Susan Steen: Gatekeepers separate fresh ideas and community

“Who are you to judge the life I live? I know I’m not perfect and I don’t live to be. But, before you start pointing fingers, make sure your hands are clean.” — Bob Marley When my daughter-in-law and I first began a podcast a couple of years ago, she and our first guest talked a lot about the climbing […]

Joe Dubin: Monday is the new Saturday for comedy lovers

You might not know it, but Nashville is quickly becoming known for something more than music and you might be surprised. The town will forever be known as Music City obviously but something funny is happening in our city. Actually, it is really funny. In the last few years, some of the best comedians in the country have moved to […]

Susan Steen: Organized files always help in emergency

“For every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned.” – Benjamin Franklin The panic set in. Where was that piece of paper? I knew exactly where it was, but I tore several areas of the house apart looking for it. It was in a manila folder. Or was it? No, it turned out it wasn’t. And when I changed what […]

Susan Steen: Relationship with parents succeeds in both directions

“And teach your parents well …And feed them on your dreamsThe one they pick’s the one you’ll know by. Don’t you ever ask them, ‘Why?’If they told you, you will crySo just look at them and sighAnd know they love you.” –Graham Nash It was January 1965. The couple received a call that a little 5-month-old baby girl was still […]

Susan Steen: Great teachers give us a love of learning

“The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.” — Kahlil Gibran Mr. Hill will always be a teacher I remember. He allowed me to figure things out on my own. Well, I, along with a travel agent and many pages in […]

Susan Steen: You have an entire month to show you care

“To make a difference in someone’s life, you don’t have to be brilliant, rich, beautiful, or perfect. You just have to care.” — Mandy Hale I remember the first time I saw a photo submitted by Sabrina in our weekly photography project. She clearly had a great eye for creativity. She had been homeless for almost three weeks. I have […]

Susan Steen: Rain, the Golden Rule and other true sayings

“April showers bring May flowers.” — Proverb Finally, May has arrived, and with it comes a sense of encouragement for me (hoping for warmer temperatures and less rain). While there have been a few clouds, so far, the rain has yet to fall. Of course, it’s early in the month, and things could change. As a personal ritual, I begin […]

To take on Big Tech, America must take on China too

So much of what Americans do online happens under the prying eyes of Big Tech companies, even as we watch these platforms exercise their disdain for free speech, exploit our children for profit, and engage in anticompetitive business practices. When you are on a tech giant’s platform, you — and your personal information — are the product. It is long past time that Americans […]

Susan Steen: Choosing love can give freedom to many people

“The moment we choose to love, we begin to move towards freedom, to act in ways that liberate ourselves and others.” — Bell Hooks Last week, I wrote about making changes and how we don’t see the need for change when we are feeling comfortable. But like the lady at church or the relative at lunch I mentioned, once people […]

Susan Steen: There’s no deadline to change your attitude

“The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes.” — William James At 80, Miss Betty did something we don’t often think of people doing. At 80, Miss Betty changed the way she thought and the way she treated people. The relative of a friend is in their 80s and […]

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