Lifestyles Columnists

Jul. 17, 2014 @ 01:11 PM

Carl Mays: Do the right thing in the right way

Several items triggered this column. First of all, the sermon I heard Sunday was titled “Grace and Truth.” Presented well, it delved into chapter one of John’s Gospel, focusing on John 1:14, “And the Word (Christ) became a human being and lived here on earth among us and was full of grace and truth.” The primary emphasis, as declared by the sermon title, was “full of grace and truth.”


Jul. 17, 2014 @ 05:22 PM

Adriana Zoder: Local libraries offer instructive summer fun

Recently, we attended Birds of Prey for the second year in a row at the Gatlinburg Library. The one-hour program by the American Eagle Foundation presented seven birds of prey that are taken care of by this nonprofit organization. They don't just have eagles there. They also have owls, vultures and hawks.


Jul. 10, 2014 @ 01:44 PM

Carl Mays: Remain courageous and steadfast

Yesterday an associate and I discussed how God seems to send someone to lift you up, provide support, or give you a nudge in the right direction when you really need it. The conversation later helped me recall an article sent to me earlier this year. Written by Darren Reese, sports editor of the Greeneville (Tenn.) Sun, it opens with, “God has a way of putting people into your life right when you need them the most. Little did I know I needed Tyler Summitt.” He goes on to tell how the paper sent him to an awards banquet at which 23-year-old Summitt, recently hired to lead Louisiana Tech women’s basketball program, was the keynote speaker.


Jul. 04, 2014 @ 08:49 AM

Kenneth Burns: Beach bum living is a powerful lure

Where there is a beach, there are beach bums.


Jul. 03, 2014 @ 11:08 AM

Carl Mays: May we enjoy our family picnics

Erma Bombeck said, “You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.”


Jun. 29, 2014 @ 12:43 AM

Adriana Zoder: In a sense, all parents homeschool

Since I embarked on my homeschooling adventure, I wished for a homeschooling conference that was closer to home. We attended one in Knoxville two years ago. Last year, they did not have one. I don't want to travel to Nashville or Cincinnati, Ohio; or Greeneville, S.C.; or Charlottesville, Va. for a conference if I don't have to.


Jun. 28, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Jake Old: It may be time to buy a new guitar

If I go long enough without picking up my guitar, I start to get the itch. I feel the need to play one of my favorite songs, or just tinker around and play a few riffs aimlessly.


Jun. 25, 2014 @ 02:34 PM

Carl Mays: “If it came in a bottle, everyone would have a good body”

“Face it, if it came in a bottle, everyone would have a good body.” These are Cher’s closing words in her popular Jack LaLanne Health Spa TV commercial of the mid-1980s. During the entire commercial, Cher is working out in LaLanne’s studio, displaying that she obviously follows the advice of exercising properly and choosing foods wisely in order to get the body you want. (If you weren’t around in the mid-1980s or don’t recall the commercial, you can see it on YouTube.)


Jun. 20, 2014 @ 06:16 PM

Jeff Farrell: Drivers should pay attention to the road

It might be time to invest in dash cams if you drive around Sevierville very much.


Jun. 19, 2014 @ 12:11 PM

Carl Mays: You gotta love the good ole boys – and girls

So, in the continuing saga of my 932-mile auto trip from Gatlinburg to Flower Mound, Texas, after I survived the gale-force winds and torrential downpour in West Tennessee between Jackson and Memphis, I made my way into Arkansas, and to my second-day destination in Arkadelphia.


Jun. 14, 2014 @ 11:10 PM

Adriana Zoder: We have a lot going on this summer

So, it's almost summer. Sure it has been hot, but, if you want to get technical, it's not summer yet.


Jun. 14, 2014 @ 09:32 AM

Kenneth Burns: I wish there were more good science fiction movies

I'm going to share something private. Normally I only talk about this with close friends and family members.


Jun. 12, 2014 @ 11:58 PM

Carl Mays: “It was interesting, but I didn’t enjoy it.”

Quite a number of years ago, my friends Von Ogle and wife Margie sold their motel, and Margie said she wanted to get away for a long trip. My wife Jean ran into Margie at Gatlinburg’s Anna Porter Library, where Margie had been looking through some travel books. She told Jean she had decided on a trip to Spain.


Jun. 06, 2014 @ 03:55 PM

Jake Old: Combating the ongoing writer’s block

Last October, about a week or so before I moved to East Tennessee, I began writing a song that had a rare quality: I enjoyed it from the moment I first felt the inspiration.


Jun. 05, 2014 @ 01:29 PM

Carl Mays: The illegal drug problem is far from new

A few days ago I was telling The Mountain Press Community News Editor Kenneth Burns about some of my earlier columns in the 1970s and 1980s before my current series began in the late 1990s. (Yes, I’ll have to admit, I was a mere babe when I began.) One series was titled “Stories from the Smokies.”


May. 30, 2014 @ 04:04 PM

Jeff Farrell: Elliot Rodger's chilling video should have been warning enough

Once again, a killing spree has spurred some nationwide soul searching on the topic of mental illness. This time we might not be asking the right questions.


May. 29, 2014 @ 04:50 PM

Adriana Zoder: A few thoughts on Memorial Day

The week before Memorial Day weekend, we received a letter from a company we do business with. It said that no matter how we spend Memorial Day weekend, we should take a moment to remember the fallen.


May. 29, 2014 @ 12:45 PM

Carl Mays: Where there is cancer, there are survivors

Sunday, June 1, 2014, is National Cancer Survivors Day. A recent notice in The Mountain Press encouraged everyone to be aware of this important day, and to go beyond the awareness by encouraging survivors and showing appreciation to these warriors who have battled the dreaded disease. Those of us who know such survivors and have knowledge of what they have gone through and continue to go through can certainly understand why they deserve encouragement and a show of appreciation.


May. 24, 2014 @ 05:33 PM

Kenneth Burns: Thanks for the inspiration, Coach Meyer

Don Meyer died of cancer last Sunday. One of college basketball’s most successful coaches, he notched 923 wins over the course of his long career. He was 69.


May. 22, 2014 @ 03:31 PM

Carl Mays: “It is not what you have lost, but what you have left that counts”

Having served as master of ceremonies for the Gatlinburg Veterans Day program for many years, I have been interested in seeing the proliferation of TV commercials and programs for disabled, handicapped or paralyzed veterans recently. They have led to my paying attention to notes and articles regarding veterans as I have been sorting through files in a continuing process of eliminating some of the many items I have collected since my school days. (Just ask Jean about file cabinets, attics, storages and warehouses.)


May. 17, 2014 @ 04:17 PM

Adriana Zoder: Spend more time outside with your kids

When catkins cover our driveway and pollen layers turn every car yellow, spring has sprung, finally. It's time to bring out the higher SPF sunblock and the bug spray.


May. 17, 2014 @ 03:18 PM

Jake Old: He's still my little brother

My younger brother, Alex, is graduating from high school next week, and I’ve already given him a hard time for being a little too sentimental about it, but the more I think about it, I’m starting to get emotional.


May. 15, 2014 @ 09:51 PM

Carl Mays: God has blessed America – and me

I’m writing this column in Malvern, Ark., sitting in a guest room at a Holiday Inn Express, in which, according to all of those TV commercials, I should grow much smarter. I’m on the first leg of a car trip of 932 miles, give or take a few miles (according to the number of rest stops I have to make along the way).


May. 10, 2014 @ 11:19 PM

Jeff Farrell: A little spring cleaning can actually be a good thing

A little spring cleaning can be good for the soul. Sometimes you have to get rid of things that are holding you back.


May. 08, 2014 @ 11:52 PM

Carl Mays: Quotes can give us insight

I’ve always liked quotes.