Is Starshower the new Honey Cowl? Only time will tell (but it looks good).

Making a Difference, Brian Williams Style

Dear Kay, Aw, just had to share this NBC report on the volunteers of Nashville. I’m loving that the Millwood Manor apartments are featured (scene of Heather’s sleeping-bag-a-rama I described here). You still see colossal piles of dead house innards around town. When you see one of the giant claw-armed trash trucks go by, you get a little thrill that somewhere, somebody’s colossal pile of dead house innards will soon be...

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Lettuce Harvest

Lettuce Harvest

Dear Kay, Judy called yesterday, announcing that she really needed to harvest the lettuce from her garden to take over to Mobile Loaves and Fishes, a nonprofit nearby that has been making hundreds and thousands of meals for flooded-out folks and the people helping them. Judy’s garden looks like one of those fake gardens you see in Martha Stewart Living. She claims that she has had little time for her garden this spring. I can’t...

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Where to Knit in……NYC

Where to Knit in……NYC

Dear Ann, Once in a while I discover a great new place to knit in public, and I gotta share: Bull Moose Dog Run, Theodore Roosevelt Park, New York, New York What it has going for it (apart from the hilarious name): Sunny but also shady; dappled light makes for great stitch definition. Ample benches for ample knitters, and also for knitting bags and any equipment you’re hauling from Little League. The gravel may get stuck in your...

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A Watershed Event

A Watershed Event

Dear Kay, In flood news, I keep driving past the YMCA in Green Hills, where a batch of ServPro trucks are busy drying out the place. I am pretty sure that all my evil thoughts about the Stairmaster put a whammy on the place. And I’ll admit to at least three unchristian thoughts while yanking on that rowing machine thing. But here’s wishing it dries out soon so that I can again be filled with self-loathing about not going there...

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Flood Avoidance Tips and a Haiku

Dear Kay, A rainy day here, the first since May 2, a date that will go down in infamy as The Day That Really Fracked Up Nashville. Everybody’s dodging raindrops, all jumpy. I’ve checked my gutters about eight times today. You’d think I had some kind of water allergy. Sleeping Bag Queen Heather and I spent a good long while today chasing down $8.94 sleeping bags and $3 travel pillows for kids. Such an excellent penny pincher...

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Millwood Manor, Work in Progress

Millwood Manor, Work in Progress

Dear Kay, Spent the afternoon today at Millwood Manor, an apartment complex off Murfreesboro Road that only sounds like an estate in a Bronte novel. Mill Creek winds around Millwood Manor, and apparently wound THROUGH the place last weekend. It’s home to immigrants from Egypt, mostly, so Arabic translators were the most popular people in town as we tried to assess the needs of each family. Fifty-eight apartments were flooded. There are...

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Handknit Rescue Squad

Handknit Rescue Squad

Dear Kay, My friend Frannie and I spent the day helping at a house at Pennington Bend, a flooded-out neighborhood right by flooded-out Opryland. (There’s a photo of Pennington Bend in my previous entry). I learned a few things: 1. There are two kinds of house cleanouts: a) flood-insurance cleanouts and b) non-insured cleanouts. Insured houses mean that you have to be meticulous about keeping a list of ruined contents to give to the...

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Latest Headlines from Nashville, Sudden Media Darling

Latest Headlines from Nashville, Sudden Media Darling

Dear Kay, Well, CNN’s Anderson Cooper is coming to town today. I hope to hell he gets over to the fellas’ school in time to cover the middle school talent show. My prediction for his empathetic cry moment: on the steps of the Country Music Hall of Fame, in waders from Barneys, wiping a semi-tear from his eye with a piece of damp sheet music for a Ferlin Husky song. He’ll look into the camera and say, “On the wings of a...

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The Dampening of Nashville

The Dampening of Nashville

Dear Kay, OK so it turns out that Greg, that guy I talked to on the phone yesterday who was going to suck it all up and dry it all out? Total hallucination. Have not heard a peep from the guy. I bet he’s out helping somebody a lot worse off than we were. The weirdest part of it all–the water in the basement thing–is that yesterday morning we awoke, and it was gone. A half a foot of water, come and gone in a day. The ground was...

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Dateline: The Bay of Shayne

Dear Kay, Thank you to those who have inquired about the flooding here in Nashvillle. It’s the nastiest weekend of weather we have ever had. The Cumberland River is 10 feet above flood level. The canoe and bass-boat evacuations are fishing people out of houses and attics all over Bellevue and Antioch. The Harpeth River seems to hate particularly anybody who’s living within a mile of it. I-40 and I-24 are both kind of shut down. The...

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