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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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My New Thing For Today Project

Two years ago today, on my 57th birthday, I embarked on a project. I pledged to do one new thing – every single day –  for the next year.  As it turned out, one year of novel activities, both large and small, rolled into two years of something new every day.  Now, 730 days later, I realize what a gift my experiment turned out to be. Just as my grown sons

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Jen Lofgren – Casting For Recovery

To me, fly fishing seems incredibly difficult.  Wading in chilly waters, you patiently wait for a hungry trout to nibble on an elaborate gadget composed of hair or feathers.  According to Jen Lofgren, the sport doesn’t have to be complicated or intimidating.  “Besides,” she adds, “you quickly learn to love simply being outdoors, enjoying the tranquility and your beautiful surroundings.  After all, trout don’t live in ugly places!” Back in

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Brian Castillo – Adaptive Snow Sports at Park City’s National Ability Center

For those of you who don’t know the quiet thrill of sliding down a mountain – carving out turns and leaving tracks in the snow, relishing the scenery and the solitude – it is exhilarating.  And always a little bit out of my comfort zone.  When I try to imagine doing this with one leg, no sight, or without the ability to fully use my body to lean into a

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Chris Pence – What Does a Sound Engineer Do?

Since moving to Nashville, I spend more time listening to live music in a variety of venues around town.  After all, this is Music City.   Aside from raw talent and lots of practice, I never really think about what else makes for an outstanding show.  According to Chris Pence, a sound engineer with country and pop bands, “When everything at a show sounds great, the artist is wonderful!  But

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Brian O’Connor – Good Dye Young and a Farm with a Purpose

Thirteen years ago, Hayley William’s hair stylist was out on leave, and Brian O’Connor was her next available option. Making small talk as she sat in his chair, Brian asked Hayley the basic questions about what she was doing and where she was working. Laughing now, as he recalls their initial conversation, Brian said he secretly rolled his eyes when Hayley told him she wrote and sang songs.  Of course

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Xima Lee Hulings and Walking Papers Studio

Showing me around her meticulously organized and overflowing art studio, I have a hard time keeping up with Xima Lee Hulings.  Amidst pens and paints and textiles and even a blow torch, she talks about her life and paintings and projects in her rapid-fire, exuberant way.  Inspiring and educational, she motivates me to make a mess and create something.  Because, as Xima laughs out loud and says, “Life is an

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Jade Roser – Cheekwood’s Holiday Lights

On a gloomy Monday in October, this Nashville treasure is teeming with activity.  Despite the misty morning, a crew works to put finishing touches on transforming this 55-acre botanical garden into a magical, holiday wonderland.  As we stroll around the Cheekwood estate and grounds, built with the Maxwell House coffee fortune, Jade Roser gives me a behind-the-scenes look into how Holiday Lights comes together.  With his easy going, infectious enthusiasm,

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Adam Schallau – Grand Canyon and Southwest Photographer

Adam Schallau greeted me with more cheeriness than I could muster at 4:45 AM.  “You just get up and get going and a story unfolds,” he smiled.  Leading me down dark trails to a ledge overlooking the Colorado River flowing a mile below, I immediately realized how much I would learn from one of the Southwest’s premier landscape photographers.  As he tracked the moon and the clouds, he saw changes

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Play With No Purpose

A personal goal for 2016 – and one I plan to carry into this new year— take more time to play.   Play with no purpose in mind.  Let go of my to-do list, turn off my phone, stop worrying about what needs to be done.  Play by myself, play with my friends, play with my husband – play and have fun

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