Quality Health Care Really Is For Everyone!

Colorful_spring_gardenSpring is gradually beginning to, well, Spring!  Let’s keep fingers crossed the warming trend continues.  I’ve seen buds on the trees and my tulips are just popping up.  Can’t wait to see the blossoms. 

In the meantime, as the country is abuzz over the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, many in our own community have been offering quality health care to families for a long time.  I had an amazing chat with Dr. Morgan Wills, Executive Director of Siloam Family Health Center.  He shared his passion for serving people from around the world who now call Nashville “home.”  And I had a tour of Siloam’s gorgeous Health Center.  Check out my interview and, if your business or organization needs a beautiful meeting site, Siloam can meet those needs as well!  What a place!  

In addition to Nashville’s “It City” status when it comes to food, sports and country music, our little town also enjoys top billing as one the country’s most creative places.  I spoke with Noah Spiegel, Chief Operating Officer of the Nashville Opera, about waaaaay more than Opera.  Listen to our chat about what’s making Nashville a “go-to” destination for the arts and culture and how the Opera is contributing to educating a new generation.  

Well, that’s about it for this post.  I just want to leave you all with my two cents.  Nashville is a great place to live, work and play.  If you haven’t played in awhile, this Spring is a great time to start.  Catch y’all later!

Polar Vortex Got You Down? Warm It Up Nashville!

beachIt’s all anyone is talking about: How Cold Is It?  Well I for one am tired of this polar vortex thingy and I’m heading South for warmer temps for awhile.  But before I go, check out some of these amazing folks I’ve interviewed of late.  From sustainability to adoption to those pesky New Year’s resolutions, it’s all here!  So listen and enjoy!

First up is local adoption attorney Rebecca McKelvey.  She enlightens us about the frustrating and confusing world of family and adoptions.  If you or someone you know needs to know more about these issues, check her out.  

Sustainability is fast becoming the new buzz word for all conservation-related efforts.  But really guys, it is the best way to ensure a healthy life for ourselves and a healthy planet for the future.  And if you’re a bit stymied about how to accomplish this all-important lifestyle change, check out my interview with Jennifer Tlumak, sustainability guru at Urban Green Lab.  

One of my fave bookstores, Parnassus Books, is known for hosting some of the best authors.  Coming up on Monday February 24th is New York Times bestselling author Matthew Quick.  You may have heard of his previous book, “The Silver Linings Playbook,” but he’ll be here to chat about his latest release “The Good Luck of Right Now.”  This is a seriously amazing book, a must read!  Check out my interview with Matthew, then go meet him in person at Parnassus!  

And finally, if you’re having trouble sticking with your New Year’s resolutions, “There’s an App for that!”  Yep, the good folks at Microsoft have some great new apps to help keep you on track.  I spoke with product manager Galileo Vieira (cool name, right?) about what’s new!  Check it out, then get busy downloading!  

Well, that’s it for now!  Let’s all pray for warmer weather and until next time, ciao Nashville!

Some Talented folks visit Nashville

Happy New Year Nashville!  It’s a cold one out there, but there are some amazingly talented people around to help keep your spirits warm.

First up, my friend, Don Winston, author and Nashville ex-pat extraordinaire has a creepy new thriller out.  It’s set in San Francisco and gives a very different look a the City By The Bay.  Check out my interview with the always entertaining Don Winston and then run, don’t walk, to download his book!  

MM 2012 (3)One of my very favorite performers is the incomparable Melissa Manchester. This prolific performer has endured and thrived for decades, enjoying success in music, TV, film and on Broadway.  Her collaborations and influences read like a “Who’s Who” in American music.  And, she’s coming to town for a very special one-night only performance.  January 18th she’ll be at Third & Lindsley for a benefit concert for West End Synagogue.  It’s part of the synagogue’s Annual Concert & Cultural Series and it is not to be missed.  No matter what age you are, or what your musical taste, Melissa Manchester has something for literally everyone!  Check out my interview with her and then go online to get tickets (they’re going fast) at www.westendsyn.org  

Well, that’s it for now.  Stay warm Nashville!

A Week of History

Hi Everyone!  I hope you all enjoyed a delicious and satisfying Thanksgiving holiday.  This past month has been a historic one in America.

It’s been 50 years since President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.  Do you remember where you were when you heard the news?  I was just a wee one, but I recall my mom’s tears and my dad’s disbelief like it was yesterday.  Have we learned anything from that fateful event?  What might have been had it not happened?  I spoke with my friend, local attorney and historian Norma Shirk to get some perspective of my own.  I share it with you.  

Following on the heels of the JFK story, let’s take a look at a current hot topic: the death penalty.  Recent events, including mass shootings and failed executions, are shining the spotlight on this issue.  And the conversation is changing.  I spoke with Stacy Rector, Executive Director of Tennesseans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, to learn more.  

That’s it for now folks.  Keep checking here for more updates and interviews.  Have a great week!

Get your Fashion on Nashville!

It’s October in Music City!!!!!  Tons of fun stuff to do while supporting some seriously important causes.

First up is The Bootstraps Foundation’s “Passion for Fashion” event on the 17th. The event is sponsored by Zuus Country, check them out too!   This is your shot at viewing some gorgeous couture fashion, meet and greet some local celebs and help local high school students finance a college education.  I spoke with Matt Shorter, an Executive Board Member with The Bootstraps Foundation, to get the scoop.  Believe me, you’re not going to want to miss this one!  

Next up is the Susan G. Komen “Race for the Cure”.  This is the annual party that raises serious dough for Breast Cancer research and treatment.  My friends at Susan G. Komen of Nashville and Middle Tennessee sat down with me to chat about the latest in research.  We also learned once again about the amazing resources available in our community.  

I’ve got much more, so stay tuned and keep reading!  Have a blast Nashville!

From Baseball to Goalball and Everything In Between

These past few weeks have been busy and soggy in Middle Tennessee.  And, as it does most of the year, sports ranks right up there with music as the local pastime.  I did some really cool interviews with folks breaking ground in the world of sports.  All of these interviews are local, so listen up and support your local teams!

If you’re a fan of baseball, like I am, this interview will knock your socks off!  The Vintage Baseball craze is sweeping the nation and Tennessee is not going to be left out.  The Tennessee Vintage Baseball League is having a rousing season and this impressive group of players is poised for growth.  Listen to my interview with Trapper Haskins from Franklin’s team, and then head out to the ballpark for a hotdog and some summer baseball fun!  Trapper Haskins

This next interview is with one of the most extraordinary athletes I’ve ever met.  Ricky Jones, Executive Director of the Tennessee Association of Blind Athletes, talks about his life, sports and what inspires him to triumph against the odds.  And the sport of Goalball will leave you breathless, really!  Check out Ricky’s interview.  Ricky Jones

This final interview for today is not related to sports, but it’s a doozy!  Lynne Bachleda shares her passion for the future by explaining why everyone should have an Ethical Will.  Not sure what it is?  Well give a listen and then try it yourself.  Lynne Bachleda

Well, friends, that’s it for today.  I’ve got some more interviews to share with you so stay tuned!

Stay Classy Nashville!

Furry Friends Invade Germantown, and That’s Not All!

Gosh, so many great new ventures popping up around town.  One of my main loves in life, in addition to the family, is my pets.  Our house is home to four, count ’em, four, lovable pooches of all ages and sizes.  In fact as I sit here writing, three of them are happily snoring away at my feet!  And I’m not alone in my passion for spoiling my furry babies.  Joining in the fun over in Germantown is “Crossroads Pet Shop,” a new venture brought to us by “Crossroads Campus,” the nonprofit that pairs at-risk young people with dogs and cats rescued from local shelters to help the animals learn obedience and encourages self esteem and skills for the youth.  I spoke with my friend Lisa Stetar, Executive Director of Crossroads Campus, and with a couple of the young folks at Monroe Harding who help train these lovable creatures.  Listen, be inspired and then go visit Crossroads Pet Shop!  

Coming up this week the National Association of Black Accountants are having their Annual Convention right here in Music City.  The event brings approximately 2,000 people to town.  The Convention happens June 5-8 at Gaylord Opryland Resort and features several opportunities for the public to be involved.  I spoke with Manual Torres, Convention Chair, to get the scoop.  Check it out and then go visit the NABA Convention.