Our columnist relates her adventures as a single newcomer to Knoxville.
Fare Thee Well: Once Upon a Time I Was Olive J. Keith
Published 6/5/2013 at 12:55 p.m. 0 comments
It was here at the corner, hopeless and bereft, that a fairy tale of my own showed up unexpectedly.
The Dogwood Miracle of Buffalo John
Published 5/15/2013 at 10:36 a.m. 0 comments
Buffalo John works in the cubicle next to mine. He’s built like a Navy SEAL and is frequently leered at by the cougar down the hall. I adopted him as my younger brother on the same day we met Gov. ...
The Magic Drawer: Seeking Trinkets Worthy of Self-Reward
Published 4/3/2013 at 9:42 a.m. 0 comments
I love the flea market in Sevierville. It smells like popcorn, attic furniture, and half-priced laundry detergent. My brother and I learned the mysteries of the flea market from our father. Every Saturday he would take us with him to ...
Date with Destiny: Pondering Iron Mike and the Maltese Falcon
Published 3/6/2013 at 10:42 a.m. 0 comments
There is nothing like a wood-fired pizza, and Hard Knox Pizza makes an inspiring pie. I am a fan of the Iron Mike. The crust is paper-thin, the ingredients über fresh, and the spinach gives you the illusion of health ...
The Altoids Project
Published 2/6/2013 at 11:33 a.m. 0 comments
The greatest valentine I ever received was from Tom Schartz, otherwise known as the Leonardo DiCaprio of our third-grade class.
Something To Cling To
Published 1/2/2013 at 11:30 a.m. 0 comments
Last month, a mystic of the female arts gave me a gift certificate for a manicure and said, “Honey, good hands complete the look. It’s just as important as smelling good or shined shoes.” I think our moment together was ...
Operation Scribble: Seeking the Autograph of Number 16
Published 11/20/2012 at 11:29 a.m. 0 comments
The woman I work for is a badass. She is diminutive in stature with a presence that is anything but “little girl.” She thinks like an intelligence operative, and is more Pink than Taylor Swift.
Charms of Knoxville: A Few of Olive's Favorite People and Places
Published 10/17/2012 at 10:47 a.m. 0 comments
I have always loved charm bracelets. They are the jeweled storybooks of adventure and affection. A heavenly weekend for me includes wandering the isles of Nostalgia in Bearden looking for Knoxville charms.
Ties that Bind: Overcoming Embarrassing Personal Drama by Sharing the Truth
Published 9/19/2012 at 10:50 a.m. 0 comments
When you are new in town, your history is virginal because you don’t know anyone. Of course, the tender for such a luxury is often loneliness. And there is the achingly slow process of figuring out your new world and ...
Knoxville in My Pocket: A Sojourn to the French Riviera
Published 8/15/2012 at 10:33 a.m. 0 comments
Last February I found a list of websites for summer work-study adventures abroad. By May I had two months of savings and the choice between nanny in Mexico City or “domestic help” in Southern France. I thanked God for French ...
Extraordinary Cup of Joe
Published 7/11/2012 at 3:59 p.m. 0 comments
A chance encounter at Pete's Coffee Shop.
Rating Downtown Knoxville's Manly Men
Published 6/13/2012 at 12:06 p.m. 0 comments
The Knoxville buffet boasts a marvelous selection of manly casseroles, covering the spectrum from single to married and from BFFs to blatant objects of affection. In an effort to fulfill my community service this month, I highlight a few for ...
The Ides of March Madness
Published 4/25/2012 at 1:23 p.m. 0 comments
Sports commentators had a field day with post-game, post-season analysis. I don’t know sports and I can barely write. But I damn well know courage when I see it.
Chasca the Hair Goddess
Published 3/28/2012 at 1:42 p.m. 0 comments
I found out it was Fashion Week in Knoxville while shopping in Off Broadway Shoes. A magnificent 15-year-old creature in platform spikes of Kardashian heights whined, “These make me look faaat.”
Finally Coming To Grips With “Rocky Top”
Published 2/29/2012 at 2:27 p.m. 0 comments
Popcorn? That Popcorn? Dad met Popcorn Sutton? Well yes, he did know his way around a shotgun. I just never thought about why.
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