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Posted by on Feb 28, 2017 in Running | 0 comments

Dear Vennare Brothers

Dear Vennare brothers, On July 4, 2015, I returned from the pool and looked in the mirror. I was disgusted. All the times I had tried to change my fitness were bogus. Something had to change. By July 4, 2016, I had lost at least 60 pounds and felt like a new man. I’ve lost an additional 20 pounds since then and am training for my sixth endurance race. (I’ve run four marathons and one half-marathon previously.)   I’ve spent my career in broadcasting and publishing. Let’s talk about bringing Fitt Nation to Nashville. We deserve a place alongside Boston, Pittsburgh, Portland, and Chicago. Warmly, W. Mark...

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Posted by on Jan 1, 2014 in Personal Growth, Spiritual | 0 comments

Eight Easy Exercises to Help You Journal about Your Heart

Eight Easy Exercises to Help You Journal about Your Heart

So often when we journal, we think we have to write everything we think, do, and feel. Photo by Ynsle My friend and unofficial mentor Nate Larkin encourages me to use the first few minutes every morning to recap the previous day. This writing is not for publication or note for my future best-selling memoirs. It is to give myself sanity for the day to come. His assignment feels like a daunting task. I want to capture everything, every emotion, every reaction, every sin, and every triumph. Most of the time I don’t think I can get write it all so I write nothing. A few weeks ago, a new friend, Newton Dominey, and I talked about journaling and the barriers to it. I rattled off a few of ideas I’ve picked up along the way to help us journal more strategically. He encouraged me to write them down. Some are my original ideas. Others are not. [Newton owns The Crag, a climbing gym in Franklin, Tenn. Click here to...

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Posted by on Dec 31, 2013 in Music | 0 comments

Countdown These Ten Songs to Launch Your New Year

Every news outlet is running its retrospective articles about 2013. Many blogs and commentators are discussing goal-setting and resolution-keeping.  Spotify emailed its new playlist for your New Year’s Eve party. I’ve spent the last few days preparing for the new year. Personal Goals Business Goals Books to Read Workout Schedule I want my heart to be prepared for the new year—not just day one, but all of the days. Songs often help me thoughtfully and emotionally engage in a task or new venture. Here are my top ten songs to listen to to prepare for the next 365 days. Link to my Spotify playlist here or watch the YouTube videos below. 10. Only One Life My favorite version of this Lanny Woolfe-penned song doesn’t exist in digital form. You’d have to own one of 500 cassettes by J. Todd Murray released during the last millennium.  A great songwriter, Todd added a new melody. Here’s the original. C.T. Studd wrote the original poem from which the song’s lyrics are adapted....

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Posted by on Nov 26, 2013 in Spiritual | 0 comments

Of Zombies and Purpose

This morning, I scanned the guide of our cable TV offerings and clicked to watch a bit of one of my favorite movies of all time: “Toy Story”. The zombie toys were attacking Buzz and Woody. I had a funny thought: Then I asked a serious question I’ve asked a lot lately: Why are zombies, vampires, and other mostly dead so popular? The best explanation I’ve heard is from Mike Glenn. You see, over the last year, I’ve had a unique vantage point to watch people. And I’ve seen what Mike is talking about. A businesswoman hustling to a cab clacking her heels on the pavement because she had a chance to catch an earlier plane home. She could make it home before the kids went to bed. A homeless man sucking on a disposable lighter rummage through an ashcan trying to find leftover cigarettes with enough tobacco to get a fix. A wife whispering over and over again, “I’m sorry” as she helps her inebriated husband into a...

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Posted by on Oct 10, 2013 in Misc | 0 comments

Anonymous comments about Renaissance Nashville Hotel

A collection of comments about Renaissance Nashville Hotelfrom guests whose identities I have protected. Staff Service: The hotel staff was friendly helpful and very professional. Great stay overall. Outstanding staff in every area. Every person encountered was great. Friendly, professional, helpful. Staff did their job. They were truly amazing, friendly, and went above and beyond. Friendly, helpful and knowledge of the area. Polite, helpful, neat in appearance, opens doors, pleasant, will have conversations with you. They helped me in a crisis and were wonderful. So pleasant and accommodating. Southern hospitality. I thought the staff service was good but nothing outstanding. Awesome staff. Valet parking guys very nice and front desk very helpful and friendly helpful, efficient They were very helpful and friendly. All staff were very friendly—front desk and housekeeping I met in the hall Arrival Experience: Greeted at valet and desk. Has nothing to do with the hotel, more in line with the ability to park to unload because of the traffic around the building. At the time,...

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