Published 10/26/2011 at 11:59 a.m. 0 comments
The most satisfying playgrounds don’t come in a box and can’t be picked out of a catalog.
The Exhilarating Risk of a Rope Swing
Published 10/12/2011 at 9:59 a.m. 0 comments
Just off the Island Home Greenway near the airport, a tulip poplar juts out over a murky backwater of the Tennessee River. Someone, or maybe several people over time, have nailed short lengths of 2x4s along the trunk, classic tree-house-ladder ...
Drinking In Love’s Spring
Published 9/28/2011 at 10:34 a.m. 0 comments
Love’s Spring flows from the small hillside between Love’s Creek Road—a narrow, twisty highway off Rutledge Pike—and the banks of Love’s Creek. People say Love’s water tastes better than any expensive commercial bottled water.
Scouting the Future Route of the First Creek Greenway
Published 9/14/2011 at 11:50 a.m. 2 comments
First Creek is a huge entity twisting through our lives that we have forgotten about, that we do not see. From satellite view, it looks like a gigantic snake lying disturbingly close to my house.
The Quarries of Knox County
Published 8/31/2011 at 1:56 p.m. 0 comments
Mead, Fort Dickerson, Mascot—these three quarry lakes are Knoxville’s best swimming holes.
Know Your Tennessee River
Published 8/17/2011 at 1:46 p.m. 1 comment
In Knoxville we are surrounded by water. On a map the entire city is crisscrossed and spotted with blue, but to someone hoping to swim or wade, these blue marks are misleading. I’ve spent the summer exploring Knoxville’s rivers, creeks, ...
Published 8/3/2011 at 4:40 p.m. 0 comments
On a typical Sunday in early summer, I am walking with my family to Three Rivers Market. As I pass the paved and fenced abandoned lot behind Broadway Carpets, a splash of color catches my eye. A few vibrant wildflowers ...
A Visit With Bonanza Jellybean
Published 7/20/2011 at 4:02 p.m. 0 comments
On the First Friday of July, traveling artists Jim Clark and Primrose Coke parked their 1959 fire-engine-red Shasta camper near Java in the Old City, taped a hand-lettered sign to a light pole, and opened the doors of Bonanza Jellybean, ...
Exploring the Lush Alleys of Fourth and Gill
Published 7/6/2011 at 12:03 p.m. 0 comments
Even people who keep their front lawns obsessively tidy tend to let their back yards go a little wild. So the alleys, free of the monoculture of well-groomed lawns, are where the wild edibles thrive. Where the wild animals hide ...
Published 6/22/2011 at 11:48 a.m. 0 comments
As ordinary citizens of Knoxville, we want a sense of control over our immediate environment. We want better places for ourselves and our families. We want institutions that are comfortable and sincere. No one wants a lot of government bureaucracy. ...
Knoxville: The Mulberry Place
Published 6/8/2011 at 12:47 p.m. 0 comments
Mulberry season is upon us. It’s here—Knoxville’s first tree fruit of spring. Mulberry Fest 2011! Mulberry jam, mulberry pie, mulberry face painting, mulberry wine, mulberry wrestling. Bus tours of the mulberry trails.
Published 5/25/2011 at 2:45 p.m. 3 comments
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