The old L&N sign

The L&N STEM Academy is housed inside an old Victorian that began as a train station in 1905. The Louisville & Nashville Railroad or L&N Station, stopped being a train station in 1975 and played a part in the 1982 World’s Fair before becoming a STEM school in 2011. The students and staff are very […]

Frozen in my memories

As many people do, we went to the movies the day after Thanksgiving. Choosing a movie that everyone would enjoy required some negotiation. Sawyer wanted to see something that I don’t think he is old enough to see. Starving Artist already saw the movie that SuperTween wanted to see. RenTeen and Dad wanted whatever made […]

I go to meetings: WFP walking bridge

I like to go to meetings. Listening to what people say in person instead of in media soundbites provides a completely different understanding of what is happening. Watching facial expressions, observing interactions with others and hearing reactions is the antidote to paranoid conspiracy theories and fear of progress. So, I went to a meeting about […]

Full-service before the kitchen sink

Knox County Schools has one school that, despite being loved, continues to struggle with standardized tests. Because the tests we use don’t measure all of the outside factors influencing test performance, schools working with the neediest populations get labeled as failing. So, drastic changes must take place within that school building in an attempt to […]

Camel City

Today’s KNS has a story about the amazing “Jeffries Fine Lumber” that they describe as “an old South Knoxville warehouse surrounded by a chain-link fence.” It’s much cooler than they reveal.


Step one: Find the perfect venue for an end of eighth grade party/dance. Step two: Sundown in the City schedule ruins perfectness of venue. Step three: Find different, but equally awesome venue. Step four: Principal changes date of event and neither venue is available. Step five: Pound head on wall for several hours. Step six: […]

thinking like a 7-y-o

In the wee hours of the morning, I heard thunder and pulled the covers up tighter. Doug went to check for flooding and/or tree damage. Evan crawled in our bed for snugglies. When we all got out of bed a few hours later, we learned the noise was something worse than any of us imagined. […]

forecast parking update

In what has to be a rarer occurrence than a Bigfoot sighting, everyone in Knoxville woke up to snow on Saturday. It may have been gone by afternoon, but for a few blissful hours, the children and dogs may as well have been riding unicorns down rainbows.