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Holly Leber

Stories by Holly

Stacy Johnson, executive director of La Paz Chattanooga, said tonight is all about celebrating the variety of Latino heritage within the greater Chattanooga community.

There are three kinds of breakups: There's the kind where it's all one person's fault and he deserves to be drawn and quartered. There's the kind where it's completely mutual and everyone still really likes each other.

Marion Cook said the Chinese Acrobats of Hebei will keep audiences on the edge of their seats.

French poet Arthur Rimbaud once wrote, "One is not serious when one is 17." This might be the case for some, but many people age 17 and younger do face serious issues, often before they are prepared.

Tyler Lamb confesses he was a little taken aback by the requirements for the marathon training class at Lee University.

After retiring from a career with the U.S. Postal Service, Carl Pendergrass found his way to metal arts when a friend helped him replumb his house.

Rules, it has been said, are made to be broken, and that is certainly true when it comes to pairing food and wine.

When it comes to food, looks matter.

Clifford Ackerson recently built his first set of raised garden beds. "It's not difficult," said Ackerson, a civil engineer. "You just have to stay with it."

This weekend is the 12th annual Spring Plant Sale & Festival at Crabtree Farms. More than 100 varieties of plants will be available, including raspberries, aloe and figs.

Chattanooga has always been a town with a strong entrepreneurial spirit, said Paul Smith, manager of Chattanooga Market.

A friend of mine is miffed at her boyfriend for not making good on a promise to take her to Europe for a recent birthday.

Jim Witter has been performing the hits of Billy Joel and Elton John for 11 years now, but he only recently saw the two perform together.

It’s just about time to get back to the beach. While shopping for swimsuits can be about as much fun for many women as, say, a trip to the dentist, swimsuit fashions have evolved to flatter ladies of different ages and sizes.

Michele Norris fondly remembers Mr. Sample, her flag football coach from her hometown of Minneapolis, Minn.

Chattanooga Theatre Centre director George Quick said the Festival of New Plays was one of the things that drew him to the Chattanooga area.

Tomatoes. Peppers. Cucumbers. Squash. Zucchini. Eggplant. Okra. What says summer more than a rainbow of freshly grown vegetables?

Leber: No offense, but enough already

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A former colleague of mine once said, quite aptly, "when someone says 'no offense,' it means 'this may offend you.' " Well, no offense, but I feel like we've become the society that cries wolf.

Gloria Chien has been waiting three years for this one.

Legend tells that ancient Greeks and Egyptians used honey to embalm the dead. Today, honey is largely thought of as a kitchen staple. Like wine, honey is greatly influenced by its land source.

John Cena remembers Sunday dinners when he was a child in Michigan, eating the dishes of his parents' Argentinean upbringing. Now, he said, he hopes to bring the flavors he remembers from his boyhood to the Scenic City, with his new food truck, Taste of Argentina, which will launch Tuesday at Warehouse Row.

The Department of Education, Arts & Culture, in collaboration with Councilwoman Carol Berz, is spearheading an effort to conserve water in Chattanooga.

I think I was about 13 when I started collecting quotes. At first, I would peruse previously published books of quotations and copy them into a journal.

What do you call a combination of 10 handsome men and a repertoire of songs that spans several decades? Straight No Chaser.

Some might say Maria Chattin-Carter has come full circle. After graduating from East Ridge High School in 1994, she attended Stephens College in Columbia, Mo., receiving of bachelor of fine arts degree in theater.

On a Tuesday night at Pasha Coffee & Tea in St. Elmo, the Classic Literature Book Club gathers. Tonight, they are discussing a seminal work of Southern literature: Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird."

The only problem with her vehicle, Kate Warren says, is that it can’t fit through the drive-through at McDonald’s.

"A diplomat," poet Robert Frost once said, "is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age." Age is, indeed, an age-old sticking point for some. There's that adage about never asking a woman's age or weight.

"It's kind of a complicated story," said Perry Ward of "The Gondoliers," the Gilbert and Sullivan opera opening tonight at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Ward, an instructor in the music department, is directing.

Museums don't always have the reputation of being the most fun places in the world, especially for families.

Buying and eating local food is one way to honor the workers, growers and entrepreneurs in and around Chattanooga.

Spring is in the air. So is pollen. The sun is shining, and though the final frost date is not until April 15, Old Man Winter seems to have officially left the South.

Spring has sprung with enthusiasm.

This weekend, check out some crafts. Maybe get a new piece of jewelry. Sniff a few handmade candles. Stop and color.

In a dystopian world, in which citizens live under the rule of an oppressive government, children are forced to compete to the death in an annual competition. The winner -- the last one standing -- will receive money and food for his or her district, or state.

With respect to Jane Austen, if it is not a truth universally acknowledged that once your friends start having children your relationship with those friends will change drastically, then it should be.

B.B. King has played the world over and, this week, he will take the stage in Chattanooga, at the Tivoli Theatre.

How do two people meet?

The first step to learning slacklining might be getting over a fear of falling.

Step aside, cupcakes. Layer cakes are making their way back to the dessert table.

Florals are blooming in time for spring, and we're not talking delicate Easter pastels. "Spring is all about color," said Annie Hagaman, assistant manager at Willa Collection on Manufacturers Road, a boutique that carries the latest high-end fashions.

Childrens books, like old friends, can be unforgettable. As a child, Audrey Dennis said, her daughter Kelly, now 29, loved the Berenstain Bears books. "When she was young, [Kelly] thought it was a treat to find a new Berenstain Bear book," Dennis said.

Leather isn't just for motorcycles anymore.

Ashlyn and Ailey Nye are learning a lot in their Girl Scout meetings.

I made a mindful, rational decision last week. As a result, I want a ticker-tape parade, a cookie, a medal and a chest to pin it on. Please and thank you.

While the title "Carmina Burana" might not be familiar, the music likely is.

The Cat in the Hat is back. This year, both United Way of Chattanooga and Cleveland State Community College are participating in the National Education Association's Read Across America, a celebration of literacy and of author Theodore Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss.

Here's a tip for all you aspiring relationships columnists out there: When you ask women to talk about their experiences with being a little bit, shall we say, overly friendly, you don't get a whole lot of response.

Get ready for good food for a good cause.

There are 483 miles between Amherst, Virginia and Chattanooga, Tennessee, but for Diantha Sprouse, the journey has been far longer. "Where to begin," she said. "That's the question."

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