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Holly Leber

Stories by Holly

T.S. Eliot’s J. Alfred Prufrock wondered if he should dare to eat one, but for many fruit lovers, biting into a peach isn’t a question, it’s just a part of summer.

Since the Tennessee Aquarium's Serve and Protect program was launched last summer, spokesman Thom Benson said that steady progress has been made in educating the community about sustainable seafood.

You guys ... Tom and Katie broke up. I am shocked. Shocked... OK, I’m actually not surprised at all. There was something kind of creepy about that relationship from the get-go, wasn’t there?

Peaches may be fighting to retain the fruit crown of the South, but this Sunday, everything will be peachy at Chattanooga Market for the third annual Peach Festival.

It's almost tomato time. Soon, tables will be overflowing with homegrown Sun Golds and voluptuous Valencias. Farmers markets will set up booths and tables boasting Cherokee purples and pink beauties.

For some Chattanooga-area residents, an old friend has come to town. Harold, the young hero of "Harold and the Purple Crayon," is strolling along East Main Street, his trusty purple crayon leading his path.

In celebration of the birth of America, the East Tennessee Symphony presents "Stars and Stripes Forever," an annual event in its sixth or seventh year.

Chattanooga Symphony & Opera executive director Molly Sasse thinks of the annual Pops on the River concert as akin to turkey on Thanksgiving -- it's a tradition.

My boyfriend and I have a long-standing competition known as "Do you know who died?"

The Reduced Shakespeare Company, creators of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged),” warns: “This show is a high-speed roller-coaster type condensation of all of Shakespeare’s plays, and is not recommended for people with heart ailments, bladder problems, inner-ear disorders and/or people inclined to motion sickness.”

Growing up in the 1960s, John Petrey said, the United States was entering a state of unrest, but somehow that didn't seem to be reflected on television.

I have never seen more references to genitalia on my Facebook feed as I have this week.

Don't worry about Blueberry Hill. This Sunday, berry lovers can find their thrill at the Chattanooga Market, where the inaugural Blueberry Festival will be taking place.

Jim Crabtree, producing director at the Cumberland County Playhouse, said the latest production, "The Music Man," reminds him of his father.

Attention, inflexible people. Amy Bockmon has something to say to you: "Who cares if you can't put your foot behind your head? I can't put my foot behind my head. I don't care. It doesn't bother me.

Gayle Balaban grew up in Tinton Falls, N.J., with adopted parents she described as being like Archie and Edith Bunker from "All in the Family." Michael Economy grew up in Elizabeth, N.J., and never knew his father. When he was 13, his mother died and he went to live with his aunt in Franklin Township, N.J., because his stepfather didn't want him. Until a few months ago, Balaban and Economy never knew they were brother and sister with the same set of parents.

About 35 years ago, Dr. Ed Cahill said, Clare Sawyer walked into his office at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he was the head of the sociology department.

Ashley Commander began learning about chemical-free ways to clean her home when her son, now 4, was born.

Robby Takac, bass guitar player for the Goo Goo Dolls, said his only memory of visiting Chattanooga is playing "Chattanooga Choo Choo" on the tour bus. Perhaps this time around, he'll leave with a more indelible impression.

During my recent visit to my adopted hometown of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., I was asked whether I would consider moving back there.

The members of Queen B & The Well Strung Band came together through connections from another band. That first group lasted one gig, but out of that, The Well Strung Band was formed.

Each year, when Riverbend comes around, Chattanoogans get a chance to indulge their ears -- and their stomachs.

Peter Rowan grew up in Boston, but he plays Southern music.

Welcome home, Winifred Sanders.

It's funny how some things change and others don't. Yes, yes, plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose -- the more things change, the more they stay the same. Sometimes.

Virginia Cofer liked being big. "I'm a big person, a loud person," says the Chattanooga restaurateur. "I like taking up space. I always said my weight kept me grounded." But what was keeping her grounded was also threatening to kill her.

Sleeve gastrectomy, or gastric sleeve surgery, is a relatively new type of bariatric surgery.

Robbie McAlister has been growing gardenias for 50 years.

If someone had told Ruthie Gray years ago that she would one day find herself nursing a 2-year-old, she would have been shocked.

There is a bridge -- a pair of bridges actually -- over the Mohawk River connecting Albany and Saratoga counties in upstate New York.

Todd Snider and Justin Townes Earle will perform tonight at 8 at Track 29, 1400 Market St. Tickets are $20. To purchase, call 521-2929 or visit

Arthur Szustak said the first time he donated blood, it was to win a bet. "It was fraternity against fraternity," he said, "who could get people to donate the most blood."

The photographs span almost half a century. Elvis rides a train between Chattanooga and Memphis in 1956, the black-and-white image of his face just the slightest bit fuzzy as it stares out from Alfred Wertheimer's photograph.

Apathy, an uncertain job market and technological advances that are moving too fast are among the biggest problems facing their generation, according to a survey of Chattanooga-area high school valedictorians.

I got a call last week from someone who needed to talk about the fact that he's been just a little unlucky in love during his 50 years on Earth.

Inside the downtown Sports Barn fitness club, four people stood in a box that's 20 feet wide, 40 feet long and 20 feet high.

Last weekend, "The Avengers" broke box office records for the opening weekend of a film. In July, the hotly-anticipated "The Dark Knight Rises," the third of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, will be released. For those who want to go big and bold at the cinema, summertime is the right time.

Hydrangeas come in 23 different species, though only five are widely cultivated in the United States, according to the U.S. National Arboretum.

As summer approaches, John and Patsy Hyatt hope to spend some nights on the sleeping porch off the upstairs bedroom of their Cedar Bluff, Ala., home overlooking Weiss Lake. “The higher you go, the prettier (the view) is,” Mrs. Hyatt said.

Do you ever have a moment when you realize there are good, honest people out there in the world?

Seeing the Black Jacket Symphony perform is not the same as seeing The Beatles perform, of course, but every effort is made to honor, not imitate, the sounds of the Fab Four.

When most of his peers are sitting in a classroom, looking at a chalkboard, Addison Flanigan and his classmates are out collecting bugs.

I will not have the opportunity to spend this Sunday with my mother, as Chattanooga is a little farther than a hop, skip and a jump from New York.

Sunday, after serving Mom breakfast in bed (because that's what you do on Mother's Day), spend the afternoon at Chattanooga Market.

Food is wasted at an alarming rate.

Robin and Andrew Scharff believe adopting a child is something they are called to do.

Cooking together has innumerable benefits for families, said Jayne Griffin, education director at the Creative Discovery Museum.

Brandywine, Sungold, Stupice, Cherokee Purple. Is there anything quite like a fresh summer tomato?

Ever sing along to a song and think, "Hmmm, those are some strange lyrics"?

Thanks to a forgetful or unsentimental adolescent girl, I am now the proud owner of a corsage for the first time in 14 years.

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