About Donna Johnson
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Finding a Lot To Be Grateful For, Against the Odds
Published 11/27/2013 at 1:41 p.m.
This year, on Nov. 12, I turned 62, and though young people defer to me on buses and planes and call me “ma’am” (which irritates me no end) as though I am a doddering old lady, I have never felt ...
Lost: Where am I and How Did I Get Here?
Published 11/13/2013 at 11 a.m.
Her face was porcelain, her eyes an unearthly color of blue. They seemed to look right through to the rotten core of me. It’s unnerving to wake up with someone staring at you like that.
What Kind of Fool Am I? Remembrance of a Short-Lived Friendship
Published 10/30/2013 at 9:39 a.m. 1 Comment
When I told my new friend, Arden, that I had just sold my refrigerator to buy a pair of earrings at my favorite store, Fizz on Market Square, she looked at me solemnly and said, “Anybody who would do that ...
Alien Resident: Escaping Communism to Discover Gold Chryslers in Knoxville
Published 10/16/2013 at 10:22 a.m.
“It was 1983,” he says with little emotion. “They took us on a two-day shopping trip to Vienna, to buy clothing and other essentials. They called it a ‘pleasure trip,’ but there was little pleasure, for we were almost always ...
Published 10/02/2013 at 12:40 p.m. 4 Comments
Bad habits can lead you into excellent places where you meet extraordinary people.
Life at Summit Towers
Published 07/03/2013 at 2 p.m. 9 Comments
Downtown Knoxville’s Summit Towers holds more than 300 residents. That makes it the most populated apartment complex in the central business district—but it’s also the least well known. That’s because it’s a government-subsidized apartment building and many of its residents ...