Changed my mind - school can wait!

So after 3 days of preliminary efforts, I say let's put a HOLD on school for a couple of weeks. The fact that we just broke into August (teachers had to start end of July!) just sounds wrong to this old soul. Sure some folks from The North start back after Labor Day. Totally get it. Fall is when you're supposed to start back to school, right?

I remember starting school late August here in Georgia and getting out beginning of June. For some reason, things slid so that now we get out late May and return early August. Summer may be the same length of time (10 weeks?) but it just doesn't feel right to this Georgia Boy. Atlanta Public Schools (and Decatur, Marietta, etc.) are just too jumpy to get kids back and I'm not sure they're ready for it.

First, it's TOO HOT! There's no way kids can get summer out of their hair and school on their mind when all they want to do is swim or lie in air conditioned comfort. I think there should be a thermometer setting maybe. We go back to school when temps hit mid/low 80s.

Second, it's officially SUMMER! Early/mid September makes sense as there's a noticeable change in season. If we're going to have Summer Break, let it last through the summer. You have all these dress codes at school but the kids still want to wear swimsuits around all day.

Third, you're only young once! I know it's cliche but, as a parent, time just goes too fast. Sure we're annoyed with each other having been together since late May but that passes. There are glimpses of teenager sweetness and that rare moment when we connect and get to enjoy the time together. Let's get a little more bored with each other. Makes going back to school in fall a welcome change - in spirit and season.

Know there are some folks out there who are still at the beach since their schools haven't started here in Atlanta. Think they've got the right attitude. We need to push back that calendar a bit, trim those extra "holidays" from the school year, and return to school closer to fall. I think we'd all benefit from it for life.

Mea Sucka (aka The South doesn't need to rise again)

Mea Sucka (aka The South doesn't need to rise again)

Ok, I admit it… reluctantly… I can’t do it all. There I said it. Hate to admit it but I’ve let you down. Haven’t delivered “the goods” as promptly as I said I would.  Blogs and podcasts should be weekly. But here’s why.

Over the past two weeks I’ve scheduled 16 podcast interviews with the most creative, giving, and delightful people the South has to offer. Just counted them up to realize how crazy a 

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Gonna do something weird today?

Gonna do something weird today?

Or tomorrow? And by "weird" I just mean out of the ordinary. Some of life's most colorful moments happen when we take advantage of what The Fates put in front of us.

Last night, I accepted an invite for a late night class on beer selection and married life from a neighbor I never hang out with. Great, convoluted discussion on the creative world, having kids, and going after dreams that I would have been crushed to have missed had I said, "No thanks. I'm

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Ever have one of "those" days?

Ever have one of "those" days?

Yesterday was one of them for me. It was one of those days you never expect. It starts simply enough, then it hits you in the head with a 20-pound salmon and all of a sudden you’re on some wild ride in a place you’ve never been.

So I head over to a Octane to meet a wonderful musician named Okorie Johnson (www.okcello.com) for a podcast interview. The day is gray, the place is buzzing - it’s your typical, energetic coffeeshop. I see Okorie by a well-lit window; we shake hands, and get to chatting about music, arts, family, and life.

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It's No Day at the Beach but...

It's No Day at the Beach but...

It’s No Day at the Beach

But it’s a pretty darn good life. FIRST LIVE PODCAST IS DONE! Since good ol’ Martin and I chatted about doing a podcast, this thing has consumed my life. Exhausting, stressful, mind-blowing, and whirlwindy are the words I’d choose to Word Map this thing called the GOOD GRACIOUS podcast. The giving nature of the people and personalities whom I’ve met so far has me over the moon.

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When Lightning Strikes

When Lightning Strikes

Lightning is terrifying and awesome and destructive and beautiful all at the same time. Lightning “striking same place twice” is how we describe a rare opportunity. “Catching lightning in a bottle” is just as unique. The real question is “Are you ready for it when it strikes?”

Last week, the amazingly talented singer ADDELYN ESPOSITO (who was on our June show) was ready when lightning struck. She went to see KRISTIN CHENOWITH (incredibly talented 

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