When Sheriff Wayne Anderson asked me if I’d ever thought of playing Santa, it brought a flood of memories.
Destinnation: Kingsport. Diversion(s): aplenty. But including joy, sorrow, wishes and dreams (some of which come true).
Since the mid-1800s, the annual meeting of the Eastern District Association of Primitive Baptists has brought together attendees of member churches from throughout Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia and Ohio.
Mom did become a fan of one pop singer. John Denver. Especially his songs "Take Me Home, Country Roads" and "Grandma's Feather Bed." Even as a child I understood the nostalgic appeal these songs had for her. I appreciate it even more now.
Pilot Mountain State Park is about 160 miles from Kingsport. Miss Angels Heavenly Pies is a wee bit closer. Both are worth the trip.
For those behind the scenes, on the stages, and — perhaps, most of all — in the “Taste” tents, I wish you peace, quiet, rest and relaxation. You deserve it.
Independence Day has always been a red-white-and-blue-letter day for my family.
My great-niece, Olivia Carr, gave her “Gigi” (her great-grandmother, AKA my mother) the best Mother’s Day ever two weeks ago. That’s the day Olivia, 10, was baptized after accepting Christ into her heart at the First Baptist Church of Hendersonville.
Personally, I would describe Parton’s new “Smoky Mountain Adventures” as three-parts musical and one part “Cirque du Smoké.” And, oh, don’t forget the peach pie.
My “Popie” died on Easter Sunday 1981. This Easter he was joined in heaven by the first of the 24 grandchildren who survived him 36 years ago.
A couple of years ago my mother spent a week at my brother Keith's home in Raleigh, N.C., at the request of his daughters — Kendra, Deidre and Anne Catherine — who wanted “Grammy” to teach them to make her pickles. Otherwise, Mom hadn't made a run of pickles in a few years. And I had been jonesing for some.
My mother’s memories of music, other than in church, are mostly about radios, while my father’s family seemed to have been more interested in amassing a 78 rpm collection.
I've only attended one: the bicentennial inauguration. It was 1989. George Hebert Walker Bush took the 35-word oath while holding his left hand on the same Bible used in 1789 for the inauguration of our first president, father of our country, George Washington.
At some point in the 1970s (I blame "The Walton's" and its "pilot" "The Homecoming") my parents, both born and raised in rural sections of Lee County, Va., became nostalgic - and decided we should go "down the country" (how we referred to visiting our Lee County kinfolk) and cut our own tree. Oh, wouldn't it be fun!
My destination last Tuesday originally was Florida. But then a diversion of a whole new color came up. The folks at Dollywood called and wanted me to work the red carpet at the Dollywood-goes-Hollywood-style premier of “Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love.” The movie is scheduled to air tonight on NBC.