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Summer Family Vacation at Ober Gatlinburg

Thanks to Ober Gatlinburg for hosting our family’s visit! You really haven’t visited the Smokies unless you’ve hiked at least a stretch in the Smokies.  And you really haven’t visited the tourist town of Gatlinburg unless you’ve been to Ober Gatlinburg.  This place offers incredible views of the Great Smoky Mountains next door and Gatlinburg […]

Continue Reading By on July 18, 2016 in Appalachia, family, Smoky Mountains, vacation

University of Tennessee Farmers’ Market Open May through October

East Tennessee can once again get a taste of organic produce grown at the University of Tennessee’s experimental farm.  Interns with the UT Harvest Market will be sharing their harvests each Wednesday afternoon from 4 to 7 pm at the UT Gardens. Vegetables available in May have included kohlrabi, swiss chard, lettuce and kale.  The […]

Continue Reading By on May 21, 2014 in agriculture, farmers market, organic

Frozen Winter Fun at Ober Gatlinburg near Great Smoky Mountains

The temps are low enough, the snow machines have been blowing, and skiers have run the slopes at Ober Gatlinburg even before December.  The South’s popular ski resort and amusement park opened its ski slopes on the Friday after Thanksgiving, announcing that it’s been 20 years since skiing began so early in Gatlinburg.  Snow tubing […]

Continue Reading By on December 2, 2013 in Appalachia, family, fitness, Great Smoky Mountains, mountains, outdoors, Uncategorized
Museum of Appalachia, a Smithsonian Affiliate

Museum of Appalachia Invites Families to Explore Year-Around

The spectacularly blue October sky stretched high above the green fields and weather-worn barns where people had gathered to celebrate the season.  Music sounded from the stage hung with a red, white and blue flag, as well as from a cantilever barn turned into another stage.  My daughters sought out ice cream and apple cider […]

Continue Reading By on October 20, 2015 in antique, Appalachia, education, families, family, farm

Could Arkansas Follow New York’s Lead in Protecting Residents from Fracking?

My youngest daughter became very ill the day we visited Emily Lane’s beautiful corner of small-town Arkansas.  I wrote about this experience later at Moms Clean Air Force.  We had been on a tour of the rural area turned industrial park, and we shared the concerns residents had that led to them testing their own air despite […]

Continue Reading By on January 30, 2015 in air, environmental health, fracking, health

Toxic Chemicals Spoil the Party in Popular Halloween Costumes & Accessories

Could toxic chemicals be playing a dirty trick on your family’s Halloween fun?  As a parent, you’re already protective about stranger danger, staying visible after dark, checking candy and more.  Have you heard about the elevated levels of toxic chemicals in some new Halloween gear? If you had no idea this was even an issue, […]

Continue Reading By on October 27, 2014 in cancer, conscious consumerism, holidays, parenting, safer chemicals, toxic

What You Missed at Strong, not Scared #CleanCouponing Twitter Party

Put a dozen people in a room together, and chances are they’ll find something in common. Put dozens and dozens together in a Twitter chat, and odds are, many have either had cancer, lost a loved one to cancer or realize they’ve already been unwittingly exposed to cancer causing substances.  The upside to this rather […]

Continue Reading By on October 24, 2014 in health, safer chemicals, women

Strong, not Scared: A Daughter’s Raw Story of Cancer Awareness beyond Pinkwashing

We sat in the dim light together on the uncomfortable hospital cot as she tried to force back the nausea from the barium sulfate suspension.  If she could just tolerate it long enough, the scans would be over and I could drive her home.  I held her hand, assured her I’d be there for her […]

Continue Reading By on October 21, 2014 in health, safer chemicals, toxic, wellness, women