Knoxville Culture » Midpoint by Stephanie Piper

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  • 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 ...

  • Story Time Published 7/6/2011 at 12:06 p.m. 0 comments

    And then, out of nowhere, the moment arrives when the antique charm of your childhood becomes the stuff of legend.

  • Get Rich Quick Published 6/8/2011 at 12:45 p.m. 0 comments

    One in five lottery winners ends up broke in three years. I read this statistic and shake my head. The people who lose it all are careless and gullible. They make bad investments. They fall for every sob story. They ...

  • Hurry Up and Wait Published 5/11/2011 at 4:05 p.m. 0 comments

    I am standing in the front hall with three small grandchildren, bundling them into jackets against the April chill. It is 9 a.m. on the first day of my week as caregiver. Breakfast eaten: check. Kitchen tidy: not really. Children ...

  • Spring Thaw Published 4/6/2011 at 12:30 p.m. 0 comments

    It’s here again. The evidence is overwhelming. The pink tree outside my building is in bloom, and the grass is full of those little blue flowers that are weeds but still incredibly delicate and heart-stirring and seem to cry out ...

  • Release the Hound Published 3/2/2011 at 11:59 a.m. 0 comments

    Clicking my way through TV’s vast wasteland (300 channels and nothing to watch) on a recent evening, I met an old friend.

  • After the Fall Published 2/2/2011 at 11:40 a.m. 0 comments

    A recent tumble down a steep driveway has left me with a broken foot, a painful shoulder, and a bad case of powerlessness.

  • The Living End Published 1/5/2011 at 11:46 a.m. 0 comments

    What do we have to look forward to in the new year? Well, for starters, there’s the end of the world as we know it. According to the North Carolina seeress promulgating the current prediction, it’s slated for May 21. ...

  • The Art of Waiting Published 12/8/2010 at 3:12 p.m. 1 comment

    Here’s my favorite thing about Christmas: Advent. As a season, it has a lot to recommend it. It’s shorter than Lent. It does not involve presents, cookies, or inflated expectations. There’s not much decorating, except for a wreath and some ...

  • A Luddite Listens Published 11/10/2010 at 3:39 p.m. 0 comments

    In a world of relentless technology, it’s a sound that hasn’t changed since my childhood. It’s the whistle of the train that brought my grandmother to visit long ago, heralding her arrival as we waited eagerly on the platform. It’s ...

  • The Gift That Endures Published 10/13/2010 at 2:19 p.m. 0 comments

    Four score and ten has a Biblical ring to it, although not many people in those days made it to 90. Even by today’s long-lived standards, it’s a big number.

  • Old School Published 9/15/2010 at 9:44 a.m. 0 comments

    The world, I have heard it said, is roughly divided into two groups of people. Those who go to their class reunions. And those who don’t.

  • French Lessons Published 8/11/2010 at 10:07 a.m. 0 comments

    In the summer of my 18th year, I went to live in a part of Brittany called Nord Finistere. Finistere means “end of the earth,” and that seemed accurate to me.

  • What, Me Worry? Published 7/14/2010 at 10:33 a.m. 2 comments

    Are all the 30somethings out there drifting around on a pink cloud of insouciance? Maybe they just haven’t faced the facts. If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs, runs a parody of the famous ...

  • Scent and Sensibility Published 6/16/2010 at 10:22 a.m. 0 comments

    I’m sitting on the front step jiggling a stroller and inhaling the scent of boxwood. It’s the quintessential Virginia scent for me, woodsy and dusty and heavy with memory. On this June afternoon in a small Virginia town, waiting for ...