Pathways and Gaps through The Ridges
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Oak Ridge is built on four ridges in a series of six that fetch up
Clinch River in eastern Tennessee.
The Ridges follows that pattern, six ridges and their attendent valleys, gaps, and trails:
Walden Ridge This Ridge is way beyond the rest, tall and dominating and leading up toward the Cumberland Plateau which shelters the Ridges from the western edge. Here you'll find links to other sites I find make interesting journeys.
Pine Ridge This Ridge lies beyond Marlow, up towards
Oliver Springs, which used to be a resort. Here is where you'll find links to the home pages of other people who dwell around the web.
Black Oak Ridge This is the spine of The Ridges, the tall, powerful namesake of the city. Here, too, is where
my parents live, so here you'll find out (if you're interested)about me. (Look here for the cutest little girl in East Tennessee... at the least!)
Little Pine Ridge is a tiny Ridge, a Ridglet almost; here's where my early schooling took place (in Pine Valley and Woodland Elementary Schools). So here's where you'll find the words of others that taught me, entertained me, or provoked me to thoughtand still do.
Chestnut Ridge is the strong heart of The Ridges; here you'll find (and enjoy, I hope) original Songs and Stories on various topics.
is the outermost edge of The Ridges; beyond Haw lies the fabulous beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains. On this site you'll find visual beauty, or humor, or calm. Even a few good-looking guys ;-)
Newfound Gap The Gap is aways from the city, but it once opened up onto the new lands (well, new to some, anyway), and was the simplest way to get there. Of course, you could get to just about anywhere if you were willing to travel the tangled paths, and if you just wandered you could fetch up anywhere. But the Gap was the way to get there fast. So here you'll find links to what's new in the Ridges.
Key Springs Road runs down the back of Black Oak toward the land beyond, a twisty, tree-covered, dusky, adventurous sort of a road. Here are a lot of links, all different, some bound to please.
Snapping Turtle Pond About halfway down Key Springs Road there's a smallish pond, where snapping turtles live, all green and red eyes and hard branch-breaking beak. Like snapping turtles, fan fiction can bite you unexpectedly. Unlike them, the bite can be good. Here are links to some of the fan fiction I enjoy reading.
Bear Creek Road runs out past the ridges, up from the Clinch River and past the plants. Here are high-intensity projects, currently "Keeping the Dream" - Space after Columbia.
Emory Valley holds the Clinch River, and a lot of things run downward off the ridges into the valley: flatlanders with more money than sense, rainwater, creeks, dawnlight, and duskdark ... here is where you'll find the changing, unpredictable things. Currently, theory about dinosaurs, ETs, and plaster statues from Ain Ghazal, and a look at a few of those computer psychic tricks. Also,
the Agnostic Chapel, a branch of The Universal Church Triumphant of the Apathetic Agnostic - seriously. Plus, Evolutionary Studies, striking back at creationism under whatever name.
The Greenbelt are strips and patches of woodlands running through the city. Here you'll find my opinions on a variety of topics from swans on the Chesapeake to a reflection on who could hate the Olympics plus; short bits on the page itself, and major topics with longer discussions as listed below on other pages.
- Introverts Who are we, and just why don't we ever go to the office Christmas party, anyway?
- Politics Liberal, that is. Progressive. "I don't belong to an organized political party. I'm a Demmycrat." -- Will Rogers
- LBJ and the Coming of Civil Rights a little essay of mine about, well, about LBJ and Civil Rights
- Great Quotes by lots of different people
- Bush and Ashcroft and their assault on civil liberties - this will keep on going, because Gonzales is not a change in direction.
- Amazing News Item of the day, week, whatever.
Unfortunately, these are amazing because they're news, not intrinsically.
- Up Into the Building: My Tribute to the Firefighters, EMTs, and Police of NYC
Sports Night! the teams I love... Lady Vols, Mystics, Orioles, Braves, Smokies, and Alouettes New!
Pellissippi Parkway holds a large number of technical and academic institutions. Here's my forum on Language, at least the technical aspects of it as it should be used in formal writing. Also, an ongoing discussion about dialect English, what it is and how it works, and when not to use it.
Also on the Parkway, an Annex with Inadvertent Wordsmithing, and some Language Humor (such as a discussion on whether the words "new" and "nine" are related, autoantonyms, Bawlmarese, and New Languages), and a discussion on English grammar, which is new - and includes some essays by William Z. Shetter, a retired university professor of foreign language and linguistics.
Comments on my site are welcome. E-mail me at
kmdavis @ erols.com.