It’s Spring, and Love is in the Air!

I hope everyone is safe and dry finally!  What a week we’ve had!  I’m so happy the sun is shining and we’ve all got a respite.  My thoughts and prayers go out to friends, family and anyone else in Alabama.

This week, I had fun interviewing a friend of mine and one of the most insightful people I’ve ever met.  Susan Hammonds-White is a Nashville counselor and certified Imago therapist.  She had loads to say about why we fall in love and why, after several good years, things can often get sticky in relationships.  And, she talked about a revolutionary therapy technique that can help get the magic back, for good!  Listen to Susan and be inspired!    And, check out Susan’s website listed to the right of this post!

It’s been a year since the BP oil spill in the Gulf ruined the lives of countless people throughout the South.  And damage to the sea life and environment is still unclear.  Author Carl Safina spent months on the ground investigating and writing about the Deepwater Horizon spill and its aftermath.  He has an incredible story to tell, and some unbelievable photos.  You have to read his book “A Sea in Flames”.  Listen to his own account.  

Have a great week everyone!  

Sequels and Next Stages

Are we having fun yet?  Those winds are blowin’ across the mid-state.  Spring is here, school is winding down and everyone is making plans!  

Have you been to the movies lately?  One of our faves is “The Lincoln Lawyer” based on the book by author Michael Connelly.  The story is set in….wait for it…..Los Angeles!  It stars criminal defense attorney Mickey Haller, a hard-boiled dude who zips around town in a Lincoln Continental driven by a former client.  Haller doesn’t much care if his clients are guilty or innocent, he fiercely defends their rights to a fair and vigorous trial.  I had so much fun interviewing Michael Connelly about his inspirations, role models and the sequel “The Fifth Witness” out now.  Listen to Michael and then go see the film and read his stuff, it’s really fun!

In addition to the storms blowing through, young people everywhere are looking for that all-important post-graduation first job.  For me, it was a receptionist job at a huge law firm where I failed miserably answering on an old-fashioned multi-line phone.  From there, it was on to many other office-type jobs.  For “millenial” kids, priorities have changed and a new study tells us how.  Are these young adults looking to work more, less, focus on family?  I talked to Dr. Sanja Licina, co-author of the study.  She has some unexpected results.  

Well, that’s about it for this week.  Whatever holiday you celebrate, make it a meaningful one.  Enjoy the sunshine this weekend and I’ll catch you later!  Oh, and let me know how you like the new theme!

Here come the Choo Choos!

Following closely on the heels of Cheekwood’s wildly successful Chihuly exhibit last fall, this spring’s newest installation will have you and your family taking a train ride through some of Tennessee’s iconic landmarks.  Visit Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and you’ll see flowers blooming amid the garden-sized railroad.  And nighttime visitors will be thrilled by the lighted display.  I had the pleasure of meeting Cheekwood’s newly-installed President and CEO Jane Offenbach and Brian Busse, President of Applied Imagination, the geniuses behind this fabulous exhibit.  Listen to Jane and Brian and then GO VISIT!!!!!  The trains will be around until next holiday season, but don’t miss the chance to see this season’s bounty.    And, here are some photos of the exhibit under construction.







What makes for success?  Have you ever wondered how some people seem just made for it?  They have star power, and I’m not just talking about performers.  Well, it seems we can all take a lesson from some of  the most successful folks in history: The Beatles.  Two local writers have collaborated on a fab new book.  “Come Together: The Business Wisdom of the Beatles,” chronicles the rise of the British moptops in an entertaining yet informative style.  It’s a great read, and it’s out now.  Listen to Richard Courtney and George Cassidy as they tell the tale.  

If you’re a parent, you know how important is it for your kids to get a healthy breakfast each morning.  But for thousands of kids across the country, breakfast is a luxury.  It’s a sad fact, but there is something you can do to help.  We spoke with Dayle Hayes. Nutritionist and member of the School Nutrition Association.  She talks about a great collaboration with Kelloggs.  It’s called “Share Your Breakfast” and it’s happening now.    Now, visit the site and get ready to Share Your Breakfast.

Well, that’s about it for this post.  I hope you’re all enjoying the onset of Spring.  There is so much to look forward to this season.  Get out and enjoy the sunshine, take in an outdoor concert, visit a festival.  Nashville has so much to offer.  I hope to see you around!