Readers’ Night Out

By Sarah Baker Friends of Literacy hosted a Readers’ Night Out event at Union Avenue Books on June 16.  Local authors including Art Smith, Vince Vawter, Marilyn Kallet, Marcel Browers, Carole Anne Borges, Emily Strout and Pamela Schoenewaldt read excerpts from their work and signed copies.  Twenty percent of all book sales benefitted Friends of […]

Camping Nightmares

By Joe Rector I’d listened well, so when our anniversary arrived last December, I bought a tent, sleeping bags, tarps, and air mattresses for a new activity. Amy has this burning desire to camp and hike, things quite different from my preferences for sleeping in my own bed and mowing the yard for exercise. I’ve […]

A simple pineapple

By Rosie Moore The pineapple is a member of the bromeliad family. It is extremely rare that bromeliads produce edible fruit. The pineapple is the only available edible bromeliad today. It is a multiple fruit, one pineapple is actually made up of dozens of  individual flowerets that grow together to form the entire fruit. Each […]

The 1938 Senate Primary in Tennessee,IV

The 1938 Senate Primary in Tennessee,IV

By Ray Hill Following the demise of Governor Gordon Browning’s plan to emasculate the Shelby County political machine headed by E. H. Crump, Tennessee Democrats were deeply divided.  Governor Browning watched with dismay as his appointee to the United States Senate, George L. Berry, continued his feud with the Tennessee Valley Authority.  Berry wanted significant […]

Bone Tired

By Dr. Jim Ferguson A patient recently asked me how long I had been writing for The Focus.  I couldn’t remember.  However, I quickly divided two hundred and seventy essays by fifty-two weeks in a year and came up with five years of stories.  I’ve wondered if my muse will someday leave me, but it […]

Lady Vols Fall Two Wins Short Of National Championship

By Alex Norman The Tennessee Lady Vols softball team arrived at the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City a confident group, after sweeping through the Regional and Super Regionals with a 5-0 record. That confidence did nothing but grow after wins over Florida, Washington and Texas advanced the seventh-seeded Lady Vols into the final […]

Stay-Cation 2013

By Sarah Baker Last summer, I had my dream European Vacation paid for by someone who loves me. This summer, I’m back to my own budget. Therefore, I have devised a list of my favorite stay-cation choices for the summer. 1.            Take a picnic and hike at Big South Fork. Located about an hour and […]

Hay Season in Tennessee

By Ralphine Major I can see it coming over the hill right now.  I can hear it, too–our red Farmall tractor pulling a wagon stacked high with hay, young boys, and a dog or two.  They would stop in the road in front of our house for snacks and a glass of ice cold water […]

Remembering Great-Aunt Sophie’s Clothesline

By Rosie Moore When I was a young girl I spent a lot of summers with my great-aunt Sophie, who lived a few miles outside of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She was a diminutive lady of German ancestry with long, white hair braided around her head, sparkling blue eyes and a dimple in each cheek. There are […]

Lessons in a 52 pickup truck

By Joe Rector It’s summer time, and one never comes around that I don’t remember the good and bad times I had during these months when I was younger. Twin brother Jim and I awoke to the morning air heavy with the perfume of honeysuckle, and we played hard all day. When we reached high […]