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Morristown NFC Makeover

This post is in cooperation with the #teamNFC program at National Fitness Center. Is working out more work or play for you? Come on in and make yourself at home at the newly renovated National Fitness Center in Morristown!  This part of East Tennessee has some of the most beautiful outdoor venues around.  Now it […]

Continue Reading By on April 15, 2018 in East Tennessee, fitness

Holiday Time in East Tennessee

Christmas traditions and the holiday season come wrapped in brightly colored paper, glowing lights and the smell of peppermint.  At least that’s the way we try to remember them, don’t we?  I thought I’d share a few of my favorite holiday season stories from WVLT. You’ve heard of long-established charities that help families in need […]

Continue Reading By on December 28, 2017 in Christmas, East Tennessee

Chattanooga’s Creative Discovery Museum

My children had been much younger when I first took them to visit the Creative Discovery Museum in Chattanooga.  This spring break, my oldest remembered it as a place she wanted to visit again.  They both remembered the water play area visible from outside, with the expansive climbing maze above it. On this visit, the […]

Continue Reading By on April 15, 2017 in early childhood, East Tennessee, education, family, vacation

Great Smoky Mountains Recovering from Historic Wildfires

It was an unusual drive into the nation’s most-visited national park in January.  Light green, winter rye grass was growing along the edges of the parkway entrances, as if hastily sown by the developer of a budget-priced subdivision.  Instead, this grass was holding together the frail edges where, in some steeper places where deeply-rooted trees […]

Continue Reading By on February 11, 2017 in biodiversity, East Tennessee, mountains, outdoors, outing, Smoky Mountains
scientists at American Museum of Science and Energy

Volunteering at American Museum of Science and Energy

Get my FREE newsletter here! Where can your family have a hair-raising experience doing safe science experiments, meet world-famous scientists and explore a secret city?  All this and more is available to discover at the American Museum of Science and Energy in East Tennessee! It may be one of the Knoxville area’s best-kept secrets. I’ve […]

Continue Reading By on February 8, 2016 in Appalachia, East Tennessee, education, energy, science, volunteer

Women Respond to Education Policy & More after President Obama’s East Tennessee Visit

How do you get the opportunity to hear the President of the United States speak in person? Sometimes, it’s just a matter of being in the right place at the right time.  “I really just wanted to be in the same room as the President.  I thought that would be pretty cool!” shared Anne M. […]

Continue Reading By on January 12, 2015 in East Tennessee, education, environment

Home Show Cooking and More

The cooking continues this weekend on stage at the Knoxville Home Design and Remodeling Show, with more scrumptious dishes by the Sisters of the Skillet, Knox Heritage Cookbook and Blue Sky Cafe.  It was a fun Saturday morning for our family as we demonstrated light, yogurt-inspired recipes from Stonyfield Organic. was able to share how we make Stonyfield’s Spring Herbed Pasta […]

Continue Reading By on March 31, 2012 in chidren, East Tennessee, eating better, food, home, organic, parenting, safety