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  • Family Tree: Sense Versus Sentiment Published 12/5/2012 at 10:05 a.m. 0 comments

    Maybe we’ll skip the tree this year. We won’t be home for Christmas, so really, what’s the point?

  • 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, ...