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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 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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Posted by on Oct 8, 2013 in Misc | 0 comments

What Visitors are Saying about Renaissance Nashville Hotel

I sometimes serve as a doorman at Renaissance Nashville Hotel. I recently visited TripAdvisor to see what our guests are saying about our hotel and our valet/door service. Check it out here.Consider coming to Nashville for your next trip and staying with us.Read my TripAdvisor reviews here. Five Star ReviewCapeCotter726Sandwich, MAI recently stayed at The Renaissance for 5 days! It proved to be a wonderful hotel, located perfectly for enjoying the downtown area, with great customer service… The staff was very welcoming and helpful! Four Star ReviewNadrodFramingham, MAThis was our 40th (!) night in hotels all over the country, so plenty of rooms to compare…. Fast valet service, but one person helps you with luggage, another brings the car and yet another load the car! How many time do you have to tip for the service?! Five Star Reviewsnmurphy07NHNote: This person has reviewed 131 sites on Trip AdvisorService – treated excellent the two nights. Top service.Parking – not great parking – garage nearby.Five Star ReviewChris WChampaign, ILThe staff was great and...

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Posted by on Jul 25, 2012 in Misc | 0 comments

White Jade: The Story of the First Sponsored Child of World Vision

White Jade The story of the first sponsored child By Marilee Pierce Dunker In the summer of 1947 my father, Bob Pierce, was invited to hold a series of evangelistic meetings throughout China for an organization called Youth For Christ. For nearly four months he and the YFC team traveled from one major city to another, speaking to thousand of spiritually hungry youth. In a letter to his wife, Lorraine, dated September 9, 1947” he wrote, “We’ve now had about 11,000 accept Christ!….There is no explanation for these things except that God is sovereignly showing His power—‘calling out a people here for His name’.” The meetings were so successful that church leaders invited him back the following year. Once again he wrote home about the amazing things God was doing as thousands came to Christ. In a letter written en route between Chungking and Shanghai Dad confided, “In Tientsin the pastors said the meeting God gave us was the greatest revival in that world-famous city in 20 years. Missionaries...

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Posted by on Jun 15, 2012 in Misc | 0 comments

Match Emotion for Emotion | How to Write Killer Copy: Code No. 6

I am on a mission to crush I. M. Vague and bring him to justice.  You know of him, don’t you? His picture needs to be on every copywriter’s most wanted wall. I don’t know how he infiltrates every organization and poisons the minds of copywriters. His schemes have worked on me. I firmly believe if we can break his code, we can defeat him.  I intercepted a communiqué containing his marching orders to his minions undercover in my organization and yours. We have deciphered other codes. See the end of this post for the clues. Today, I’ve broken code number six. I. M. Vague wants his spies to convice all of us to †FORGET EMOTION: MEFE. The antidote to this thinking is: DON’T FORGET EMOTION: MATCH EMOTION FOR EMOTION Photo courtesy of David Schauer Imagine watching your favorite prime time drama on television. The plot twists. The music changes. You lean toward your TV. You know the guest star should not enter that warehouse. She does anyway. Her steps echo off the concrete...

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Posted by on Jun 14, 2012 in Misc | 0 comments

How Would You Spend One More Day with Your Dad?

Jim Daly, President of Focus on the Family, posed a great question on his blog yesterday. If you could turn back the clock and spend one last day with your father, what would you do?If your dad is still living, what would be the ideal way to enjoy his company? If you’re a regular reader, you know I love and miss my dad who died in 2003. If I could spend one more day with my dad, I would try to accomplish two objectives. Dad on Michael’s Birthday First, when my dad passed, my son was only 9 years old. He’s now 18, intelligent, inquisitive, and has insightful opinions on everything from cameras to the Scriptures and everywhere in between. I would love to be in the room when my son and my dad discussed history, faith, sports, and anything else they could think of. I’d love to hear his questions and would hold my breath to hear Dad’s answers. The glorious by-product of time like this would be...

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