The Life and Times of a New York Drag Queen Turned Pasaquan Saint

One of many sculptures of the aliens who directed Eddie Owens Martin to create the site known as Pasaquan in Buena Vista, Georgia

Whenever he needed supplies, Eddie Owens Martin would dress up in drag queen regalia, open the doors of his beat-up old station wagon, and call his cats. Dozens would emerge from every corner of the yard and hop in for the short ride to Buena Vista, Georgia. In town, the cats would scatter to the … Read more

The Ebb and Flow of Life

Centennial Olympic Park Fountain show in Atlanta Georgia

The tide is ebbing. I had hoped my father would live to see another spring and summer. To enjoy his final pontoon boat rides on the river. To see the trees bud out and watch the deer sneak surreptitiously into the yard under the cover of darkness. But the pull of the moon is strong … Read more

The Bluff View Art District, an Ideal Base for Exploring Chattanooga

Back Inn Cafe overlooks the River Gallery Sculpture Garden in the Bluff View Art District, which features more than 30 original sculptures

Suggest that they are visionaries and Dr. Charles and Mary Portera, founders of the Bluff View Art District in Chattanooga, Tennessee, will just laugh and shake their heads. “There was no vision involved,” insists Dr. Portera. “It just happened.” During my recent visit to Chattanooga I was fortunate to share dinner with the Portera’s at … Read more

Is Chattanooga the Best Place to Live in America?

Chattanooga's Riverfront, with Tennessee Aquarium and seven fountains at the base of The Passage, America’s largest public art project celebrating Cherokee history and commemorating the Trail of Tears

In October of 2011, readers of Outside Magazine overwhelmingly voted Chattanooga, Tennessee their ultimate dream town. The following year, the New York Times ranked the city #25 in The 45 Places to Go in 2012, a list that included such notable tourist destinations as London, Jordan, and Antarctica. However, Chattanooga’s current status as top tourist … Read more