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RJ Jacobs – Mystery Author and Clinical Psychologist

A few years ago, while conducting research for his first book, RJ Jacobs reached out to a virologist at Vanderbilt University. She and her lab colleagues studied viruses and the diseases they caused. “We’re currently investigating a strain of the coronavirus,” she said during their interview. RJ, and most of the rest of the world, had never heard of it. And Then You Were Gone arrived in bookstores last March,

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Reed Clapp – Lessons For Kids At Home

When I seldom leave the house and yearn to see my adult kids, a routine brings me comfort. During quarantine, my husband and I wrap up our days and meet on the couch for a drink and the evening news. A little after 5pm, Reed Clapp comes into our living room with his inventive bag of ideas for kids and parents and grandparents. Reed, or Mr. Clapp as he’s known

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Marty Slayton Jordan – Backup Vocalist

How does it feel? I ask. Check Yes or No winds down, and a stadium filled with 20,000 fans erupts. Amid the claps and screams and shouts, what goes through your mind? Marty Slayton Jordan is way too kind and modest to admit the experience is one gigantic rush. But don’t you know it is?

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Laticia Williams – Lunch Counter Segregation

When Laticia Williams’ grandmother was a teenager, she needed a new pair of shoes. In the basement of Nashville’s FW Woolworth building, one of the original “five and dime” stores in the country, the sales clerk was willing to sell Big Mama the shoes. But, like other stores of the day, she wasn’t allowed to try them on. Big Mama traced the outline of her foot on a brown paper

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Karen-Lee Ryan – Walking Food Tour

Whether exploring a new city or tracking down a coffee shop in my own town, I prefer to park my car and set out on foot. When I meander through a neighborhood, I notice flowers and window displays and people I don’t see from the backseat of an Uber or behind the steering wheel of my car. And – even more fun still? – wandering through a community while devouring

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Kathy Schultenover – Book Club Enthusiast

One of the things I missed most about leaving Houston was my monthly book club meeting.   Our group was much more than lively conversation, often on topics far beyond the book we were meeting to discuss.  Book club prompted me to read books I might not normally choose and to explore topics I may not dig into on my own.  It forced me out of my box. Parnassus Books,

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Ryan Black – Tai Chi

A hard-nosed, young Navy diver, Ryan Black was assigned to deep sea salvage and rescue missions in southern Japan.  While stationed in the country, he set his sights on learning kendo, the sword fighting martial art.  However, when he went calling at the kendo temple, he was informed –  and not at all politely – the group did not care to have an outsider in their midst. Not one to

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Mark Bilbrey – Cheesemonger

Feeling like old friends, Mark Bilbrey greeted me with a big smile, a warm hug, and invited me behind the cheese case at Porter Road Butcher in East Nashville.  We spent the next two hours laughing and talking and comparing varieties of cheddars and goudas.  Tragically, 3 months later, on November 6, 2018, Mark lost his life in a one-vehicle auto accident on rain-soaked streets.  For his family, friends, colleagues,

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Meet Jake Belair – Animal Keeper and Ambassador

Surrounded by posters and thank you cards and sweet messages from school kids, Jake Belair is a bit of a rock star at the Nashville Zoo.  “I have a great deal of fun showing people, including a whole lot of kids, the glamorous side of animal keeping,” he says with his big grin.  Sweaty, grimy, and sporting rubber wading boots, Jake has spent the morning cutting tree branches for his

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My Favorite Things To Do In Nashville

Traveling to a new city, I don’t necessarily want an overwhelming list of restaurant recommendations and tourist attractions to sort through and analyze.  Just give me a few good spots to eat and fun places to go to get me started – leaving room for impromptu exploring and spontaneity. These are my current Nashville favorites – I know my list may change periodically.  Hope you enjoy checking out a few

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