Good Morning, LaVergne!

While we all have long anticipated warm weather, the downside to the extreme change from last week has created sickness in my household!  I was so looking forward to the warm front that we currently are experiencing, unfortunately, I can’t seem to find the time to enjoy it.   The weather has brought on illness that has confined me to home, both of my kids have been sick this week and I’m also feeling a bit under the weather.

So is anyone else stuck at home this week with sickness in your household, I’m hoping that everyone is healthy and free from the terrible germs that are lingering in the air.


Good Morning, LaV! (Snowpocalypse edition, 2/7/2011)

Clearly it’s another slow news day. I’m still waiting on you guys to make some news up for me. Well, let’s see what’s happening around the mid-state.

Electric bills are higher because it’s been colder lately. In other news, water is wet, and bears poo in the woods. On a more serious note, I’m kinda tired of NES raising my rates. I’d quit and go somewhere cheaper, but yeah. I can’t. I suppose I could get some of these dogs around my house to start running on treadmills to power the place. Hmm.

Some guy jumped out of a moving car while it was driving on the I-24 near the Davidson/Rutherford County line. Sadly, it killed him. I’d make some smart-alecky comment about being shocked traffic was actually moving that fast on 24, but since the guy died, I won’t.

Schools are closing early in other counties because of the impending snow, which nobody can decide if it’s going to actually be serious or not. Who cares. I’m having chili and cornbread at Chez Ivy tonight. Dinner will be served at 6.

Alright, LaVergne, it’s your turn. What’s on your mind today? Are you tired of the snow? Have a good chili recipe? (I do!) Let’s hear it!

Edited to add: Oh yeah, here’s something that’s on my mind. I’m irritated that the trash dumps are closed on Mondays. I’m off on Mondays. That would be a good day to take my trash to the dump. Yeah, I know, the dump workers deserve some days off, but do ALL the dumps in Rutherford County have to be closed Mondays? I’d drive to Smyrna to haul trash if they were open there. Grr.

Good Afternoon, La Vergne!

I’ve had a long, hard morning of Mario Kart Wii and lunch with friends. I thought I’d relax with some news for y’all. Let’s take a look around the mid-state and see what’s happening, shall we?

The DNJ tells us the Garden Patch Thrift Store is celebrating it’s 1-year anniversary. I had no idea it existed, and I pretty much haunt all the thrift stores in the area. It appears to be in downtown Murfreesboro on Spring Street, according to their website. The DNJ says they’re having a half-off everything sale tomorrow, so I suppose I’ll mosey down there tomorrow if I don’t get too busy playing Mario Kart. What’s your favorite thrift store, La Vergne? Mine would be All Things Possible on Northfield Blvd. in Murfreesboro.

It’s a slow news day over at WKRN because they’re giving us a special investigative report about how snow costs taxpayers money. Shocking, really. Someone ought to do something about this “snow” thing. Maybe we can outlaw it. :::ducks the snowballs thrown by all the snow lovers:::

This, from the Murfreesboro Post: be careful who you let your kids spend the night with. Apparently a 12 year old girl was at a friend’s house staying the night, when her friend’s mother woke the girl and her friend up and told them they were going to North Carolina. What?! The girl’s mom called the girl the next day and found out her daughter was in North Carolina. I can hardly imagine the massive coronary her mom had when she heard this.

That’s really all the news that I found interesting. Slow news day, indeed. We can do better than this, TiLV-ers! Tell me your news, or make something interesting up. And don’t forget, I want to hear about your fave thrift stores as well.

Looks Like Ours, Isn’t Ours

There’s some conversation going on over at the TiLaV Facebook page that this tunnel looks like ours (thanks Steve!).

It’s not.

Read about it from Channel 5 here.

Or see the Facebook conversation here.

Still waiting for the snow, aren’t we?!

City Hall Wedding

Congratulations to Tenna and Blake Bryant on their marriage yesterday.  Also congratulations to Mayor Senna Mosley for presiding over her first wedding ceremony.  I hope the newlyweds enjoy a long, beautiful, very happy marriage and that any hardships will be faced together with undiminished love.

The mayor invited the newlyweds to have the small cake reception in her office.

Congratulations again to Blake & Tenna!

Attitude of Gratitude Throughout the Year

I had the pleasure of meeting Jack LeVine, founder of 4 Generations Institute in Tallahassee, Fla., at a conference several years ago where he was presenting a seminar to Advocates.  Mr. LeVine has granted permission to share his Thanksgiving message with others.

As I reflect on this message, I wonder what great possibilities LaVergne has for it’s future.  As a community let’s no longer complain but look at ways  we can contribute to make a positive difference in our City.

From Jack,

As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, let’s remember that the holiday’s name is a compound word – Thanks and Giving. Please take these few moments to consider my ideas for enhancing the celebration of Thanksgiving and the entire holiday season ahead.

First, each of us has much to be thankful for – our lives, families, friendships, and work.  While there is no perfection in life, let’s admit that the glass is more than half full for most of us most of the time.  Thanking those whom we love, admire, depend upon, and have work relationships with is an important, but too infrequent an activity.  Find the chance to say “Thank You” more than a few times in the next few weeks.

As for “Giving”, please consider sharing these ten thoughts with your family members, friends and colleagues….

1. Let’s share our bounty with those with less. Consider the gift of one week’s grocery bill donated to a community food bank, domestic violence or homeless shelter, foster parent association, hospice, or your United Way as a symbol of appreciation for what we have, and what others do for the less fortunate.

2. Express our gratitude in word and deed to those who care for others as a profession or as volunteers. Give compliment the good works of caregivers for our children and frail elders. Those caring individuals who clean the bottoms of babies and the bed-ridden, and help nurture and stimulate their minds, deserve the kindnesses of family members and neighbors all though the year, but especially at holiday time.

3. Respect our elected officials for their service. While we say we believe in representative government, who among us is brave enough to run for public office? We don’t have to agree with all of their policies, but we should respect their service, and hold them accountable for their actions….or lack of action. Silence is the antithesis of effectiveness.

4. Give time to a worthy cause. Our volunteer investments for the benefit of others builds community and creates a great example for our children. Spectatorism is relaxing, but our community’s needs can be addressed, in part, by sharing our energy.  Whether we choose to sing in a chorus, read to a toddler, mentor a youth, or visit a lonely elder, our time is a priceless gift which appreciates in value.  Volunteerism is time and talent philanthropy!

5. Conserve resources by consuming less fuel, reusing, and recycling. Native American culture considered our planet as a parent, worthy of respect and protection. Our throw away culture is feeding our landfills with trash, and our air and water absorb the residue of fuel-generated pollutants. Preserving our environment is self-preservation, as well as a life-saving gift to wildlife, plantlife, and our children’s children.

6.  Slow down. Whether behind the steering wheel or in conversation with others, speed is not a good thing. Being in a perpetual hurry endangers our lives on the road, and cuts short our relationships with others. Give yourself a few extra minutes in transit to be a safe driver…..and listen a bit longer to the words in conversation with loved ones and co-workers. Actively listen and show others that positive attention is a gift worth giving.

7. Put technology in its place. We live in a high-tech, low-touch culture, governed by the beeps, buzzes, and blinking lights of technology. As time is compressed, stress grows. Immediate response raises expectations, reduces careful consideration, and makes us more prone to error. Take a breather from all the numbing numbers, and ask others to be considerate in public and private spaces by turning the “on” switch “off.”  Our children need to know that our eye contact and voices are focused on their needs, too. Cell phones, pagers, and e-mail should not keep our loved ones on hold.

8. Advocate with assertion, not aggression. Free speech is not an invitation to be offensive. Responsible advocacy requires thoughtful strategy, practical solutions, and open conversation. Clear and consistent communication with allies and adversaries alike sets the stage for progress. Advocacy is the heart-felt expression of a wrong to be righted, with composure and grace. An advocate’s power is in persuasive and persistent articulation, and the recruitment of others to the cause.

9. Health is a form of wealth. Making sure we eat right, exercise, and take time to rest and relax are the keys to clear thinking and long-term effectiveness. Our bodies cannot support us unless our minds resolve to take care and be careful.  Being healthy examples to our children in nutrition and behavior sends positive signals for their attitude and future actions.

10. Take optimism pills every morning….the time-release kind.  Negativity is contagious. Those who believe they will make a difference can achieve their goals. Pessimism is the mind’s way of giving up before the first step is taken. We who want to make change for the better in our lives, neighborhoods, and the world around us must stop whining and start winning.  The power of one, multiplied and magnified, is the only correct formula for success.

Holidays remind us that bridges across the generations are built upon the stanchions of memory. Those among us who recall the glow of candlelight reflecting the faces at our grandparents’ table understand how vital heritage is for finding ourselves. For those whose childhoods were less than ideal, we have the opportunity to assist others to have a more joyous future.

As we begin to plan for the holiday season, we have the opportunity to realize that there are neighbors, young and elder, whose coming weeks are not brimming with joy. For whatever reason, in whatever circumstance, we know that there are people in need who can be helped if we choose to do so.

In honor and remembrance a family member who was there for you when you needed them most, please thank those who illuminate our paths, exemplify kindness, teach justice, and nurture our futures.  What a fitting tribute to the legacy of our ancestors.

Your work, the gifts you share, and the example you set for others are inspirational.

I welcome your response any time and am honored when you share my messages by forwarding, publishing in newsletters, and for use in staff meetings and religious gatherings.

Please keep in touch.  Your reply goes directly to me.

Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us.  True homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds.
~ Theodore Roosevelt (1858 – 1919)

My best.

Jack Levine, Founder
4Generations Institute

About Jack:

Jack’s expertise is in developing and delivering messages to the media, public officials, and a diverse network of advocates on the value of preventive investments in children, parent leadership, grandparent activism, and dignified services for elders.

A Wow Football Play

Even if you’re not a sports fan, go ahead and watch this.  And mark my words that we’ll be seeing this “WOW!” football play on the news in the next week or two.  It’s going viral, I’m telling you!