Perfect Picnic Spots in the Great Smokies

As the sweltering heat is nearing an end, the fall season provides many enjoyable outdoor activities. Utilizing the beauty of East Tennessee with a picnic can encourage locals and travelers to stay closer to home.  

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Onederland and Wanderlust

I struggle with my wanderlust most of the year, but there’s something about the change from summer to fall that really lights a fire under me to travel. 

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Family Life Abroad

By Whitney White

Living abroad with my family is simultaneously good, weird, and freeing. As I sit down to pen these thoughts, I‘ve just kissed my eldest goodbye and sent him off to school. On a bus? Nope. He's walking, and he's only 6. Culturally, this behavior is expected in Germany.

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Meet the director of Nikwasi Initiative

Nikwasi Initiative, a new nonprofit established in 2018 with the mission of preserving the Nikwasi Mound in downtown Franklin and expanding access and educational activities, has hired its first executive director, Elaine Eisenbraun.

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Peaches and Cream Pie and a late summer wedding

My sister was married last month in a small ceremony in Waynesville. 

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To Helen Back - A Local’s Guide

My family history goes back a good ways in Northeast Georgia and particularly in Helen. My mom grew up on the headwaters of the Chattahoochee River. She and her four stair-step sisters, my grandparents and my great grandmother Leilah Abernathy lived on Scorpion Holler (now called Myra Branch Road to all the locals’ chagrin). They grew up wearing dresses made of potato sacks, making mud pies, gardening, canning and trying to stay out of trouble. 

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The Table: Insatiable Appetite for Cooking

Welcome to the table, where I will contribute a semi-regular column about cooking and food and my insatiable addiction to both. Bound up in cooking is my creative outlet, my love language, an endless terrain to explore and connections to make the world over.  

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Pros & Cons of a Solo Parenting Vacay

A couple summers ago, my two little boys and I spent four days in sunny Orlando. It was a last minute idea. I was supposed to go on a girls’ beach trip, but childcare fell through. Ultimately, it was God giving me a big fat wink because I wouldn’t trade that Orlando trip for anything.

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How I lost 70 pounds in a year

Last summer, I thought I could never lose weight — it was too hard, I was too busy and life just wasn’t fair. Today, I have lost 70 pounds with 30 more to go.

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