Boozy Brunch

A portmanteau (French for suitcase) word that folds together breakfast and lunch, brunch has become a way to celebrate a spirited Saturday or Sunday. (Or both!) Featuring the best of breakfast and lunch fare, alongside a cocktail—often a…

The Importance of Rest

If your week has been as challenging as mine, you’re ready to rest and recharge. For me, the healthiest way to “power up,” take a “rest from stress” and reconnect to truth and beauty is through “otium sanctum” or “holy leisure." “Otium…

The Death Penalty

The Code of Hammurabi, developed by the King of Babylon during his reign from 1792 until 1750 BCE, appears to be the first mention of “an eye for an eye” as a rule of law. The Code, which preceded the Old Testament by some 500 years,…

Friends of the Smokies

As Friends of the Smokies begins its twenty-fifth year of service, over $60 million has been generated for the benefit of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park—far and away Americas most visited of all of its “crown jewels.” Today,…

Book of Mormon

Labeled by the New York Times as “the best musical of this century,” The Book of Mormon will be performed eight times at the Tennessee Theatre for six nights in July.  An odd couple of Mormon missionaries travel around the world in this…

Summer Travel

Recently, I took a few days to stay in Abingdon, VA, which will appear as a future Destinations feature. It was my second trip of the summer season, what I look forward to year-round: getting out on the roads of America and visiting…

Vino Veritas

The idea of sipping wine against a backdrop of beautiful mountains and valleys has always brought images of touring wineries in Napa Valley or Italy to my mind. But I’ve discovered this past year that I don’t have to travel thousands of…