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Happy Holidays

I love Christmas—the music, the mood, the holiday celebrated by Americans in unique and individual ways different from my own. I mean, I don’t hang lights from the gutters, but I’ve seen it done well; I don’t put a crèche out front, but…

Robert Earl Keen

Robert Earl Keen will be coming to town with his “Merry Christmas from the Family” tour on December 8th at the Tennessee Theatre. Keen, or REK as he’s known, talked to us in late August about the song, the tour, and a smattering of other…

Smoky Mountains National Park

American author Wallace Stegner called national parks “America’s “best idea…absolutely democratic.”  Ensconced in first place as the most visited among all national parks is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  None other of our “crown…

The Equifax Debacle

In case you have been on a deep mediation retreat for the past few weeks, let me bring you up to speed on one item:  We have suffered perhaps the single greatest breach of security of individual Americans in history. Equifax is a consumer…

Oh Tannenbaum

With the smell of fresh Christmas tree on your hands and the perfect tree tied to the roof of your car, you’re sure to be in the Christmas spirit as you drive home from one of the Christmas tree farms dot the hills of East Tennessee.…

The Heart of the Holidays

Religious choices aside, there’s a special something that we all seek to feel during the holidays. It’s a feeling beyond words and might be best described by “feeling moments”: moments like walking into our home and watching family members…

Decorating for Christmas

Dear Knoxonomist: The other day, my girlfriend of 10 months asked me if I could help get her house ready for Christmas. We’ve both been married before, and it seems that her former husband did most of the labor-intensive decorating. In a…