Don’t Keep The Secret!

Domestic violence is a common problem which has a major impact on families and children. If you or anyone you know might be a victim, ask the following questions.


  • Keep track of all your time?
  • Accuse you of being unfaithful?
  • Try to keep you from family and friends?
  • Prevent you from working or going to school?
  • Criticize, belittle, or humiliate you?
  • Anger easily when drinking?
  • Hit, slap or punch you, your children or your pets?
  • Act jealous or possessive?
  • Yell and call you names?
  • Blame others for problems and mistakes?
  • Threaten you with a weapon or gun?
  • Force you to have sex against your will?
  • Accuse you of being equally abusive?

If you can answer “yes” to any of these questions, you are in an abusive relationship.

DON’T KEEP THE SECRET. Talk about it! No one deserve to be hurt. Not you, not your children. Tell your doctor if your child has been hurt.

Call the Knoxville Family Justice Center HELPLINE (865) 521-6336. Their services are FREE.

I Love Where I Live

I’m not sure I could live anywhere that does not have four seasons. I love each and every one of them. Fall is breathtaking. Just look out your window-every day another tree starts putting on its show. In the winter, after the trees have lost their leaves, their silhouettes against the gray sky are stark and beautiful. Spring does not require words. Simply go to the woods, the mountains or your yard and you will understand. Lastly, there is summer…..long days with tons of time to play outside! I really do look forward to them all but I have to admit I love spring and fall the most, they are such amazing transitions.

There are people that want (and have) summer all year, and people who live where there are three seasons: “Winter is coming, winter is here, and winter is almost over.”  They each love where they live as much as I do. Vive la difference! It would get terribly crowded around here if everyone felt like I do.

Geographically, this is one of the best places I can imagine living. Just thirty minutes from the Great Smoky Mountains and two hours or less from a multitude of national and state parks. If cities are a draw, Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville and Chattanooga are a close drive. I love travel but so far, I keep coming back. It’s pretty hard to beat the experiences we enjoy just by living where we do. People travel thousands of miles to visit the places I go for an afternoon drive or a sunset. We really are pretty lucky. Get out there and love it!