Category Archives: The Arts

Big Hair, Blue Eye Shadow, and Cassette Mix Tapes

In February when I was packing to move into our new house, I found my record collection of 45s in a wooden crate holder I bought at the long-defunct record store we used to go to called Record Bar. For … Continue reading

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Taking Along Our Ghosts

When I was young, I saw the 1979 movie “Being There” starring Peter Sellers in his most provocative role as Chance, a simple, uneducated man who grew up and tended the garden on a great estate, and had never been … Continue reading

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Much Ado About Laura and Tom Parkhill

On Saturday, April 23, my photographer husband Kurt and I were ever-so-fortunate to capture love at its most rapturous when our friend Tom Parkhill married the love of his life, Laura Regis. Yes, gentle blog readers, you heard me right: … Continue reading

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Birds a la Hitchcock, Ballanchine, and Boogaloo

On Wednesday I woke up and looked out our front door to find snow, ice, and swarms of birds (and I mean hundreds, not just a tweeting few) raucously flip-flapping as if they were reenacting a scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s … Continue reading

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Stage Left With America’s Finest Character Actress, Dale Dickey

“If I got my teeth whitened, I’d probably never get another job,” Dale Dickey laughed when I met her in our shared hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee, in 2010. That year brought the level of acclaim so richly deserved by Dale, one … Continue reading

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Anna Mo

[An oldie-but-goodie repost of our June 2013 excellent visit to West Tennessee!] On our recent adventure to Memphis to photograph an incredible wedding celebration, my husband Kurt and I had a few moments to take in the flora and fauna … Continue reading

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Creating the Future, Saving Our World?

Tennessee drivers: did you know you can do something as simple as putting a colorful, creative, and unique license plate on your car to support the arts across the entire state? Yes, for a mere $35 you can support the … Continue reading

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The Music of Life

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Support Independent Thinking

Union Avenue Books in Downtown Knoxville, Tennessee, goes one step further than asking us to support independent bookstores. In addition to offering the best array of books I have ever seen in one small place, Union Avenue suggests we support … Continue reading

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The Inspiring Memphibians

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