Category Archives: Tennessee

Twilight of the Demigods: Review of “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief”

This review originally appeared in the Classical Association of the Middle West and S oth (CAMWS) Newsletter, Spring 2010; I’m re-posting it in light of Rebecca Mead’s recent New Yorker article, “The Percy Jackson Problem,” of October 22, 2014 It … Continue reading

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Hunters, 5 a.m.

For no good reason, I’m up before dawn and go into the living room to look out the window. Through the clouds the stars can be made out here and there. My dogs stir but I don’t let them out. … Continue reading

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I Seen the Elephant

If you go down Laurel Lake Road–the one by the old “Richie’s Market”–over I-24 in Monteagle, you will come to the cemetery where Henry Walter “Hamper” McBee is buried.  Hamper was a legend in this part of Tennessee, a moonshiner, … Continue reading

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Along the Duck River

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Exiting Buggy Top

We hiked to Buggy Top Cave yesterday, just south of Sewanee off the Sherwood Road.   This is a phenomenal cave to visit, with an eighty foot mouth and a creek running through it. Buggy Top was closed for a while, … Continue reading

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Teeny Weeny Circus

Dogwood Festival, Winchester (TN), 2012.  Right after I took this picture, a woman walked by with a dog on a leash. Pandemonium ensued. The clown tried to get his dogs to stop barking, without success. It was so much more … Continue reading

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“A Vast Wilderness Inhabited Only by Indians and Wild Animals”

Last night I was talking to a friend of mine who had read my recent post on slavery statistics for Franklin County, and she said to me, “Did you notice that there are no Native Americans in any of the … Continue reading

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Get Rid of Corporal Punishment? That’s “Acting Like Big Brother”

On Monday the issue of corporal punishment in Franklin County schools came before the board, as part of the review of section 6 policies.  We had been due to discuss this in April’s meeting, but because it had been a … Continue reading

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Everybody Needs the Gospel and Everybody Loves Sausage

So, this past weekend, the Classical Association of the Middle West and South conference was sharing space at the Waco Convention Center with the Predator & Wild Hog Expo and the Modern Sporting Arms Expo. It made for an unlikely … Continue reading

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Corporal Punishment in Franklin County Schools

The following note was sent to my Franklin County School Board colleagues. Dear Colleagues, I want to make sure that, in connection with our annual review of Section Six Policies in April, we pull Policy 6.31o4, on corporal punishment, out … Continue reading

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