Category Archives: Knoxville

Lisa’s Garden and Her Island Home

Lisa Stanley’s neighbors in the Island Home area of Knoxville have dedicated the green space just inside their neighborhood’s entrance as “Lisa’s Garden” in celebration of her life. Continue reading

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A Wildflower Running Free

A tribute to my dear sister, Lisa Allen Stanley, who passed away on Father’s Day, June 19, 2022, at the too-age of 63. Continue reading

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Remember Who You Are

Knowledge of our ancestors, the people who made our lives possible, guides us and helps us remember who we are. Continue reading

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The Sun Inside the Rain

Some men of character rise to the occasion when called upon to do so. Such was a man named Roddie Edmonds from Knoxville, Tennessee, who saved the lives of 200-300 American Jews in 1945. Continue reading

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Stop. You Look Fabulous!

A few ideas of how we can nurture the joy within us during a global pandemic and a time of division and fear. Continue reading

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The Result of the Love of Thousands

My grandparents dreamed, hoped, and loved, and through their love for each other, they gave my parents the gift of life. Continue reading

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Your Timeless Smile

A letter written to my 3 year old grandson Lincoln. Continue reading

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Down to the Root

“I carry you within me, to the very root And though I may blossom,still you will be here.” Continue reading

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Collateral Damage

Throughout history humans have sought easy answers to complex issues. When things go wrong, how can we protect the most vulnerable: Women, older people, the poor, and our children? Continue reading

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Signs of the Times

Wherever I go, I have taken photos of signs and other public communication devices that have grabbed my attention for their brazen wackiness, weird points of view, or kernels of wisdom. Here are my favorites. Continue reading

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