10 Meals in an Hour

As we inch toward the Thanksgiving holiday, I find myself steadily whittling away at a thoughtfully crafted list of things to accomplish before the end of the year while maintaining the natural rhythm of daily life inherent with the different hats that I wear. Productivity and focused energy are in. Leisurely down time is out,…

Splendor on Display

If you have been waiting for the Fall foliage to peak before heading out to drive the scenic Natchez Trace Parkway, grab your car keys quickly and go now. According to those who forecast and report on such happenings, Tennessee’s foliage has currently reached its peak (75%-100% color change). For the cooler Fall weather, the…

“Why Work?” by Dorothy Sayers

I have already, on a previous occasion, spoken at some length on the subject of Work and Vocation. What I urged then was a thoroughgoing revolution in our whole attitude to work. I asked that it should be looked upon, not as a necessary drudgery to be undergone for the purpose of making money, but…

Bitter Breakfast at Rippavilla Plantation

Bitter breakfast makes history. The most famous breakfast in Middle Tennessee during the Civil War is said to have been served the morning after what is sometimes called Hood’s Spring Hill blunder. The story begins at nearby Oaklawn, where Confederate Gen. John Bell Hood had gone to bed the night of Nov. 29, 1864, thinking…

Gray’s on Main

Franklin’s nightscape on America’s Favorite Main Street was illuminated this week with the dramatic relighting of the iconic Gray’s sign which has not been lit (except for a few special occasions) for the past decade. On Sunday, August 4th, a record crowd of about 3000 folks showed up for the opening of Gray’s on Main…

The Soul of Nashville

Recently I had the opportunity to participate in a hands-on photography workshop in downtown Nashville. We had a couple of hours to wander around downtown, entering into the scene as observers with the objective being to “capture the soul” of Nashville and record it through our various perspectives and lenses. Other than that, no further…