Write Your Mother: Savor the Season
Published 10/31/2012 at 10:25 a.m. 0 comments
When this column appears, my favorite month will be history. Pumpkins will vanish from front porches, and store windows will start to sprout the first plastic Santas and evergreen garlands. The light will shift from muted gold to the pallid ...
Clear Pictures: Taking the Long View
Published 10/3/2012 at 3:50 p.m. 0 comments
Two college students are talking outside my window. They are discussing their futures. “I’ll be an old man before that happens,“ says one. “I’ll be, like, 30.” His friend considers this. “Oh, you mean really old,” he says.
Wild Kingdom: Nature Comes Home
Published 9/5/2012 at 9:35 a.m. 0 comments
The general consensus is that the snake has gone.
Mood Management: Lessons from a Beginner
Published 8/8/2012 at 4:00 p.m. 0 comments
Here’s what I learned on my summer vacation: There is no more potent antidote to bleak introspection than a 2-year-old girl in monkey pajamas.
Learning From Loss
Published 7/3/2012 at 5:00 p.m. 0 comments
In the past seven weeks, many people have told me many things about grief.
Time in a Bottle: Give Sorrow Words
Published 6/6/2012 at 11:22 a.m. 0 comments
My share of my father’s ashes doesn’t take up much room. Only a lifetime.
The Tie That Binds
Published 4/11/2012 at 12:04 p.m. 1 comment
I came as a corporate wife, dragging my heels, nurturing a secret hope that this would be a short stop on the way to another big city like the ones I’d left behind. Knoxville was still basking in the glow ...
Seeking the Mindful Moment
Published 3/14/2012 at 12:24 p.m. 0 comments
I’m over multi-tasking. I realize that it’s a highly prized skill here in the second decade of the 21st century, right up there with extreme couponing and ice-road trucking. But for me, the thrill is gone.
Is Geography Destiny?
Published 2/8/2012 at 3:36 p.m. 0 comments
I’m wondering if maybe it’s time to go home.
Give Peace a Chance
Published 1/11/2012 at 11:12 a.m. 0 comments
There was a time when peace meant the absence of conflict. Now it’s invoked to describe every imaginable condition from manageable hair to financial security.
Party of 10
Published 12/7/2011 at 11:17 a.m. 0 comments
I’m not interested in naughty and nice. Let someone else worry about that. Me, I’m counting sheets and towels and frozen lasagnas.
Saints Preserve Us
Published 11/9/2011 at 11:34 a.m. 0 comments
My personal saints have no marquee value. They do not appear on any calendar or stained glass window. There are no statues of them in parish churches. If I told you their names, you would not recognize them as spiritual ...
Checking the Life Lists
Published 10/5/2011 at 12:08 p.m. 0 comments
Wisdom, I have come to believe, lies in accepting one’s limitations while not using them as an excuse for laziness, whining, or general laxity.
An Unlikely Vols Fan Knows the Score
Published 9/7/2011 at 11:34 a.m. 0 comments
So here we are again in the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness that Keats wrote about, the long, languid autumn that redeems the brutal summer. The light has begun to soften, filtering through leaves whose green is deeper now, ...
Ticket to Ride
Published 8/3/2011 at 5:03 p.m. 0 comments
I don’t like crowds. I don’t like noise. I don’t like funnel cake. I don’t like giant cartoon characters looming over me like neon-colored predators, nor do I want to stand on line for three hours to hyperventilate on the ...