Baseball’s Hall of Shame

Just when I thought it was safe to dip my toes into the turbulent waters of admiring a baseball hero, the “steroids” shark emerged and tried to rip them off once again. Last winter, just after the San Francisco Chronicle printed grand jury testimony about the Balco steroids case, I wrote an article that lamented, after four generations in my

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Women’s Final Four Could be Dream Come True

Thousands of 15-, 16- and 17-year-old athletic girls in Middle Tennessee will be devoting countless hours to sharpening their basketball skills over the next few years. Out of the millions of shots, dribbles and rebounds, a few will emerge with skills that will allow them to play college basketball at the highest levels.  A few of them may even have

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Maybe a Tennessee“Color Purple” Coalition?

When almost 30 Nashvillians  gathered at our house last month, we had at least three things in common: +We were all supporters of President-elect Barack Obama, +Not one of us was a Davidson County native, +We each hoped for an inclusive administration seeking bi-partisan solutions to the monumental challenges now facing America. As one of the more than 4,500 “Obama

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Nashville Eye Higher Ed Feels Hit

When does enough finally become too much? Tennessee may be reaching that point in one significantly critical area as the state budget belt tightens in response to an economic downturn.  That area: Higher education. As one who has been privileged to work in higher education (University of Tennessee) and to consult with the nation’s sixth largest system of higher education

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A New Country for the Olympics, Nashville-style

Completely compelling! That sums up my reaction to the summer Olympics in China so far.  I wasn’t sure whether or not the actual games themselves could possibly live up to the spectacle of the Opening Ceremonies in Beijing, but then, the human drama began unfolding on the international stage. I was particularly taken by the vast difference in population between

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Beware of what you ask for; Tweak don’t revise transfer of governor’s powers

“In its wisdom, the General Assembly….”  Is a sentiment that could be an oxymoron to some. However, over the long haul it usually applies. The discussions of changing Tennessee’s constitution to address the transfer of powers should a governor become unable to perform his/her duties has led, in my mind, to a “rush to elect” a lieutenant governor.  Let’s slow

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Nashville should boldly lead the way in school director search

A couple of years ago, Rip Van Winkle awakened after 100 years of sleep to see what the world had become. As he rubbed his eyes, so the story goes, Van Winkle was amazed by the wondrous changes that had occurred during his century of somnolence.  Automobiles, airplanes, space ships, telephones, radio, television and the internet left him gasping with

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Put Your Mouth Where Your Money Is

There’s been a lot of conversation and consternation recently about the Nashville Predators tying up their skates and leaving. Named as the number one culprit for this potential departure?  The “business community.”  There has been no shortage of finger pointing as many have said that area corporations need to step up and prevent this exodus from Nashville. What is needed

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Shani’s Song

Think of all the songs and melodies that have echoed in your mind and wouldn’t go away.  It’s a common experience. The one that stuck in my head over the past few days didn’t even have a melody; it didn’t even have words, just a title: Shani’s Song. Those words have been reverberating in my thoughts recently because a former

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The Gold Rules, Voters Pay

It’s not exactly true that “every Tom, Dick and Harry” is running for president, but it seems like it.  There are, so far, at least two Toms, two Johns, a Sam, a Joe and a Mike.  They are joined by Dennis, Duncan, Barack, Rudy, Mitt and Hillary.  Who knows who else might surface (a Newt? an  Al?). Now if you,

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