Stars Over Middle Tennessee

Is it cold enough for you yet? How about that white stuff? This week my challenge is to brave the slushy roads and remain calm. So far, so good and I think I’m over the panic. Yep, living here in Nashville has helped me to face down fears and embrace lots of new experiences.

And with this frosty weather come lots of great winter events. This week, the Brentwood Cool Springs Chamber of Commerce Foundation is kicking off it’s annual Star Gala fundraiser with a fabulous event. The Wines of the World on Saturday the 29th pairs some tasty dishes from Whole Foods Market with luscious wines for a truly memorable evening. Then, in March, the main event’s “Evening at the Acropolis” will give you another opportunity to help raise funds for the health and fitness education programs in Williamson County Schools and give support to the Special Olympics. Listen to Anna Hill, this year’s Star Gala Committee Chairperson, she fills you in.
For more information and to make reservations, visit the website right here. The Star Gala

Are your New Year’s resolutions wearing thin? Do you long for a quiet moment at work to catch up on your favorite magazine? Well, there’s a great new concept in publishing out there. VivMag, an online lifestyle magazine aimed at sophisticated, chic, upscale women, can help you out. I had a great chat with VivMag Editor-in-Chief Anne Russell, about this new trend. This month’s edition of VivMag offers up some great tips for keeping your resolutions and so much more. It’s tons of fun and you can check out a sample at their website. Listen to what Anne has to say.
And, here’s where you can see it for yourself! VivMag

And finally, tell me what you think about these posts. I welcome any and all input. And, if you have any story ideas let me know that too!

Until next time, stay warm Nashville!

We Shall Overcome…

Hi everyone! Are we having fun yet? Winter is nearly half over, and the Super Bowl is just around the corner, thank goodness!!!!!

As you can probably tell from the title of this posting, I’ll be giving you all a little dose of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s medicine. This past weekend there were events aplenty in Middle Tennessee, and although I was just a mere child when he died, his words still ring in my ears and his image is emblazoned on my memory. It’s quite a different thing to celebrate MLK Day in the South. While folks on the West Coast were burning draft cards and demonstrating at Cal, down here the Freedom Riders were waging their own battles. This week, I interviewed Tonya Micah, co-chair of Nashville’s MLK Day Committee. We had a terrific chat about Dr. King and his legacy of love, tolerance and inclusiveness. We agreed his messages are timeless and prophetic. This year also marks the 25th anniversary of the MLK Day Federal holiday, so be sure and check out the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Center’s website. Enjoy and be grateful! Tonya Micah

Last week, I talked to Robert Kerzner about the alarming number of people who do not have life insurance. He explained that it’s very affordable to own a policy, and in the long run, could save your family from dire circumstances. Well, this week, I talked to Esther Kim, a freshman at Atlanta’s Oglethorpe University. Her father’s untimely and tragic death left her family nearly destitute. She and her siblings have been working to support themselves and their mom ever since. I know you’ll be moved by Esther’s story. Esther Kim

Also, I would be remiss if I didn’t share with you a couple of great nights of music coming up next week. “Music In The City,” hosted by Nashville Lifestyles magazine, offers two nights of great music at both Tin Roof locations. Check out a slew of Music City’s rising stars and benefit the music program at W.O. Smith Elementary School to boot! For more information and schedule, visit their website. Nashville Lifestyles.

And finally, don’t forget to get your tickets to TPAC’s Shrek: The Musical! Opening night is January 24th!

Until next time, stay warm Nashville!

New Year, New Beginnings

Happy New Year everyone! I’m finally getting caught up after the year-end rush, so my apologies for some of these interviews being a bit out of date. But, better late than never! All of these people are really amazing and offer inspirational stories to start the year.

Major General Donald Campbell is the Commanding Officer for the U.S. Army Recruiting Command. His department coordinates the Army All-American Bowl, a wonderful bowl game featuring top high school football players from around the country. This year’s team includes a player from Nashville’s own Ensworth High School. The players, along with their marching band mates, spend an entire week paired up with soldier heroes to play and learn. It’s a memorable and often life-changing experience for these students and culminates in the bowl game. Now this year’s game is history, but listen to Major General Campbell to learn about this terrific program and then, stay turned for next year’s game. Major General Donald Campbell

As you all know, Tennessee Performing Arts Center is one of my favorite places in Nashville. I talked to Kristin Horsley, Program Director for Education, to learn more about what’s in store this year. They’ve got some great educational programs. And, coming up soon, “Shrek: The Musical” opens in just a couple of weeks. Don’t miss out on this fun offering form TPAC’s Broadway Series. Kristin Horsley

Last week I interviewed a very remarkable young woman. Sarah Scarborough is the founder of Partners Tea Company, a company that sells fair trade teas. Sarah was born and raised right here in Nashville, but continues to travel the world in search of amazing teas. In the process, she has discovered villages in developing countries where the women tea growers are improving life for themselves and their children. Sarah “partners” in Partners Tea is a group of women investors who share her passion for helping impoverished women around the world. I was so inspired by her story and her passion for her work. Sarah is also an accomplished organic farmer. She spent time in New Zealand, starting a fair trade tea and chocolate company there, Scarborough Fair, that has become the largest of its kind in that country. Listen to Sarah and see if you’re not inspired to follow your dreams! Sarah Scarborough And for more on Sarah and Partners Tea, check out her website in the link on the right.

And finally, in the first of a two-part series, we take a look at how the economy is impacting the life insurance industry. Robert Kerzner, President and CEO of Limra, a professional insurance industry organization, says life insurance ownership is at a 50-year low. And in today’s world, this is leaving more people than ever vulnerable to financial ruin. He offers up some great tips on keeping life insurance affordable and answers tons of questions. Robert Kerzner And, next week, we’ll hear from someone who fell victim to this tragic problem.