly passing judgment on this empowering art form.

Sonja N. Oswalt


Classical Dance

True, Middle Eastern Dance is an art form and is different from the fitness-club versions with which you may be more familiar and is certainly different from the type of “show” which you described. Yes, the “belly” is usually bared but otherwise the dancer is often more covered than a ballet dancer. Middle Eastern dancers may wear beaded bras or gypsy tops and they usually wear beautiful long skirts.

The dancing is certainly sensuous but is intentionally not meant to be sexual. The type of dance show you described in your write-up is obviously quite different from what Alexia’s ensemble provides, and moreover the type of show you described typically attracts a different audience which I feel sure Alexia does not wish to attract to her shows.

Sandra Moore

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