Journeys way off the beaten path, and the power of everyday people.

Father Bill: Reunited from our interview 14 years ago.

I interviewed Father Bill Amann when he celebrated his 77th birthday on a boat headed to Antarctica. It was one of many world journeys he took with his nephew, Christopher, and marked a momentous milestone. With that trip, Bill had traveled to all s…

Nashville Woman Gives Cats a Forever Home (Even If It's With Her)

ANTIOCH, TENNESEE — Kim Dolan’s first feline rescue arrived at her door emaciated, its fur full of fleas and an abscess on its face. She named him Mouse. She took him to the vet, got him healed and posted flyers in case he was lost. A neighbor clai…

Tennessee thrift store helps those who dream of college — go.

TOWNSEND, TENNESSEE — More than 20 years ago, Dorothy Storey wanted to help more young people from this little town at the entrance to Smoky Mountain National Park attend college. She and her friends Grace Jones and Mary Ann Ashworth hosted a rummag…

Family creates community in nature of rural Tennessee

Driving into Sweet Hollow Lane, it is the shalla — a round, open wooden shelter with a high-angled roof – that greets you as you emerge from the woods. High on the hill, visitors practice their Warrior One poses, meditate, watch the sun rise in morn…

I was there when the wall was up ... and down

5.22.18 BERLIN, GERMANY —  This is a self-portrait at the Berliner Dom at night, with Alexander Platz (tower thing) in the back. Camera set on my backpack - no tripod. I was here when it was the DDR in 1988 - I was very young and what i remember was…

Lens to world: Encore

This week, in 2014, I realized a dream I had first imagined camping out on my parents' porch as kid. I looked at a book about the Amazon and pictured myself in a dugout canoe, the trees towering over me, dwarfing me under mother nature. I spent ten…