Archive for: September 2012

The importance of immunizations: part 1

By Lori Patterson, M.D., FAAP


When it comes to their children’s immunizations, some parents are choosing to listen to more than their doctor for information. Parents and caregivers are getting medical advice from message boards, blogs and other online sources. As a result, concerns and rumors have spread regarding the safety and purpose of vaccines. Here, Dr. Lori Patterson, pediatric infectious disease specialist, responds to common questions and misconceptions of immunizations. Read more →

Getting to the heart of creativity

By Piotr Ulmer, MSPT

Sometimes I wonder if we really appreciate the gift of creativity. It’s not just an oil painting of the Mona Lisa or the sculpting of Archangel Michael. Creativity permeates all aspects of our lives on a daily basis. We all become more or less creative while landscaping, reorganizing furniture in the office, cooking or entertaining. Some people even get creative in the ways of avoiding work. Read more →

Let’s Get Creative!

Creativity through the arts?

It’s good for grades, too!

Liza Zenni, Executive Director of the Arts and Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville

Museum of Appalachia – Spinning and quilting demonstration that shows how wool was used to make yarn and quilt batting in the days before ready-made clothing and superstores. Photo courtesy The Arts and Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville

Did you know that children who participate in arts and culture are better educated, score higher on standardized tests, and realize an increase of 400% in their creativity ratings?  As a matter of fact, visual arts students scored an average of 47 points higher in math and 31 points higher on the verbal sections of the SAT.  Students with four years of music coursework scored an average of 49 points higher on the verbal and math portions of the SAT. Read more →