Category Archives: Observations

Autumn’s Arrival

Autumn slipped in quietly this year with no more fanfare than a tic on the calendar. She quietly dismissed summer and took her place to ease in winter. In the later stages of her work she will, no doubt, become … Continue reading

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Totter Well

We live at the roots of the Holston mountain range, which basically means we’re nestled in the Cherokee National Forest. So by default, human habitation is sparse. But what we lack in people presence we make up for in “critter … Continue reading

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Night Thunder

Back when I was a youngun’ our house in the country just south of Abingdon, VA burned. While reconstruction was taking place my father bought a mobile home for us to live in on the property. Comfy enough, except when … Continue reading

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The Pilgrimage Continues

In the summer of 2016 we moved, not away from the Blue Ridges, mind you, but to a different part. The latest stop on the pilgrimage is in upper east Tennessee, Bristol to be exact. I grew up in the … Continue reading

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Life on a Blue Ridge Farm – The Picture

There was a picture on my bedroom wall, a panorama that was never the same. A visual masterpiece that sometimes filled me with wonder, dread, tranquility and adventure. A vision that portrayed everything from the bright sunrise to the blackest … Continue reading

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Life on a Blue Ridge Farm – Creeks and Crawdads

One of the best sources of hours of enjoyment for me was the creek that bisected the south-end of the property. This small stream bubbled out of the ground on ourĀ  property and snaked its way through the pastures into … Continue reading

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Home Before the Storm

When a storm comes to the Blue Ridge its approach is heralded long before it arrives. The peals of thunder reverberate off of the mountain slopes in a maestoso performance. If the storm is close and of moderate intensity not … Continue reading

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A Balanced Life

Doesn’t exist. Just ask the guy above. Now don’t get me wrong, often our good and bad experiences sometimes average out, but balance is a rare thing. Adapting to limitations and using those adaptations as stepping stones is more of … Continue reading

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A Trip To South Holston Lake

I spent the early part of my teenage years around South Holston Lake and I believe a little bit of that lake water still flows in my veins. South Holston is a man-made lake created by the Tennessee Valley Authority … Continue reading

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