Rock, Paper, Frietjes

“A┬ánational treasure of botanical, geological, and entrepreneurial significance.” I was probably seven or eight when I first saw those iconic “See Rock City” signs; white on black painted roofs over bright red barns. Rock City is a dreamland full of waterfalls, caves, gnomes, faeries, and dioramas of German faery tales. The place was founded by…

You Will Find Me If You Want Me (In the Garden)

UT Botanical Gardens was named official botanical garden of the state of Tennessee in 2013 and shares the glory with sister gardens in Crossville and Jackson. It was a tough choice between Einst├╝rzende Neubauten’s “The Garden” or “Blume” (flowers, albeit a play on words) but here we are. Countless times, I’ve driven by taking mental…

Knoxville, a Town We All Know Well

Let’s not play games. You’re not getting out of this entry without a link to “Knoxville Girl.” My favourite version is by Nick Cave:   Even though I have lived in Knoxville for (I hate to say it) the majority of my life now, I continue to seek out beauty and adventure with my furry…